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YUJI MATSUMOTO

Managing Partner

Yuji Matsumoto is Managing Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of POD Corporation, and POD Wealth Management, Inc.

Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, responsible for growth and buyout investments in Japan. Yuji served as a member on the Board of Directors of Japan Renewable Energy Co., Ltd., Smart Energy Co. Ltd, ILS Inc., and K.K.B4F.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Yuji worked in the Energy and Infrastructure Group at Sumitomo Corporation for six years in Japan and the U.S.

Yuji earned a BA in Economics from Keio University in 1999 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2007.

Yuji is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a struggling golf addict, and a self-proclaimed concert pianist.

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TEPPEI SHIOKAWA

Partner,
Head of Business Development

Teppei Shiokawa is Partner, the Head of Business Development for POD Corporation. Works out of New York.

Previously, he was a Director of New York office at Yomiuri Giants (Japanese professional baseball) for 5 seasons since 2015, responsible for scouting MLB players and negotiating player contracts. Prior to this position, he worked as a team interpreter and handled international duties for 6 seasons. He joined the Yomiuri Giants in 2009.

He initially began his career with Sumitomo Corporation, working in the retail business department where he engaged in business development. Later, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as an interpreter and went on to work for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks as an interpreter.

Earned a BA in International Business Management from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1999.

Teppei is a passionate fan of Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and loves to play recreational baseball for the New York Jokers.

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SHIGERU 'STEVE' KUSUNOKI

Partner,
Head of Wealth Management

Shigeru 'Steve' Kusunoki is Partner, the Head of Wealth Management for POD Corporation and Managing Partner of POD Wealth Management, Inc.

He has over 20 years of experience in finance including serving as Director of Advisory team at UBS Wealth Management, as well as holding various investment banking and corporate finance roles at UBS, Mizuho, Sony and Alternative Investment Capital Limited.

He earned a BA in Policy Management from Keio University in 1997 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2006.

Steve is an avid fan of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons, struggling to balance between pumping iron and marathon running, and an owner of an Italian restaurant..

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KAZ YAMANOUCHI

Partner,
Head of Global Marketing

Kaz is the Head of Global Marketing for POD Corporation, working out of Los Angeles.

Most recently, he served as Vice President at B-Global Agency, a sports agency based in LA, where he engaged in advising Japanese companies about overseas business strategy related to the sports business in the US market, planning and execution of sports events in Japan and overseas, marketing of professional athletes, and sponsorship sales. He also served as Co-Founder and Director of a non-profit organization, B-Adaptive Foundation, where he supported disabled athletes through wheelchair tennis events in California.

Previously, Kaz worked in the corporate sales division at Sompo Japan.

Kaz earned a B.A in General Law from Waseda University in 2005, a M.S. in Sports Business from New York University in 2013 and a LL.M from Fordham University School of Law in 2014.

Kaz loves to travel and exercise (running and biking).

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MASAHIRO MURASE

Creative Director

Masahiro studied under stylist Tomoki Sukezane, and became independent in 2004. While working as a freelance stylist, he acted as the fashion editor for magazines including "POPEYE", "GQ JAPAN" and most recently, as creative director for "Forbes JAPAN".

Masahiro publications include collection critique and columns on several fashion media outlets. He is still active as a stylist for celebrities and executives. He regularly tours overseas fashion collections, and has been frequently targeted by world class bloggers and media.

Under the concept of Fashion and Hero, he produced "Kamen Rider 40th Collection" and "Ultraman 45th Collection" via mook style publication and also handled public relations consulting for Kita-Ibaraki local municipality.

He is an avid fan of Baseball and sports in general, and loves writing.