Profile: Jan Michael L. Reyes

When Jan Michael Reyes started into the then Joaquin Cunanan & Co. office as an associate, landing an executive position was farthest from his mind. “Making it to partner did not cross my mind. I think the mantra of the firm was, if you really strive and prove that you are indeed working hard, there’s always room for you. Since I was just an associate, I just enjoyed my day-to-day tasks. I engaged in various client assignments, met different types of people and that added excitement to my career. That’s why I never entertained the idea of quitting,” JM, as he is known in the office, said.

In 2004, JM was assigned for two years in PwC UK’s London office. Newly-married at that time, his wife joined him in London. During his secondment, he was promoted to manager. Upon his return, JM received another promotion this time to senior manager. 

On being a partner

Two months after becoming a partner, JM is still overwhelmed by how things have turned out for him.  “When news of the partnership admission was featured in the newspaper, my parents were so proud and that made me feel really good. It brought them much joy to see their son in the newspaper.”

His batch mates in college were just as surprised to hear the news. “I was the only one who made it to a partner. They didn’t expect me to make it this far. My friends were really happy for me.”

He understands that being a partner is not just about prominence and a higher paycheck. JM understands the weight that was placed on his shoulders. “I don’t think much about my career now but more on the entire firm and our people. My decisions, the things that I will do for my clients will also affect the whole staff.” he said.

 

A leader for a cause

In 2010, JM founded a foundation in memory of his brother. “When I set up the foundation, I thought about my brother’s passion for helping othes. He always wanted to help street children. There was this orphanage in Bulacan which he always visited.”

The foundation helped displaced families in Marilao affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy. 

JM also organized a mass baptism for the kids. He solicited funds in the office and from his friends to support their education.

Balancing work and family

JM loves to spend quality time with his family. They go home to Bulacan, JM’s hometown, every weekend.

To keep himself fit, JM is into basketball, biking and running.

For now JM is grateful for all the blessings he received. He is also open to the thought of fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer some day.