Business Briefs
Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire


>> Hurricane insurance provider Zephyr Insurance Company Inc. has hired Richard Toyama as president and chief executive officer. He began his career at Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. and most recently served as Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group Hawaii operations manager. He has 32 years of insurance industry experience in Hawaii.

>> Gentry Investment Properties has named David H. McCoy director of Waiawa development. He will oversee the planning and implementation of Gentry's newest master-planned community on Oahu. McCoy most recently served as the chief executive officer of the Estate of James Campbell where he was responsible for mainland and Hawaii assets, such as the City of Kapolei. The Gentry organization includes Gentry Homes Ltd. and Gentry Pacific Ltd. The companies have built nearly 14,000 homes in Hawaii during the past 35 years.

>> The Halekulani has named Tony Young spa director for SpaHalekulani. His responsibilities include the overseeing the operations and staffing of SpaHalekulani. He has 13 years of management experience, most recently as spa director for Mandara Spa in Honolulu.

>> Hawaii State Financial Services has hired Rose Liang Greenwell as a financial consultant. She has 20 years of experience in the finance industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Liang Greenwell Financial Inc.

>> Ron Castillo Jr. has been named director of golf for Kiahuna Golf Club. The 2002 Aloha Section PGA Player of the Year will be responsible for all golf operations, customer service, marketing and golf related services.

>> Jerilynn Ono Hall has returned to Carlsmith Ball LLP as of counsel concentrating in real estate law in the firm Hilo office.

>> Michael M. Kawasaki has joined First Hawaiian Bank as a private banking center assistant vice president and private banking officer. He has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as a Morgan Stanley financial advisor.

>> HomeStreet Bank has hired Mitchell "Koa" Chai as a loan officer at its Honolulu branch. He most recently worked as a credit manager at Wells Fargo Financial.


>> West Hawaii Concrete President Carl Simons has been named president of Hawaiian Cement. Simons will continue to act as president for West Hawaii Concrete and succeeds Earl McCaskill, who was promoted to operations vice president for Knife River Corp. of Medford, Ore. West Hawaii Concrete Vice President Jason Macy has been named general manager in addition to his vice presidency. He will oversee the day to day operations of the company. Knife River is the parent company for Hawaiian Cement and West Hawaii Concrete.

>> Marriott International Inc. has promoted three new general managers: Stan Engeldorf, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort; Chris Tatum, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina; and Bill Countryman, Maui Marriott Resort and Ocean Club. Engeldorf was previously Maui Marriott Resort and Ocean Club general manager. Tatum served as general manager of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort for two years before his new post. He was also JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur Malaysia opening resident manager in 1997. Countryman was most recently Marriott International Lodging Division area director of operations.

>> Milici Valenti Ng Pack has promoted Alison Won, Kimberly Tamashiro and Jennifer Tang from account executives to become senior account executives. Won's new responsibilities include handling marketing activities for McDonald's of Hawaii. She has been with Milici Valenti for more than two years. Tamashiro works on the Aloha Airlines and Alexander & Baldwin accounts. She has been with the firm for more than five years. Tang is the lead client contact for the HMSA, Diagnostic Laboratory Services and Contemporary Museum accounts. She has been with the company since 1997. Also at Milici Valenti, Fannie Niiyama has been promoted from graphic designer to senior graphic designer after six years with the firm.


>> The U.S. Secret Service and Karen Kahoopii have been recognized as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Rehabilitant of the Year by the state Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division. Albert Joaquin of the Secret Service directed the creation of a telephone operator position for Kahoopii. Kahoopii has 25 years of experience as a state administrative secretary but was unable to return to her job after having a stroke.

>> Photo Service Hawaii owner George Stephanos and Brian Matsuo have been recognized as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Rehabilitant of the Year by the state Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division. Matsuo, who is disabled, was hired as a runner to pick up film from Waikiki photographers, deliver it for processing, and return the finished photos to the photographers for sale to visitors. He uses a scooter to get around.

>> Five Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties' agents have been chosen as members of the Coldwell Banker International President's Premier 2002. The honor is bestowed upon the top 1 percent of the more than 90,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates internationally. Hawaii honorees Sachi S. Braden, Anne Hogan Perry, Tracy Pflueger Bryan, Anne Oliver and James S. Farmer were be recognized at the company's International Business Conference in March.

>> Hawaii Pacific University professor Mary Sheridan has received Social Worker of the Year in Professional Education and Training for 2003 from the National Association of Social Work. Sheridan is a professor of social work in the College of Liberal Arts at HPU. Sheridan has more than 20 years experience in medical social work and joined HPU in 1987 and is also coordinator of the social work and sociology program at HPU. She is the co-founder of the National Association of Apnea Professionals, and organization of those who work with high-risk infants.


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