Business Briefs
Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Sunday, December 15, 2002

[Hawaii Inc.]


>> Broadband iTV digital channel 326 has hired Matthew Connelly as director of finance. He has more than 14 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance, accounting, business development, e-commerce and project management. Most recently, he was the founder and principal of MXC Consulting in Atlanta, which conducted valuation, as well as financial and operational consulting for small to middle market companies. Broadband iTV is an interactive cable channel offering on-demand information about local products and services.

>> Bank of Hawaii announces four new vice presidents: Katherine C. Anderson, Investment Services Group's Foundation Administration; Howard A. Lao, Commercial Deposit Management Center; Macy Ann U. Lee, Compliance and Community Development; and Lynnette L. Louis, Consumer Deposits. Anderson administers private foundations and charitable trust accounts. Lao continues as a commercial banking officer, focusing on large depository clients. Lee manages a series of regulations and compliance programs. Louis coordinates the bank's debit card's marketing and special projects.

>> Karns Murakami & Hanashiro has hired Alan Yee as tax advisory division partner-in-charge. He was most recently Grant Thorton LLP's tax department head and office-managing partner and has provided services to Heidi & Cook Ltd., Armstrong Produce Ltd., Al Phillips the Cleaners and Nalo Farms Inc.

>> SMG Hawaii has named Marla Kelly as Hawaii Convention Center director of sales. She is responsible for the Center's existing sales department and two newly created areas, national sales and sales central. She was most recently director of sales for travel technology company Get2Hawaii Inc. and has extensive sales and operations experience through past executive-level positions with Hawaii's Sheraton Hotels.

>> Clarence Sakamoto has been appointed Hawaiian Natural Water Co.'s Hawaii account manager. He will manage all local accounts as well as planning company advertising. He was previously a Crossmark/Rainbow Sales and Marketing account executive and Kraft Foods account manager.

>> Grace Wang and Aaron Yamato have been named marketing representative at Xerox Hawaii. They will be responsible for introducing Xerox Hawaii's complete line of document processing equipment and services to new and existing commercial accounts. Wang's territory includes the Downtown Honolulu and Kakaako areas: while Yamato's territory focuses on Waikiki, Manoa and Makiki. Wang most recently served as client operations associate for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Yamato was at Copiers Hawaii Inc., where he served as a government sales consultant.


>> Scott Dennis was named manger of Charter Funding of Hawaii's new Lihue branch, its first on Kauai. Dennis was promoted after being the company's leading loan officer in volume this year. Kauai mortgage professionals Rose Lalin and Stacie Inciong have also joined the Lihue Business Plaza office.

>> Martin A. Nakasone, has been promoted to senior project manager at M&E Pacific Inc. He brings more than 13 years of engineering design and planning experience to the position. Nakasone will continue his duties managing several design projects while undertaking the administrative and personnel responsibilities for the engineering division. M&E Pacific is a Hawaii consulting engineering firm.

>> Uilani Keliikoa has been promoted to business development officer at Hawaii Pacific Federal Credit Union. She was formerly a loan officer. Keliikoa will be responsible for recruiting new companies to join the credit union. Hawaii Pacific Federal targets small businesses and their employees who work in the Ala Moana and Kapiolani vicinity. 

>> Group 70 International has promoted Wesley N. Ujimori, James L. Stone, and Katherine M. MacNeil to associate. In nearly 20 years, Ujimori has worked in Hawaii and California on institutional, commercial and residential projects. Stone has more than 12 years experience in architecture, with an emphasis on resort, retail/commercial and education projects. Since joining the firm in November 2000, MacNeil has focused exclusively on the design of Kamehameha Schools' Hawaii and Maui campuses. Group 70 offers architecture, assets management, urban planning, environmental services and interior design services.


>> Bank of Hawaii's Retail Banking Vice Chairman David Thomas has been named National Consumer Bankers Association's chairman-elect. The Association provides leadership, education, research and federal representation on retail banking issues such as privacy, fair lending and consumer protection legislation/regulation.

>> Market City Ltd. President Marvin Fong has been named chairman of Arcadia Retirement Residence's board of directors. He previously held the offices of vice chair and treasurer. He also serves as board member for the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Business Administration's Family Business Center, The Salvation Army and American Box Car Racing International.

>> Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii has elected Ameron's George West as chairman of the board. Other new officers are: Vice Chairman Jeffrey Ching, Hawaiian Cement; Secretary Brian Deer, Bonded Materials; Treasurer Michael Coad, Hawaiian Cement; and Neighbor Islands Coordinator Frederick K. Wong.

>> The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hawaii Division Advisory Council has named Betty Berni as chairwoman. Other officers named are Vice Chairwoman Melanie Horikami and Secretary Wendy Manual. New members are Wendell F. Brooks Jr., Tomma Irvine, Pete Luke, David Okabe, Al Pattison, James F. Pierce, Richard Radtke, Leilani Williams-Solomon, and Brig. Gen. Dwight Kealoha. Kealoha was also elected to serve on the board of the All America Chapter.


>> Two Hawaii residents were among the 12 corporate employees recently honored by the Organization of Chinese Americans' Business Advisory Council for outstanding contributions to their company and local community. Greg Cabanting is director of marketing for Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Inc. His responsibilities include participating in setting company objectives and strategy. In 1998, he started a program to bring students from local colleges into the Anheuser-Busch system. Deborah Lau Okamura is group manager for Asian retail markets for Verizon Hawaii. She is responsible for managing the Asian marketing team in developing and implementing nationwide in-language and in-cultural marketing programs to Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino and Japanese consumers. She was recognized for her volunteerism and contributions to numerous company-sponsored and community organizations. Established in 1973, the Organization of Chinese Americans is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Chinese and Asian/Pacific Islander descent.

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