Connecting Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers, Business Executives in the Visitors and Related Industries in the Public and Private Sectors both Domestic and Foreign 

Officers and Directors - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

Johnson Choi, President/Director johnsonwkchoi@yahoo.com  
Tom Matthews, Immediate Past President/Director tom1@leis.net  
Tom Coyne, Vice President/Director tom@blue-fin.com  
Gail Glushenko, Secretary/Treasurer/Director gglushenko@gmail.com  
Bobby Chang, Director bchang@kchawaii.com  

NEW Monthly Meeting location: 5:00 - 7:00pm on 2nd Wednesday at the HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Parking: go down North Beretania St towards Chinatown, immediately passed the Nuuanu Ave intersection, the parking entrance is on your left.

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Membership Dues: $100/year

Download Membership Application in PDF format http://www.hkchcc.org/htwamembershipapplication.pdf  

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Program 2017 - Prior Programs http://www.hkchcc.org/htwa1.htm 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday May 10  2017 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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Charlene Beach - Chief Strategist - Pacific Social 5

Aloha! I am a long-time sales and marketing professional turned entrepreneur. My passion for marketing and social media has led me to my new endeavor as a social media and digital marketing consultant. I am curious and creative by nature and so this role for me is perfect!

I believe that having a social presence is no longer optional for businesses if they want to stay relevant. Your future customers are constantly tuned in to the digital world, seeking out the content and products that are important to them. Although this has made it easier than ever to reach customers where they are, it also means that many other businesses will be competing for their attention.

Remaining competitive in today’s market will require a well thought out, cohesive plan for harnessing the power of social and mobile marketing and that’s where I come in!

I am able to bring businesses a seasoned team of content writers, graphic designers and technology experts that go to work for them. My team and I help businesses strategize and then execute a social and mobile media marketing campaign that’s right for them.

My formal schooling includes a Bachelors degree with a double emphasis in Marketing and Management and a minor in Advertising from Chapman University and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. My work history includes selling for two worldwide brands: 7-Eleven, Inc. and Coca-Cola.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday April 12  2017 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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Daniel Chun is the Hawai‘i regional manager of sales and community marketing for Alaska Airlines. He leads the airline’s sales, marketing and community outreach efforts throughout the state of Hawai‘i. Chun has over 15 years of experience in Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, starting at the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, where he helped to develop international travel to the Islands. Chun then served for seven years as the special assistant to the State of Hawai‘i’s governor-appointed tourism liaison, where he coordinated with government agencies and the visitor industry on tourism-related matters. Prior to joining Alaska, Chun was the executive director of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, an umbrella organization for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Chun is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a Bachelor of Science degree in travel industry management. He studied commercial aviation and obtained his private pilot license from Honolulu Community College and the University of North Dakota. He currently serves on the boards of Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, Diamond Head Theatre, University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association, TIM International and the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, and is a member of Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu, Hawai‘i Society of Business Professionals, Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i Young Professionals and the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association. Chun was named as one of the Pacific Business News’ “Forty Under 40” Class of 2014 and “20 for the Next 20” by Hawai‘i Business Magazine in 2016

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday Mar  8  2017 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Creighton W. Goldsmith’s career with U.S. Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security spanned over 40 years before he retired at the end of 2012.

He served as Chief Inspector for U.S. Customs & CBP in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served in Customs Headquarters and had assignments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

He is currently the Director of Customs Compliance for International Bridge, an E-Commerce delivery corporation delivering Internet Sales parcels from and to China and domestically.
He is also President of Akamai Global Consultants LLC and a contractor for the US State Department.

Creighton graduated with honors from California State University at Long Beach with a BA in Political Science. He is a recipient of the Secretary of the Treasury’s Citation for a major contribution to the Department and in 2011 was recognized at FBI Headquarters for his role in the investigation and successful espionage prosecution of Noshir Gowadia.

Creighton served on the board of directors of HMSA from 1992-2007 and as the Chairman of the Hawaii Governor’s Advisory Council on Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness from 2006-2012. He is currently on the Department of Commerce’s Hawaii-Pacific Export Council.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday Feb 8  2017 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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MICHAEL N. “MIKE” HANSEN

Mike Hansen was born in Honolulu, attended Punah​ou School, Willamette University, and the University of Hawaii.

His maritime employment began in the early 1970’s, and included working in a shipyard, and at Hawaiian Tug & Barge in several trade and supervisory positions.

After that, Mike ran his own ship agency in Honolulu from the late 1970’s through the 1990’s. He was also involved in ship chartering and founded a container shipping company that operated a direct liner service from Honolulu to the South Pacific for more than five years.

Mike is currently active in consulting and some commercial shipbroking.

Since the late 1990’s, Mike has been the President of the Hawaii Shippers Council, and continues to be actively involved with the Jones Act and other shipping issues affecting island shippers. He is widely known as a commenter on these issues.

The Hawaii Shippers Council is a business league organization incorporated in 1997. The Council represents those cargo owners known as “shippers” who tender their goods for shipment with ocean carriers also known as “ship owners.”

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday Jan 11  2017 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Christopher Z. “Chris” Resich - President and CEO, MC&A, Inc.

Chris joined MC&A as President and CEO by purchasing 50% of the company in 2001. Bringing 35 years of business experience, with a primary focus in tourism, Chris has applied well-developed leadership skills and business discipline in continuing MC&A’s already excellent reputation in the Hawaii marketplace and growing the business in the leisure travel market. Growth under Chris’s direction has included additional wholesale accounts, increased cruise line business and a new partnership with Hawaiian Airlines that provides passengers with activities and ground services fulfillment through a custom designed web site. Chris assumed complete ownership of MC&A in 2005.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday December 14 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Gregg Yamanaka is President and Chief Executive Officer of LearningBiz LLC. As an executive with over 30 years of experience, he is also an executive coach to both new and experienced managers and senior executives. His background includes law, banking, real estate and tourism.

His real estate experience includes being a real estate title searcher, real estate law, real estate development, real estate brokerage, real property management, financing and as a member of the Hawaii Real Estate Commission.

In banking, he ran the statewide retail banking operations for both 1st Nationwide Bank and Honfed Bank.

Gregg was also President of MC&A, a destination management company in Hawaii, which grew under him to become one of the six largest in North America. Its focus was on the high-end Meetings, Conventions and Incentives (MICE) market. This experience lead to his selection as President and CEO of APEC 2011 Hawaii, by the Host Committee, assisting the U.S. State Department in preparations for the hosting of the APEC 2011 meetings in Hawaii.

In August 2014, he was a speaker at the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Annual Conference, speaking on the MICE market and Japanese Customer Service. His themes have included the need for Hawaii’s hospitality and visitor industries to provide “5 Star” service, and to understand the high expectations of the Japanese visitor market.

He is a graduate of Punahou School, Stanford University and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

Gregg has been long involved in business, community and social service organizations in Hawaii, including the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Aloha United Way, the Hawaii Executive Conference, Young Presidents’ Organization, Good Beginnings, the Honolulu Symphony, Child & Family Services, Ahahui Koa Anuenue, the Career and Technical Education Center at the University of Hawaii, the national board of Family Services of America, the National Governors’ Association of State Workforce Chairs, the Hawaii State Real Estate Commission and as Chair of the Hawaii State Workforce Development Council.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday November 9 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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Richard King
Managing Member
KingsSurf LLC
Green Magic Homes Hawaii

Green Magic Homes Hawaii: Recruited as Regional Sales Manager to develop Green Magic Homes for the Pacific and Hawaiian Islands. Chartered to develop territory, hire Area Sales Managers, establish network of contractors for installations and finishing out, work with local building departments to determine requirements for building permits and streamline approval process. Establish same for importing modules.

Owner of KingsSurf LLC and OceanToys Hawaii: Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail of surf and SUP products since 2006. Set up import……Clients include Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, AAFES (Islands and Far East) which required establishing approved vendor status, as well as supplying numerous surf shops throughout the pacific Islands.. Sole representative/manufacturer for Ben Aipa Surfboards and several other private brands. 2005 – Present.

Injury in the construction field lead to earning 2 degrees in Computer Science specializing in Storage, Networking, Security and procurement of same as well as Project Management. Employed by Restaurants Unlimited & Cinnabon in Seattle Washington. 1989 – 1997

Recruited by HMSA Hawaii to perform a Data Center redesign. Retained as Storage management and data recovery. 1997 – 2007

Owner: All Custom Construction General Contractor re-construction services from 1971 – 1989 Construction and Restoration over 25 years, Specialized in restoration – framing/replacement of doors, windows and other molding and finishes – for older turn of the century homes in Bay Area and Washington State. Energy conservation and off grid construction services. Owner:– 1989

Restaurant - Uncle's Fish Market & Grill @Pier 38 - 1135 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday October 13 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Topic: Future of Health Care Under Hillary or Trump

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Timothy Johns - Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Officer

Mr. Johns currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Officer of the Hawaii Medical Service Association--a non-profit mutual benefit association and the largest health care insurer in the state of Hawaii. His areas of responsibility include: government programs, government relations, legal services, the HMSA Foundation, Investment Committee, marketing and communications, underwriting, and account management and sales. His goal is making sure HMSA engages with consumers, employers, and government policy makers and that the company is constantly working with these stakeholders create a culture of well-being in Hawaii.

Mr. Johns serves as the Chair of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Committee which provides advice to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding the long-term conservation and protection of the coral reef ecosystem and related marine resources of the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In July 2011, President Obama appointed Mr. Johns to the post of US Commissioner, Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. He also serves as a Trustee of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust which oversees the management of over $300 million in assets on the island of Hawaii.

In his career, Mr. Johns has held various positions within the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including: associate lawyer at a major Honolulu law firm, director of land protection at The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, vice president at one of Hawaii’s largest diversified companies, lecturer at the University of Hawaii, director of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, and chief operating officer of an estate with assets valued at over $960 million. Mr. Johns was also the Executive Vice Chair of the Hawaii Host Committee for the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and Chair of the Hawaii Host Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Conservation Congress which was held for the first time in the US--in Hawaii--in September 2016. 

Mr. Johns’ education includes a Juris Doctorate degree, a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Business Economics.

Restaurant - Uncle's Fish Market & Grill @Pier 38 - 1135 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday Sept 14 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

 

RICHARD OSHIRO - Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Island Air

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Richard Oshiro leads the commercial team, overseeing the areas of marketing, sales, revenue management, scheduling, and reservations. Most recently, Oshiro served as director of sales and marketing for Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger where he oversaw the coordination of sales and marketing functions for 15 vacation condo rental programs on the four major Hawaiian Islands. He also served as area director of leisure sales for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, executive assistant manager and director of sales and marketing for Miramar at Waikiki, regional director of sales for West Coast Hotels and director of sales for Waikiki Parkside Hotel.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday July 13 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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Barbara Campbell has resided in Honolulu since 1986 and has worked with The Shidler Group and DGM Group, leasing and managing retail properties before joining Outrigger Enterprises Group in 1998 in the same capacity. Outrigger owns or manages the largest volume of retail space in Waikiki at nearly 375,000 square feet. Barbara's portfolio consists of 35 food and beverage operations and 175 retailers ranging from Mom and Pop shops to designer boutiques. She had the unique experience of assisting Dick Gushman in the development of Waikele Center in the 1990's and Outrigger with its Waikiki Beach Walk redevelopment in 2006. She will share her views on the trends in retail in Waikiki including the changing demographics, challenges retailers are facing and how retailers and hoteliers are performing in a record year of visitor arrivals. 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday May 11 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Daniel Nahoopii - Director of Tourism Research - HTA

As a knowledge-based organization, the HTA relies on and dedicates resources to tourism research to help develop and evaluate its local and global strategies, programs and partnerships, and their impact on the state’s tourism economy. 

Overseeing these efforts is Daniel Nahoopii, HTA’s director of tourism research. With two decades of experience in research, Daniel oversees the production, organization and interpretation of data related to Hawaii’s visitor industry; leads the statewide Tourism Strategic Plan process and the performance monitoring and evaluation of the HTA’s efforts; conducts workshops, seminars and meetings to provide visitor statistics, analyses and other information relating to the visitor industry and supervises the HTA’s tourism research team. Prior to joining the HTA, Daniel worked at Kamehameha Schools, SMS Research & Marketing Services, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Hawaiian Electric Company. 

Daniel and his team – Minh-Chau Chun, Lawrence Liu and Jennifer Chun – offer research reports including: 
• Daily Passenger Counts
• Monthly Major Market Area (MMA) Visitor Highlights
• Monthly Air Seat Capacity Outlook
• Quarterly Visitor Satisfaction and Activities Report (available at the end of the third quarter) 
• Bi-Annual Marketing Effectiveness Report
• Annual Visitor Plant Inventory

In addition, HTA compiles and releases its Annual Visitor Research Report, a comprehensive report of verified visitor statistics and analyses, which is available every summer. The 2013 Annual Visitor Research Report was recently published and is now available online on the HTA website under the Research and Reports tab. 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday April 13 2016 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm



Juergen Thomas Steinmetz 

Travel and tourism industry veteran Juergen Steinmetz, born 9 December 1957 in Duesseldorf, Germany, has well over 37 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry under his belt. He graduated with a travel and tourism degree from the University in Dusseldorf, Germany. His career in travel and tourism started with Hapag Lloyd Travel in 1978.

Juergen started his own airline consolidator firm in 1980 in Krefeld, Germany. In 1984, he moved to the United States where his career in travel and tourism would further flourish.

Juergen moved to Hawaii in 1988 involved in bringing the first South Korean tour groups to the U.S.

His experience in the industry is vast, from managing partnership in a travel and tour company to owning various tour companies. In 1999, he partnered with public relations and marketing firm Bloody Good Stuff whereby he was made responsible for representing Indonesia Tourism to the US and Canadian markets.

Never missing the opportunity to expand his experience in the industry, he founded eTurboNews 2001. eTurboNews has since become not only one of the most read travel trade publications but it is also regarded as one of the most influential in travel media. His work with eTurboNews has facilitated his involvement with the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Task Force Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children through Travel and Tourism where he sits as a member of the Executive Committee. 

Juergen Steinmetz has served as a member of the US Dept. of Commerce Export Council in Honolulu, is the chairman of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners, and has or is serving on the board of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism and PATA. He is a member of the Duesseldorf, Germany SKAL club.

Juergen has been a member of several tourism think tanks including the Commonwealth Tourism think tank advising ministers of tourism and chief ministers in Rajasthan, Nigeria, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Lesotho, Nepal, Bhutan, Zambia, Uganda, Peru on a number of issues. One of his companies currently represents Nepal as a tourism office in the U.S. Juergen is a partner in a security consulting firm planning security conferences in London, New York and Tel Aviv. Juergens company facilitated crisis communication for UNWTO during the Tsunami Crisis in South East Asia and was an active member of a number committees rebuilding tourism after crisis in Thailand, Bali and Sri Lanka.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Wednesday March 9 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

Richard Xie was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. After graduating from Zhongshan University with a degree in International Trade, Richard moved to Hawaii and got an MBA from HPU, He has been living in Hawaii for 25 years since then. As a true entrepreneur, he has opened businesses in many different industries. Currently, he is the owner of Hawaiian Sealife Inc., Living Art Marine Center, and a founder partner of the Internet company’s eTour International and Discover tours. He also serves on the CTSA and HPEC boards and is a member of the “Entrepreneur Organization” for many years. He will share with us his vision of “Sharing economy” and how it may apply to the Hawaii Tourism Wholesale Industry.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday February 10 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

ABOUT SCOTT FOSTER

The guest speaker for our Wednesday, February 10, 2016, HTWA meeting will be technology & communications marketing consultant Scott Foster. Scott’s long list of clients reads like a “who’s who” of national and local entities including the White House, fortune 500 corporations, the Pew Charitable Trusts and dozens of Hawaii elected officials, businesses and non-profit organizations <https://aboutscottfoster.wordpress.com/>. 

Scott will share his insights on the effective application of existing technologies which can dramatically increase your sales, brand awareness and bottom line.

“While some may use tools well, great people redefine their use. Scott Foster is one of the most effective and progressive masters of communication technology and technique since the rise of the internet. He is the type of person I write software for — not the typical user, but the individual who deeply understands and fulfills the potential of communications technology. Scott routinely puts entire marketing departments to shame.” - Kevin Hughes, Internet pioneer and early member of the WWW Hall of Fame.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday January 13 2016 5:00 - 7:00pm

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As HTA’s Chief Operating Officer, Randy Baldemor oversees all aspects of operations, including its fiscal management, promotion of Hawai‘i’s brand, and market research. 

HTA strategically manages the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing to support tourism and to optimize its benefits for residents and businesses.

Baldemor is tasked with enhancing HTA’s efficiency in implementing initiatives to encourage Hawai‘i’s tourism success. A key objective is promoting collaboration and driving innovation by utilizing technology to reach travelers worldwide. 

A licensed Hawai‘i attorney who specialized in maritime law and other civil litigation areas, Baldemor’s experience includes 10 years in private business and four years serving in senior level positions for the Hawai‘i State government. 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday December 9 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. President/CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

William Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii. Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. An expert in East-West Philosophy, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and is an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Hawaii’s leading private and public universities. A political philosopher with degrees in both Eastern and Western philosophy, he has led a team of consulting academics in Beijing focused on developing solutions for free markets, human rights and business ethics. Akina also has a 30+ year career as the CEO and chief fundraiser for successful non-profit organizations. Now as head of Grassroot Institute, Akina is devoted to uniting Hawaii's people to work for a better economy, government and society as well as helping to build the Asia-Hawaii bridge. (Updated: October, 2013)  Dr. Akina’s academic website with his c.v. and sample articles is: http://hpu.academia.edu/WilliamKeliiAkina  Grassroot Institute’s website is: http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/ 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Wednesday November 11, 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

Rick Egged is the President of the Waikīkī Improvement Association, a private, nonprofit organization focusing on revitalizing the business environment of Waikīkī. He handles planning, legislative and community matters, working with the public and private sectors on a range of projects and improvements for Waikīkī. Under his leadership, Waikīkī Improvement Association developed Agenda Waikīkī an action plan for Waikīkī revitalization, and supported Kūhiō Beach Park and Kalākaua Avenue improvements. In 2001 WIA launched the Waikīkī Business Improvement District -- the first business improvement district in Hawai‘i, and Rick Egged was its founding President. In 2003, he spearheaded a new land use reform law that provided regulatory incentives to renovate and rebuild Waikīkī’s nonconforming properties.

In 2009 he championed a revision to the signage ordinances in Waikīkī applauded by the City, the Outdoor Circle and businesses alike as model reform legislation. In December of 2011 landmark legislation rezoning all of the commercial areas of Waikīkī passed after two and half years of effort by the Waikīkī Improvement Association. In 2014 he worked with the WBIDA and the City administration on a rewrite of the publication rack ordinance for Waikīkī making the program more flexible and selfsufficient. In 2014 Rick also worked closely with the other industry stakeholder the city administration and the city council to address homeless issues in Waikīkī resulting in the island’s first sit-lie law for Waikīkī and an island wide ban on urination and defecation in public. Services were also addressed by a public private partnership with the Institute of Human Services (HIS) to connect the homeless with the assistance they need to get off the street. This year 2015 WIA worked with the City and State to create the Waikīkī Beach Special Improvement District, maintain and restore Waikīkī Beach.

WIA sponsors activities to bring our visitors and residents together, such as in partnership with the Hawai‘i Convention Center, the highly successful “International Waikīkī Hula Conference” (2007 to Date). WIA also collaborates with the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaii Tourism Authority to produce Waikīkī events such as the daily hula and torch lighting at Kūhiō Beach, Aloha Festivals and Sunset on the Beach.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Wednesday October 13, 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

Bob Sigall is a life-long entrepreneur. He had four businesses before graduating from high school.

He earned a masters degree from U.H. in 1975 and has been a business consultant since 1978. Since then, he has consulted over 1,000 local companies.

Bob taught marketing and management at Hawaii Pacific University from 1998 - 2013, and with the help of his students, has researched and written the three bestselling The Companies We Keep books.

Since April 2011, he has written a weekly column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser called Rearview Mirror.

He has brought a few books to sell. They are $20 each or 2 for $35.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Wednesday Sept 9, 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

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Mark J. Storfer
Executive Vice President,
Chief Operating Officer,
Pomare, Ltd dba Hilo Hattie

In the Spring of 2008 Mark Storfer and his consulting firm, The CKC Group were engaged to assist Hilo Hattie in its corporate restructuring. By the fall of that year Hilo Hattie had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization. Being no stranger to reorganizations after having played a significant part in Liberty House’s 1998 bankruptcy restructure, Hawaii’s largest up to that date, Mark took Hilo Hattie through a complex process of strategic moves and intense negotiations with creditors and landlords, culminating in Hilo Hattie’s successful emergence from bankruptcy twelve months later. During that period the Company had experienced two changes of ownership, a top to bottom restructuring of its real estate portfolio and a paradigm shift in its business model. Mark has remained as an officer and director of the Company to assist with the implementation of its new owner’s vision and the terms of its Court confirmed Plan of Reorganization. Mark is a licensed real estate broker with Choi International and a CCIM designee.

Mark Storfer is an experienced business executive having held senior management positions for several high profile apparel and retail corporations including Liberty House Hawaii, Guess Jeans, Inc. and Bugle Boy Industries, the latter two in Southern California.

Mark is also active in several community organizations and professional associations including Immediate Past Chairman of Retail Merchants of Hawaii; 2014 Honolulu Executives Association Board Member; 2012 President CCIM Hawaii State Chapter; past President Kahala Community Association; former Vice-Chairman Hawaii Technology Institute; and former public official elected to the City & County of Honolulu Neighborhood Board #3.

In October 2007, Mark, a licensed real estate broker in Hawaii, was awarded the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He joins over 10,000 designees worldwide as a recognized expert in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA - Wednesday August 12, 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

Dave Erdman, President and CEO of PacRim Marketing Group and PRTech, and PacRim Marketing Tokyo. Dave founded PacRim Marketing Group 25 years ago to help bridge cultures and gain market entry for companies in Hawaii wanting to do business in Japan, China, Korea, and other Pacific Rim nations. He and his teams have since created Asian-language solutions and tools to help brands and organizations in Hawaii and North America increase market share from Asia. In 2015, PacRim Marketing Group and PRTech were named “Best Places to Work” by Hawaii Business magazine and Torch Award winners for advancing marketplace excellence by Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau. Dave was recognized as the SBA small business person of the year for the State of Hawaiiin 2014. He is known for his expertise at helping companies market in Asia and for being an advocate for Hawaii’s travel & tourism and retail industries. He speaks Japanese and hold a BA in East Asian Studies and Japanese language, and a minor in Travel Industry Management and Marketing.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii Wednesday July 8 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1117167094964846/ 

Roger H. Epstein, Partner, Cades Schutte - A Limited Liability Law Partnership

Mr. Epstein received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1967. He earned his law degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972, where he served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Review. 

Mr. Roger H. Epstein is the chair of the Tax Department of Cades Schutte. He has substantial expertise in international tax transactions and international estate planning. Prior to joining Cades Schutte in 1972, Mr. Epstein was a Tax Law Specialist with the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. From 1967 to 1970, he was an Internal Revenue Agent in Washington D.C. Mr. Epstein is a frequent lecturer at tax presentations in Hawaii, on the U.S. mainland and internationally. 

Mr. Epstein is A.V. rated in Martindale-Hubbell since 1978; American College of Tax Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America (every Edition that included Hawaii – 22 years). “Best of the Best in Hawaii – 2011”; Chambers USA-American Best Lawyers in Business; Best Lawyers in Hawaii; Who’s Who in American Law; Inaugural Recipient: Chaminade Hawaii Tax Institute Hawaii Tax Advisor of the Year 2008. 

Mr. Epstein is a former trustee of the Queen's Health Systems and Queen's Medical Center (1995-2000). He is a former chairman of the board of the Hawaii State Consortium for Integrative Health Care (1998-2008), and president of the board of the Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing (2000-2008), past chairman of the board of the Tai Hsuan Foundation, a Chinese Taoist school for Chinese studies and acupuncture (1980-1995); president and director of the Maitreya Institute, an educational institute founded by Tibetan Buddhists for ecumenical cultural and religious teaching (1984-present); director of the Montessori Community School of Hawaii (1990-1992); and Sunday school teacher for the Unity Church of Hawaii (1988-1994).

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii Wednesday May 13 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm



Tim Caminos is the Chief Operating Officer of SuperGeeks Corporation, Director of Communications for Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau® and the Founder of Babble Poi, a boutique digital PR and online marketing company. With over twelve years’ experience in strategy, business development, and alliance building, he has helped those he works with achieve their goals, break through the marketplace and establish lasting mutually beneficial relationships. Tim currently serves on the executive board for BizGym Foundation and is a member of the National Communication Association. He has previously sat on the Board of Advisors for the Hawaii Student Entrepreneurs and was a student advisor for the Center of Tomorrow’s leaders.


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Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

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Honolulu Hawaii Wednesday April 8 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

Jeffrey M. Kissel - JEFFREY SPECIALIZES IN TRANSITION MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Jeffrey boasts experience from a successful career in senior management in both private and public companies. He specializes in change management as he guides people and enterprises to reach their full potential and also to recover from unanticipated circumstances. Over a span of 20 years he has worked in the energy sector with companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming the CEO for HawaiiGAS he focused on environmental engineering, renewable energy and environmental remediation where he served in senior leadership positions shaping corporate strategy, developing new technology and preparing organizations to participate successfully in the 21st Century global economy.

Jeffrey now serves as the Executive Director for Hawaii Health Connector, a state owned Nonprofit entity operating the health insurance exchanges and related service serving Hawaii’s 1.4 million citizens under the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacase”.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii Wednesday March 12 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

David C. Livingston has been a financial advisor Since July, 2001 – He enjoys helping individuals, businesses, and non-profits plan their financial futures. Dave volunteers for dozens of volunteer organizations lending his time, talent and treasure . He photographed over 100 events as a volunteer last year in Hawaii. You can find him in his Ameriprise Office in the Ala Moana Pacific Center.

Past President - Navy League of the United States - Honolulu Council – Advisor to the Board of Directors: http://HonoluluNavyLeague.org  
Member - Rotary Club of Waikiki, Past President, Membership Chair: www.waikikirotary.org  
Member - Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu, Past President, PSE Liasion, Membership Committee, DSMA Committee, Photographer: www.smeihonolulu.com  
Member - Chamber of Commerce Hawaii - Ambassadors: http://cochawaii.org/ambassador-committee.asp  
Member - YMCA Central Branch Board of Managers, Major Gifts Chair: http://www.ymcahonolulu.org/  
Master Scuba Diver Trainer - PADI #161741: http://www.thingsworthsaving.com  
Rotary District 5000 RYLA Chair: http://www.RotaryD5000.org  
Member - Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii - Board of Directors: http://www.drugfreehawaii.org  
Member - Mercury Business Association, Past President: www.mercuryhawaii.com  
Member – Board of Directors – Junior Achievement: www.JAHawaii.org  
Member – Board of Directors - Winner’s Camp: http://www.winnerscamp.com  
Past Member - Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board 1999 - 2009

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA  Wednesday Feb 11 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

  Speaker: Mr. Todd Hembry / Regional Manager Pacific Northwest / Mid-America Overseas, Inc.

Background: Over 25 years experience in International Freight Management and Supply Chain Solutions.

Extensive background in ocean freight, air freight, customs, warehousing, projects, and industry technology. Educated in the Bay Area with a computer science background he began working in the forwarding industry during the peak years of Silicon Valley. Moved on to management and market development in the late 90’s and is currently active in the trans-pacific trade for Mid-America Overseas, Inc. Todd is the manager for the local MAO office in Honolulu where they are providing full freight forwarder services with an emphasis on freight from China and SE Asia. MAO owns and operates their own extensive network of office in this region and he frequently travels abroad to strengthen that trade. Todd is married with three children and is based out of the MAO Seattle office for the past 17 years.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA  Wednesday Jan 14 2015 5:00 - 7:00pm

MICHAEL N. “MIKE” HANSEN - President of the Hawaii Shippers Council

Mike Hansen was born in Honolulu, attended Punahou School, Willamette University, and the University of Hawaii. 

His maritime employment began in the early 1970’s, and included working in a shipyard, and at Hawaiian Tug & Barge in several trade and supervisory positions. 

After that, Mike ran his own ship agency in Honolulu from the late 1970’s through the 1990’s. He was also involved in ship chartering and founded a container shipping company that operated a direct liner service from Honolulu to the South Pacific for more than five years.

Mike is currently active in consulting and some commercial shipbroking.

Since the late 1990’s, Mike has been the President of the Hawaii Shippers Council, and continues to be actively involved with the Jones Act and other shipping issues affecting island shippers. He is widely known as a commenter on these issues.

The Hawaii Shippers Council is a business league organization incorporated in 1997. The Council represents those cargo owners known as “shippers” who tender their goods for shipment with ocean carriers also known as “ship owners.”

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA  Wednesday Dec 10 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Waikiki Timeshare Growth and and Impact on Retail? 

http://www.weidb.com/p8399 

Joseph Toy, President & CEO

Mr. Toy is the President of Hospitality Advisors LLC based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Joseph Toy has over 30 years in management consulting and public accounting on an international basis. He formerly served as the Director and Practice Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Hospitality Consulting Services practice for Hawai‘i and the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Toy has also held senior positions with the Honolulu offices of Pannell Kerr Forster and KPMG. His extensive international experience includes a two year assignment in the Stockholm, Sweden office of Price Waterhouse & Co., as well as assignments in Brazil, England, France, Cyprus, Australia, China, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, Saipan, Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands.

Mr. Toy has substantial experience in acquisition/divestment services, market and economic studies, strategic planning, operational and management advisory services, financial analysis, litigation, tourism studies, and government consulting at the local, state, and federal levels. He has provided transaction consulting services related to the acquisition of resorts and golf courses of well over $4 billion, and has provided insolvency and restructuring services to both owners and lenders for hotels, golf courses and retail centers that had a combined non-performing loan value of over $3.5 billion. Mr. Toy often serves as the Court-appointed Receiver, Foreclosure Commissioner, and Bankruptcy Trustee for hotels, resorts, and golf courses throughout the state. He is a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Toy was recently inducted into the University of Hawai‘i School of Travel Industry Management Alumni Hall of Honors for his contributions to Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. The award was presented to Mr. Toy by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Dean Juanita Liu. Mr. Toy is also a lecturer at the Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA  Wednesday Nov 12 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Brenda Lei Foster -  President & CEO Foster & Associates LLC, Executive-in Residence, University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business (Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai)

Brenda Lei Foster established Foster & Associates LLC in August 2014 as an international consulting firm to assist companies with market entry strategies with countries in the Asia Pacific region, and with China specifically, as well as to assist foreign companies with foreign direct investment into the United States.

Since August 2013 she has served as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, Shilder College of Business where she advises and assists the College in its international programs, especially those related to China.

From September 2005 to July 2013, Ms. Foster was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai), which is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in the Asia Pacific region and one of the largest AmChams outside the United States. As President, she was responsible for overseeing all of the Chamber’s initiatives, as well as representing the Chamber and American business interests in China, the U.S., and the Asia Pacific region.

Under her leadership, AmCham Shanghai, grew in size and stature. She doubled the membership to almost 4,000 members, designed and developed new and innovative programs and services, established an industry-specific Committees Department, a Government Relations Department, a Business Development and Marketing Department, a Business Council on Sustainability and Responsibility, a satellite office in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), launched an SME Center and virtual platform, diversified the Chamber’s communication platforms through digital media, expanded the Chamber’s Corporate Visa Program to enable AmCham Shanghai members to send staff, suppliers, and vendors to the U.S. for conferences and training, established new legal entities for the Chamber, and quadrupled AmCham Shanghai’s revenue base.

Ms. Foster has also served as President & CEO of ULU Group, Ltd., a firm specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region (2003-2005), Executive Assistant to the Governor of Hawaii for International and National Affairs (1995-2002), Director of the State of Hawaii’s Office of International Relations (1992-1994), and Executive Director of Hawaii’s World Affairs Council, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (1977-1992).

She is a past President of the National Council of World Affairs Organizations and is a former member of the Staff Advisory Councils for the National Governors’ Association and the Western Governors’ Association of which she also served as chair.

A nationally and internationally respected expert in Asian Affairs, Ms. Foster is a member of several national organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia Society, and the U.S. Committee on the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. She currently serves on the Advisory Councils of CP Woman (Chinese Professional Woman) and the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the Mr. and Mrs. Wang Foundation for the Study of Multi-National Corporations (MNC’s), the Pacific Forum/CSIS, Pacific Historic Parks, the Japan America Society of Hawaii, and was appointed by the U.S. Commerce Secretary to the Hawaii Pacific Export Council. She also served on the Board of the USA Pavilion, America’s national pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Among the awards and commendations that Ms. Foster has received are the 1993 Paul S. Bachman Award for distinguished contribution by a citizen of Hawaii to the improvement of relations between the U.S. and its neighbors in Asia and the Pacific, the 1999 Outstanding MBA Alumnus of the Year Award of the University of Hawaii College of Business, the 2006 Consular Corps of Hawaii Distinguished Citizen Award for Distinguished Service, the 2009 China Elite Business Women’s Award, and the 2009 Athena International Foundation Award for achieving excellence in business and leadership, the first American living overseas to receive this award. In addition, Ms. Foster was recognized in the 2010 East-West Center 50th Anniversary Commemorative Publication as one of fifty individuals representative of 55,000 alumni from more than 50 countries who are furthering the East-West Center’s mission of contributing to global understanding and building an Asia Pacific community.

Ms. Foster holds a B.A. and M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii’s Executive MBA Program.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com 

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com - guests are welcomed

Honolulu Hawaii USA Thursday, Sept. 18th, 2014. 11:30am Hawaii Prince Hotel, Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom

http://www.weidb.com/p7169  



Hawaii Society of of Business Professionals Luncheon is co-sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA)

Hawaiian Airlines is the 8th largest commercial airline in the United States and the largest airline based in Hawaii. As the airline that offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline, it has a major influence on our tourism-based economy.

Peter Ingram, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Hawaiian Airlines, will share with us Hawaiian Airlines’ strategic mission and vision, its current financial and market positions, as well as its expansion plans.

Peter is responsible for Hawaiian Airlines’ strategic planning and direction of the revenue side of the business. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Airlines and its parent company Hawaiian Holdings. During Mr. Ingram’s tenure at Hawaiian, the company has been one of the most successful airlines in the United States, posting a track record of profitability and growth in spite of a challenging economic and competitive environment. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, and received his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 2014

TIME: 11:30 Sign In, Networking , 12:00 Lunch and Program 1:30 Adjourn

PLACE: Hawai‘i Prince Hotel, Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom

PARKING:
Function Self Parking $4.00*
Function Valet Parking $5.50*
PLEASE SEE NOTIFICATION BELOW
(Overflow parking at the Ilikai Marina)
WARNING! Cars parked at expired meters are towed immediately!

COST:
Registration (by Sept. 15th)
$38 for Members HSBP & Partners,
$45 for Guests & Non-Members ,
$400 for Tables of 10
Late Registration (after Sept. 15th) $10.00 additional. All Reservations Must Be Honored

Online Payment and Registration: http://hsbp.biz/events/sept-18th-luncheon/  

Wednesday Aug 13 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm  http://www.weidb.com/p5814 

 

Charles Djou - Hawaii's 1st Congressional Candidate

Charles Djou represented Hawai’i’s First Congressional District from 2010 to 2011. The First Congressional District comprises the urban core of Honolulu from the eastern shores of Oahu to the western areas of Ewa and Kapolei, and includes Mililani, Waikiki and Downtown. He was a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Before entering the U.S. House, Charles served on the Honolulu City Council and in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, where he was Minority Floor Leader.

Charles is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a combat veteran who served with the U.S. Army in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during the “surge” of coalition forces in 2011-2012. Charles deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar Province. Charles’ military decorations include the Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

A child of immigrants, Charles’ parents emigrated from China and Thailand. The former congressman grew up in Hawai’i and graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu. He attended the University of Pennsylvania earning degrees in Political Science and Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce and received his juris doctor from the University of Southern California Law School.
Charles has been an active member of the community in Honolulu. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association and the Neighborhood Board for his area. He is a member of the Kamehameha Lions Club and has been a member of the Young Business Roundtable, the Rotary Club, and the Hawaii Telecommunications Association.He has taught at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, the University of Hawaii West Oahu, and Hawaii Pacific University.

Charles is married to Stacey Kawasaki Djou. Born and raised in Hawaii, Stacey graduated from Kalani High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. An attorney, Stacey earned her law degree from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. Together they raise their three children on Oahu.

Charles’ Name

People often ask from where Charles’ last name, Djou, comes. Charles’ father was born in Shanghai, China, and raised in Hong Kong. His mother was raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Charles was raised here in Hawaii. Yet, he has this odd, French-sounding, last name.It started in the 1920′s. Charles’ grandfather worked for a French engineering firm in Shanghai. His grandfather’s French boss, who spoke only French and Chinese, gave him the French name “Dijou” which roughly sounds like Charles’ family’s Chinese name, “Zhou.” In 1948, during the communist revolution in China, Charles’ grandfather fled to Hong Kong, which was then a British colony. Upon his arrival, the British asked Charles’ grandfather to fill out immigration papers. Rather than write down his Chinese character, Charles’ grandfather wrote down “Djou” – not knowing that this was actually French or that it was misspelled. Charles’ father took this name to the United States, Charles was born with it and now you have a local Chinese guy with a French sounding last name.

Resume

PUBLIC SERVICE

U.S. Representative, 2010-2011
City Councilman, 2003-2010
State Representative, 2000-2002
- House Minority Floor Leader, 2001-2002
- Assistant House Minority Whip, 2000-2001
Small Business Hawaii “Legislator of the Year,” 2001, 2003, and 2005
Hawaii Republican Party, Vice Chairman, 1998-1999

MILITARY SERVICE

US Army Reserve, 2001-Present
Afghan (OEF) Combat Veteran, 3rd BCT, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), 2011-2012
Selected Military Decorations: Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal

PROFESSION

Attorney, specializing in business law
Adjunct Professor, UH West Oahu, Univ. of Hawaii Law School and HPU

EDUCATION

USC Law School, JD
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, BS & BA
Punahou School

http://djou.com/ 

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday July 9 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Kim F. Scoggins, Vice President; Co-Division Manager, Colliers Monroe Friedlander, Inc.

Topic: The new opportunities for wholesalers in the new Waikiki

Kim's complete resume http://hkchcc.org/kfsresume.pdf  

Kim F. Scoggins brings to Colliers Monroe Friedlander, Inc. 22 years of experience in leasing and sales of retail and investment properties in the State of Hawaii. Mr. Scoggins has developed statewide knowledge of both the resort real estate market, as well as an integral working knowledge of commercial properties on the Island of Oahu. 

Mr. Scoggins is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Hawaii. He is also a current or past member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); the Hawaii Retail Merchants Association; the American Management Association; the Better Business Bureau; the Chamber of Commerce; the Hawaii Hotel Association; the Hawaii Visitors Bureau; the National Retail Merchants Association; the Rotary Club of Honolulu; and the Waikiki/Oahu Visitors Association.

http://www.colliersinternational.com/Kim.Scoggins  

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday June 11 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Kam Napier, editor-in-chief, Pacific Business News 

Veteran Honolulu editor A. Kam Napier has been named editor-in-chief of Pacific Business News, Publisher Bob Charlet announced Wednesday.

Napier was with Honolulu Magazine for 19 years, starting as an associate editor and serving as managing editor before being promoted to editor, a post he held for eight years, until last year.
Most recently he served as an account director with Becker Communications.

As editor-in-chief, Napier will oversee all news operations and content for Pacific Business News, including the weekly print edition, and the website, www.pacificbusinessnews.com.

“We are thrilled to have Kam join the PBN management team and direct our newsroom and content across our vast and growing platforms,” Charlet said. “He’s an experienced and award-winning journalist, exceptional leader, and has an excellent reputation in the community.

“Born and raised in Hawaii, he understands the nuances of businesses and doing business here,” he said.

Napier holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has completed an executive training course at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

Restaurant - HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 808.533.4277 Email: bistro@hasrbistro.com  

Monthly Meeting format: 5:00 - 5:30pm Networking, 5:30 - 6:15pm Speaker Presentation; 6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner

Please RSVP to Gail Glushenko to gglushenko@gmail.com  - guests are welcomed

Wednesday May 14 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. President/CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

William Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii. Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. An expert in East-West Philosophy, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and is an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Hawaii’s leading private and public universities. A political philosopher with degrees in both Eastern and Western philosophy, he has led a team of consulting academics in Beijing focused on developing solutions for free markets, human rights and business ethics. Akina also has a 30+ year career as the CEO and chief fundraiser for successful non-profit organizations. Now as head of Grassroot Institute, Akina is devoted to uniting Hawaii's people to work for a better economy, government and society as well as helping to build the Asia-Hawaii bridge. (Updated: October, 2013)  Dr. Akina’s academic website with his c.v. and sample articles is: http://hpu.academia.edu/WilliamKeliiAkina  Grassroot Institute’s website is: http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/ 

View Dr. Akina presentation on YouTube"Hawaii is paying 30% MORE because of Jones Act" Bloomberg News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz0QGjRQ-44 

 

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