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[Hawaii Inc.]


>> RWM Casters has named Allen Fletcher as regional sales manager for Hawaii, Alaska, California, Montanta, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. He has more than 10 years of sales experience in industrial distribution and manufacturing.

>> Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. recently hired Jason Sato as site construction engineer at its field office. Prior to joining Castle & Cooke, Sato served as a project manager/estimator from Allied Builders System. Sato received his MBA and BSCE from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Anna Fiesta was hired as an accountant for the accounting department. Prior to joining Castle & Cooke, she served as an accountant with Shilo Inn Hotels Inc. in Portland, Ore., and Outrigger Hotels. Fiesta graduated from Hawaii Pacific University and received her BSBA in accounting.

>> BES has appointed James P. Delaney as vice president, engineering services. Delaney is a graduate of the American Graduate University's certified project management professional program, and holds a BS in psychology. Prior to joining BES, he had worked with Perot Systems Government Services as a senior project director assigned to manage the office of congressional affairs for the program executive officer, submarines. Prior to that, Delaney served 33 years in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program. Delaney is a past recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for community service, and is an active member of the Project Management Institute. BES is a member of the Marathon Group of companies, which also includes BEI Hawaii and HT&T Hawaii.

>> The Limtiaco Co. has hired Sarah Cunningham as editorial director. She will provide editorial direction for promotional material, including news releases, brochures, speeches, annual reports, newsletters and press kits. Cunningham has six years of marketing and public relations experience.

>> Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has hired John K. Duncan as director, internal audit. His responsibilities include planning, directing and maintaining a program of internal auditing at A&B and its subsidiaries, and evaluating the company's financial operations, management systems, corporate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all legal and corporate requirements. Prior to joining A&B, Duncan was plant controller for Tesoro Hawaii Corp.; he started his career with them in 1987. Duncan was also employed with Deloitte & Touche as a senior auditor and Hawaiian Permanent Realty as an accountant. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Houston and is a certified public accountant in both Hawaii and California.

>> The Queen's Medical Center has appointed Bryon Croft to vice president surgical services. Croft will have administrative oversight in 13 areas. Prior to joining Queen's, Croft served as administrative director of surgical services at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He also served as administrative director for emergency services at Parkland; Croft served a total of 9 years of service at Parkland. Prior to his hospital management roles, he worked with Hospital Resource Management as director of operations. Croft earned his bachelor's degree in management at Texas Tech University. He earned his master's in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

>> The Hawaii Democratic Party has named Mark Forman acting interim chair, taking over from Lorraine Akiba, who stepped down as party chairman. Jill Tokuda was named the interim party executive director. Tokuda replaces Chris Ovitt, who held the position since June 2001. Previously, Forman served as executive director of the state Office of Community Services, where he directed the development and implementation of job training and other programs across the state. He is currently executive administrator for the Hawaii Medical Service Association Foundation. Tokuda worked with Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono, and has worked with a number of non-profit groups, including the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council and the Assistive Technology Resource Center.

>> The YWCA of Oahu has named Ed Kenney as executive chef/general manager and Barbi Meinel as pastry chef/manager of Cafe Laniakea. Kenney is formerly of Cafe Monsarrat. Meinel worked for Roy's Hawaii Kai as an executive pastry chef. Kenney and Meinel will also oversee the Cafe Y program, a culinary arts and life skills training program that provides "at-risk" high school youth with the opportunity to experience the restaurant industry through classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

>> Aloha Airlines has named Bruce Bennett regional vice president airport operations - Hawaii. Bennett will oversee passenger services at airports in Hawaii. Prior to his position with Aloha Airlines, Bennett was with Braniff Airways from 1967 through 1981, and Southwest Airlines from 1981 through 2000.


>> Cutter Automotive Team has named Patrick Ah You general manager of Cutter Ford Aiea and Waipahu. He has been general manager of the Ala Moana location for 10 years and has been with the company for 25 years. Gary Sheuring will replace Ah You as general manager of Cutter Ala Moana Volkswagen/Mazda. He has been general sales manager for the Ala Moana location for seven years and has nine years with the company.

>> Atlantis Adventures has named Jonelle Garcia marketing services manager. She has been with Atlantis since August 2000, serving previously as public relations and military sales coordinator. Garcia will be responsible for developing, communicating and coordinating marketing initiatives for Atlantis.

>> CDS International has promoted Glenn H. Yokotake to associate. He serves as project manaager and architect for a diverse range of progect types for public agency, institutional and private sector clients. He provides project leadership from client and community relations through construction closeout. He also leads master planning and feasibility studies.

>> Pam Kaalakea was promoted to manager of client services at Diagnostic Laboratory Services. She was formerly coordinator of client services. Kaalakea has been on board since the company was founded in 1985. Diagnostic Laboratory Services is a medical testing laboratory.

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