For the second year in a row, Young Tran, a Knights of Columbus insurance agent and financial consultant based in Portland, has been named the top agent out of more than 1,300 in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Tran, 43, exceeded his service quota by more than 702%. He has been the Oregon field agent and consultant of the year every year since 2011.

“I love my job,” Tran said of his success. “I love helping people plan for their futures.”

Born in Vietnam, Tran’s family immigrated to the United States in 1991. His father had helped the United States during the Vietnam War.

Tran’s first career was as a software engineer. He has an associate’s degree in computer information systems from Portland Community College, a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from DeVry University and a master of business administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

He began offering Knights of Columbus insurance and financial services in 2011 and has not looked back. He has been in the top five financial consultants nationwide every year.

“I always think about families. Perhaps their children are attending Catholic schools,” Tran said. “What would happen to them if the father did not come home from work one day because he was killed in an accident? I can help families prepare financially and to insure an income for the rest of their lives.”

Tran said he sees four to five families per day and writes about 400 to 500 financial plans per year.

Tran said he is proud to sell Knights of Columbus products because he knows funds are invested only in areas that are in keeping with the Catholic faith.

“We are our brother’s keepers,” Tran said. “We don’t invest money in things outside of our faith.”

Tran said it’s important to him that he is a good husband, father and church member.

“It’s important that we support our priests and bishops, and the Knights of Columbus was founded by Father McGivney to support widows and orphans. Through financial planning we continue to do that every single day.”

Tran’s supervisor, Gabe Kennedy, said the key to Tran’s success is his hard work ethic.

“I would love for him to publish a book about his unique story and his attitude about work and life,” Kennedy said. “He is so motivated to take care of his family as well as all of the families he meets.”

Kennedy said he helped train Tran and has “watched him get better every year. He has had an amazing career.”

Tran and his wife, Kathy, have three sons, Benjamin, 8, Brendan, 5, and Braydan, 2.

He enjoys reading, jogging and being active at Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland.

Within his parish and community, Tran is an usher, helps collect and distribute food for needy families, helps with bottle and can recycling to raise money to assist needy families in the United States and Vietnam and supports several seminarians.

The council and parish also hold an annual March for Life.

The foundation for Knights of Columbus insurance was laid in 1882 in the basement of St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Father Michael McGivney gathered several men of his parish to talk about working class families that had lost their husbands and fathers, leaving penniless widows and orphans.

The Knights would pass the hat to generate funds for those families. Today, the K of C insurance program offers life insurance, retirement annuities, long-term care insurance and disability insurance for about 2 million men and their families around the globe.

Knights donated more than $185 million to charities last year and provided more than 75 million hours of service to their parishes and communities.