Welcome home, Terry Allen

After college, Terry experienced the Hawaii Paradox – to stay in Hawaii meant he had to leave. Years later, when he returned to Hawaii, it all made sense.  The knowledge and experience he gained while working abroad has allowed him to make his living here.

Terry Allen moved to Hawaii from Virginia as a teenager, went to Radford High School, and got his Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He made Hawaii his home and wanted to stay. But, like many others, he found it difficult to make it in Hawaii. Terry was newly engaged and still not earning enough to move out of his parent’s house.

When his fiancé found a job on the east coast, they took a leap of faith. They packed everything up and left.  Terry pounded the pavement for a job as soon as they got there. Little did he know, that first jump to the east coast would be the start of their winding journey back home, via Korea and Italy. As soon as they left Hawaii, they wanted to come back. He said at times it felt like the TV show Quantum Leap, and he hoped that his next leap would bring him home.

While working at Booz Allen Hamilton, he quickly learned that consulting work is all about building relationships. He honed his networking skills and used them each time he came home to visit, never missing a happy hour or an opportunity to meet others. This led him to meeting Ben Ancheta, who would ultimately offer him a job that would bring him back home.

Hear more about Terry’s journey in the podcast below.

Podcast music by Yeyey

Terry’s advice – soak up, learn and enjoy the experience while you’re away.

Many companies, like `ike, actively reach out to kama`aina who are away in the hopes that they will return, bringing their valuable experiences abroad home.

Do you have a story you’d like to share? I want to hear it! Drop me a line at cindy@htdc.org.


Here’s Terry and family, enjoying one of their favorite things in Hawaii!

Terry Allen, DataHouse’s new Chief Consulting Officer, is a hardworking businessman, husband, and father with a dedication to excellence and doing what’s right. Prior to joining the DataHouse family, Terry was a management consultant for the global strategy and technology firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led business transformations, process improvements, and change management projects across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.


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