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Faith, Passion, & Intent

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This episode features a conversation with David Kim ’88, Co-founder & CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation & Partner and Co-Head of the Investor Relations Team at Apax.

Apax is a private equity firm with $60 billion in assets under management. David, Along with his wife, is also the Co-founder & CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to military children who have lost a parent to combat or training.

On this episode, David discusses what it takes to work a full-time job and run an impactful charity, why you shouldn’t try to be all things to all people, and how to keep the same level of satisfaction and camaraderie in your post-service life.

Episode Timestamps

(02:12) Why David went to West Point
(06:20) Jumping headfirst into the private equity world
(17:15) How David thinks about career progression
(20:40) The founding story behind Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
(22:00) The success behind the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
(25:00) How to have a day-job and start a non-profit organization
(27:20) The skill set overlap between Apax and Children of the Fallen Patriots Foundation
(31:20) SOP—Standard Operating Procedure
(37:10) What David currently focuses on
(39:40) Giving Back

“You’re never going to be able to scratch that itch, that service, and comradeship that we got that satisfaction from while in uniform. So if that’s important to you, then find a way to keep that alive. Fallen Patriots is my calling from that perspective. I think that’s important to almost all veterans is to keep that sense of purpose and service alive.”

—David Kim ’88


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