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VETERAN OF THE WEEK: David S. Chang



Major David S. Chang comes from an immigrant family. He appreciated the opportunities given to him living in America. As a result, from an early age he decided to attend West Point, the United States Military Academy in order to give back to his country. He was nominated to attend West Point by his Congressman and graduated in 2002 as part of the Bicentennial Class (200th anniversary of the Academy). He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree of Economics and Computer Science and upon graduating was commissioned as an armor officer in the US Army.
 
He is a veteran of the Global War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has successfully served in deployments, military training exercises and missions: Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Mongolia, China, Indonesia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia. His assignments include 3d Regiment, 4th Cavalry Squadron, ground scout platoon leader and operations officer. He then branch detailed to Military Intelligence. He served as an intelligence officer for 3-4 Cavalry, the Battalion Intelligence Officer (S2) for 3d Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, and Deputy Brigade S2 for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. While deployed to Iraq, he planned, coordinated, directed, and produced timely and relevant intelligence updates and worldwide contingency events to over 733 personnel during aviation operations, resulting in over 17,000 successful combat flight hours and aerial transportation of more than 60,000 Coalition Forces and 10 million pounds of cargo throughout Iraq.
 
After leaving active duty, he joined the Army National Guard and has served in the Joint Forces Headquarters, 103d Troop Command, the Commander for the Military Intelligence Company (MICO), 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), and the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 29th IBCT. As the MICO commander, he created the first Hawaii Army National Guard Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) unit. He orchestrated the training and recruitment of 22 fully qualified operators and mechanics, and ensured the development of the safety standard operating procedures, resulting in zero accidents or incidents and managing millions of dollars of worth of equipment. He also increased the strength of the company from 81% to 95% to be the largest Military Intelligence Company among all National Guard Units in the nation at the time. He also coordinated all Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Georgian, Ilocana, and Tagalog specialized linguists organic to the Company by maximizing The Army Language Program (TALP) and developed the Brigade’s first language training center.
 
He is currently Vice Chief of Staff of Intelligence (G2/J2) for the HI National Guard, with over 3,000 soldiers. He is in charge of providing timely, relevant, accurate, and synchronized intelligence and electronic warfare support to commanders, staff, the major subordinate elements, and their respective units. He has been nominated multiple times as the National Guard Outstanding Company Grade Officer Award.
 
His military education includes the Intermediate Leadership Training from the Command and General Staff College, the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course (rated by his instructors as one of the top three among his peers), Armor Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Tactician Course, Counter-Insurgency Leader’s Course, the Navy Dive School, and Airborne School. His military awards include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Reserve Overseas Ribbon, and Hawaii State Active Duty Ribbon.
 
In addition, he has his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, he was selected as an East-West Graduate Degree Fellow, holds a Masters in Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a Certificate of Leadership from the East-West Center, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. David is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. He was selected as the best opportunity growth pitch in the cohort. He received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Babson College and is working on his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from the American College of Financial Planning. He is an alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the New Generation Seminar with the East-West Center, and member of the Young Entrepreneur's Council and Founder's Club.
 
David S. Chang is President and CEO of WealthBridge Inc., an award-winning Wealth Management Firm and Registered Investment Advisor, and Chang Holding Company. He is also an award-winning entrepreneur, wealth manager, keynote speaker, and author. He has offices in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
 
In 2015 David was chosen as a member of InvestmentNews’ 2015 40 Under 40 list of top young advisers and associated professionals in the financial planning industry. He has been featured in Forbes as one of America’s Select Financial Leaders. In 2013 David was selected as Top 40 Under 40 Military by CivilianJobs.com. In 2011, Pacific Edge Magazine selected David as Young Professional of the Year. In 2010, he was selected as the Business Leader of the Year from the Pacific Business News 2010 class of Forty Under 40 in Hawaii. In 2011 he was a finalist for The Business Leadership Hawaii American Savings Bank Business Leader of the Year. He has also been selected as one of the Three Outstanding Young Persons Award by Hawaii Junior Chamber of Commerce, finalist as Top New Business of the Year by Hawaii Business News and honored by the World Chinese Venture Model Association.
WealthBridge Inc., has been selected as a FIVE-STAR Wealth Manager for the State of Hawaii for six years in a row (2011-2016), representing the top 4% of Wealth Managers statewide. WealthBridge Inc. was also selected by The National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) as a Premier Advisor for 2014, 2013, and 2012. In 2012, they were awarded the "Excellence in Customer Satisfaction" Talk of the Town winner, with a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating.

David is also the editor of The Art of Thinking SMART, a blog and previously had a finance column in The Star-Advertiser’s weekly Midweek with a readership of over 400,000 people. He has created The Art of SMART Money, a Wealth Building Membership Program. He hosts a bi-monthly TV show on ThinkTech.

David has served on numerous boards and advisory committees. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, Past Chair of the steering committee for the Young Professionals program of The Chamber of Commerce of HI, and the Community Liaison for Inspire Church, an 8000-member church. David is an accomplished musician, leading numerous church music teams playing the guitar, trumpet, piano, and lead vocals.