Josh Kosnick, Class of 2012

IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Josh Kosnick, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual Kosnick Financial Group.
Josh Kosnick Headshot

What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?

Since my 40 Under 40 selection, I’ve continued to double down on the things that got me selected and improve on my blind spots by physically writing out a long-term vision with goals and benchmarks along the way.

Early in my career, these goals included achieving personal benchmarks such as 40 Under 40. From there I set my sights on achieving a managing partner position, meaning to become one of 77 partners at a Fortune 100 company and to be the youngest in the company in that role.

In the years since being inducted, I was appointed to three leadership positions that I held simultaneously while also growing my personal practice. I also accomplished four years of leadership courses and completed multiple rigorous financial and FINRA compliance exams (Series 7,9,10).

In 2015, I was also named “Man of the Year” for the work my team and I have done with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And I hit a personal goal of raising over $100,000 for childhood cancer research with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Recently, I am very proud of our leadership-based podcast, “Inspire People Impact Lives.” It is a pleasure and honor interviewing southwestern Wisconsin’s top business and community leaders on their journey to success and impact.

What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?

I am most proud of my wife, Jenna, and four kids. Raising three daughters has been the greatest gift and personal learning journey for me.

I am also very proud of all the service work that has been accomplished. What makes it special has not only been the impact of the service but the outstanding people I’ve met and grown with through the service along the way.

If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?

Get clear on vision and goals quicker! I cannot stress enough how important it was for me to take time to reflect on where I wanted to go, what that would look like, how I was going to get there, and then write it down!

Vision needs to be your No. 1 priority. “Begin with the end in mind,” as Stephen Covey says.

How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?

One benefit was meeting other like-minded individuals who were making an impact in our community. Developing relationships early and often in your career is key. Having the chance to do this with a select number of individuals like the 40 Under 40 is extremely valuable.

What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?

Personal growth, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion awareness are what I have been OBSESSED with since my induction. They will be an ever-evolving passion of mind. You’re never done growing.

Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?

Work hard and work even harder when no one is looking.

Don’t do it for the ’gram, do it for yourself.

Always be curious.

Seek first to understand and then to be understood. — Stephen Covey

Lead with service.

Know your worth, shoot your shot, don’t expect anything because nothing is promised, never stop trying to be qualified for the job, don’t take advice from people who aren’t where you are looking to go, and don’t be patient but endure when forward progress is being made.

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