Hikaru “Koh” Fujimoto
Hikaru “Koh” Fujimoto, CPA, MBA, JD
Koh became the President and Managing Principal of CDH October 1, 2014 and recently completed his 5 year term. He remains with CDH as an active Principal and mentor to the leadership team.
As a CPA and an attorney with 3 language capabilities, Koh’s mission is to help others go global!
Going global means taking more risks and seeking greater rewards. It also means that you move out from your comfort zone. Koh visited the U.S. at the age of 21 and loved this country. At 25, he had a chance to come and live in the U.S. He was about to get enrolled in the Michigan State University’s MBA course. However, he had a huge setback, he discovered that he had cancer. After a month stay in a hospital with two surgeries, he wondered if he should come to the U.S. right away. He was afraid the cancer would return. He thought of staying in Japan with his family, being afraid of living for only a few years. His father had a completely different idea. He told Koh to go. No matter what happens, you have to take chances and seek your dream. Koh’s father pushed him to go to Michigan State University right away. After starting his journey in the US, the cancer never came back and he has fully cherished his life for the last 30 years.
Koh graduated with an MBA in finance, and passed the CPA exam. Koh became a principal at CDH, P.C. in 2000. He attended law school for five years at night and passed the bar exam. Koh also learned to speak Chinese. Additionally, Koh has run 9 Chicago marathons and 5 Chicago triathlons. He feels that it is his mission to help others go global like he did.
Lastly, as a leader of the firm, Koh believes in supporting employees’ dreams and happiness. This is the key management philosophy that he instills in each employee at CDH.
He is an active reader of books. He loves to read autobiographies, history, historical novels, philosophies and self-improvement books in English and Japanese. He reads 150 to 200 books a year.
- Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
- Attorney at Law
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Illinois CPA Society
- Seiwajyuku Chicago
- Rotary Club of Long Grove/Kildeer/Hawthornwoods
- JETRO Chicago
- Japan America Society of Chicago
- Keio Gijyuku University
- Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University
- M.B.A., Finance and Accounting, John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctorate