From 1972 to 1974, Kim served in the U.S. Army where he was primarily stationed in Ft. Meade, Maryland. Seeking opportunities outside of the military and looking for ways to expand his business acumen, Kim graduated with an MBA from Arizona State University in 1975.
After receiving his MBA, Kim began a forty year career in banking, working mostly in business and real estate lending in Arizona. In 1999, Kim and his wife Lisa moved their family to Las Cruces where he accepted a role as president of the former Western Bank, which eventually became Community First National Bank. Kim also served as Chairman of the Memorial Medical Center Board (2001-2004) during the time the hospital was sold. In 2015, and after eight years with Citizens Bank, Kim retired as senior vice president.
Today, Kim and Lisa Hakes have been married for over forty years and share nine children and 21 grandchildren together. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kim has served as a lay leader to his local church congregation and has been an active member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Throughout his lifetime, Kim has served in various leadership roles, believing in the value of service, loyalty, integrity and trust. These qualities are key to building a strong family, a strong organization and an even greater community.