Richard Noordyk, BBA ‘66
Richard Noordyk, BBA ‘66, has gone on many travel adventures since his retirement a few years ago. So far, he has climbed the Great Wall of China, visited the Galapagos Islands, walked on the Athabasca Glacier and traveled by train through the Canadian Rockies. Most recently, Noordyk went on a cruise up the Rhine River.
Peter Fong, BBA ‘77
Peter Fong, BBA ‘77, has been appointed chair of the board of directors at Maryknoll School. In his role, he leads efforts to raise funds for student projects, which includes a performing arts program and facility. Fong was also appointed chair of the board of directors and president of Palolo Chinese Home.
David Kong, BBA 74
David Kong, BBA 74, was named the inaugural recipient of the Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award for his dedication to drive change through strong leadership and community engagement. Kong was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Hospitality Investment Forum in Berlin on May 5.
Dan Ihara, BBA ‘86
Dan Ihara, BBA ‘86, has been named leader of KW Real Estate Planner, the newest community in Keller Williams Realty International, open to the top 1% of realtors in the U.S. As part of this group, Ihara shares his knowledge, training and experience with other real estate owners.
Vince Otsuka, BBA ‘95
Vince Otsuka, BBA ‘95, president & chief executive officer of Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, was named Business Leader of the Year for the Big Business category at Pacific Business News’ (PBN) 2022 Business Leadership Hawaii awards. Each year, PBN recognizes leaders who have made important contributions to their companies, industries and communities.
Tony Soh, BBA ‘90
Tony Soh, BBA ‘90, has been named chief executive officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore. In this leadership role, he works closely with partners and the community to deepen and grow a culture of giving.
Matt Takamine, BBA ‘98
Matt Takamine, BBA ‘98, has been promoted to executive managing director and captive practice leader at Brown & Brown. In his elevated role, he is responsible for all of the company’s captive management and consulting services. Takamine recently served as the keynote speaker at Shidler’s 2022 Scholarship Luncheon.
Todd Takayama, BBA ‘90
Todd Takayama, BBA ‘90, has been promoted to president at First Insurance Company of Hawaii. In this role, he oversees the company’s finance, marketing, legal and claims departments while continuing to serve as chief underwriting officer.
Rachael Young, BBA ‘95
Rachael Young, BBA ‘95, has been appointed human resources director at Palolo Chinese Home. Young has 23 years of experience, having held positions with Fletcher Jones Automotive, Lanakila Pacific and Kobayashi Travel Service.
Katie Mettler, BBA ‘02
Katie Mettler, BBA ‘02, has been promoted to vice president and senior wealth advisor at First Hawaiian Bank. As a Certified Financial Planner since 2012 and with over 18 years of financial services experience, Mettler guides her private banking clients to achieve their financial wellness objectives by creating a financial plan that will help them reach their long term goals including retirement, investments and estate planning.
Warren Altona, BBA ’06
Warren Altona, BBA ‘06, has been named product strategy & retail analytics division manager at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. In this new position, Altona will oversee credit union deposit, loan and payment products, as well as the strategic and retail analytics of the organization. He will also aim to deliver and execute strategies that provide an optimal suite of products and services to the bank’s members. Altona most recently served as senior regional manager.
Kanani Miyahira, MBA ‘00
Kanani Miyahira, MBA ‘00, has been promoted to first vice president and wealth advisor at American Savings Investment Services. With over 25 years of expertise, she provides clients with personalized services to meet their financial goals while also offering portfolio management advice.
Landon Beers, BBA ‘07
Landon Beers, BBA ‘07, has been promoted to managing director at Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Honolulu audit practice, where he leads audit engagements in banking, technology, retail and hospitality practices. Beers also serves as treasurer for the Shidler Alumni Association.
Ngoc Nguyen, BBA ’05, MBA ’11
Ngoc Nguyen, BBA ’05, MBA ’11, has been chosen for the 2022-2023 Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance cohort. Nguyen currently serves as director of strategic finance at Hawaiian Telcom.
Daniel Chun, BS ‘02
Daniel Chun, BS ‘02, was named the Alaska Airlines corporate honoree for the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation’s Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u awards banquet. As a public school graduate, Chun was recognized for his contributions to the business community as well as his dedication to improving education opportunities for future generations.
Dan Richards, BBA ‘09
Dan Richards, BBA ‘09, has been promoted to vice president of marketing at Coldwell Banker Island Properties. In his elevated role, Richards oversees marketing for the company and its affiliated businesses across Hawaii. He also identifies growth opportunities and develops new business partnerships.
Reid Hinaga, BBA ’06
Congratulations to Reid Hinaga, BBA ’06, for being honored in Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 for his demonstration of business excellence, contributions to his organization and strong community involvement. Hinaga currently is the retail delivery senior regional manager at Hawaii state Federal Credit Union and also serves on the Shidler Alumni Association board.
Tiffany Tabbal, BBA ‘08
Tiffany Tabbal, BBA ‘08, has been appointed principal and co-owner of Manageability, LLC. In her role, Tabbal oversees the company’s day-to-day business operations, while managing various projects for clients. She also focuses on assisting with certification as a woman-owned small business. Tabbal previously served as the company’s marketing and administrative manager.
Su Lazo, BBA ‘06
Su Lazo, BBA ‘06, had been appointed director of career development for the Hiapo program at Purple Mai’a. In her new role, she provides students with career counseling, prepares graduates for their job search and builds a network of local employers committed to hiring locally.
Danielle Ulmann, BBA ‘09
Danielle Ulmann, BBA ‘09, has been promoted to vice president of surety at Atlas Insurance Agency. In her new role, she collaborates with account executives to grow, build and maintain client and carrier relationships. Ulmann continues to manage the surety client book of business.
Michelle Leon-Guerrero, BS ‘07, MHRM ‘09
Michelle Leon-Guerrero, BS ‘07, MHRM ‘09, has been promoted to chief administrative officer at Hawaiian Host Group (HHG). In this elevated leadership role, Leon-Guerrero will oversee the company’s Talent Management, Operations, Customer Care and Warehouse departments. Leon-Guerrero previously served as VP of talent management.
Chris Anjo, MBA ’13
Congratulations to Chris Anjo, MBA ’13, for being honored in Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 for his demonstration of business excellence, contributions to his organization and strong community involvement. Anjo currently serves as vice president & commercial banking officer at First Hawaiian Bank.
Jerrin Ching, MBA ‘19
Jerrin Ching, MBA ‘19, has been named corporate advanced analyst at HMSA. Ching is responsible for performing data analysis and presenting financial medical trends to senior management. He also develops and applies automated solutions to business reporting processes and functions.
Daniel Chong, BBA ‘15
Daniel Chong, BBA ‘15, has been hired as marketing director for Pearlridge Center at Washington Prime Group, where he leads events, advertising and communications for Pearlridge to grow its impact as a special gathering place for the community.
Caileigh Clermont, BBA ‘18
Caileigh Clermont, BBA ‘18, has been hired as email specialist at BrüMate. In her new role, Clermont develops strategy for the company’s email and SMS calendar, segmentation and testing strategies; and implements campaigns from start to finish.
Riccardo Coffani, BS ‘11
Riccardo Coffani, BS ‘11, has been named general manager of Tokyo Pizza London, a concept restaurant that marries the flavors of Japan with classic pizza. He most recently served as marketing manager at Orange Hospitality Limited.
John Doyle, EMBA ‘17
John Doyle, EMBA ‘17, has been named director of information security at Array. In his new role, Doyle serves as the cybersecurity lead on efforts to implement and maintain information security policies, as well as develop and execute security incident and investigation procedures.
Drew Gladstone, BBA ‘11
Drew Gladstone, BBA ‘11, has been promoted to controller at Seaboard Energy, LLC. In his elevated role, Gladstone oversees all accounting and finance related aspects of the company.
Timothy Goshi, MBA ‘10
Timothy Goshi, MBA ‘10, has been promoted to senior associate at KAI Hawaii. Goshi will lead building department engineers responsible for the company’s vertical/building projects. With over 18 years in the field, his expertise areas include residential, commercial, industrial, medical and hospitality.
Teresa Hamabata, BBA ’11
Congratulations to Teresa Hamabata, BBA ’11, for being honored in Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 for her demonstration of business excellence, contributions to her organization and strong community involvement. Hamabata currently is the VP, commercial banking officer at American Savings Bank and also serves on the Shidler Alumni Association board.
Christopher Hodges, BBA ‘10
Christopher Hodges, BBA ‘10, has been named vice president, deputy chief financial officer & finance division manager at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Hodge oversees all finance, accounting and treasury functions, including loan and deposit pricing, managing investment portfolios and ensuring long-term financial sustainability. Previously, he served as vice president and treasury investment officer at First Hawaiian Bank.
Kisan Jo, EMBA ‘19
Kisan Jo, EMBA ‘19, has been appointed executive vice president of retail markets and operations at Central Pacific Bank. In this leadership role, he oversees the bank’s branch network, call center, deposit and loan operations, consumer lending and client experience. Jo previously served as the president of Prince Resorts Hawaii.
Lynn Miyahira, MBA ‘10
Lynn Miyahira, MBA ‘10 and Mark Gilbertson got married on Jan. 30 in Kaneohe.
Trevor Newman, BBA ’12
Congratulations to Trevor Newman, BBA ’12, for being honored in Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 for his demonstration of business excellence, contributions to his organization and strong community involvement. Newman currently is the director, citywide sales at the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and also serves on the Shidler Alumni Association board.
Jacqueline Rabaino, MHRM ‘17
Jacqueline Rabaino, MHRM ‘17, has been hired as Oahu division director at United Public Workers (UPW). She is responsible for the management of UPW’s Oahu Division and supervision of field staff who represent city and state employees, through contract enforcement of two collective bargaining agreements, grievance handling, member recruitment and membership services.
Stefen Joshua Rasay, BBA ‘18
Stefen Joshua Rasay, BBA ‘18, has been named rating analyst at S&P Global. In this new position, he is a part of the U.S. Public Finance team, reviewing the creditworthiness of public power and electric cooperative utility entities.
Taylor Ricca-Mirzayan, BBA ‘18
Taylor Ricca-Mirzayan, BBA ‘18, has been named marketing specialist at ThousandEyes. She is responsible for planning and executing email campaigns, copywriting and improving existing marketing automations. Ricca previously served as a marketing coordinator at Plumb.
Sara Samiano, BBA ‘19
Sara Samiano, BBA ‘19, has been hired as creative production project manager at Brafton. In this position, Samiano collaborates with teams across the company to manage multiple delivery schedules and processes to ensure deliverables get to clients on time.
Sara Strona, MBA ‘15
Sara Strona, MBA ‘15, has been appointed director of Starn O’Toole, Marcus & Fisher. She practice in the areas of real estate law, commercial transactions and corporate law. Strona holds Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest possible rating of AV Preeminent®. This rating is given by her legal peers, based on their knowledge of her work, knowledge and integrity.
Kristyn Takai, BBA ‘18
Kristyn Takai, BBA ‘18, has been hired as human resources specialist at the U.S. Army Civilian Human Resources Agency. In her new role, she provides staffing and recruitment strategy support, as well as position management and classification support to organizations within the Department of the Army.
Kylee Takata, BBA ‘18
Kylee Takata, BBA ‘18, has been hired as account manager at Apex Systems. In her role, Takata is responsible for building relationships with Fortune 1000 clients in various industries such as engineering, life science; and infrastructure and security. She leads efforts within her internal team to ensure job opportunities are filled for their clients.
Alyssa Tanabe, BBA ‘11
Alyssa Tanabe, BBA ‘11, has been hired as development associate at the East-West Center. Tanabe most recently served as development coordinator for the University of Hawai‘i Foundation.
Alyssa Tanabe, BBA ‘11
Alyssa Tanabe, BBA ‘11, welcomed baby boy, Maddox Tanabe, to the family on Feb. 4.
Edwin Wong, BBA ‘19
Edwin Wong, BBA ‘19, has been named program manager as part of the Business Planning Team at Amazon. In his role, he drives initiatives to create and deploy project management mechanisms around workforce staffing field operation’s business lines.
Melissa Yoshimoto, MBA ‘19
Melissa Yoshimoto, MBA ‘19, has been named people operations manager at Revacomm. In her new role, Yoshimoto spearheads all operational aspects of the people operations team which includes benefits, compliance, compensation and talent management. As a champion of company culture, Yoshimoto places the best people in the right roles to diversify and grow the company.
Hae-Dong Lee, MBA ’20
Hae-Dong Lee, MBA ’20, has been promoted to principal at Bowers + Kubota. In his elevated role, Lee oversees the architectural and electrical design group along with managing various government agencies.
Poki’i Balaz, EMBA ’20
Poki’i Balaz, EMBA ’20, has been selected as an Obama Foundation Scholar and is the first from Hawaiʻi to be selected, since the program’s 2018 inception. Through an immersive curriculum, the prestigious program provides rising leaders who are already making a difference in their communities with the opportunity to take their work to the next level.
Mia Pimentel, BBA ‘21
Mia Pimentel, BBA ‘21, has been hired as content marketing associate at Honolulu-based startup TurnoverBnB. In her new role, Pimentel produces written and video content that can be used across multiple digital media platforms for TurnoverBnB’s global audience.
Kayla Bisquera, BBA ‘21
Kayla Bisquera, BBA ‘21 has been hired as digital marketing coordinator at Honolulu-based startup TurnoverBnB. In her role, Bisquera develops various digital marketing materials across multiple channels, and oversees marketing campaigns. Additionally, she curates creative written and video content and manages TurnoverBnB social media accounts.
Mackenzie Plunkett, BBA ‘22
Mackenzie Plunkett, BBA ‘22, has been named specialty sales executive team leader for Target Corporation. She is responsible for overseeing scheduling, hiring, planning of merchandising, replenishment of the sales floor; as well as the pricing workload of the apparel and accessories, beauty, home decor and electronics departments at the new Windward Mall location.
Kylie Butts, BBA ‘21
Kylie Butts, BBA ‘21, has been promoted to account executive at Anthology Marketing Group, a FINN Partners Company. In her elevated role, she serves as the primary contact for clients, provides public relations and communications recommendations, and ensures all client needs are met.
Angela Rush, BBA ‘22
Angela Rush, BBA ‘22, has been hired as content marketing associate at Honolulu-based startup TurnoverBnB. In her new role, Rush produces written and video content that can be used across multiple digital media platforms for TurnoverBnB’s global audience.
Macey Chinen, BBA ‘20
Macey Chinen, BBA ‘20, has been promoted to human resources manager at Grace Pacific LLC. She is responsible for benefits administration and leave management while continuing to provide support to other HR functions. Chinen previously served as the company’s human resources coordinator.
Samuel Hoffer, BBA ‘21
Samuel Hoffer, BBA ‘21, has been promoted to marketing manager at Honolulu-based startup TurnoverBnB. In his elevated role, Hoffer is responsible for various marketing initiatives such as social media management, product marketing, and video production.
Kent Le, BBA ‘21
Kent Le, BBA ‘21, has been hired as development associate at East-West Center. In this position, he oversees gift administration and stewardship of donor relations. He also assists with organizing and implementing social media campaigns.