Our Team

Jeffrey Kao

Jeffrey J. Kao, MBA, LUTCF

Registered Representative, NYLIFE Securities LLC

Jeffrey was born and raised on Oahu and currently resides in Pearl City with his wife and three children. Jeffrey graduated in 2002 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business in Marketing. In 2006, he obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Shilder College of Business, with an emphasis in International Finance.

Jeffrey's career with New York Life began in 2006 and he has qualified for New York Life's premiere Council1 membership every year since 2007.  Jeffrey has also been a qualifying member of Million Dollar Round Table2 since 2010 and most recently in 2019, qualified for New York Life's Chairman's Council1, which represents the top 2% of all New York Life agents in the nation.

When not spending time at home with his family, Jeffrey enjoys his spare time surfing and tending to his garden.  He is also an avid traveler and enjoys cooking and experimenting with new food recipes. He is currently training for the Honolulu Tinman Triathalon, one of the many goals he would like to accomplish in life. Jeffrey is also a current member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Board of Director of the Honolulu Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and board member of Junior Achievement of Hawaii.

Notable Awards and Achievements:

2019 - 2010 Million Dollar Round Table Member (2019 Top of the Table)
2019 - 2013 New York Life Annuity Elite Member
2019 - 2017 New York Life Chairman's Council Member
2019,  2015 New York Life Triple Crown Award Recipient
2016 - 2012 New York Life President's Council Member
2015   New York Life Premier Centurion
2015   NAIFA Board Member - President-Elect
2014   New York Life's Life Allstar
2012 - 2007 New York Life Executive Council Member
2009   New York Life New Agent of the Year
2008   Obtained LUTCF Designation
2007   Obtained Masters of Business Administration - Shidler College of Business


Kevin MartinKevin Martin

Client Services Manager

Kevin is our Client Services Manager. He graduated from Medina High School in Upstate New York and obtained his Bachelor's in Business Administration at Ithaca College. Kevin started his career with New York Life in 2012, has an extensive background in administrative work and has been an integral part of the Jeffrey's commitment of excellence in service. With Kevin's warm personality and attention to detail and customer service, he helps ensure that each client experience is a memorable one.  When not at work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, rooting for his beloved 49ers, and fishing.



Nicole Kawahara

Client Services Specialist

Nicole is our Client Services Specialist. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's of Science in Merchandising and Marketing in 2016. Fluent in Tagalog, Nicole is the 2019 Miss Oahu Filipina and throught it, has done numerous outreach and engagements in the community. Nicole joined the team in 2016, and since then, has been instrumental in the organization of the office and ensuring timely and effective communication with our clients. Nicole's incredible work ethic and engaging personality make her a joy to work with and a valuable asset to the team.  When not at work, Nicole enjoys singing, traveling, and finding new vegetarian dishes and eateries.




1Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1- June 30.

2The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.





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