Josh Kenealey


Independent Agent


How I went from nihongo zero to hero in four months, won the silver medal for Karate at the Goodwill Games, or grew enough underage beard to get into a Pearl Jam concert.


Does this man look like a professional wrestler? As a kid in Seattle, Washington, Josh dreamed of becoming a WWF sensation known as “The Mangler,” and while executing choke sleepers on cable TV never manifested in his future, fate ultimately fulfilled his vision of ring dominance in even better ways. Josh moved to Hawaii straight out of high school, and was instantly hooked on change: here was a world of sun, surf and Asian cultural imports, a tropical island totally unlike his rainy hometown. “There’s a reason why the vampires of the Twilight series lived in the Northwest,” he quips. This change of scene imbued him with a passion for the unknown, so when some friends invited him to join their recruitment firm in Tokyo, he jumped at the opportunity. [Jump forward a few years.] Josh is now settled in Nippon. Work and play as one. An outgoing and laid back “beers and BBQ” kind of colleague, he’s actually fixed on progress, constantly digging for his next big breakthrough in life. We like to think that helped bring him to us. “My previous company was obsessed with KPIs for their own sake, and commissions changed suddenly,” he says. “At Zensho Agency, we value respect and transparency one hundred percent.” We value Josh, too. When he’s not trading skateboard tricks with his daughter or musing over online Deep State conspiracy sites, you’ll find him slamming big deals to the canvas. After all, he doesn’t need a fancy monicker to drop jaws in awe.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.