When Matthew Hisaka thinks about who along his path helped him most, he credits his parents for instilling his work ethic, tenacity, reliability, and flexibility.
The best advice he’s ever gotten, he says, comes from them: “Work hard, try your best, be humble, and the rest will work itself out,” he said.
Hisaka is Yonsei, a fourth-generation Japanese American, and serves as the chief accounting officer for Rosendin Electric Inc., an electrical contractor headquartered in San Jose.
“Japanese culture has a very strong work ethic and values working together as a collective,” he said. “That has been passed down to me within my family and it’s also guided my leadership style and approach.”
He attributes his current success to that work ethic: “The combination of dedicated work ethic, tenacity, reliability, and being able to create and maintain effective processes while also valuing flexibility that is necessary to thrive in this Valley and during these post-Covid times,” Hikasa said.
While he’s been in his current role for less than a year, Hisaka has been with Rosendin for nearly 12 years. Still, if he could have lunch with any business leader, he said he’d choose the company he already enjoys: Rosendin CEO Lorne Rundquist. “He’s navigated his role for over 20 years and has seen the ups and downs that the construction industry has gone through,” Hisaka said.
“It’s been an honor to work at a company that has been operating for over 100 years, and one of my top goals is to be a good steward for the company and to help build on its success and longevity for the next 100.”
Though it’s right around the corner, Hisaka still would love to visit his home state of Hawaii with his family before he turns 40, since he hasn’t been able to go due to the pandemic. He met his wife, Anh, at Santa Clara University. The couple married in 2016 and became parents to a baby girl in 2020.
About Matthew Hisaka
Chief accounting officer, Rosendin Electric Inc.
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii
Education: Bachelor’s of science, accounting, Santa Clara University
Company location: San Jose
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