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Board of Realtors selects new CEO

The Honolulu Board of Realtors has named Judy Sobin as chief executive officer.

She will direct the overall operations of the 4,000-member trade organization. Sobin served as the board's government affairs director from 1989 to 1993.

Set to start work in mid-October, she replaces Curtis Uno, who resigned in May.

Cheap Tickets' ex-CEO out of a job

NEW YORK >> Cendant Corp., the largest U.S. travel and real estate services company, said Sam Katz will manage its travel distribution unit, replacing Sam Galeotos, the former chief executive officer and president of Honolulu-founded Cheap Tickets.

Katz, 38, has been involved in the integration of the travel distribution business, including Galileo, which lets travel agents book hotel stays and flights, and the Internet travel site, the New York-based company said in a statement.

Cendant acquired Galileo and Cheap Tickets in the past three years to help cross sell its travel businesses, including Days Inn hotels and Avis rental cars. Katz had been serving as chairman and CEO of Cendant's financial services and travel distribution units.

Galeotos, 45, who joined Cendant when it acquired Cheap Tickets, will serve as an adviser for a "transitional" period before leaving the company, Cendant said.

Ex-chamber head gets college post

EUREKA, Ill. >> Paul Lister, the former head of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim president of Eureka College following the retirement of president George Hearne.

Hearne, 68, whose 43 years at the small liberal arts school included 18 as president, said he moved up his planned May retirement because of recent health concerns "related to the stress of the position."

Lister, an associate professor of business administration who joined the Eureka faculty in 1996, will serve as interim president while the school conducts a nationwide search for Hearne's replacement.

Lister, a retired U.S. Army Reserve major general, also is director of the college's Ronald Reagan Leadership Program, named after the former president and Eureka College graduate.

He was president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce from 1991 to 1995 and was an executive with the island state's largest hospital and largest medical laboratory company.

The search for a new president is expected to take at least a year, said Duane Livingston, chairman of the college's board of trustees.

Kamehameha Schools tossing property plans

Kamehameha Schools is disposing of all plans relating to the former Bishop Estate's residential leasehold property.

Existing plans include such items as fences, walls, boat docks, renovations and additions or new dwellings. Prior to disposal, the organization said it is willing to mail out plans to individual homeowners if they receive the request by Oct. 6. There is no charge for this service.

To request plans call 523-6256 or e-mail

Salt Lake City group operating Mauian Hotel

The 44-room Mauian Hotel has a new operator, the Salt Lake City-based TAGA Corp., which replaced the Aluli Corp. of Kailua, effective yesterday, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

TAGA has said it intends to retain all employees at the Mauian, which resides on Napili Beach, north of Kaanapali in West Maui.

State plans to market Hawaii arts program

State tourism officials will kick off the first Hawaii Arts Season program in the spring, and will promote it to Hawaii's largest visitor markets, North America and Japan.

The program will run from Feb. 27 through May 2, starting with the Hawaii Opera Theatre's "Merry Widow," and ending with May Day concerts around the state. The state Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau worked with several local arts and cultural organizations to establish the program. Tim Bostock Productions prepared a strategic plan for the arts season for the Hawaii Consortium for the Arts.

In other news ...

>> Alliance Capital Management LP, the largest publicly traded U.S. money manager, suspended two employees after uncovering "conflicts of interest" in short-term trading of mutual fund shares. Alliance suspended the manager of the $3.3 billion AllianceBernstein Technology Fund and a hedge fund marketing executive, the company said.

>> Midwest Airlines, which narrowly avoided bankruptcy over the summer, said yesterday it plans to raise about $40 million in financing in part through the sale of common stock and its headquarters.


[Hawaii Inc.]

New Jobs

>> Brian Wong has joined property development and management company MW Group as asset manager. He will oversee Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Kalama Village, Anchor Square and Kihei Plaza on Maui, as well as Nimitz Center on Oahu. He previously worked as a development and site acquisition manager for McDonald's Corp., where he was responsible for real estate development and asset management for the Hawaii, Guam and Saipan market.

>> Gina Y. Ramos has been appointed to Outrigger Guam Resort director of revenue management. She will be responsible for generating sales through room reservations, banquet sales, military and corporate accounts, and non-Japanese markets. She has nine years of hotel sales and marketing experience with Hilton International and was most recently director of business development at Grand Hilton Seoul in Korea.


>> CB Richard Ellis Hawaii has promoted Jeffrey Hall from senior information manager to senior director of research. He supports a brokerage staff of more than 30 sales and leasing advisers who research and compile marketing data and property information; publishes CBRE Hawaii's market index and overview reports; and develops and maintains information resources. He also assists in the management of the company's voice and data networks.


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