Joy Sung Kim is the Executive Vice President of JMJ Financial Group, Inc., a full-service independent financial services and general insurance agency located in Northbrook, Illinois. She has been an emerging leader in the Korean-American community since beginning her business career in the greater Chicagoland area in 1990, when she began a retail business specializing in men and women’s attire. She handed over management of her retail venture in 2003, but still contributes to its success in an advisory capacity.
In 2004, she joined Partners 4 U Realty as a Realtor and is a licensed real estate agent. She is also a loan originator with JC Financial, Inc., a position that she held since 2008. Her work with JMJ Financial Group began in 2008, providing clients advice and services on life, health, property, and casualty insurance, as well as a Registered Representative for Series 6 and 63 Securities, with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, certification. Her varied business background and her long-term contributions to the companies she was involved in have made her an invaluable member of each organization.
Kim recently authored an essay titled “Rubber Shoes” for The Korea Daily, the major Korean newspaper in the United States. “Rubber Shoes” explores her thoughts relating to her mother on the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and was the Grand Prize winner in a national competition. Since publication, her essay has received international acclaim and attention, as the Korea Daily is a widely read paper in the Korean-American communities across the United States.
Kim attended the prestigious HanGuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and graduated with a BA in French Literature in 1982. She moved to France in 1983, residing in Lyon as student and young bride. In 1985, she moved to Chicago, embarking on her journey to become a respected member of the local Korean-American community. She is an active member of the Korean-American Women's Association of Chicago (KAWAC), and sought to build stronger ties within the Korean-American community.
She is married to Chang Min Kim with a daughter and two sons. Joy is fluent in Korean and English, with a proficient knowledge of French.