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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.