KJ is a widely respected rising star at one of the Charlotte area’s brightest startup success stories. He’s now managing a $2.5 million book of business spanning more than 2,500 customers.
Title: Account executive at Movement Insurance and owner of VanDerwerken Properties
Favorite Charlotte restaurant: Stagioni
What book do you recommend to other young leaders? “Influence,” by Robert B. Cialdini
What advice would you give your 21-year-old self? Find out what makes you genuinely happy. Determine the life you want to live every day and go all in to get it. Effort is one variable we all have control over. Surround yourself with positive people. Prospective and gratitude are everything. Stay hungry and stay humble.
What local Charlotte leader do you look up to? Casey Crawford, co-founder and CEO of Movement Mortgage and founder of the nonprofit Movement Foundation