Class Notes: 2000–2009

Sara Cheuk, MBA ’00

Sara Cheuk, MBA ’00

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.

Cara Sawai-Mangan, BS ’08

Cara Sawai-Mangan, BS ’08

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.

Greg Young, MBA ’07

Greg Young, MBA ’07

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 individualsas well as continuing to stay up to date with digital trends. Young most recently served as their chief lending officer.

Pokiʻi Balaz, EMBA ’20

Pokiʻi Balaz, EMBA ’20

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. 

 

Ian Clagstone, BBA ’07

Ian Clagstone, BBA ’07

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.

Nicole Galase, BBA ’09

Nicole Galase, BBA ’09

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. 

Gavin Masuda, BBA ’05

Gavin Masuda, BBA ’05

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.

Natalie Werts, BBA ’05

Natalie Werts, BBA ’05

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.

Del Mochizuki, BBA ’00

Del Mochizuki, BBA ’00

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.

Kawena Beaupre, BBA ’00

Kawena Beaupre, BBA ’00

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.

Catherine Orlans, BS ’09

Catherine Orlans, BS ’09

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.

Grant Kubota, BBA ’99, MBA ’05

Grant Kubota, BBA ’99, MBA ’05

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.

Pamela Nitta, MBA ’06

Pamela Nitta, MBA ’06

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.

Rachel Sokugawa, BBA ’09, MBA ’15

Rachel Sokugawa, BBA ’09, MBA ’15

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.