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[Hawaii Inc.]


>> Colliers Monroe & Friedlander has named Scott H. Higashi chief operating officer. He was previously Hawaiian Airlines' senior director of customer service. Colliers Monroe & Friedlander is a commercial and industrial property management and brokerage firm.

>> Bill Pratt has been named vice president of commercial brokerage and leasing for Coldwell Banker Commercial Pacific Properties. He will be responsible for new business, focusing on retail and investments, on Oahu and on the neighbor islands. Pratt has more than 13 years of experience in commercial real estate and development specializing in retail and investments, most recently as a vice president with Chaney, Brooks & Company Inc.

>> Iris Catalani has joined Finance Factors as vice president and compliance officer. She will insure that the company complies with all applicable federal and state laws. Prior to joining the company, she served in various state agencies, including those regulating real estate, unemployment insurance and cable television.

>> Tammy Chang has been hired as project director at Ward Research Inc. She will supervise services for clients. She was most recently market research manager for The Scotts Co., working with brands like Ortho, Roundup and Miracle Gro.

>> Kona Brewing Co. has hired Rachel Wentworth as accounting manager. She has more than 12 years of experience in the finance industry. Most recently, she was assistant controller at 1250 Oceanside Partners on the Big Island. Kona Brewing produced 5,100 barrels of beer (10,200 kegs) at it Kailua-Kona site last year.


>> Bank of Hawaii has given three executive vice presidents new senior management appointments. Peter Ho has been assigned to the bank's 12-member managing committee. He will assume responsibility for Hawaii commercial banking, commercial real estate, cash management, commercial banking service and support, commercial group development and sales, and Bank of Hawaii Leasing Inc. Scott Miller will enhance the bank's lending processes and efficiency as it grows its commercial loan portfolio. Wayne Hamano will add corporate banking to his Hawaii commercial banking responsibilities.

>> Karen Adkison-Owens has been named general manager of the new Starbucks Coffee store at the Ohana Waikiki West. She has worked for Starbucks licensee Coffee Partners Hawaii since 1999. Coffee Partners has opened 34 Starbucks stores in the state.

>> Marc Hirai has been promoted to Kapahulu branch operations manager by Territorial Savings Bank. Before joining the bank in October 2002, he was an American Saving Bank teller and assistant supervisor.

>> Island Insurance Cos. has promoted Tricia Miyashiro to surety manager. She will be responsible for managing new business development and surety underwriting, which involves analyzing a contractor's operations and financial documents with the intention of extending surety credit. She joined the company in 1999 as a senior underwriter.


>> Donna Tomita has been named chairwoman for the Building Industry Association of Hawaii's 47th annual Parade of Homes. She is director of marketing for Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. Event steering committee heads are: Tom Carmichael, American Savings Bank, sales; Vicki Gaynor, Haseko Homes Inc., sponsorship; Mary Hakoda, Prudential Locations, marketing/banquet; Brooke Kaneshiro, Hawaii Home Loans, golf; Nicki Ann Thompson, Hawaii Association of Realtors, budget; and Ryan Yamauchi, Island Title Corp., judging. The Parade of Homes is scheduled to be open for public tours on two weekends -- Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12.


>> Makena Hawaii Inc. President Mike McKenna was named a 2003 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award recipient. He also has been chosen as one of nine recipients of the nationwide 2003 Ford Motor Co. Salute to Dealers Award. McKenna was commended by Ford for his involvement in supporting schools through programs such as Project Graduation and Spirit of Giving.

>> Countrywide Home Loans Hawaii recognized Brenda Reynolds as the highest dollar volume producer for purchase loans and overall volume in 2002. Also at the company, Desiree Julian was recognized as the home loan consultant that funded the most loan closings in 2002 and Greg Sekiya was given the Shooting Star Award for outstanding performance in his first year in mortgage loan originations. Countrywide Home Loans, based in Calabasas, Calif., is a subsidiary of Countrywide Financial Corp. It has five offices in Hawaii.

>> Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii named Kenneth A. Ching Realtor of the Year for 2002. The award honors his accomplishments as its top home sales agent during the year, with more than $27 million in sales. Ching joined the company in 1989 as a real estate agent and has more than 20 years of real estate experience.

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