Brother John Fung is the Director of Development at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson. John immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong when he was 12 years old. He graduated from the University of Arizona with majors in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, John operated an Allstate Insurance Agency for 13 years, and then entered into the field of pharmaceutical and medical sales for the next 14 years of his career. In September 2014, John joined the University of Arizona Development team, and in the last five years has raised in excess of $13 million dollars for research, scholarship and faculty support. In 2017, John earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Grand Canyon University, and 2018 he earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In his spare time, John serves on the board for the Junior Achievement of Arizona Southern District, and the UA Asian American Faculty, Staff & Alumni Club. A mentor for the UA Asian Corporate Entrepreneur Leaders Collegiate Chapter, and the FBI Citizens Academy Phoenix Alumni Association Events Committee. John is also an avid soccer referee and has officiated over 2200 matches including high school, competitive youth, adults, co-ed and collegiate club leagues.
John’s favorite memories from UA was being a part of Primus, Sophos & Chain Gang, which offered him the opportunity to get to know a number of Kappa Sigma’s at a personal level before he considered rushing a fraternity in the spring of his sophomore year. HIs favorite chapter memories are the tailgates before all the home football games, intramurals and of course, FUBAR.
Brother Fung says: “I have made lifelong friends through Kappa Sigma. Although we are all uniquely different, but we have a common bond which tied us together. The Gamma-Rho Chapter truly signifies our motto, “Not for a day, an hour, or a college term only, but for life”.
John’s advice to undergraduate brothers and young alumni “is to build your network before you need them. Step out of your comfort zone and take a risk. Be kind to others. If you are in a position to help someone, just do it. Pursue something that genuinely makes you happy and alive. You will be richly rewarded beyond your wildest dreams.”