Tomo Nakanishi ’00
Hometown: Nara, Japan
Year Inducted: 2006
A four-time First Team All-Ivy selection, Nakanishi holds Brown records for career kills and digs with 1,716 and 1,762, respectively. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1998. The Bears won the Ivy League Championship both of those years, including an undefeated Ivy League season in 1998, the first in school history.
In her freshman year, Nakanishi led the Bears to their first NCAA Volleyball Championship appearance, recording 400 kills, the fourth best in Brown history. Nakanishi beat her own record the next three years, improving each year, posting 414 in 1997, 447 in 1998 and 455 her senior year. Nakanishi was instrumental in the Bears undefeated season in 1998, as she earned Ivy Tournament MVP honors. As a senior in 1999, Nakanishi earned several honors and awards, including Academic All-Ivy honors, the USAA All-American Scholar Award and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award.
Nakanishi graduated from Brown with a B.A. in Business Economics in May 2000. After graduation, she went to work for Denso Corporation in Japan for two years. Denso is a major automotive parts manufacture, supplying parts to Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and others. At Denso, Nakanishi worked as an international sales and marketing team leader. She often had the chance to use her language skills as she speaks English, Japanese, and Chinese.
After working for Denso, Nakanishi went back to her hometown of Nara, Japan to work for Yamato Trading Corp., her father's company. She exports used construction machinery throughout the world and has had many opportunities to travel overseas. Nakanishi has visited Egypt, U.A.E., Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries for business.