Connecting to Continue Our Heritage
If her favorite quote by Gordon B. Hinkley above doesn’t already give a sneak peek of Vanessa Tan Kop’s beliefs and values of giving back and for the greater good, then look no further as the Fil -Am Courier introduces Vanessa Tan Kop.
Vanessa, as known to members of the Hawai’i’s Filipino community, can be described as passionate, collaborative, compassionate, and multifaceted.
Vanessa will bring all those strong qualities and more as the President of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii for the 2018-2019 term where she is leading her experienced team with the theme, “Contributing to continue our heritage.”
Born to James and Conchita Tan in Manila, Philippines, Vanessa grew up learning and speaking Tagalog, Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. Her father is from Fujian Province, China and mother from San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines and both parents’ cultures and languages played a major role in the type of student, employee, employer, and her overall work ethic.
Vanessa began working at an early age at her family’s hardware and lamination business. She negotiated sales and contracts at an early age and assisted in various business services presentations.
Vanessa attended the private Catholic University of Santo Tomas and graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy then went on to Stockton, California to finish more studies.
While working in the pharmacy at Kaiser Medical Center, Vanessa met her future-husband, Internist, Dr. Arnold Kop. When the couple started their family, Vanessa made a life changing decision to switch her career so that she will be able to focus on raising her family and have weekends off.
She ventured into a new career, the world of real estate, which she now has 15 years of experience.
Currently, she is the Managing Director of Newmark Grubb/CBI and a sales, leasing, restaurant, 1031 exchange and investment specialist. She has successfully represented landlord and tenants in closing transactions in a seamless and timely manner.
With the strength of her multilingual skills, Kop is able to cater to a wide array of foreign clients from Japan, Korea, and China and assist with EB-5 and E-2 visas.
Kop is a top producer and has been awarded as Newmark Grubb CBI’s Retail Broker of the Year, three years in a row in 2013, 2014, and 2015; Outstanding Overall Top Producer in 2016 and 2017.
Vanessa’s drive and dedication to all the work she has put forward has been a shining light of examples for her three children. David and Matthew both attended Punahou School and now attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, studying Systems Engineering and B.S. Biology respectively. Youngest child, Kristen, is about to enter her final year at Mid-Pacific Institute and hopes to pursue a career in aviation. She flew single engine cessnas and helicopters this summer in Utah.
Although Kop was busy juggling work and family, she made time to serve as a tennis coach in Manoa Valley for five years at her children’s junior team tennis and a speech and debate judge both at Punahou School and in the State competitions for seven years. She also volunteered at her son’s school as a part of the Carnival Food Chair and Script admin.
Vanessa’s discipline to put her family first has paid off. With her youngest about to finish high school, she is now able to dedicate more time and offer her talent, skills and strengths to the community.
Fast forward to this past year, with the gift of time as her children are now older, Vanessa has been able to extend her contributions to the community.
Vanessa has volunteered her time with the Hawaii Restaurants Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
She has also served in leadership positions with the Hawaii State Art Museum as a Board of Director and Leading Chair from 2012 to 2018 and Hawaii Chinese Association as a Director from 2014-18 and as Vice President in 2016.
Kop joined the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i during Nelly Pongco Liu’s term in 2002. From the time she joined, she has served in many areas of the organization. After being a member of the Chamber for a few years, Vanessa finally accepted the opportunity to serve as a Board of Director in 2009. During her tenure, she has also chaired the Entrepreneur of the Year, Membership and Fundraising committees. Fast forward to this year, she is stepping into her new role as President of FCCH.
“I want to ensure that the past and present presidents and president-elect work together and that there will be a succession plan,” stated Kop.
“To whom much is given, from him much is expected.”