Employee Spotlight: Arvin Wang

In this month’s employee spotlight, we’re getting to know Arvin Wang, our Corporate Development and Strategy Analyst. As part of the Finance division, Arvin ingeniously navigates financial data to bolster business growth and serves as an internal consultant, utilizing data and metrics to enhance overall operations and strategic execution.

Arvin earned his degree in Business from The University of British Columbia, majoring in Marketing with a specialization in Business Analytics. Before joining FISPAN, he ventured through the consumer packaged goods industry and the cryptocurrency space.

 

How long have you worked at FISPAN, and what do you do here?

I've been with FISPAN for almost three years. I started as a Partnership Manager, then transitioned to a RevOps and data analysis role, supporting the Sales team with deal negotiation and revenue planning. Mid-last year, I moved to the finance team to analyze and improve our financial and operational performance.

 

Arvin with the Finance and Sales team for a sword fighting team bonding event. 

 

What has been your biggest growth opportunity from working at FISPAN?

Personally, the major shift from marketing to a more finance and strategy-focused role has been significant, alongside gaining an understanding of the banking industry. My interest in innovation and consumer technology has evolved into a deep dive into the B2B financial services space, providing a nurturing environment that underscores how technology and banking together can significantly impact businesses.

 

What is a typical workday like for you at FISPAN?

Every day involves solving endless and varied puzzles, which I thoroughly enjoy.

 

What is one thing you wish you had known when you started out in your career?

Although I still consider myself in the early stages of my career, if I could zip back 10 years, the advice would be twofold:

  1. There's no set script to follow—trust your instincts and just go for it.
  2. [Probably the most important] Get into trading (not just equities, but also bonds and currencies) as soon as possible. It's less about cash and more about mastering the rollercoaster of risks and emotions.

 

Do you have a favourite quote? What is it? 

One of my favourite quotes is “Respect for the past is important; notions of recreating the past are not,” from Luke Meier, the creative director of Jil Sander. It continually reminds me not to fear breaking the rules and to try new things.

 

How would you describe the culture in your department?

Think of it as an environment that is chill yet dynamic, open but precise, and collaborative yet individualistic.

 

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I recently got into golf and have been on that grind ever since. I also enjoy studying history, snowboarding, playing chess, gaming, and watching NBA games.

Arvin doing one of his favourite after work activities - snowboarding! 

 

Do you have a hidden talent? 

I’m pretty good at Karaoke. Back when I was in middle school in China, I was the first person in my school to be able to perform the entire 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem."

 

What TV show or movie are you currently enjoying?

It will be very hard for me to enjoy a TV show again after finishing "Succession." It has set the bar incredibly high for all other shows and, unfortunately, ended too soon :(

 

What is your favourite place to eat in Vancouver?

Raisu (2340 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P1), the most authentic Japanese homemade food in the city (a must-try for lovers of Asian cuisine).

 

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