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» Has been promoted to general manager of the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet from operations manager. He is employed by Centerplate Inc., a concessionaire based in South Carolina, and has worked his way up through the company.
» Age: 29.
» Vendors at the swap meet recently had their rent increased. To grow attendance, the swap meet has increased advertising in Waikiki, using its more than $100,000 annual visitor advertising budget.
Answer: I graduated from Mililani High School then went to Leeward Community College. After I graduated, I started working with this company (Centerplate Inc.) in 1994 at Dole Ballrooms as a banquet porter.
Eventually, I worked my way up after I got my associate's degree in accounting from LCC, started to go to UH West Oahu to get my bachelor's.
I got promoted to head porter then to sales associate, where I book the events and parties.
I've worked in all areas of the department and discovered how things work there. I ended up at Aloha Stadium. I was office manager there also, did the accounting and the books and the financials. I got my hands into everything pretty much.
They're a good company. They adjusted my hours and I paid my way through college.
Q: The Stadium Authority raised swap meet vendors rent in June and the daily rent is being raised over the next two years to $75 a day for the busiest spots. This follows six years of no increases. Why?
A: Basically, this is where you get Hawaii's biggest bargain. This place is really known for that. That's why they've elected to raise prices.
Q: How much do vendors typically sell in a day?
A: It ranges. There's seasons for certain vendors. Sometimes they'll do better during winter months and summer months. A lot of the business is seasonal.
Q: For a clothing place, during a strong season, how much can they sell?
A: They can do from $300 to several thousand dollars a day.
Q: How about during a softer time?
A: When it's really raining, they could make a couple hundred dollars at the most.
Q: How will the vendors do with the higher rent?
A: They've hung on for many years. They've been here for 20-something years. They've gone through a lot of peaks and valleys of Hawaii's economy. They're survivors out there.
Q: How is the swap meet's attendance in the first half of the year compared to last year?
A: We're about 1 percent up.
Q: Why 1 percent? I understand the goal was 5 to 6 percent.
A: It's due to the weather during the first three months of the year. Christmas, it was wet the whole month basically.
Q: Your resume says you established Centerplate's computer networks. How did you learn to do that?
A: Pretty much on the job, self taught, learned on my own. I grew up with Nintendo and Atari so you know how that goes.
Q: How did you do it?
A: A lot of trial and error. The company would say we need a network here. I would say fine. Eventually I got my first network going. I do it for all the places now. I'm kind of the go-to guy for tech support here.