Congratulations to Niki Shishido, MBA ’06, for being named to Pacific Business News’ 2023 Women Who Mean Business. Shishido was recognized for her stellar contributions to their businesses, industries and communities.
Congratulations to Monica Salter, MBA ’07, for being named to Pacific Business News’ 2023 Women Who Mean Business. Salter was recognized for her stellar contributions to their businesses, industries and communities.
Congratulations to Michelle Leon-Guerrero, BS ’07, MHRM ’09, for being named to Pacific Business News’ 2023 Women Who Mean Business. Leon-Guerrero was recognized for her stellar contributions to their businesses, industries and communities.
Congratulations to Jennifer Barrett Fajarado, EMBA ’07, for being named to Pacific Business News’ 2023 Women Who Mean Business. Barrett Fajarado was recognized for her stellar contributions to their businesses, industries and communities.
Congratulations to AJ Halagao, MBA ’04, for being named to Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20. This annual list highlights 20 individuals whose talents, accomplishments and potential set them apart as emerging leaders of Hawaiʻi into the next two decades.
Congratulations to Christian Chambers, MBA ’12, for being named to Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20. This annual list highlights 20 individuals whose talents, accomplishments and potential set them apart as emerging leaders of Hawaiʻi into the next two decades.
Kelly McGill, BS ’97, was named recipient of the 2022 Kāne Fernandez Award, presented by the UH Letterwinners Club. This award is given each year to a past letterwinner who has volunteered to further advance the community. In 2022, as owner of Tiki’s Grill and Bar, McGill celebrated its 20th anniversary which raised more than $16,000 for the Hawai‘i Food Bank and the planting of 28 trees for the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. With his wife, Thao, they also donated water to over 200 homes and schools after the Red Hill contamination and provided Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless.
Best of luck to Rick Ching, MBA ’86, as he retires from his role as president and COO at Servco Pacific, Inc. effective Oct. 1. Ching will continue to serve as a director on Servco’s Global Mobility Board. He will retire with 38 years of service to Servco, holding various leadership positions in corporate finance and automotive operations.
Joseph “Joe” Magaldi, BBA ’64, retired marine and a former Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) director, passed away on Jan. 4, 2023 at the age of 93. The Massachusetts native served as a colonel for the Marine Corps based in Kaneohe Bay. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Magaldi was appointed head of the HDOT, which also resulted in his unofficial appointment of Honolulu Hale’s Santa Claus, a role which he joyfully served in for over 30 years. Magaldi was also an active member of the Shidler Alumni Association Board for nearly 15 years.
Rose Wong, BBA ’20, was crowned Miss Waikiki 2023. In June 2023, Wong went on to compete for the title of Miss Hawaii 2023. For her talent, she introduced the first-ever “HERStory,” a 90-second “Ted Talk” about her jewelry business, Kolohe.
Christian Bowman, MBA ’22, has been named chief marketing officer and production manager at Sight and Sounds Productions and Island Sound Studios. In his new role, he will use his branding, advertising and narrative expertise to expand the two companies, while also continuing his duties as production manager.
Lauren Saiki, BBA ’15, has been promoted to associate director of alumni & community engagement at the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation. In her elevated role, she leads initiatives to connect UH system campuses with alumni through special engagement opportunities in Hawaiʻi and worldwide.
Brandie Ota, MHRM ‘15, has been promoted to human resources director at AlohaCare. In her role, she oversees all aspects of the Human Resource department with an emphasis on policies and procedures. Her role is key to fostering the development and retention of AlohaCare’s most important asset—their people.
Lynn Miyahira, MBA ’10, has been promoted to vice president of public affairs at iQ360. In her elevated role, she specializes in communications and market strategy advising clients on how to best integrate branding, marketing and media relations.
Jonathan Kam, BBA ’16, has been hired as a realtor at Coldwell Banker Realty. In his role, he offers clients vast market knowledge and seamless assistance with every aspect of the homeownership and selling process. In 2022, Kam was nominated for the prestigious Aloha ‘Āina REALTOR® Award.
Dakota Chun, BBA ’19, has been promoted to marketing manager at Pacxa. She is responsible for leading the company’s marketing and communication initiatives. Chun will also be driving internal communication to engage employees within the organization.
Maurice Berbano, BBA ’19, has been hired as social content creator at REVOLVE. In this role, he is responsible for creating and publishing content across a variety of channels that showcase the company’s lifestyle brand and as a next-generation fashion retailer.
Jeffrey Kao, BBA ’02, MBA ’06, has been appointed partner and financial adviser at HIPac Financial. In his role, he provides innovative financial planning services to assist retirees, pre retirees, young families, state and federal employees, and business owners to grow and protect their wealth. Kao also is the cofounder of Sweet Creams, the first ice cream roll shop in Hawaiʻi.
Bernadette Kaneshiro, BBA ’08, has been promoted to assistant vice president & private banking mortgage loan officer at First Hawaiian Bank. In her role, she is responsible for generating residential mortgage loan production through various network referral sources, developer projects and bank resources.
Kylie Matsuda-Lum, BS ‘01, was awarded Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s Agriculture/Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2023 Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards. Lum and her husband, Judah, are co-founders of Kahuku Farms. This award honors their company’s ability to enhance clean technology to help create a greener future through innovative agricultural practices.
Jason Domingo, MHRM ’07, was named a recipient of the McDonald’s Presidents’ Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of the top 1% of McDonald’s corporate, segment and market staff globally. Domingo was selected as a high-achieving individual who, by living the McDonald’s values each and every day, also inspires and enables those around him to deliver better results.
Kristi Chun, BBA ’06, has been appointed partner and financial advisor at HIPac Financial, LLC. She provides premium financial services to her clients through continued education, up-to-date product knowledge and the development of strategic industry relationships. Chun was named one of Forbes “Top Best-in-State Financial Security Professionals” in 2022.
Todd Takayama, BBA ‘90, has been promoted to president and CEO at First Insurance Company of Hawaii. With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, he will lead the company in its efforts to improve customer experience while also finding ways to service the community through volunteer work and outreach.
Matt Takamine, BBA ’98, was recognized in the 2023 Captive Review Power 50. Holding the 31st spot, hee was selected for this list as one of the most influential people in the captive industry. Takamine currently serves as the executive managing director and captive practice leader at Brown & Brown.
Tasha Sawai, BBA ’95, MAcc ’97, has been appointed controller at Mid-Pacific Institute. With 25 years of finance and accounting experience, Sawai will oversee all accounting operations to ensure sound financial reports, records, controls, policies and procedures.
David Matlin, MBA ’97, has retired as athletic director of the University of Hawai’i. He will retire with almost eight years of service to UH and over three decades of sports administration experience in Hawai’i. Matlin has also ended his term as a director on the Shidler Alumni Association board, a position he has held since 2005.
Daniel Nāhoʻopiʻi, MBA ’93, has been named chief administrative officer at Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA). He is responsible for the administrative, fiscal, procurement and human resources operations of HTA. Nāhoʻopiʻi previously served as HTA’s director of research from 2006-2017, a time in which he led the organization’s statewide Tourism Strategic Plan process, oversaw the research department and more.
Shelee Kimura, BBA ’95, was named a Power Leader by Pacific Business News. This award recognizes business leaders who will make the biggest impact on Hawai‘i over the next 10 years. In addition, Kimura was appointed to Mid-Pacific Institute’s Board of Trustees, where she will provide insight and guidance to advance the overall mission and vision of the school. Kimura currently serves as president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric.
Jon Evans, MBA ‘94, was promoted to president of Charlie’s Produce Seattle, the largest independent produce distributor on the West Coast. Evans has also been the executive sponsor of the company’s sustainability efforts including the recent install of the largest rooftop solar array in Western Washington.
Jay Ana, BBA ’98, has been appointed as a new trustee to the Coast Guard Foundation. As a trustee, he will help to further the foundation’s mission of strengthening the U.S. Coast Guard community and service by supporting its members and families. Ana currently serves as the president of Young Brothers, LLC and sits on the Shidler Advisory Board.
Rose Kemna, BBA ’84, earned an Aloha ‘Āina REALTOR® Award. The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® annually recognizes 10 individuals who excel in the real estate profession and have gone above and beyond in service to their clients. Kemna is currently a realtor broker at Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers.
Denise Iseri-Matsubara, BBA ’86, was hired as executive director of the City and County of Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Housing & Homelessness. She will lead efforts to complete various housing initiatives.. Iseri-Matsubara will also be taking over leadership of the city’s Affordable Housing Working Group.
Krishna Dhir, MBA ’68, was featured at The London Book Fair for his book, “The Wonder That is Urdu.”The fair showcases recently published books from various countries. The National Book Trust, an agency of the Indian government, selected the book to represent India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alyssa Tanabe, BBA ‘11, welcomed baby boy, Maddox Tanabe, to the family on Feb. 4.
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.
Lynn Miyahira, MBA ‘10 and Mark Gilbertson got married on Jan. 30 in Kaneohe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Business News honored women leaders and news-makers in its 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business. Congratulations to Cristina Schenk, GCER ’10 for being named to the list for demonstrating a commitment to community service and for her leadership skills.
Pacific Business News honored women leaders and news-makers in its 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business. Congratulations to Pamela Nitta, MBA ’06 for being named to the list for demonstrating a commitment to community service and for her leadership skills.
Pacific Business News honored women leaders and news-makers in its 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business. Congratulations to Jamie Cheng, BBA ’99 for being named to the list for demonstrating a commitment to community service and for her leadership skills.
Pacific Business News honored women leaders and news-makers in its 23rd Annual Women Who Mean Business. Congratulations to Kawena Beaupre, BBA ’00 for being named to the list for demonstrating a commitment to community service and for her leadership skills.
The Kikawa/Goeas Group of Raymond James in Honolulu was recognized as one of the top institutional consulting teams in the nation. The firm was ranked No. 58 on Barron’s 2021 Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams list and was the only consulting group from Hawaii to be included. Three of the group’s 10 partners – Larry Goeas, BBA ’84, Gregg Matsuura, BBA ’86 and Wesley Yamamoto, BBA ’77 – are Shidler College alumni.
Congratulations to Jadyne Yomono, MHRM ‘17 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Congratulations to Natalie Werts, BBA ‘05 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Congratulations to Teresa Hamabata, BBA ‘11 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Congratulations to Dr. Pok‘i Balaz, EMBA ‘20 for being selected for the 6th cohort of the Patsy Mink Leadership Alliance in August 2021. The program is designed for emerging women leaders to develop management skills in order to advance their personal growth, professional impact and community change.
Congratulations, Colette Masunaga, MBA ’20, for being sworn into the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women in August 2021. Masunaga was appointed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi based on her interest, knowledge and ability to advance the status of women in the county. The committee recognizes contributions by women, assesses changes in women’s status, and promotes equality of the sexes. They also work closely with city agencies to eliminate sex discrimination and provide support to affirmative action programs.
Congratulations, Valerie Lam, MBA ‘20, for being sworn into the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women in August 2021. Lam was appointed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi based on her interest, knowledge and ability to advance the status of women in the county. The committee recognizes contributions by women, assesses changes in women’s status, and promotes equality of the sexes. They also work closely with city agencies to eliminate sex discrimination and provide support to affirmative action programs.
Congratulations, Kristen Konishi, MBA ’20, for being sworn into the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women in August 2021. Konishi was appointed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi based on her interest, knowledge and ability to advance the status of women in the county. The committee recognizes contributions by women, assesses changes in women’s status, and promotes equality of the sexes. They also work closely with city agencies to eliminate sex discrimination and provide support to affirmative action programs.
Congratulations, Ashley Takitani Leahey, MBA ‘13, for being selected for Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021!
Leahey was named to the annual list through a competitive nomination process based on demonstration of business excellence, contribution to the overall success of her organization and community involvement.
Congratulations, Colette Masunaga, MBA ’20, for being selected for Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021!
Masunaga was named to the annual list through a competitive nomination process based on demonstration of business excellence, contribution to the overall success of her organization and community involvement.
Congratulations, Nicole Galase, BBA ‘09, for being selected for Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021!
Galase was named to the annual list through a competitive nomination process based on demonstration of business excellence, contribution to the overall success of her organization and community involvement.
Congratulations, Dr. Pokiʻi Balaz, EMBA ’20, for being selected for Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021!
Balaz was named to the annual list through a competitive nomination process based on demonstration of business excellence, contribution to the overall success of her organization and community involvement.
School of Accountancy instructor Manu Ka`iama, BA ’82, MAcc ’88, and Katrina-Ann Oliveira, EMBA ’19, have been working hard to preserve and promote resources for Native Hawaiian learning, while tapping into the Shidler alumni network.
Together, they have co-authored the Noʻeau Program grant, totaling $2.3 million, printing over 94,500 books in Hawaiian for immersion schools throughout Hawaiʻi, as well as creating 52 Hawaiian language audiobooks. Additionally, the grant provided opportunities for Hawaiians to work in graduate research and as teaching assistants across UH. The program also received support from Shidler alumnus Meh'ana Maka`iana`i, MBA ’07, along with help from Shidler Master in Human Resources candidate Morgan Plunkett.
Ka`iama and Oliveira were recently informed that they received the Mai ʻŌ A ʻŌ grant for five years, totaling $5.4 million. This grant specifically addresses technology as a means to education, assisting teachers to capitalize technological applications.
Kyle Kinman, MBA ’19, MAcc ’21, and Tiffany Yoshida, MBA ‘19 were engaged in July 2021 and married on Nov. 14.
Cara Sawai-Mangan, BS ’08, program manager for the Family Business Center of Hawaii, welcomed baby girl, Kaia to the family on August 20, 2021.
Justin Puckett, MBA ’21, has been named Hawaii market leader at Humana. In this role, he is responsible for the development, expansion and management of the company’s business presence and success in Hawaii. He also plays a key role in working with local providers. Prior to his current role, Puckett served as director of value-based care transformation and performance at Hawaii Pacific Health.
Tammy Lee, EMBA ’21, is now an assistant development manager at Hunt Development Group. In her role, she assists with planning and development needs for the company’s 530 acres of land in West Oahu. Lee previously served as the marketing manager for AHL.
Valerie Lam, MBA ’20, is now the community & employee engagement manager at the Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Hawaii Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, development and execution of marketing and communications programs to advance BOH employee, community and philanthropic goals and objectives. Lam previously served as the business development coordinator at local nonprofit, Pacific Gateway Center.
Kapilialoha Kidder, BBA ’20, has been appointed asset management secretary for the State of Hawaii’s Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Vinka Boediman, BS ’21, has been appointed as an office administrator/design manager at Gourmet Events Hawaii.
Gregory Barajas, BBA ’20, has been named as staff auditor at Porter & Lasiewicz, CPAs in California.
Priscilla Zheng, BBA ’18, was named as the 2021-2022 president of Ad 2 Hawaii. In this leadership role, she manages the communications, programs, events, public services and membership development of Ad 2 Hawaii. Zheng is also a digital marketing community relations specialist at Hickam Federal Credit Union.
Jadyne Yomono, MHRM ’17, was named human resources program manager at American Savings Bank. In her position, she guides and supports the execution of human resource programs and initiatives. Yomono previously served as a client partner/strategic account manager at ProService Hawaii.
Jessica Yamamoto, BBA ‘18, has been appointed as communications and social media manager at FCH Enterprises, Inc. In her new role, she oversees all traditional and digital media relations. In her previous role, she was senior community manager at Yelp.
Matthew “Manakō” Tanaka, BS ’12, was named a senior specialist in the Community and Cultural Relations department at Hawaiian Airlines. In his role, Tanaka is responsible for planning and facilitating internal and external programming and events rooted in local and native Hawaiian culture, as well as for Team Kokua, the airlines’ employee volunteer program. He was previously a sales manager with the Oʻahu Visitor’s Bureau.
Patrick Quintos, BBA ’16, has been appointed as a deployment strategist at Socotra in San Francisco. In his position, Quintos works with clients to implement and strategize technological solutions to leverage the company’s open application programming interface (API) based platform. He previously served as an advisory senior associate - cloud engineering and security at PwC.
Christine Quach, BBA ’19, has been named alumni, communications and events coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. In this role, she supports the college alumni associations, communications and events at Shidler College. She was previously with the talent management team at Hawaiian Host Group.
Rachel Odumu, BBA ’19, has been promoted to senior software engineer at Capital One in Virginia. In her role, Odumu is responsible for communication and collaboration on a multidisciplinary team of engineers, product designers and stakeholders. She also gathers feedback from customers to develop, maintain and support new features for the Capital One mobile app.
Ha Nguyen, BBA ’19, was named as the 2021-2022 membership development chair of Ad 2 Hawaii. In this leadership role, she helps recruit prospective members, create team synergy and ensures that members are apprised of the latest industry news. Nguyen is also an assistant account executive at MVNP.
Keone Nakoa, JD/MBA ’15, was appointed as deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. In this role, Nakoa works to strengthen insular economies through strategic investments in environmental justice activities, clean energy deployment and infrastructure improvement. The OIA office also promotes policies and works to restore trust with territorial communities. He previously worked as a bureau chief at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Derek Lin, BS ’17, has been named as an IT technician for Autoclerk. He previously served as a front desk manager for Marriott International.
Lina Le, BBA ’11, MHRM ’13, has a new role as vice president of human resources and administration at Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii. Le previously served as the director of human resources at Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
Alissa Kelly, BBA ’18, has been named senior accountant at The Farmer’s Dog in New York. Prior to this role, she worked at HelloFresh as a senior accountant.
Brian Helgerson, BBA ’13, was appointed asset manager at Hunt Development Group. In this role, he will monitor asset management activities within the company, including profit maximizing and closely monitoring the leasing, property management, and tenant management activities through the company’s portfolio of assets. Helgerson previously served as a senior real estate associate for Kamehameha Schools.
Dustin Borromeo, BBA ’17, has been appointed development coordinator in the Office of Estate and Gift Planning (OEGP) at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. In his new position, he is responsible for assisting with the functions of OEGP and providing administrative support to the development team. He previously served as client service association at Yim Investment Management, LLC.
Madison Behnen, BS ’18, has been appointed senior manager of conference services at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. In this position, she is responsible for planning, managing and executing hotel events. Behnen previously served as a field sales and marketing representative at Techtronic Industries.
Rachel Sokugawa, BBA ’09, MBA ’15, has been hired as assistant director of development and donor relations for the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. She oversees gift administration and stewardship of donor relations for Shidler College. Sokugawa also works as an operations specialist at Apple. Most recently, she served as an administrative assistant at Pono Pacific, LLC.
Catherine Orlans, BS ’09, has been appointed as the destination manager for the Oahu Visitors Bureau (OVB). In this new position, which is funded by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Orlans is responsible for the Oahu Destination Management Action Plan and Oahu’s Community Enrichment Program. Prior to joining OVB, she served as a program coordinator with Honeywell.
Del Mochizuki, BBA ’00, has been promoted to director of finance and human resources at UHA Health Insurance. In her elevated role, Mochizuki oversees all financial and human resources activities for the organization and works with the executive leadership team to establish objectives and policies. She has been with the company for more than seven years and most recently served as controller.
Gavin Masuda, BBA ’05, was named to the prestigious 40 Under 40 honor roll list, which is published by The Daily Journal in California. This list celebrates California-based lawyers who are making significant contributions to the field. Masuda works as a partner at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco.
Greg Young, MBA ’07, has been named president and CEO of HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union. In this leadership role, Young leads the company’s effort to make obtaining loans easier and faster for businesses and individuals, as well as continuing to stay up to date with digital trends. Young most recently served as their chief lending officer.
Ian Clagstone, BBA ’07, has been named CEO of SC Capital LLC. In this leadership role, he leads the company’s efforts to acquire multifamily apartment buildings, office, retail and industrial properties in Hawai‘i. Clagstone is also the president and co-founder at Standard Commercial LLC, SC Capital’s sister company.
Sara Cheuk, MBA ’00, has been promoted to executive officer at the PolyU Academy for Research Institute of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In this elevated role, Cheuk is responsible for enhancing the visibility and repetition of the university, where she has worked for the past 16 years. Cheuk most recently served as an assistant manager in Alumni Affairs.
Diane Paloma, MBA ’99, has been appointed as the president and CEO of Hawaii Dental Service. In this leadership role, Paloma provides strategic leadership for Hawai‘i’s largest dental health plan. She most recently served as the CEO of Lunalilo Home.
David Morimoto, BBA ’91, has been appointed as the senior executive vice president at Central Pacific Financial Corp. and Central Pacific Bank. In his elevated role, he remains the chief financial officer of both entities and assumes leadership of the information technology, information security, legal and compliance departments. Morimoto has been with the bank for more than 30 years and most recently served as executive vice president.
Grant Kubota, BBA ’99, MBA ’05, has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2021 list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. Kubota is a vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he has worked for 15 years. He was recognized with this honor for his superb wealth management services and his commitment to his clients and company.
Shelee Kimura, BBA ’95, has been named CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries. In her elevated role, Kimura is responsible for the company’s operations on five islands. Since joining Hawaiian Electric in 2014, Kimura has held numerous senior leadership positions, including senior vice president for customer service and public affairs and senior vice president for business development and strategy.
Malcolm Inamine, BBA ’94, has been appointed as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Hawaiiana Group Incorporated. In this leadership role, Inamine heads all human resources functions for the company and for the homeownership associations (HOAs). He also oversees the building facilities and serves as the organization's safety officer. Inamine previously served as the vice president and chief operations officer at the Hawaii Foodbank.
Kristanto Djuanda, JEMBA ’97, has been appointed global head of Quality & Customer Experience for ABB Robotics, Business Line Electronics in Shanghai. In this leadership role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of quality and customer excellence for industrial robot products and services. Djuanda previously served in various leadership roles at Philips Lighting in Indonesia and China and Samsung LED in South Korea.
Caroline Anderson, BS ’94, has been promoted to director of planning for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA). The HTA recently underwent a reorganization of its structure and operations and in this new role, Anderson will oversee the organization’s 2020-2025 strategic plan and 2021-2023 destination management action plans for each county. Anderson has been with HTA for more than 21 years and most recently served as director of community enrichment.
Mark Yamakawa, MBA ’87, was named Career Achievement Honoree in Pacific Business News’ annual Business Leadership Hawaii Awards. This annual recognition honors top business leaders from small, large and nonprofit businesses. Honorees are selected based on the impacts they’ve made on their companies, industries and communities. Yamakawa also retired as CEO from Hawaii Dental Service in 2021 after seven years with the company.
Diane Inouye, BBA ’84, has been appointed Vice President of Island Insurance Companies’ Commercial Insurance Division. In her elevated role, Inouye will oversee Island's Commercial Underwriting, Risk Control, Premium Audit and Surety departments, in addition to serving as President of IC International. Inouye has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry.
Michael McEnerney, MBA ’71, former University of Hawai‘i regent and professor, passed away in July 2021 at 72. McEnerney was appointed to the university's board of regents in 2015 and served on several committees until 2020. He taught undergraduate and graduate classes as a visiting professor at UH Mānoa. In addition to his MBA, McEnerney also held a bachelor’s in accounting and business administration from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a juris doctorate from Northwestern University. In the early 1980s, he opened an accounting firm which became McEnerney Shimabukuro Okazaki and Fujita CPAs, AAC. He worked as a forensic accountant and was also a licensed attorney. His community service included serving as a member of the Tax Review Commission for the State of Hawaiʻi, along with service to numerous community organizations.
David Kong, BBA ’74, recently retired as the president & CEO of BWH Hotel Group. He is the hotel industry’s longest-tenured CEO and joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2001 and became the CEO in 2004. During his 20-year career, he formed BWH Hotel Group, which has grown to 18 brands and every type of accommodation.