Business briefs


POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Isle woman gets national investor post

State Securities Commissioner Tung Chan has been named chairwoman of the Investor Education Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association by NASAA's board of directors.

Chan's task will be to advance investor education programs for the association's membership, consisting of securities regulators in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico.

The association has reached more than 250,000 through such education programs so far this year, more than other organizations, Chan said in a statement.

“;Being part of that effort, while also representing Hawaii, is a great honor and challenge,”; she said.

It is a critical time to educate main street investors on securities fraud and prevention, “;as part of the way forward for rebuilding confidence in our capital markets and ultimately for our economy.”;


Virginia firm wins Fort Shafter work

The military has awarded AECOM Design of Roanoke, Va., a $21.5 million contract to design and engineer the Army's new Pacific headquarters at Fort Shafter in Hawaii.

The Army Corps of Engineers said the facility will house the Army's “;command and control”; headquarters for the Pacific.

U.S. Army Pacific commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon says the headquarters will help the Army support the U.S. alliance with South Korea and fulfill its other responsibilities in the region.


Aveda salon to reopen in 2010

Hoala Salon and Spa will take over the site of Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa upon its closing on Dec. 31. The new owner and operator is Aveda site manager Lititia Thomas.

Hoala will continue to sell Aveda products exclusively and will honor gift cards issued by Aveda.



The number of people filing unemployment benefits for the week of Nov. 7 with the percentage change from a year ago:

Nov. 72,455+10.7%
Oct. 312,311+7.0%
Oct. 242,240+3.9%
Oct. 172,613+26.0%
Oct. 102,694+14.2%

Source: State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism



First Insurance Co. of Hawaii has named Roger Buss as Enterprise System Project program manager. He has 11 years' experience in the property and casualty insurance industry.


Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has named Laura Van Sciver as public relations coordinator. She has five years' experience in public relations in the nonprofit and public sectors.


Hawaii Interstate Batteries distributor Dave Barbour has been recognized as a top performer by Interstate, a North American replacement battery brand.