Shidler Alumni Association: Meet The Board

Tyson Yamada

Tyson Yamada

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.

Lance Higa

Lance Higa

Vice President

Lance Higa is senior director of maintenance planning and operations control at Hawaiian Airlines. During his 30-year career at Hawaiian, he has held various positions throughout the company including senior directorships in system operations control, aircraft maintenance, maintenance and engineering, and airport customer services. 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.

Kara Iwasaki

Kara Iwasaki

Secretary

Kara Iwasaki 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

Landon Beers

Treasurer

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.

Heather Miyasato

Heather Miyasato

Immediate Past President

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.

Cynthia Alm

Cynthia Alm

 

Cynthia Alm is a real estate attorney, mediator and meeting facilitator in private practice since 2000. Cynthia has also served as an assistant professor in real estate at the Shidler College of Business, and while on the faculty, Cynthia received an excellence in teaching award. Cynthia has also served as legal counsel to a commercial real estate brokerage company.

Cynthia has been a part of the Shidler Alumni board since 2001. In addition, Cynthia is president of the Mediation Center of the Pacific, a trustee of the Pacific Buddhist Academy (a private, college preparatory high school in Honolulu), a director of the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals, and a member of the advisory council for the Association for Conflict Resolution – Commercial Section. She also serves on the Honolulu Board of Realtor’s Mediation Committee.

Cynthia has received the Diversity and Equity Committee Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution, and was Mediator of the Year for the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Cynthia graduated from Roosevelt High School. She received a BBA from the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business, and a JD from Catholic University of America. Cynthia is married with two daughters.

Kellan Briones

Kellan Briones

 

Kellan Briones is chief financial officer at Island Hauling, Inc. Previously, he served as assistant vice president and business relationship manager with American Savings Bank where he specialized in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In 2010, Kellan was named SBA Loan Officer of the Year, Honorable Mention.

Kellan joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2009. In addition, Kellan is also the vice president of the USC Hawai‘i alumni club and is involved with the Surfriders Spirit Sessions Program, a program that targets at-risk or troubled youth to redirect their lives in a positive way through surfing or other ocean activities.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Kellan is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC and a master’s in accounting from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. Kellan is married with two children.

Christopher Chang

Christopher Chang

 

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.

Eric Chang

Eric Chang

 

Eric Chang is presently the general sales manager at Servco Lexus of Maui. After graduation, Eric was selected as one of four candidates for Servco Pacific Inc.’s inaugural Management Associate Program. This program has given him the opportunity to work at some of the most dynamic and prestigious dealerships in Hawai‘i.

Prior to joining Servco, Eric worked in Waikiki at fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. During his time in the luxury retail industry, he specialized in designer fashion shoes and ready-to-wear.

Eric joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2011. Born on O‘ahu and raised on Maui, Eric graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese language and literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business.

Casey Ching

Casey Ching

 

Casey Ching is vice president of corporate properties for Servco Pacific Inc., one of the largest private companies based in Hawai‘i. In his role, Casey is primarily focused on developing and executing strategy for Servco’s real estate holdings in Hawai‘i, the U.S., and Australia. Prior to joining Servco, Casey was a senior asset manager with Kamehameha Schools endowment group, responsible for a $300 million commercial real estate portfolio. His background also includes tenure with Stanford Carr Development as acquisitions and finance manager, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior associate/consultant. Casey is a former Certified Public Accountant.

Casey joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2009. He also currently sits on the Executive Committee for the Urban Land Institute - Young Leaders, and board of directors for Re-use Hawaii, and Reach the Runway. Previously, Casey served as a coach for the UH Business Plan Competition, a committee member for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, and was a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers.

Born in Honolulu, Casey is a graduate of Punahou School. His academic career includes an MBA from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, and a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in business economics and accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Shiraz Dole

Shiraz Dole

 

A new member of the Shidler Alumni Association board, Shiraz is an alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in entrepreneurship and international business from the Shidler College of Business in 2017. While a student, Shiraz was the recipient of the Freeman Foundation and Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, served as a board member for the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and traveled to five different countries for internships, conferences, competitions and study abroad. Shiraz was the May 2017 commencement speaker for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Born and raised in Hawai'i, Shiraz is a graduate of Kalani High School. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, basketball and eating food.

John Doyle

John Doyle

 

John Doyle is currently a technical director for the Department of Defense supporting U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). In this role, he also serves as the chair of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Employee Resources Advocacy Group. Prior to his career as a public servant in the Federal Government, John led technology services and IT operations at Farelogix Inc., a venture capital startup and top innovator of distribution technologies and ancillary services solutions in the travel industry with global operations spanning across 65 countries. John has also worked for several of the leading defense contractors, including Referentia Systems Inc., an O‘ahu-based technology company.

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.

Jason Haruki

Jason Haruki

 

Jason Haruki is vice president and senior investment officer in the Institutional Wealth Management Division at First Hawaiian Bank. Prior to moving to the wealth management group in 2006, Jason was a quantitative analyst and composite performance manager at Bishop Street Capital Management. Previously, he was an investment officer in First Hawaiian Bank’s trust department.

Jason joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2010. In addition to serving on the Shidler Alumni Board, Jason is on the Aloha Council National Eagle Scout Association Committee.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Jason is a graduate of ‘Iolani School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Jodi Hashimoto

Jodi Hashimoto

 

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.

Daniel Hee

Daniel Hee

 

Daniel Hee is a registered client associate for the Pinnacle Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. In his position, he oversees account operations, client relations and assists with portfolio management. Prior to Wells Fargo Advisors, Daniel was a registered client service associate at UBS Financial Services.

A member of the Shidler Alumni Association board since 2016, Daniel 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. While a student, Daniel was the recipient of the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholarship and served as a board member for the Financial Management Association business club.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Daniel is a graduate of ‘Iolani School. In his free time, Daniel enjoys volleyball and playing the piano and trumpet. He is a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club and Honolulu Aquarium Society.

Carol Higa

Carol Higa

 

Carol is Senior Vice President and Division Manager, Business Banking and Credit Administration at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Carol is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington. Carol joined Hawaii State Federal Credit Union in 2016 after over 30 years at Bank of Hawaii. Carol’s career in the financial services industry began in 1981 when she started as a management trainee and moved to various positions of increasing responsibility throughout numerous departments at Bank of Hawaii. She is also a board member of Housing Solutions Inc. and in her free time enjoys stand up paddling, reading and spending time with her 10-month old grandson.

Reid Hinaga

Reid Hinaga

 

Reid Hinaga is a vice president and the main banking center manager at Bank of Hawaii. Reid’s responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of the bank’s largest branch and working with business and consumer clients to meet all of their financial needs. Reid has worked at Bank of Hawaii for more than eight years and started right after graduation as a management associate in their Bankoh Associates Program.

Reid joined the Shilder Alumni Association board in 2014. 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 Mānoa.

Shelli Ihori

Shelli Ihori

 

Shelli Ihori is the Manager of Workforce Planning and Compliance at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care organizations. She has over 12 years of experience in human resources including areas of benefits, talent acquisition, organizational development, regulatory compliance, and workforce planning.

As an innovator in her field of workforce planning, 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 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.

Masato Itoh

Masato Itoh

 

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.

Jeffrey Lau

Jeffrey Lau

 

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.

Christopher Letoto

Christopher Letoto

 

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.

Teresa Lieu

Teresa Lieu

 

Teresa Lieu 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.

Jerry Linville

Jerry Linville

 

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

Joseph Magaldi

 

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

 

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 Matlin

David Matlin

 

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.

Cory Nakamura

Cory Nakamura

 

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

Sandy Narvaez

 

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

Savan Patel

Savan Patel

 

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.

Krista Song

Krista Song

 

Krista Song is the director of corporate audit at Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric Company Inc., she was an audit senior manager at Accuity LLP and earned her certified public accounting license in 2006.

Krista joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2011. She earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in accounting and finance from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Toby Tamaye

Toby Tamaye

 

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.

Dianne Vicheinrut

Dianne Vicheinrut

 

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

Billy Wu

 

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.