Business Briefs
Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

[Hawaii Inc.]


>> Exclusive Agent Diane L. Marino has opened an Allstate Insurance Co. agency in the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center. Marino most recently owned and managed an insurance agency in Elmer, N.J., for 15 years. The new office will offer auto, property, commercial and life insurance. Allstate has approximately 12,500 exclusive agents and financial specialists in the United States and Canada.

>> Hawaiian Eye Center has hired Dr. Michael Kroll, a comprehensive ophthalmologist, and Dr. Michael J. Gottner, a specialist on disease and laser surgery of the retina. Kroll is a former assistant professor at Stanford University Medical School and has been in practice for more than 32 years. Gottner, director of Hawaiian Eye Center's retina clinic, received his medical degree at the University of Southern California and completed subspecialty training in the medical and laser treatment of diseases of the retina at the University of British Columbia.

>> HomeStreet Bank has hired Michelle Yokomizo as branch manager for its Hilo branch. She will supervise bank staff as well as oversee HomeStreet's consumer banking, business banking and consumer lending activities in the Hilo area. Yokomizo has more than six years of experience in the banking industry, most recently as a branch manager with Bank of Hawaii. HomeStreet Bank has 30 branches in the Northwest and Hawaii.

>> Arthur J. Gallagher Captive Services has named Fay Okamoto vice president. She will establish and grow the company's captive practice and all aspects of captive insurance management services for Gallagher and Atlas Insurance Agency clients. She was most recently a Marsh Management Services Inc. vice president for more than 10 years.

>> Tina Harlow and Paul Horner have been named general managers at Castle & Cooke Resorts' Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay Hotel, respectively. Harlow most recently served as general manager of the Hotel Phillips in downtown Kansas City, Miss. Horner joined the Lanai executive team in 1993 and was promoted from hotel manager at the Lodge at Koele.


>> Grant Thornton LLP has named Roy Morihara managing partner for Hawaii. He has been with the international firm's Honolulu office for more than 35 years, most recently as partner in charge of its Honolulu Assurance Department. Morihara will continue to serve key clients and provide leadership and staff development. Grant Thornton provides accounting, audit, tax and management consulting services to businesses through 51 U.S. offices.

>> Grace Pacific Corp. has named Norman Shinno manager of Niu Construction Inc. on Kauai. Shinno will be responsible for managing the operations and staff of Niu, as well as increasing the revenue. He will maintain his original post as the island manager of the Grace Pacific's Maui operations, where he has been since since 1992. Grace Pacific recently acquired the 16-year-old general contracting and asphalt paving company from its original owners.

>> Bank of Hawaii has promoted three vice presidents to senior vice president. They are: Commercial Real Estate Loan Division Deputy Manager Ralph M. Mesick, Senior Commercial Real Estate Lender James C. Polk and Senior Credit Administrator Robert M. Wheeler. Mesick oversees lending activities to real estate developers and investors and assists in the coordination of sales and servicing. Polk supervises a staff focusing on new business development and relationship banking. Wheeler implements policies and procedures, provides credit approval, manages commercial portfolio concentrations and coordinates loan sales activity in his division.


>> Michael E. O'Neill was recently elected a Hawaii Pacific University trustee. He is a chairman, chief executive officer and president of Bank of Hawaii Corp.

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