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Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2012

20 emerging leaders in local businesses, nonprofits, government, education and law

(page 13 of 21)

Photo: Courtesy of Noel Pacarro Brown

NOEL PACARRO BROWN  age 31

First VP and financial advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Among the many things that her clients value about Noel Pacarro Brown is her compassion.

Minutes before her interview for this profile began, a client called. The man, who had been in hospice care, was surrounded by his family and wanted to say farewell to Brown. She listened gracefully as he reminded her of the financial arrangements he had made for his family and shared a few final words of wisdom.

“I told him thank you and let him know that all of the lessons he shared with us will be perpetuated,” she says. “I love my job. My clients are so articulate about what life means to them.”

Brown is a graduate of Punahou who studied anthropology at Brown University and then earned her master’s degree in education from Pacific University. In 2007, she was pursuing a career in Costa Rica when she received a call about an opportunity at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney back home on Oahu, where her mother is the area manager. She knew it was a turning point. What she did not know was that she would have barely seven months to get to know her clients and their needs before the economy would spiral into an unruly roller coaster ride.

“I’m grateful for that time with my clients because they got to see how hard I would work, and I got to demonstrate that they had made a good decision,” says Brown.

One of Brown’s long-term clients, Sarah Fairchild Beaucage, says the financial advisor earned her confidence early on. “She is really well educated, very knowledgeable and she really stays on top of it.”

Indeed, Brown is tenacious about education. She maintains a remarkable focus on market news and trends, and continues to add prestigious accreditation to her resume (for example, she is one of only two Certified Personal Wealth Advisors on Oahu). All of this helps her coach clients down the road to prosperity.

“I used to be an English-as-a-second-language teacher,” says Brown. “Now I’m a finance-as-a-second-language teacher.” 

— TZ

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