Honolulu native Tyler Kimura serves as the president of the ACFE Hawaii Chapter. The former college baseball player traded in his bat and glove for a calculator and spreadsheets after college to fight fraud in the Aloha State. In addition to serving the chapter, Kimura is also a partner at PKF Pacific Hawaii, LLP.
Why did you decide to enter the anti-fraud field?
I started my career doing litigation consulting at Navigant Consulting in Los Angeles, where most cases involved large corporations embroiled in breach of contract or copyright infringement disputes. When I came back to Hawaii, my case load was centered on family businesses and trusts dealing with fraud. Seeing the harm that the frauds caused these families motivated me to learn more about the anti-fraud field.
What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
Balancing my work while being a good father to my crazy 3-year-old son.
What are your favorite activities and hobbies outside of work?
I played baseball throughout college, but now that I can no longer throw or sprint 90 feet. I stick to golf and softball.
How has the CFE credential benefited your career?
The CFE has allowed me to better understand not only fraud schemes but also the mentality of fraudsters, which helps in the search for fraudulent activity.
What are the benefits of serving as a chapter leader?
I’ve met many great people in the Honolulu community since I joined our chapter in 2010. As vice president and secretary for two years, and now in my third year as president, I’ve been able to work with amazing people who are all passionate about fighting fraud in Hawaii.
What goals would you like to help the chapter accomplish?
One of my goals is to increase our chapter’s visibility to become an anti-fraud resource for our community. Even though we live in a paradise setting, fraud is still a common problem, particularly because of the trusting nature of our residents. The more we can educate the public on the red flags of fraud, the better off we’ll all be.
Do you have any advice for other chapter leaders?
Be open to ideas and suggestions from all members of the chapter and take anyone up on their offer to help.