“Success is not really about money, it is about accomplishments,” says Victor NengkosyengVue, “It requires hard work, good customer service, and honesty.” When Victor arrived in the US in 1987 with his wife and kids, mother, brother and three sisters, he knew immediately that education was the key to success. Having previously learned Lao, Thai, and English in the schools in the Ban Vinai Camp, he already had a foundation to build on. He went on to learn what success was through his trials and failures.
Victor received his high school diploma from Tulare Adult School and a paralegal certificate from the College of the Sequoias. He continued his education at Fresno State, graduating in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and minor in English. Victor intended to pursue law school but while studying for the LSAT, he realized that the field of Law was not for him. He sought a career choice that would be more fitting, testing out the field by taking a job interpreting Hmong and Lao for AT&T, the first job to ever provide medical benefits for his family. However, Victor still was not content. His dream was to one day own his own business. He decided to take up jobs selling life insurance as an independent agent, and running an office for paralegal services.
During this exploratory phase of Victor’s life, he was recruited by North American Mortgage to be a loan officer. This position jump-started his career in the real estate industry. Victor went on to earn his real estate broker license and started his own real estate company called “Sawmtxiaj” Sherchia Realty. As a business, “Sawmtxiaj” Sherchia Realty’s philosophy is customer satisfaction comes first and that every client should be treated fairly.
As ambitious an entrepreneur Victor is, he is also an ardent donor. Victor has sponsored Fresno Fire and Police Crime Departments, Hmong Associations, and events. He has also helped sponsor the Hmong New Year pageants, and contributed money to families experiencing tragedies. His favorite and most memorable involvement was having helped coordinate for General VangPao’s funeral. Leading by example, Victor hopes more Hmong individuals will take an interest in business. “Hmong media and associations should promote successful leaders and business owners. Positive exposure will encourage the Hmong community to strive for prosperity.”
Written by: Andre Yang
Photography: Kao Lee
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