Shidler Alumni Association: Meet The Board

Lance Higa

Lance Higa

President

Lance Higa is the managing director of Neighbor Island Airport Operations and Contract Services at Hawaiian Airlines. During his 35-year career at Hawaiian, he has held various leadership positions throughout the company including system operations control, technical operations and airport operations at Ohana by Hawaiian. He started his aviation career at Hawaiian as an aircraft mechanic in 1986.

Higa joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2015. Born and raised in Honolulu, he graduated from Pearl City High School and then attended technical college in Oklahoma. He received his Executive Master of Business Administration degree 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 is also an EMBA 14 alumnus, and has three children.

Reid Hinaga

Vice President

Reid Hinaga is a retail delivery senior regional manager at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Hinaga’s responsibilities include developing and launching the in-store network as a new branch channel for the credit union. For now, this includes four Safeway locations on Oahu and Maui. Previously, he worked at Bank of Hawaii for 15 years in numerous retail branch leadership roles.

Hinaga joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2014 and previously served as co-chair of the student relations committee. He also has extensive non-profit experience from serving on boards of the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association, Honolulu Zoological Society, Waikiki Improvement Association, Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association and Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Spalding Clubhouse.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hinaga graduated from Roosevelt High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and human resources from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jaime, and daughter, Remi. He also enjoys golf and is an avid support of UH Athletics.

Kara Iwasaki

Kara Kim

Secretary

Kara Kim is the senior vice president of Kumabe HR, overseeing the staffing division and internal operations. With more than 15 years of experience in human resources, including talent acquisition, staffing, employee relations and training and development, she is an effective leader and great resource for her client companies and employees. Kim ensures that Kumabe HR's clients receive the highest quality of services so that they can identify and attain top level talent for their organization's success.

Kim joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2018. 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, Kim is a graduate of Hawaii Baptist Academy. She received her bachelor's degree in human resource management and a Master of Human Resource Management degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

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. He 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.

Beers 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 UH Mānoa, where he earned a bachelor's degree 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, he enjoys playing golf, softball, attending sporting events and reading, as well as traveling with family and friends.

Tyson Yamada

Tyson Yamada

Immediate Past President

Tyson Yamada is the 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.

He joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2007 and most recently served as president from 2019-2021. 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. Yamada 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, he is a graduate of Punahou School. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration and Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys listening to music and dabbling in photography.

Nina Buenconsejo

Nina Buenconsejo

 

Nina Buenconsejo is a senior manager with the Hawaiian Airlines sales team and is responsible for the management of sales processes, support, budgeting, planning and organizational performance. She has been with Hawaiian Airlines for just over a decade and has held various positions throughout this time, including leadership positions in vendor management, technical planning and internal audit. She started her airline career as an intern with the Department of Transportation, Airports Division and Aloha Airlines.

Born on ‘Oahu and raised on Maui, Buenconsejo is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in travel industry management and Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

She has dedicated numerous hours to various community organizations, including Aloha United Way's Society of Young Leaders and Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, golf and chasing around her two little boys, Kaizen and Kenzo.

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.

He grew up on Maui and graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting and marketing from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. During his time at Shidler, Chang 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, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Venus, and daughter, Brianna. He also enjoys traveling as much as possible around Asia and making new friends.

Christopher Chang

Brandon Chu

 

Brandon Chu is the director of room operations at The Westin Maui Kaanapali Resort and Spa. The resort recently completed a three-year, $120 million dollar renovation which is highlighted by their new 217 room luxury tower, Hokupa’a. Part of his key responsibilities are developing a comprehensive strategy encompassing all aspects of the guest stay. Prior to joining The Westin, Brandon was with the Four Seasons Hotel management group for 14 years. He’s held various leadership roles with the company and has worked in Beverly Hills at the The Beverly Wilshire, Singapore at The Regent Hotel and returned to Maui in 2019 as the director of rooms at The Four Seasons Resort.

Raised on Maui, Brandon graduated from Maui High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Travel Industry Management. He enjoys engaging with local universities and has been a guest lecturer at hotel schools in Singapore and serves as a committee member at the UH Maui Hospitality & Tourism Program. Brandon is also a mentor for the Achieve & Earn pilot program, which aims to provide support to a cohort of Hawai‘i high school students as they transition into college.

In his free time, you can find him playing golf, basketball or at a BBQ with friends and family.

John Doyle

John Doyle

 

John Doyle is the director of information security at Array, a remote-first high growth fintech venture capital startup working to modernize digital banking offerings by democratizing access to credit and identity protection tools. Previously, he was a special advisor to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command J2 & J6 directors working to reduce cyber risks in the Asia-Pacific theater and also served as technical director for the Department of Defense. Prior to his career as a public servant in the federal government, Doyle led technology services and IT operations at Farelogix Inc., another venture capital startup in the travel industry with global operations spanning across 65 countries. He also worked for several of the leading defense contractors, including Referentia Systems Inc., an O‘ahu-based technology company, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and CSC.

He 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 U.S. mainland, he considers Hawai’i his home. He is an alumnus of the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, where he earned his Executive Master of Business Administration degree and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He was also a Freeman Fellowship recipient.

Doyle is also an alumnus of the University of Miami, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Additionally, he is an alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned a certificate in business excellence from Columbia Business School in New York.

Teresa Lieu

Teresa Hamabata

 

Teresa Hamabata 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.

She joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2018. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hamabata graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy. She later received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with family and eating at new restaurants.

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.

She 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, Hashimoto graduated from Punahou School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Shelli Ihori

Shelli Ihori

 

Shelli Ihori is the associate director of workforce development at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care organizations. Her experience in human resources includes benefits, talent acquisition, organizational development, regulatory compliance and workforce development. 

As an innovator in her field of workforce development, Ihori’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 collaboration focused on workforce needs for health care and mentoring young professionals in human resources.

She earned her bachelor’s degree of business administration degree in human resource management, international business and management and a Master of Human Resources Management degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Miki Ikeda

Miki Ikeda

 

Miki Ikeda is the renewable energy sector manager at Bank of Hawaii. The bank’s Renewable Energy Sector was just recently established in 2021 and Miki manages the bank’s commercial lending, leasing and tax equity investment efforts in the Hawai‘i renewable energy industry. Miki has worked at Bank of Hawaii for 16 years in various areas such as Corporate Banking, Pearlridge Commercial Banking Center, Commercial Credit Group and Commercial Real Estate.

Miki is a newly elected board member of the Shidler Alumni Association. Born and raised on Maui, she graduated from King Kekaulike High School. She then attended Shidler College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing.

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 also a past president. His practice areas include commercial litigation, real property, insurance defense, collection, estate planning and probate.

Lau’s other interests involve international affairs. He is an 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. He has coached WWII U.S. & Japanese veterans softball in Hiroshima before Japan’s prime minister. He also traveled to Asia with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann, former Governor Linda Lingle, former UH President David McClain and former Mayor Peter Carlisle. He enjoys leading the Chinese Chamber’s Narcissus tour. He is presently the Sister City Liaison for Honolulu for Qinhuangdao, Hebei and Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

He 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 bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Lehigh University and his Master of Business Administration degree 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 Daniel B.T. Lau ’41, who is a  UHAA board member, Shidler Hall of Honor ’01 inductee, UH Alumni Award ‘02 recipient and UH Founders Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award ’09 recipient. He shares his father’s interest in supporting Shidler scholarship programs.

Lau 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 .

Lau 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.

Rene Enrique Layne

René Enrique Layne

 

Born in 29 Palms, California, to a military family and a father from Panama and a mother from Okinawa, Japan, Rene Layne spent his childhood exploring new cities and countries. The exposure to different customs and surroundings has given him a deep appreciation for history and culture, which he still carries today.

His first experience in Hawai‘i was in Kailua in his preschool days. He fondly remembers his first taste of kalua pork in the wet Aikahi Elementary School grass on May Day. Layne spent three years in Hawai‘i, only to return in high school after spending time in Kentucky, New York and Japan.

After returning to Hawai‘i, he attended Kalaheo High School where he continued his appreciation for Hawaiian cuisine, including kalua pork. After Kalaheo, he attended Leeward Community College then moved on to the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing.

After graduation, he joined Bank of Hawaii as a sales officer. During his 11 years at Bank of Hawaii, he worked in various capacities, including management trainee, branch management and administration.

Layne left Bank of Hawaii in 2017 to join Hawaii State Federal Credit Union as the credit reporting and data analytics department manager. In 2020, he expanded his role to credit administration manager.

Outside of work, Layne, alongside his wife, Mao Layne, enjoy traveling and soaking up new cultures. They also frequent her hometown in Saitama, Japan to have a good glass of sake from time to time.

Evan Leong

Evan Leong

 

Evan Leong is a successful Hawaii-born social entrepreneur, community leader and lifelong connector. In 2019, he founded Brain Gain Hawaii, an executive search and consulting firm focused on helping good people move forward. Leong has guided and provided mentorship for young leaders to the C-Suite, as well as helped to foster people's career ascensions.

Previously, he cofounded EK Ventures in 2001, which houses Brain Gain Hawaii, a boutique executive recruitment and consulting firm; Bubble Tea Supply, a global manufacturer and distributor; Greater Good Inc, an omnichannel social entrepreneurship media company; StandUpPaddleSurf.net,  the #2 online site for stand-up paddling; and community initiatives like kokua.org and ADUPHawaii.com.

He attended Punahou School and graduated Cum Laude from Hawaii Pacific University, where he was the first recipient of the distinguished certificate of business excellence. In 2005, he obtained his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at at UH Mānoa. He is also a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

In 2006, Leong was recognized as a Pacific Business News “40 Under 40” business professional and was a Pacific Century fellow. He was also selected as one of Hawai‘i’s “2006 Top High Tech Leaders” on behalf of the Pacific Technology Foundation and the Technology News Network.

Christopher Letoto

Christopher Letoto

 

Chris Letoto is a manager at HMSA, focusing on their HMO health plan and hospital negotiations as well as newly evolving healthcare quality initiatives like the Patient Centered Medical Home. His health care career began more than 15 years ago, working at Virginia Mason and Hawai‘i Pacific Health.

Letoto 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, he graduated from Kamehameha Schools and then attended Seattle University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance. After nearly 10 years in Washington state, he returned home and graduated from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, earning his Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 2009 and a Pacific Asian Management Institute certification in international management.

In his spare time, Letoto enjoys traveling with his wife, Leslie, as well as golfing, hiking, wine tasting, barbecues, attending UH sports events and anything that allows him to spend more time with family and friends.

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, he served as executive director of Hawaii Marketing Alliance, a non-profit where he worked to develop the Hawaii Seal of Quality branding program to promote locally grown and manufactured products.

Linville joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2001, serving as president 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. He earned his bacehlor’s degree from the University of Michigan and  Master of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Linville has lived in Hawai‘i for more than 20 years. He is married to Deborah Sharkey and they have two children, Ian and Holden. He is also a volunteer with AYSO soccer and Boy Scouts of America Pack 101, where his children participate.

Cherie Martyn

Cherie Martyn

 

Cherie Martyn is vice president and senior facilities manager at Central Pacific Bank. She has more than 18 years of combined experience in marketing, commercial/facility management and leasing, with a focus on retail shopping centers and medical office buildings. Prior to joining the bank, Cherie was the general manager for Adventist Health Castle, Town Center of Mililani, Waikele Premium Outlets and the director of marketing at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Cherie recently joined the Shidler Alumni Association board. She actively volunteers within the local community where she has been a judge for the University of Hawai‘i’s Business Plan Competition and a mentor for the 3rd Annual High School Marketing Plan and Competition.

Born and raised on Oahu, Cherie graduated from Hawai‘i Baptist Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from the University of Washington and her Executive MBA from Shidler College, where she was inducted into the Betta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

In her free time, she enjoys hitting a white ball around for 18 holes, returning a yellow ball on a green court and traveling with her two children.

David Matlin

David Matlin

 

David 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), UH Mānoa, ESPN Regional Television and his own firm, DAKM Enterprises.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1987, he spent six years working for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. From Houston, Matlin headed to Honolulu and spent five years as an information officer for the UH Mānoa Athletics Department. In 2002, he joined Athletics Director Jim Donovan as vice president of m2c and the director of operations for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. In May 2008, he started DAKM Enterprises Inc and was named the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl’s executive director. In May 2009, Matlin also became the executive director of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. In April 2010, David became the executive director of the new Hawaiian Islands Invitational - a professional international soccer tournament. Additionally, he serves as president of Value Travel Hawaii, a firm that specializes in travel to and from Hawai‘i.

Matlin 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, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Hawai‘i. 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.

Heather Miyasato

Heather Miyasato

 

Heather Miyasato is an assistant vice president of health finance at HMSA. Prior to joining HMSA, Heather was the assistant vice president of administrative services for ‘Ekahi Health System.

She joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2007. Born and raised in Honolulu, Miyasato graduated from Kalani High School. She is an alumna of the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and Distance Learning Executive Masters of Business Administration. During her time as an undergraduate, she 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.

Grant Nakama

Grant Nakama

 

Grant Nakama is vice president of operations at Mahi Pono, a Maui-based farming company that owns and operates approximately 41,000 acres of agricultural land in Central Maui. He is primarily responsible for the oversight of Mahi Pono’s business functions, which include real estate management, contract administration, marketing and government relations.

In addition to serving on the Shidler Alumni Board, Nakama is a board member for the Maui High School Alumni Association and Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

He was born and raised in Wailuku on the island of Maui. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management and Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Cory Nakamura

Cory Nakamura

 

Cory Nakamura earned his bachelor’s degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. He provides investment management guidance in daily operations and is the 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.

Nakamura also co-managed the First Pacific Low Volatility Fund (ticker: LOVIX). He joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2004 and has served as the organization’s past president. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, CFA Hawaii and the Outrigger Canoe Club. Nakamura 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 is part of the team that launched the completion of the resort in 2018. She 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 sales, catering, marketing and reservations departments. Prior to this, Narvaez 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, she graduated from Mililani High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. She was recognized by Pacific Edge Magazine as an esteemed hospitality leader in 2017,  is a recipient of the Nā Alaka‘i Manager of the Quarter Award in 2015 and was a recipient of the Meeting Professional International-Aloha Chapter’s Rising Star Award in 2009. Narvaez enjoys spending time with her three children, traveling and staying active.

Trevor Newman

Trevor Newman

 

Trevor Newman is the senior sales manager at the Hawaii Convention Center, part of the ASM Global team. In this role, he is primarily focused on managing accounts and events for the local market as well as customer database management. Prior to joining HCC, Newman spent five years at the Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell, where he managed events and handled all marketing and promotions for the shows. He also serves on the steering committee for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals Program.

Born and raised in Oxnard, California, he moved to Hawaii in 2010. He is an alumnus of the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance.

In his spare time, Newman enjoys dabbling in photography, adventuring all around the island and working with his wife on their upcycling candle company, Ignite Candle Bar.

Savan Patel

Savan Patel

 

Savan Patel is the president and managing principal of Infinium Interiors Inc. He was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. in 1984. He spent 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. 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 Hawai‘i’s economy following the recession. Patel earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology and Master of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Scott Rasak

Scott Rasak

 

Scott Rasak is the chief executive officer at JOCOR Distro, a specialty retail and distribution company. Rasak joined the retail-based company in 2012 and spearheaded the domestic and international sales and marketing efforts for offline retail and ecommerce channels. Following industry trends and market KPIs, he was a key asset in transitioning the company from integrated manufacturing to third-party item distribution and logistics. After several years of high growth direct to consumer sales and retail expansion across Hawai‘i, he directed company efforts to expanding on B2B sales with key accounts in Hawai‘i and beyond. Today, he runs the entire day to day operations of the organization.

Rasak was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawai‘i to attend Shidler College of Business. After graduation, he was already working locally in the visitor industry at the Pearl Harbor visitor attractions as marketing manager of eastbound/westbound travel public relations & marketing corporate incentives. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. 

Erin Roh

Erin Roh

 

Erin Roh, is a communications and community specialist at Ulupono Initiative. She is responsible for managing the organization’s social media strategy, planning and implementation. Prior to joining Ulupono Initiative, Erin most recently worked for Hawaiian Electric, building and growing social media engagement for the company’s utilities on Oahu, Maui and the island of Hawai‘i through customer service, content and increased engagement.

She also developed her production experience as an associate producer at Anthology Group, a production assistant at Hawaii Public Television Foundation, a production assistant/producer at CJ E&M: Mnet America, a producer for the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, and a camera operator at Kitay Productions Inc. in Boston.

Erin earned her MBA degree from Shidler College and her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in broadcast and a minor in international relations, at Boston University’s College of Communication. She has volunteered her time as a consultant to various non-profits.

Kimberly Straube

Kimberly Straube

 

Kimmie Straube is the chief, G9 – director of family and morale, welfare and recreation for the U.S. Army. Prior to her career in federal service, she worked for several property management companies and was an auditor at KPMG LLP.

Straube joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2021. Born and raised in Honolulu, she is a graduate of Punahou School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Southern California and is a certified public accountant. She earned her Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She was a fellow of the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board Pacific Leadership Academy Program and continues to serve as a mentor to senior leaders.

Scott Taber

Scott Taber

 

Scott Taber is a vice president in the Commercial Real Estate Lending Division at Bank of Hawaii, where he underwrites new commercial real estate transactions and manages the risk of a commercial real estate loan portfolio of both local and national customers. Prior to that, he was a portfolio management officer in the bank’s Corporate Banking Division.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Scott is a graduate of Punahou School and UH Mānoa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Shidler College and his bachelor’s in economics from the College of Social Sciences.

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. He also develops a variety of events from evening business mixers to major street block parties. He is a 2009 Pacific Business News “40 Under 40” business professional. Tamaye is a sophisticated user of social networking and is ranked in the top 25 in the world as the most influential public relations and travel consultants on Twitter.

He joined the Shidler Alumni Association in 2009. Tamaye earned his bachelor’s degree from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.

Ryan Trujillo

Ryan Trujillo

 

Ryan Trujillo is senior marketing manager for Servco Pacific Inc., one of the largest private companies based in Hawai‘i. In his role, Trujillo oversees the content marketing, creative production, and partnerships and events teams for the Toyota, Lexus and Subaru Hawaii brands.

Trujillo joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2020. He also currently sits on the board for the American Marketing Association of Hawaii and is on organization's conference committee. Previous to Servco Pacific, Trujillo served as the director of marketing & communications at the U.S. Tennis Association Hawaii Pacific.

Trujillo earned his Master in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and a bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands in California. 

Kelly Vea

Kelly Vea

 

Kelly Vea is a real estate advisor with Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks. Born and raised on Oahu, her deep local roots have given her intimate knowledge of the areas she now represents.

Vea graduated cum laude from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and management and information systems. This unique pairing allows her to utilize financial analysis and information technology to her client’s advantage.

Her primary focus is representing both tenants and landlords throughout Oahu’s industrial markets. Backed by Cushman & Wakefield’s global resources, Vea is able to understand trends and drivers in the market as a whole. She also focuses on local market indicators to develop a well-rounded comprehension. With a positive attitude, dedication, and hard work, she strives to fulfill clients’ needs.

In her first year and while still in college, she closed over 18 transactions. Since then, she has been involved in over 100 deals. Vea has a spirit of endurance and is committed to bringing the best service to her clients.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks, Kelly was an associate at Sofos Realty Corporation.

Dianne Vicheinrut

Dianne Vicheinrut

 

Dianne Vicheinrut is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual and 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, she worked in executive management in the hospitality industry for local companies like T S Restaurants and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Vicheinrut earned her Executive Master of Business Administration at the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and more than 20 years of experience in business management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studeies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Following her undergraduate studies, she came to UH Mānoa to study for her master’s degree in education and play women’s water polo team for the Rainbow Wahine. 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. Wu started his career with HSBC Hong Kong as a management trainee and placed as a corporate relationship manager in commercial banking department.

He joined the Shidler Alumni Association board in 2017. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he earned his bechelor’s degree in finance and international business from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. Wu was also the recipient of the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholarship and co-founded the International Business Organization (IBO) during his time at Shidler.