Scholarship Luncheon

Speaker Bios

Larry Rodriguez

Larry Rodriguez

Larry Rodriguez served as the managing partner of Ernst & Young from 1999 until retiring in 2007. His 40-year career in the accounting profession included serving companies in the financial services, healthcare, airlines, retail, hospitality, real estate and insurance industries. In addition to his work in audit-related matters, Rodriguez also provided services that covered taxes, internal control system evaluations, and other operational activities for local and mainland companies with global locations.

Most recently, Rodriguez served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Central Pacific Financial Corp. / Central Pacific Bank from the summer of 2010 to the end of 2011. Today, Rodriguez operates his own consulting firm to help organizations in Hawai‘i with financial, organizational and other business matters.

Rodriguez is involved with many local charities and community groups, and serves on the boards of Sennet Capital, Ho‘okele Health Innovations, LLC, Energy Industries, LLC, and Tissue Genesis, Inc.

Rodriguez received a BS in accounting from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Terri Fujii

Terri Fujii

Terri Fujii is an audit partner at CW Associates, CPAs, the 9th largest CPA firm in Hawai‘i, ranked by Pacific Business News. Previously, Fujii was the managing partner of the Ernst & Young LLP, Honolulu Office, and a partner in its Assurance Services practice. She has 28 years of experience in financial and internal audits, financial analysis and feasibility studies, cost management, organizational planning, operational reviews and corporate compliance issues.

Fujii received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

She is active in the community, serving on the boards of Easter Seals Hawaii, American Red Cross Hawai‘i Chapter, Hospice Hawaii and Aloha United Way. She also serves as the chair of the Shidler School of Accountancy and a member of the Shidler Advisory Boards. This past summer, Fujii began teaching advanced accounting courses at the College. She was inducted into the Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor in 2007.

Fujii and Rodriguez Endowed Scholarship Fund

Fujii and Rodriguez Endowed Scholarship Fund — In 2007, Terri Fujii and Larry Rodriguez established The Fujii & Rodriguez Endowed Scholarship Fund. Fujii and Rodriguez are strong advocates for education. They both believe that every student deserves the opportunity to pursue a college degree, and credit their accounting degrees for their success.

Ashley Kawagishi

Ashley Kawagishi

Ashley Kawagishi is an undergraduate student from Maui, majoring in entrepreneurship and management with a minor in political science, emphasizing law and society.

Kawagishi was awarded the Eiro and Alice Yamada Endowed Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. This scholarship allows her to focus on academic achievement as well as take on a variety of student leadership positions.

Kawagishi currently serves as the president for the Inter-Business Council, which represents the Shidler undergraduate student population and oversees 11 business student organizations. In addition, she is a Shidler College of Business senator on the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i and the only undergraduate representative on the UH Mānoa Strategic Planning Committee.

Through her academic and civic activities, Kawagishi has developed a passion for being a community leader and a driver of change. In the future, she hopes to continue her work in Hawai‘i and inspire others to follow their dreams through hard work, dedication, and involvement in humanitarian causes.

Rex “Joey” Reyes

Rex Reyes

Rex “Joey” Reyes is a Full-Time Global MBA student and a recipient of the Dennis Ching Memorial/First Interstate Bank Foundation Program Scholarship.

Reyes graduated from Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines with a BS in computer science. After graduating, Reyes worked as a technical consultant for Fujitsu Australia before joining his family business, Comnet Management Corporation. During this time, Reyes became active with the Food Truck Industry in the Philippines with Shawarma Bros., which also opened its first brick and mortar operation last year.

In 2013, Reyes moved to Hawai‘i to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. He is currently the treasurer of the Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) and an active member of Net Impact, Hawai‘i chapter. In his first semester, Reyes led his cohort in a fundraiser to contribute to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts coordinated by the Hawai‘i Filipino Community Center. After graduation, Reyes plans to expand his family’s businesses in the Philippines as well as Hawai‘i.