Regional Alumni Ambassadors

The Shidler College of Business is proud to represent alumni from around the globe, who work in various industries and sectors. With a strong alumni base both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region, we endeavor to bolster the Shidler brand, as well as connect and foster meaningful relationships with our graduates. Our alumni serve as key resources to keep abreast of regional business developments, as well as providing opportunities for internships and job placements for students.

To better connect our alumni with each other, as well as and recent graduates, we’ve launched the Shidler Regional Alumni Ambassador Program. Alumni Ambassadors are active in Shidler initiatives and are dedicated to enhancing the college’s reach, mission and vision. Ambassadors also serve as a resource for other alumni in their area.

To connect with our Shidler Regional Alumni Ambassadors, or to obtain more information about the program and how to become an ambassador, please contact director of alumni engagement, Bianca Mordasini.

Japan

Miki Akamine

Miki Akamine

Tokyo

Miki Akamine currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from the Shidler College of Business in 2017 with her BBA in Marketing. She decided to attend Shidler to gain a global business perspective, and to build an international network of contacts.

After earning her degree, Akamine decided to return back home to Japan and started her career in digital marketing and sales, joining Statacache K.K., a digital signage company. In her role, she supported clients with their store-front systems, including content support, programming and hardware. She currently works at systemsGo, an IT company as an inside sales representative, working closely with the sales and marking team. In her current role, she works with global business clients with entities in Japan, finding multilingual IT solutions for office relocation, project installation and product launches.

In her free time, she enjoys web designing and blogging, working out and is currently studying for the IT Passport Certificate, which provides a broad-range perspective in IT management and network solutions.

 

Jun Kabigting

Jun Kabigting

Jun is a representative director and president of HR Central K.K. and an adjunct professor with Temple University Japan Campus and GLOBIS Management School. He also served as the Founding Chief Community Officer of The Japan HR Society (JHRS) and as the first Managing Editor of The HR Agenda—Japan's first & only bilingual HR magazine.

Jun has more than 25 years of experience across the entire HR value chain, most of them Japan-focused. He has a solid experience as a trainer, HR consultant, and talent acquisition professional. Jun likewise serves as a nominal representative and/or external director for other organizations.

He received his MBA in 2000 from the Shidler College of Business from the University of Hawaii, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines, a Certificate in HR Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor and Relations and credentialed as a Senior HR Professional - International (SPHRi) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and an accredited Harrison Assessments (HA) consultant and solutions provider in Japan.

Jun has been a frequent speaker/resource person in various domestic and international HR conferences in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the USA. He passionately believes in advancing the HR agenda in Japan through continuing HR education, knowledge sharing and use of HR best practices.

 

Pacific Northwest

Kirk Wei

Kirk Wei

Seattle

Kirk Wei is an alumnus of the Shidler College of Business class of 2017, with an emphasis in Management Information System and Marketing. He is currently working at Deloitte & Touche LLP as an Information Technology Advisory Risk Management Consultant, with a special focus in internal audit and assurance for Fortune 500 technology companies and major hospitals in the US. He recently relocated to Seattle from Hawaii to be closer to his family.

During his time at Shidler, Kirk was an active student who participated in multiple organizations and held leadership roles: Shidler Global Leaders (Cohort Coordinator), Delta Sigma Pi (Chancellor), Shidler Business Night Awards Event (Director of Marketing). During his time in college, he got the opportunity to travel to Asia twice: 1) Study Abroad opportunity in Singapore for a semester, 2) Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI) to Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China), Hanoi (Vietnam).

In his spare time, Kirk loves to travel, cook, hike, and try new foods. He hopes to travel around the world one day to see all 7 Wonders of the World.

 

Southern California

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher

Los Angeles

A Chicago native, Mike spent 6 years working in Hawaii's banking sector and graduated from the MBA program at the Shidler College of Business in 2018. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California and works with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), performing risk examinations on banks in Southern California.

Shidler provided Mike with a number of amazing opportunities including the chance to live and study in Hong Kong, represent UH in the North America Regional of the CFA Research Challenge, and put together a business model at the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship's Business Plan Competition.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys hiking, surfing, watching movies and trying new foods.

 

Stephanie Honami

Stephanie Honami

Stephanie Homani is the founder of Lotus Method, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Human Resources and life strategies. Her twenty-plus year career as a proven Human Resource partner has fueled Stephanie's passion for helping people and organizations.

Her ability to help navigate delicate situations, with a win-win outcome in mind, results in risk mitigation by creating a roadmap for those seeking guidance and direction. Her Japanese-English fluency and bilingual upbringing provides a unique leadership and coaching style, which may be described as firm, yet supportive. Her no-nonsense communication style, strong moral compass, and desire for successful outcomes, has served her well with advising the spectrum from teenagers through seasoned C-Suite leaders in Fortune 500 companies.

In her spare time, Stephanie seeks ways to travel the world while juggling the delicate balance of being a single mother and business owner.

 

Johanna Tokunaga

Johanna Tokunaga

Johanna Tokunaga is an alumnus of the MBA class of 2000. She enjoyed the EMBA Asia Tour with Dr. K.K. Seo as part of her emphasis in international business. She earned her B.S. in Managerial Economics at the University of California, at Davis with a music minor.

After starting her career at Bank of Hawaii, she relocated to California. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area and works at BNY Mellon. Johanna enjoys working on public financings in Hawaii and California. In her free time, she travels, rides her road bike with a cycling club and plays the flute. Johanna looks forward to connecting with Shidler College students and alumni-both current and future!

 

Dave Uemura

Dave Uemura

Dave received his Bachelors in Business Administration Degree from the University of Hawaii with emphasis in International Business. From 1997 to 2016 Dave worked at Abbott Laboratories in the sales, training, and patient reimbursement divisions in both Hawaii and California.

From the beginning, Dave has been actively involved in the San Diego Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He received the 2008 Health Hero Award from the Combined Health Agencies and was appointed to be part of the Board of Directors for the Sand Diego Arthritis Foundation. Along with his work with the San Diego chapter, Dave has also been involved in the Orange County Chapter and National Psoriasis Foundation of Southern California.

In 2016, Dave joined Eli Lilly & Co. to become a Field Reimbursement Manager. As a physician and patient advocate, Dave is motivated by knowing that he is helping patients get the medicine they need every single day.