Lance Higa is Managing Director of Neighbor Island Airport Operations and Contract Services at Hawaiian Airlines. During his 35-year career at Hawaiian, he has held various leadership positions throughout the company including ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, System Operations Control, Technical Operations, and Airport Operations. He started his aviation career at Hawaiian as an aircraft mechanic in 1986.
Lance joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2015. Born and raised in Honolulu, Lance graduated from Pearl City High School then attended technical college in Oklahoma. He received his Executive MBA and membership to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2005 from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa as part of EMBA 14. He is married to Terine (who also is an EMBA 14 alumnus) and has three children.
Reid Hinaga is a Retail Delivery Senior Regional Manager at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Reid’s responsibilities include developing and launching the In-Store network as a new branch channel for the credit union. For now, this includes four locations in Safeways on Oahu and Maui. Previously, Reid worked at Bank of Hawaii for 15 years in numerous retail branch leadership roles.
Reid joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2014 and previously served as co-chair of the Student Relations Committee. He also has extensive non-profit experience from serving on boards of the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association, Honolulu Zoological Society, Waikiki Improvement Association, Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association, and Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Spalding Clubhouse. Born and raised in Honolulu, Reid graduated from Roosevelt High School and earned his Bachelor in Business Administration in marketing and human resources from the Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Jaime and Daughter Remi. He also enjoy golf and is an avid support of UH Athletics.
Kara Kim is the Senior Vice President of Kumabe HR, overseeing the Staffing Division and internal operations. With over fifteen years of experience in human resources, including talent acquisition, staffing, employee relations and training & development, she is an effective leader and great resource for her client companies and employees. She ensures that Kumabe HR’s clients receive the highest quality of services so that they can identify and attain top level talent for their organizations’ success.
Kara is a newly elected board member of the Shidler Alumni Association. In addition, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, Atherton YMCA, and Sakura Hawaii Alumnae.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Kara is a graduate of Hawaii Baptist Academy. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and an Executive Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business.
Landon Beers is a Certified Public Accountant and an audit senior manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP – one of the world’s largest professional services organizations. Landon has been with Deloitte since 2008, where he has focused on serving clients in the financial services (banking and real estate), hospitality and retail industries.
Landon joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2017. Born and raised in Honolulu, he graduated from Kaiser High School and then attended the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance. While at Shidler, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
In his free time, Landon enjoys playing golf, softball, attending sporting events, reading, as well as traveling with family and friends.
Immediate Past President
Tyson Yamada is co-owner of Proforma Favorable Impressions, a creative marketing solutions company. Yamada and his family provide promotional product solutions for a wide range of clients. He has been working with his family for the past eight years.
Tyson joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2007 and currently serves as the chair of the Student Relations Committee. Over the past six years, he has also been involved with Ad 2 Honolulu, a not-for-profit organization of young professionals interested in advertising, marketing, and public relations. Tyson served on Ad 2 Honolulu’s board for several years as treasurer, vice president and president among other committee positions.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Tyson is a graduate of Punahou School. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration from the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business. When not working or volunteering, Tyson enjoys listening to music and dabbling in photography.
Nina Buenconsejo is a Sr. Manager with Hawaiian Airlines’ Sales Team, responsible for the management of sales processes, support, budgeting, planning and organizational performance. Nina has been with Hawaiian Airlines for just over a decade and has held various positions throughout this time, including leadership positions in vendor management, technical planning, and internal audit. She started her airline career as an intern with the Department of Transportation, Airports Division and Aloha Airlines.
Born on ‘Oahu and raised on Maui, Nina is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Travel Industry Management with an emphasis in Transportation and a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business. Nina has dedicated numerous hours to various community organizations, including Aloha United Way’s Society of Young Leaders and Kako’o Oiwi. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, snowboarding, golf(ish), and chasing around her two little boys, Kaizen & Kenzo.
Christopher Chang is a U.S. international tax specialist and owner and founder of American Pacific Tax Limited, a growing and dynamic U.S. tax practice in Hong Kong providing compliance, planning and advisory services on tax issues arising from working and living overseas. He earned his certified public accounting license in Hawai‘i.
Christopher grew up on Maui and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting and marketing from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. During his time at Shidler, Christopher participated in the national and international student exchange programs to Korea as he enjoyed the challenge and learning about new cultures. He was previously the volunteer coordinator for the 63rd Annual Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale and helped implement an automated volunteer sign-up system.
In Hong Kong, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife Venus and daughter Brianna. He also enjoys traveling as much as possible around Asia and making new friends.
John Doyle is currently Director of Information Security at Array, a remote-first high growth fintech venture capital start up working to modernize digital banking offerings by democratizing access to credit & identity protection tools. Prior to Array, John was Special Advisor to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command J2 & J6 Directors working to reduce cyber risks in the Asia-Pacific theater. Prior to that, John served as Technical Director for the DoD. Prior to his career as a public servant in the Federal Government, John led technology services and IT operations at Farelogix Inc., another venture capital startup in the travel industry with global operations spanning across 65 countries. John also worked for several of the leading defense contractors, including Referentia Systems Inc., an O‘ahu-based technology company, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and CSC.
John joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2017. Although he is a graduate of the DoDDS School System and grew up as a military brat in various locations across Korea, Japan, and the mainland U.S., John considers Hawai’i his home. He is an alumnus of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where he earned his Executive MBA (EMBA 20) from the Shidler College of Business and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He was also a Freeman Fellowship recipient. John is also an alumnus of the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science. Additionally, John is an alumnus of Columbia University where he earned a Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE) from Columbia Business School in New York.
Teresa Hamabata is an Assistant Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer at American Savings Bank. She manages the Bank’s commercial banking relationships and fulfills the customer’s banking needs such as financing, deposit accounts, and cash management services.
Teresa joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2018. Born and raised in Honolulu, Teresa graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy. She later received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Outside of work, Teresa enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with family, and eating at new restaurants.
Jodi Hashimoto is a partner with SH Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm based in Honolulu. Her main focus is health care, where she assists clients with performance improvement, corporate compliance and system implementation projects.
Jodi joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2000 and initially served as treasurer for five years. She is also the past president of the Hawai‘i chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Born in Honolulu, Jodi graduated from Punahou School and earned a BS in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Executive MBA from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.
Shelli Ihori is the Associate Director of Workforce Development at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care organizations. Her experience in human resources includes benefits, talent acquisition, organizational development, regulatory compliance, and workforce development.
As an innovator in her field of workforce development, Shelli's scope of work involves partnering with educational institutions and the community at large to increase awareness of health care occupations at the fundamental level. With these partnerships, she continues to pave the pathway of success in collaborative focused on workforce needs for health care and mentoring young professionals in human resources.
Shelli earned her bachelor's of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management and a Master of Human Resource Management from Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.
Masa Itoh is an leasing representative at GGP. Previously, he was an associate at Colliers International where he specialized in all aspects of commercial leasing and investment for O‘ahu shopping centers and restaurants.
Prior to joining Colliers, Masa served active duty in the Marines and is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Masa received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from San Diego State University, and a Master of Business Administration (full time) from the Shidler College of Business where he was elected president of the Graduate Business Student Association and was inducted in the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Masa joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2016. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Hawai‘i chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff Lau is senior partner and treasurer of Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura & Jew, Attorneys at Law, ALC where he is a past president. His practice areas include commercial litigation, real property, insurance defense, collection, estate planning and probate. He is immediate past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and remains legal advisor to the Narcissus Festival and chair of international relations. Other activities include serving as a director for Finance Enterprises and director, assistant secretary and audit committee member for Finance Factors, Ltd. He also serves on the executive committee of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as secretary, on the University of California Hastings Law Foundation as chair of audit committee and as president of the Lehigh University Alumni Club of Hawaii where he received the Lehigh Alumni Award ’10 and remains on the board of the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association.
Jeff’s other interests involve international affairs to which he is Honorary Consul to Belgium in Honolulu and traveled to the Vatican to meet the Pope and the King and Queen of Belgium for the Father Damien Sainthood Canonization, coached WWII US & Japanese Veterans Softball in Hiroshima before Japan’s Prime Minister. He also traveled to Asia with former Mayor Hannemann, former Governor Lingle, former UH President David McClain, recently with Mayor Carlisle and enjoys leading the Chinese Chamber’s Narcissus tour. He is presently the Sister City Liaison for Honolulu for Qinhuangdao, Hebei and Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Jeff is one of the only Shidler Alumni Association board members that is not a graduate of the college and enjoys sharing his experiences from earning his BSBA from Lehigh University in economics and business and his MBA in finance from Fox School of Management and Business from Temple University. He has been on the Shidler Alumni Association board since 2002. He is the son of UHAA board member, Shidler Hall of Honor ’01, UH Alumni Award ‘02 and UH Founders Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award ’09 recipient, Daniel B.T. Lau ‘41. Jeff shares his father’s interest in supporting Shidler scholarship programs.
Jeff and his wife Susan are avid UH sports fans and supporters holding season tickets for baseball, football, basketball and volleyball for many decades. Their son Daniel is currently studying and working in Beijing, China.
René Enrique Layne
Born in 29 Palms, California to a military family and a father from Panama and a mother from Okinawa, Japan, Rene spent his childhood exploring new cities and countries. The exposure to different customs and surroundings has given him a deep appreciation for history and culture, which he still carries today.
Rene’s first experience in Hawaii was in Kailua in his pre-school days. He fondly remembers his first taste of kalua pork in the wet Aikahi Elementary School grass on May Day. Rene spent three years in Hawaii, only to return in high school after spending time in Kentucky, New York, and Okinawa, Japan.
After returning to Hawaii, he attended Kalaheo High School where he continued his appreciation for Hawaiian cuisine, including kalua pork. After Kalaheo, he attended Leeward Community College then moved on to Shidler College of Business where he majored in Finance and Marketing.
After graduation, Rene joined Bank of Hawaii as a Sales Officer. During his 11 years at Bank of Hawaii, he worked in various capacities, including management trainee, branch management and administration.
Rene left Bank of Hawaii in 2017 to join Hawaii State FCU as the Credit Reporting and Data Analytics Department Manager. In 2020, he expanded his role to Credit Administration Manager.
Outside of work, Rene, alongside his wife, Mao Layne, enjoy traveling and soaking up new cultures. They also frequent her hometown in Saitama, Japan to have a good glass of sake from time to time.
Evan Leong is a successful Hawaii-born social entrepreneur, community leader and lifelong connector. In 2019, Evan founded Brain Gain Hawaii, an executive search and consulting firm focused on helping good people move forward. Evan has guided and provided mentorship for young leaders to the C-Suite, as well as helped to foster people's career ascensions.
Previously, he cofounded EK Ventures in 2001 which houses Brain Gain Hawaii (boutique executive recruitment and consulting firm), Bubble Tea Supply (global manufacturer and distributor), Greater Good Inc (omnichannel social entrepreneurship media company), StandUpPaddleSurf.net (#2 online site for stand up paddling) and community initiatives like www.Kokua.org and www.ADUPHawaii.com.
Evan attended Punahou School and graduated Cum Laude from Hawaii Pacific University where he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Certificate of Business Excellence. In 2005, he obtained his Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Evan is also a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.
In 2006, Evan was recognized by Pacific Business News in their “Forty under 40” business award and was in the Pacific Century Fellows. He was also selected as one of Hawaii¹s 2006 Top High Tech Leaders on behalf of the Pacific Technology Foundation and the Technology News Network.
Chris Letoto is a manager at HMSA focusing on their HMO health plan, hospital negotiations as well as newly evolving healthcare quality initiatives like the Patient Centered Medical Home. Chris’ healthcare career began more than 15 years ago, working at Virginia Mason, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, and now HMSA.
Chris joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2009. He is also a board member for the Aloha Medical Mission, and a committee member for Aloha United Way’s Crime & Drug Impact Council.
Born in Honolulu, Chris graduated from Kamehameha Schools and then attended Seattle University where he earned his BBA in finance. After nearly ten years in Washington State, he returned home and graduated from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, receiving his Executive MBA in 2009 and a Pacific Asian Management Institute Certification in International Management.
In his spare time Chris enjoys traveling with his wife Leslie, golfing, hiking, wine tasting, barbecues, attending UH sports events, and anything that allows him to spend more time with family and friends.
Jerry Linville is sales manager for Meadow Gold Dairies where he oversees sales and marketing initiatives, logistics and contracting for military and food service distribution channels. Prior to joining Meadow Gold Dairies, Jerry served as executive director of the non-profit Hawaii Marketing Alliance, where he worked to develop the Hawaii Seal of Quality branding program to promote locally grown and manufactured products.
Jerry joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2001, serving as president of the board for two separate terms totaling four years. He also serves on the board of directors for the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association and as vice president of the American Logistics Association. Jerry earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Jerry has lived in Hawai‘i for over 20 years. He is married to Deborah Sharkey and they have two children, Ian and Holden. Jerry is also a volunteer with AYSO soccer and Boy Scouts of America - Pack 101, where his children participate.
Joseph Magaldi is currently a private consultant for transportation and governmental affairs. In the past, Joseph has served as a dedicated public servant in various positions including, but not limited to, the director of transportation services for the City and County of Honolulu and senior executive assistant to Mayors Frank Fasi and Jeremy Harris. He is also a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who served meritoriously in many demanding and colorful assignments, including multiple tours in Vietnam during the war.
Joseph joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2008. He also serves as the board chair of the City & County of Honolulu Transportation Commission with the Department of Transportation Services, chair of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, deputy chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, associate member of Hawaii Consular Cops and president emeritus of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii and cooperate president emeritus of HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) Hawaii. Joseph is the founder of Godiva Chocolates Hawaii.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joseph relocated to Hawai‘i several years ago. In his free time, Joseph enjoys sporting events, the opera, symphony, stage performances, golfing, jogging and traveling.
Katarina P. Matayoshi
Katarina P. Matayoshi is an associate at local venture firm Sultan Ventures, where she leads various initiatives focused on empowering entrepreneurs to build and scale viable companies and creating a thriving innovation community in Hawaii.
Katarina helped launch XLR8UH®, one of the top 30 venture accelerator programs in the nation, where she worked with a diverse group of startup founders, mentors, and partners. Today she supports local entrepreneurs by connecting them to necessary expertise, resources, and network through XLR8HI®, Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center, and trains the next generation of innovators by leading Sultan Ventures’ Internship and Fellowship Program.
Katarina, born and raised in Slovakia, is a graduate from UH’s Shidler College of Business, where she earned a BBA in Finance and International Business. As a former UH Tennis Wahine (GO BOWS!) she enjoys getting back on the tennis court, and never says no to a good podcast or audiobook.
David A. K. Matlin has experience in sales, marketing, finance, information technology, and event management which he gained while working for the Houston Astros Baseball Club, Arts Center Enterprises (dba The Majestic Theatre), The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, ESPN Regional Television and his own firm, DAKM Enterprises.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1987, David spent six years working for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. From Houston, David headed to Honolulu, Hawai‘i and spent five years as an information officer for the University of Hawai‘i Athletics’ Department. In 2002, he joined Jim Donovan (University of Hawai‘i Athletics Director) as vice-president of m2c and the director of operations for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. In May 2008, David started DAKM Enterprises Inc and was named the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl’s executive director. In May 2009, David also became the executive director of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Additionally, David serves as president of Value Travel Hawaii - a firm that specializes in travel to and from Hawai‘i. In April 2010, David became the executive director of the new Hawaiian Islands Invitational - a professional international soccer tournament.
David joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2005. He also serves on the following organizations: Hawaii Bowl Foundation, ‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue, University of Hawai‘i Athletics Advisory Board and the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association.
Born in Honolulu, David is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA 1987) and the University of Hawai‘i (MBA 1997). While at the University of Hawai‘i, he received the Lum Yip Kee Award – Most Outstanding MBA Student - and was invited to become a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He is married to Dana and has two children, Kisa and Ross.
Heather Miyasato is director health finance at HMSA. Prior to joining HMSA, Heather was the assistant vice president of administrative services for ‘Ekahi Health System.
Heather joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2007. Born and raised in Honolulu, Heather graduated from Kalani High School. Heather is an alumna of the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance with a minor in information and computer science. During her time as an undergraduate, Heather was a Regent Scholar and was actively involved with several on-campus organizations, including the Inter-Business Council, the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, serving a term as president for each.
Grant Nakama is the Vice President of Operations at Mahi Pono, a Maui-based farming company that owns and operates approximately 41,000 acres of agricultural land in Central Maui. Grant is primarily responsible for the oversight of Mahi Pono’s business functions, which include real estate management, contract administration, marketing, and government relations.
In addition to serving on the Shidler Alumni Board, Grant is a board member for the Maui High School Alumni Association and Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.
Grant was born and raised in Wailuku on the island of Maui. He received BBA degrees in Marketing and Business Management, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Cory graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2004. He provides investment management guidance in daily operations and is an owner and managing member of Mosaic Pacific Investment Advisors LLC. He also provides financial planning to firm clients. Previously, he served as investment committee chair and wealth manager at Lee Financial Group.
Cory also co-managed the First Pacific Low Volatility Fund (ticker: LOVIX). Cory joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2004, and has served as the organization's past-president. He is member of the Financial Planning Association, member of the CFA Hawaii, and member of the Outrigger Canoe Club. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).
Sandy Narvaez is the director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach and and is part of the team that launched the completion of the resort in 2018. Sandy brings more than 12 years of executive sales and marketing experience in the areas of hospitality and travel to the association. She previously served as director of sales & marketing at Hilton Waikiki Beach where she oversaw the sales, catering, marketing and reservations departments. Prior to this, she held escalating leadership positions including director of sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki and sales manager at Hilton Waikiki Beach.
Born and raised in Mililani, Sandy graduated from Mililani High School and earned a degree in International Business and Marketing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She was recognized by Pacific Edge Magazine as an esteemed hospitality leader in 2017, and is a recipient of the Nā Alaka‘i Manager of the Quarter Award in 2015 and Meeting Professional International-Aloha Chapter’s Rising Star Award in 2009. Sandy enjoys spending time with her two children, traveling and staying active
Trevor Newman is the senior Sales Manager at the Hawaii Convention Center, part of the ASM Global team. In this role, Trevor is primarily focused on managing accounts and events for the local market as well as customer database management. Prior to joining HCC, he spent five years at the Blaisdell Center & Waikiki Shell where he managed events and handled all marketing and promotions for the shows. Trevor is currently also serving as the Events Chair for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals Program.
Born and raised in Oxnard, CA, Trevor moved to Hawaii in 2010. He is an alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the Shidler College of Business.
In his spare time Trevor enjoys dabbling in photography, adventuring all around the island, and working with his fiancé on their upcycling candle company called Ignite Candle Bar.
Savan Patel is the president and managing principal of Infinium Interiors Inc. Savan was born in India, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1984. He spent a majority of his childhood growing up in Edison, New Jersey. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he spent a considerable amount of time stationed onboard submarines and various overseas locations throughout the United Kingdom and Guam. Upon departing the service, he gained a passion for interior design and commercial furnishing and joined a locally owned furniture dealership in Hawai‘i as an account executive.
In 2014, he started Infinium Interiors Inc. in order to challenge himself further and fulfill his professional goal of operating his own business. In a short-period of time, he has positioned Infinium Interiors Inc. to respond to the fast growth of the Hawai‘i economy following the recession. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology and an MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Scott Rasak is the Chief Executive Officer at JOCOR Distro, a specialty retail and distribution company. Rasak joined the retail based company in 2012 and spearheaded the domestic and international sales and marketing efforts for offline retail and ecommerce channels. Following industry trends and market KPIs, he was a key asset in transitioning the company from integrated manufacturing to third-party item distribution and logistics. After several years of high growth direct to consumer sales and retail expansion across Hawaii, he directed company efforts to expanding on B2B sales with key accounts in Hawaii & beyond. Today, he runs the entire day to day operations of the organization.
Scott was born and raised in South Bay Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawaii to attend Shidler College of Business. After his graduation from Shidler he was already working locally in the visitor industry at the Pearl Harbor visitor attractions as Marketing Manager of eastbound/westbound travel public relations & marketing corporate incentives. He graduated with a BBA from Shidler College at UH Manoa of Business in Marketing.
Kimmie Straube is the Chief, G9 – Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Prior to her career in Federal service, Kimmie worked for several property management companies and was an auditor at KPMG LLP.
Kimmie joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2021. Born and raised in Honolulu, Kimmie is a graduate of Punahou School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Southern California and is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her Executive MBA (EMBA 22) from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Kimmie was a fellow of the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board Pacific Leadership Academy Program and continues to serve as a mentor to senior leaders.
Toby Tamaye is president of AT Marketing, a Hawai‘i-based firm experienced in advertising, public relations, event marketing, and social-media marketing for Hawai‘i residents and its tourism markets. Toby also develops a variety of events from evening business mixers to major street block parties. He is a 2009 class member of Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 business professionals. Toby is a sophisticated user of social networking and is ranked in the top 25 in the world as the most influential PR and travel consultants on Twitter.
Toby joined the Shidler Alumni Association in 2009. He received his Bachelor in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.
Ryan Trujillo is the sr. marketing manager for Servco Pacific Inc., one of the largest private companies based in Hawai‘i. In his role, Trujillo oversees the content marketing, creative production, and partnerships & events teams for the Toyota, Lexus, and Subaru Hawaii brands.
Trujillo joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2020. He also currently sits on the board for the American Marketing Association of Hawaii and is on organization's conference committee. Previous to Servco Pacific, Trujillo served as the director of marketing & communications at the U.S. Tennis Association Hawaii Pacific.
Trujillo is received his MBA from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.
Kelly Vea is a Real Estate Advisor with Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks.
Born and raised on Oahu, Kelly’s deep local roots has given her intimate knowledge of the areas she now represents.
She graduated cum laude from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BBA in Finance and MIS (Management and Information Systems). This unique pairing allows her to utilize financial analysis and information technology to her client’s advantage.
Ms. Vea’s primary focus is representing both tenants and landlords throughout Oahu’s industrial markets. Backed by Cushman & Wakefield’s global resources, Kelly is able to understand trends and drivers in the market as a whole.
She also focuses on local market indicators to develop a well-rounded comprehension. With a positive attitude, dedication, and hard work, she strives to fulfill clients’ needs.
In her first year and while still in college, Kelly closed over 18 transactions. Since then, she has been involved in over 100 deals. Kelly has a spirit of endurance and is committed to bringing the best service to her clients.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks, Kelly was an Associate at Sofos Realty Corporation.
Dianne Vicheinrut is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual who specializes in providing strategic, comprehensive advice to help successful individuals, attorneys, physicians, business owners, and millennials meet their financial goals. Prior to a career in financial planning, Dianne worked in executive management in the hospitality industry for local companies like T S Restaurants and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.
Dianne is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at UH Shidler and has over 20 years of experience in business management. She completed her undergraduate at University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A in Environmental Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she came to University of Hawaii to study for her Master’s in Education and play women’s water polo team for the Rainbow Wahines. When she is not helping her clients effectively plan and fulfill their visions for the future, she enjoys hiking, paddling, cooking and traveling.
Billy Wu is a buy-side credit analyst for Manulife Asset Management based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the credit research within the fixed income investment team, mainly focusing on high grade State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) and industrial corporations in Greater China and Korea. Prior to joining Manulife, he was a rating analyst with S&P Global Ratings covering automobiles, engineering and construction, and technology hardware companies in Greater China. Billy started his career with HSBC Hong Kong as a management trainee and placed as a corporate relationship manager in commercial banking department.
Billy joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2017. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and international business from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. Billy was also the recipient of the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholarship and co-founded the International Business Organization (IBO) during his time at Shidler.