Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Sunday, January 4, 2004

[Hawaii Inc.]


New Jobs

>> Robert Meyerowitz, editor of the weekly Anchorage Press for five years, has been hired as the Honolulu Weekly's editor.

>> Charles Sloggett has joined American Savings Bank as a financial consultant in the company's financial services group department in Lihue. He will serve as financial consultant for all branches in eastern Kauai. He previously worked with First Allied Securities Inc. in Lihue as a registered investment adviser, assisting customers with retirement education and life insurance planning. Prior to that, he worked as a verification loan officer with Shell Vacations.

>> Illinois-based direct marketing firm Latham SRM has hired Linh DePledge to head its new Honolulu office. DePledge will manage all of the company's Hawaii accounts, including DTRIC Insurance and Crazy Shirts Inc. She was previously director of marketing with NeuStar Inc. of Sterling, Va.

>> Kani'o Spencer has joined Hawaii Modular Space Inc. as an account executive. He was previously a ProSPEC Contract of Honolulu manufacturer's representative with more than six years of marketing experience. HMSI is a supplier of factory-built modular buildings, mobile offices and storage containers.

>> Sprint Hawaii has appointed Lori Hamasaki to account manager and Tom Cesar to business development manager. Hamasaki will oversee the company's state and local government relationships and banking, finance, engineering and nonprofit vertical markets. Hamasaki and her account staff also will focus on developing specialized technology, network and communication strategies to help clients improve business productivity, control costs and increase revenues. Cesar will develop business partnerships and alliances between Sprint Hawaii and Hawaii's largest corporations. He also will work with his internal project development team to direct and supervise new products and services specifically for Hawaii's enterprise market.



>> Hawaiian Host Inc. has promoted Rosalie Romo Char from marketing assistant to marketing coordinator. She will coordinate and execute market research, brand management and development, and assist in product development. She joined the company in 1999 as a marketing assistant.

>> Keo Hornbostel has joined Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa as senior executive assistant manager of rooms. He will oversee all room operations including valet parking, bell service, front office, reservations, concierge, PBX, housekeeping, laundry, Aloha Services, Regency Club, Camp Hyatt, recreational areas, tennis and security. He was formerly the Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort executive assistant manager.

>> Ryan Graham returns to Graham Builders as its newest estimator. He previously spent three years working in the field with the company.

>> Diagnostic Laboratory Services has promoted Mark Wasielewski to core lab manager. He was originally hired in August 2002 as coordinator of client support services Queen's Medical Center lab. The Queen's lab is managed by Diagnostic Laboratory Services.


On the Board

>> Jeffrey Ching of Hawaiian Cement was elected the new 2004 Cement & Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii chairman. Other officers are: Vice Chairman Brian Deer, Bonded Materials; Secretary Michael Coad, Hawaiian Cement; Treasurer Eric Yoshizawa, Ameron Maui; Neighbor Islands coordinator Frederick K. Wong; and Past Chairman George West, Ameron Hawaii. President Wayne Kawano will continue to promote the organization in marketing and technical resource activities.

>> Gov. Linda Lingle has appointed nine members to the Hawaii Workforce Development Council: Todd K. Apo, Ko Olina Community Association vice president; Marcia Armstrong, University of Hawaii professional assembly collective bargaining committee chair and Kapiolani Community College medical laboratory technician program director; Michael Fitzgerald, Enterprise Honolulu president and chief executive officer; Signe Godfrey, Olsten Staff Services president; Erwin Hudelist, Hagadone Printing president; Stephen Metter, MW Group chief executive officer; State Rep. Scott Nishimoto; State Sen. Norman Sakamoto; and Gregg Yamanaka, TeraBiz president and chief learning officer. The council will advise the governor and Legislature on work force development matters. The council also will serve as the state's work force investment board, as required by the federal government-supported Work Force Investment Act of 1998.

>> Hawaiian Music Foundation has elected attorney and musician James Stone as president for the 2003-04 year. Other elected officers are: Vice President Nola Nahulu, music educator; Secretary Richard Rodby; and Treasurer Francis A. I. "Miki" Bowers. New directors are: Randie K. Fong, Brickwood Galuteria, Lynne Johnson, Jacqueline "Skylark" Rossetti and M. Dolly Strazar. Retiring Secretary Marjorie J. Scott was appointed to the nonvoting position of founder and director emeritus. She will continue to serve as chair of membership communications and co-chair with Kahauanu Lake of the events and programs committee.

>> Steven E. Olbrich, Gino L. Gabrio and Paul T. Kuramoto have been appointed to the state Campaign Spending Commission. Olbrich is managing partner for Olbrich Farms, formerly owned and operated Huanui Dairy in Waianae and previously served as a tenured professor of animal science and a dairy extension specialist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Gabrio is a real estate and banking attorney and partner at law firm Cades Schutte. Kuramoto is a certified public accountant and currently manager of Tokumoto, Yamamoto & Ichishita, CPAs. They will ensure that candidates for public office comply with the law on campaign contributions and expenditures.


>> Bruce K. Shigenaga and David K. Arita of American Carpet One recently became certified flooring executives. The designation is administered by World Floor Covering Association in Anaheim, Calif., and requires specific flooring industry educational training and work experience to pass a certification exam.


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