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.
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.
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.
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.