Dennis Takagi


Independent Agent


The relaxing sound of live air traffic control chatter, how it feels to be both an expert and a beginner at the same thing, or what I do without fail every day.


In both the literal and figurative sense, Dennis is a flyer. An ace pilot who, if he weren’t also an ace recruiter, you might expect to see painting the skies with contrails. Instead, he paints the executive search world with his passion for success. Indeed, his near-death experience in a plane crash gave him a deeper appreciation for life in general, and the three people he loves most – his wife and daughters – in particular. Born in the Philippines and raised in the US, Dennis didn’t even know he was Japanese until the age of twenty-five, and that discovery ultimately sparked a desire to move here and find his roots. Yet, his flight path to Tokyo was anything but direct. Having braved the ganglands of San Diego for several years, he was relieved when his parents, fearing for his safety, sent him off to a Connecticut boarding school. There was little to do but study, and Dennis credits that desolate environment with empowering him to enter the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide down in Daytona, Florida. From purgatory to paradise, and he soon found himself soaring through bright clouds above the Sunshine State. Now a world-class veteran in his practice area, Dennis is delighted to have come on at Zensho Agency, where, he says, “instead of a wannabe rule book, there’s 100% transparency, trust, and loyalty.” We’re all in for him, too. Keep an eye on the recruitment skies: this guy’s tank is bottomless and he won’t be landing anytime soon.

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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.