Blagriff Wins Top AIA Honor
Amy Blagriff, executive vice president of The American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter (AIA Honolulu) since 2003, has been selected for Honorary Membership by the national organization—one of the highest honors it can bestow on an individual outside of the actual profession of architecture.
During her tenure, AIA Honolulu has overseen a number of developments to increase community conversations on design, including the opening of the Center for Architecture in 2012; the introduction of free design programs during April, which has been celebrated as Architecture Month in Hawaii for the past eight years; and CANstruction, the canned-food design competition that has raised more than 286,000 pounds of food for the Hawaii Foodbank since 2006.
Honorary Membership status is determined by the exemplary accomplishments of an individual of outstanding community and national significance.
Kuhlmann Joins CanDo
CanDo Construction Supply has hired Annie Kuhlmann as general manager–operations. With more than 40 years as a construction supplies professional, Kuhlmann previously served in senior executive roles with Safety Systems Hawaii, Miyake Concrete Accessories, Acoustical Material Services and Burke Hawaii. She has worked with general contractors, sub-contractors, municipalities, hotel engineering departments and AOAOs in Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines and Singapore. Kuhlmann is a former president of the National Association of Women in Construction–Honolulu Chapter.
Tang Is New HPM VP
Michelle Tang is the new vice president of business development at Honolulu Property Management (HPM). In her role, Tang will be responsible for strategic sales growth initiatives for HPM.
With more than 10 years of management experience, Tang has overseen business development at Nalo Farms, Coca Cola and HPC Foods. She graduated magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Born and raised in Hawaii, Tang has served on the South County Farm Bureau board of directors for nine years as treasurer. She is a member of the Hawaii Food Industry Association and Hawaii Kai Orchid Society.
Lemas Joins RevoluSun
Nicole Lemas is a new project developer for RevoluSun's Oahu division. Lemas works with homeowners to help them achieve energy independence by designing custom solar systems. She also is involved with Project Empower, RevoluSun's outreach arm that provides resources, support and education to nonprofit and community groups.
Lemas previously served as the executive assistant to the CEO of Sustain Hawaii, whose focus was on place-based education. Its ahupuaa management program was implemented at Kalani High School and included solar, renewable materials, aquaponics and electric vehicle maintenance. Lemas graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology.
Morrin Earns LEED Green
Tanner Morrin, project designer at Architectural Design & Construction, Inc. (ADC), has earned Certified LEED Green Associate credentials as an architectural professional with the skills for incorporating green building principles and practices into new home and remodeling projects.
"I believe it is the responsibility of the designer to utilize inventive practices in order to better meet the needs and interests of our clients," says Morrin, who joined ADC in 2013. "We act as a bridge between innovative technologies and responsive design in order to create architecture that will positively impact both our clients and the environment."
Born and raised on Maui, Morrin graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013 with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Environmental Design.
Yamaguchi Joins ADC
Mika Yamaguchi has joined the Maui design-build firm Architectural Design & Construction, Inc. (ADC) as a project designer. A graduate of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Canada in 2012, she will be a team member in ADC's residential master planning projects and a project designer for architectural projects. BI
AHFI Names Stockholder/Directors
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (AHFI) has announced that William W.L. Yuen, Judy A. Tanaka and Thomas E. Bush have been named stockholder/directors of the firm. Yuen is a nationally recognized municipal bond attorney. Tanaka and Bush both serve on the panel of court-appointed arbitrators for the Hawaii Court Annexed Arbitration Program.
Yuen practices in the areas of real estate development and land use planning law, corporate and securities law, public finance law, energy law and banking and financial services law. Tanaka, who joined AHFI in 2011, practices in the area of commercial, real estate and construction litigation as well as transactions, including entity formation, commercial leasing and contracts. Bush practices in the areas of commercial litigation, probate and trust litigation, personal injury, real estate and construction litigation, and franchising disputes.
Teri Orton New GM for Convention Center
AEG Facilities, in charge of operations at the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) since Jan. 1, has hired Teri Orton as the new general manager. A 17-year hospitality industry veteran, Orton previously was vice president of condominium resort marketing for the Hawaii-based Outrigger Enterprises Group. The Hawaii Tourism Authority awarded AEG Facilities a five-year management contract for the HCC last summer.
Avalon Promotes Steven Kothenbeutel
Avalon Development Company, part of Honolulu-based Avalon Group, has promoted Steven Kothenbeutel to vice president of development. With Avalon for eight years, he was initially a market and financial analyst and lately senior project manager. He has been directly responsible for over 600,000 square feet of development in Hawaii, and has consulted clientele with assets from $10 million to $200 million.
Most recently, Kothenbeutel was instrumental in securing and developing the Social Security Administration Built to Suit development. He also was the senior project manager for the Plaza at Mill Town Business Center, a 30,000-square-foot retail and office complex near Waikele.
Gary Marshall Returns to Architects Hawaii
Gary W. Marshall, AIA, has rejoined Architects Hawaii, Ltd. (AHL) as director of the healthcare architecture team. During his previous tenure with AHL from 1979-1985, Marshall's projects included the Kaiser Honolulu Clinic, the Queen Emma Tower at The Queens Medical Center and the Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center. Marshall also has worked on several healthcare architecture projects on the Mainland and Great Britain.
"Gary was previously with our healthcare studio and understands Hawaii and its unique issues," said Bettina Mehnert, CEO, AHL. "We also welcome the wealth of expertise and experience in healthcare architecture that he has accumulated over the years."
RevoluSun Hires Julie Lawrence
RevoluSun, a Hawaii provider of residential and commercial solar systems, has hired Julie Lawrence as a project developer for its Big Island division. Lawrence is responsible for educating and working with residential and commercial customers to achieve energy independence by designing custom solar systems and finding the best financing options available to meet their needs and take advantage of government incentives.
Lawrence earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in special education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Rita Aponte New Island Air GM
Island Air has promoted Rita Aponte to general manager, station operations. Aponte will oversee the management of the Honolulu Airport station, and develop policies and procedures to implement Island Air's service levels to match customer service expectations.
"Rita has been an integral part of the Island Air ohana for nearly 20 years," said CEO Paul Casey. "She is an excellent example of someone who has held various positions within our company, gaining experience in all aspects of the airline industry. She is a seasoned professional and will bring her expertise to continuously improve the passenger experience at the Island Air Honolulu terminal."
Promotions at Allied Builders
General contracting firm Allied Builders System has promoted Emet Domingo Jr. to vice president of operations. Domingo earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaii and has more than 25 years of construction experience. Lee George and Brendan Inglis have been promoted from project engineers to project managers.
"Emet's knowledge and experience will be instrumental in ensuring we continue to operate at the highest level of efficiency," says Gary Oda, president of Allied Builders System. "Lee and Brendan will help us continue to provide the best construction services in Hawaii that exceed our clients' expectations in value, timeliness and quality."
Andrew Jones Joins Morrow
Morrow Equipment Company has announced the appointment of Andrew Jones as branch manager of the Kapolei, Hawaii district operations. Jones will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Kapolei district and coordinate sales and marketing. Jones has 30 years' local construction industry experience managing the yard and equipment shop for dck pacific construction, LLC.
"We believe that Andrew's familiarity and industry knowledge gained over the years, combined with his proven ability to foster positve relationships among team members, business associates, vendors and suppliers, will serve him well in his new role as branch manager," said Rick Morrow, vice chairman of Morrow Equipment Company.
David Hulihe'e joins A&B Board
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) has appointed Grace Pacific LLC Chief Executive Officer David C. Hulihe'e to its board of directors. Since 2008, Hulihe'e has served as the chief executive officer and president of Grace Pacific and was its chairman of the board of directors until A&B's acquisition of the company in October.
Hulihe'e is responsible for Grace Pacific's strategic plans and programs, overall operations and long-range planning. Hulihe'e also has a 42-year career in construction with Royal Contracting, Co., Ltd., one of Hawaii's largest civil construction companies, and has been a partner in the development of various commercial projects in the state. Hulihe'e is a graduate of Iolani School and Syracuse University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.
City Mill's New HR Head
City Mill Company, Ltd. has announced the appointment of Debbie Hernandez as human resources manager. She will oversee all aspects of the department for approximately 450 employees, including for sister company Simply Organized, a storage and organization retail chain.
Hernandez recently retired from the U.S Air Force after 26 years of service. She has a degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources management.
"We are very happy to have Debbie join the City Mill family," said Steven Ai, president and CEO. "We believe her high energy, communication skills and proven experience in employee relations will enhance our company's team oriented environment."
NAHB Lauds Stacie Brach
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has named Stacie Brach the 2013 Regional Property Manager of the Year. Brach is a district property manager with Interstate Realty Management (IRM). One of NAHB's "Pillars of the Industry" awards, this national award recognizes superior achievement and creative leadership in the multifamily industry.
Brach's portfolio includes IRM's first property management effort in Hawaii, The Towers of Kuhio Park, formerly known as Kuhio Park Terrace. NAHB lauded Brach's management during the $135 million rehabilitation project in 2012 from a failing public housing development to a vibrant, well-managed mixed-income community.
HBM Names John White Director of Maintenance Ops
Hawaiian Building Maintenance (HBM), the largest facilities maintenance services company in Hawaii, has named John White as director of maintenance operations, lending his expertise to training of all employees at various jobsites throughout the state. He was previously the director of safety and training.
"We are pleased to have John on our team," said Jim Walters, HBM chief executive officer and president. "John's extensive experience and leadership as an energy efficient expert will continue to be of tremendous value to the companies we serve."
White brings more than 25 years of experience to HBM. Prior to joining HBM he was the chief engineer at Central Pacific Plaza (CPP), where he implemented and managed several energy saving projects, including the complete change out of the Plaza's chilled water plant and the installation of a direct digital control system on the air distribution system.
Originally from Southern California, White moved to Hawaii in 1988, where he started his own maintenance company and oversaw maintenance at many Waikiki condominiums.
New Members at HHC
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Hanalei businesswoman Patricia Sheehan and Hilo labor leader Wallace Ishibashi Jr. to the nine-member Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) representing Kauai and East Hawaii, respectively. The commission oversees the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).
"We welcome our newest members to the Hawaiian Homes Commission," said Jobie Masagatani, Hawaiian Homes Commission chair and DHHL director. "As well as respected members of their respective communities, their manao will be invaluable in fulfilling Prince Kuhio's mission."
Sheehan returns to the HHC after serving as Kauai Commissioner from 1993 to 1997. Sheehan fills the seat left vacant by Imaikalani Aiu until a permanent replacement is found.
Ishibashi was born and raised in the Hawaiian homestead of Keaukaha, on Hawaii Island, and is a retired officer of the ILWU Local 142 and a member for almost 40 years. He replaces East Hawaii Commissioner Ian Lee Loy and will serve a four-year term.
Mayor Caldwell Taps Ray Soon Chief of Staff
Mayor Kirk Caldwell has appointed Ray Soon to act as chief of staff, a senior role in the Caldwell administration. Soon previously served as director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, vice president of community relations at Kamehameha Schools and president of the consulting firm Solutions Pacific.
"With Ray's accomplished background, collaborative approach and proven commitment to serving the people of the City and County of Honolulu, I am extremely fortunate to have him join my administration as chief of staff," said Mayor Caldwell.
A Kalani High School graduate, Soon earned a BFA in city and regional planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master's degree in city planning from Harvard University.,
Galson Names Rozlyn Luber General Manager
Galson Laboratories Pacific Rim, a world leader in industrial hygiene analysis and monitoring solutions, has named Rozlyn Luber general manager of operations for the Hawaii office. Luber will oversee all laboratory, client services, sales, marketing and administrative functions. She will promote all services offered and build client relationships in Hawaii.
"Galson Laboratories is delighted to announce that Rozlyn will hold this position," said Joe Unangst, president and CEO of Galson Laboratories. "Galson Laboratories Pacific Rim is focused on exceeding our client's expectations and maintaining a staff of highly trained analysts, and we are confident that Rozlyn's years of industry experience will give her the knowledge it takes to oversee the analysts and lead the group."
Mark Tawara New SSFM VP/COO
The Honolulu-based engineering, planning and management firm SSFM International, Inc. (SSFM) has hired Mark Tawara as its new vice president and chief operating officer. Tawara will manage technical operations, working under the direction of the president/CEO, to implement procedures and processes that support the firm's strategic initiatives.
With more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Tawara owned and operated a marketing consulting practice, assisting more than a dozen professional services and construction firms on various marketing and operations initiatives.
"SSFM is extremely fortunate to have Mark join our team," said SSFM International President and CEO Michael P. Matsumoto. "His exceptional talent and broad experiences will enhance the value and service our company provides to our clients."
Johnson Joins Graham Builders
Kevin Johnson has joined the design-build firm Graham Builders as architectural designer. He will be designing and developing custom-home plans, guiding homeowners during the design process and creating plan and specification packages for the construction process.
Previously, Johnson was a photovoltaic designer at Energy Industries and was a co-owner of studio2k, an interior design firm.
Adams Joins Bonterra Solar
Christian Adams has joined Bonterra Solar as a partner and sales director. He will oversee photovoltaic and solar sales in both the residential and commercial divisions.
"We are excited to have someone of Christian's caliber join Bonterra Solar, not only as our new sales director, but also as a partner in the company," said Andrew Yani, Bonterra co-founder and principal. "He will be instrumental in helping to take Bonterra Solar to the next level."
ABBAE Promotes Higgins
Joe Higgins, PE, has been named operations manager for the Hawaii office of Allana Buick and Bers (ABBAE). He will oversee all local staff and be responsible for overall project management and supervision of projects, ranging from proposal and contract review and collaboration with senior design and engineering staff.
Higgins, who has been with the company since 2008, and has more than 25 years of experience working with replacement and upgrade of building HVAC systems, plumbing and piping systems, energy management systems, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems and energy audits.
RevoluSun Adds 3
RevoluSun has promoted Evan Wong and hired Roger Gumerman as project managers and has engaged Rae Saito as an independent project developer for its Oahu division. Also, Howard "Lima" Kiel was hired as project manager for its Big Island division.
Wong and Gumerman will oversee residential solar projects and work with homeowners as their solar systems are designed and installed. Saito will work with residential customers to achieve energy independence by designing custom solar systems and finding the best financing options.
Wong previously was a backer board installer at RevoluSun. He attends Hawaii Community College.
Gumerman, a graduate of Kansas State University, was a NABCEP-Certified designer and installer at Alternate Energy Hawaii. He also was a construction administrator, LEED field specialist, draftsman and project architect at Architects Hawaii, Ltd.
Saito, who attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo, was a managing partner and insurance broker for Hawaii Benefits Group/Pacific Benefits Partners, LLC. Kiel previously worked for Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
Gi Joins Kamehameha Schools
Sharon Gi recently joined Kamehameha Schools' commercial real estate division as development manager. She will focus on overall project management for large redevelopment and renovation projects in the Moiliili, Kapalama and Kahala areas.
"Sharon will oversee some of the most significant development and renovation projects that will transform Kamehameha's landholdings into vibrant and thriving communities," said Catherine Camp, area development director.
Previously, Gi was an assistant project manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles.
Wilson Joins Aqua Engineers
Greg Wilson has joined Aqua Engineers, a water and wastewater management company, as Schofield Barracks' operations manager.
Wilson was a project manager for ESG Operations, Inc. in Conyers, Ga., where he was responsible for the operations and maintenance of five municipal wastewater treatment plants and an industrial paper mill pretreatment facility.
Aqua Engineers purchased the Schofield Barracks Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2006.
Valmoja Takes Helm of Painters DC50
Ryden "Bully" Valmoja has been unanimously elected by the delegates of the District Council 50's (DC50) Executive Board and was officially sworn in to office as the newly elected business manager/secretary-treasurer of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 50.
"I am honored to be allowed the opportunity to lead such a well-respected organization," Valmoja said. "I will continue to strive to keep the council moving forward in a positive direction and I will work together with our members and our signatory employers in order to better serve the industry."
Valmoja has been a painting member since 1996. He has served on the Painters' Executive Board in various positions, and most recently as the assistant business manager/secretary-treasurer for DC50. He currently serves on the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-C10 Executive Board.
Ledcor Appoints Bourassa
The Ledcor Group of Companies (Ledcor) has named Chris Bourassa as president, U.S. Construction, based in San Diego.
Ledcor first entered the U.S. market in the 1980s, and has construction and property development operations in Seattle, San Diego, Irvine, Napa, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin and Honolulu.
"Ledcor's building construction business continues to grow outside our traditional Canadian markets. In recent years we have achieved steady success in Illinois, Nevada, Texas, California and Hawaii," said Ron Stevenson, president and CEO of Ledcor Industries Ltd. "We are expanding our senior executive team to manage this growth, and increase our local senior executive presence in the U.S."
A&B Hires Hayashi
Scott W. Hayashi has joined Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., where he will oversee tax compliance, income tax accounting and tax research and planning. Hayashi, who will report to Paul K. Ito, A&B's senior vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and controller, previously was senior international tax counsel and international tax manager at Apple Inc.
Phillips Joins Horton-Schuler
Peter Phillips has joined D.R. Horton-Schuler Division as a land acquisition project manager. He will be responsible for acquiring developable real estate throughout Hawaii for the company.
Phillips, an alumnus of Punahou School and a graduate of Pepperdine University, was previously a project manager with Stanford Carr Development, overseeing various residential projects on Oahu and the Big Island.
"Pete brings a high level of excellence and we warmly welcome him to the team," said Mike Jones, president, D.R. Horton - Schuler Division. "His solid experience in the Hawaii market will be a tremendous asset to the company, as we continue to grow and serve the needs of families seeking homeownership opportunities." BI
Belechak Named COO at dck Worldwide
dck Worldwide, parent company of dck pacific construction, has named Joe Belechak as its first chief operating officer.
Belechak joined dck in October 2012. As COO, he will have complete responsibility for all company operations and will continue working across dck to increase its ability to deliver operational excellence and value to dck customers.
"I have enjoyed becoming a part of the dck team, learning and working with the organization," Belechak says, "and I see great possibilities for additional growth and success in our future. It is an honor to be part of the dck team and the achievement of excellence."
Previously, Belechak was senior vice president of nuclear fuels for Westinghouse Electric Company and served as the company's vice president of strategy. He currently resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and children.
Nordic PCL's Stinson Honored
Josh Stinson, special projects manager at Nordic PCL Construction Inc., has been named to the "Top 20 Under 40 in 2013" by Engineering News Record California.
The annual competition celebrates young professionals in California and Hawaii who embody construction excellence, leadership, career progress and community involvement, while creating landmark projects in their regions.
"Josh's selection to this prestigious list comes as no surprise," said Glen Kaneshige, Nordic PCL president. "His willingness to support and develop his staff with the resources necessary to ensure their success combined with his attitude of doing whatever it takes to exceed the client's expectations are key to his success."
Stinson joined PCL in 2005 as a preconstruction manager and formed Nordic PCL's Special Projects Division in 2008, which he has expanded into a nearly $40 million department. The division caters to clients with general contracting needs who require the capabilities, resources and financial stability of a large contractor, but also seek the personal attention of a smaller company.
Stinson's projects include The Queen's Medical Center, Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, Royal Hawaiian Center, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Hawaiian Airlines Ticket Lobby and Crew Center.
Hughes Promotes Vanderboom
Nicholas "Nick" D. Vanderboom has been promoted to senior vice president of development at The Howard Hughes Corporation. Vanderboom and his team will continue to focus on such developments as the transformation of the 60 acre Ward Centers to Ward Village and the recently announced luxury condominiums, ONE Ala Moana.
Vanderboom, who was a tight end on two national championship football teams at USC, previously was vice president of development. Prior to joining the company in 2010, he served as vice president of development for TPMC California. As an independent real estate consultant, he worked with Forest City Enterprises on mixed use development projects in California, Nevada, Texas and Hawaii.
AEP Span Names Isle Rep
Tim DelMonte has been named by AEP Span as outside sales representative for the Hawaii and Southern California regions. He will focus on sales and technical support of building construction customers ranging from contractors to fabricators to erectors, covering a wide range of end-use applications.
AEP Span, a division of ASC Profiles, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueScope Steel, manufacturers architectural metal roof and siding products.
Johnson Controls Tabs Peck
Former Hawaii state energy administrator Ted Peck was named energy solutions general manager by Johnson Controls and will head its building efficiency business in Hawaii, Guam and the South Pacific.
Peck will lead the company's effort "to help public and private sector organizations combat rising utility costs, improve operations and limit environmental impact." He joins Johnson Controls with more than 25 years in energy management, including development of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as the state's energy administrator. In January 2011 he became president of Kuoka Inc.
"Ted is a seasoned expert in energy management and understands the unique challenges of Hawaii's energy landscape and the value that efficiency and renewable energy brings to the islands he calls home," said Michael Crowe, vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls, which has operated in Hawaii since 1961.
Peck, a retired Navy nuclear submarine officer, was named a "Forty Under 40" by Pacific Business News and in 2006 became a Pacific Century Fellow. He was selected among "20 Leaders For the Next 20 Years" by Hawaii Business Magazine in 2010.
Hawthorne Cat Promotes Giannaris
Chris Giannaris has been promoted to sales operations and marketing manager at Hawthorne Cat. Since 2007, he was sales and operations manager for Hawthorne Cat's Pacific division. He will be overseeing marketing for the company's five Hawaii locations, in addition to operations, sales and equipment logistics and forecasting.
Six Join dck pacific Team
dck pacific construction, LLC has added six new members to the staff of the general contractor/design-build contractor's Honolulu office. They are Bruce Hosek, superintendent; Timothy Schoder, senior estimator; and project engineers George Rodriguez, Delicia Barber, Steven Baqui III and Scott Wilson.
"With our current workload
and projects on the horizon, these additions to our team will help us to continue to provide our clients with the excellence they expect on their projects," said Eric Tessem, dck pacific senior vice president and general manager. "We are committed to providing innovative building solutions, and each one of these new hires bring the skill, knowledge and expertise that the dck pacific team is known for."
MW Group, Ltd
Brian Wong was promoted to chief operating officer at MW Group, Ltd. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the daily operations of the Honolulu–based real estate development company, including growing the MW Group brand and its diversified portfolio. He also will continue to support MW Commercial Realty, Inc.'s property management and leasing activities for all retail, office and industrial assets, as well as MW Services, LLC.
Wong was the senior vice president at MW Group, and has steadily moved up within the organization over the past nine years.
He sits on The Plaza Club's Board of Governors and serves as a trustee for the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, as well as being past president of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Hawaii chapter.
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Louise K.Y. Ing, director and vice president at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (AHFI), was honored by the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee (PTMPAC) at its annual fundraiser in October.
The PTMPAC recognized Ing for her commitment to affordable healthcare services and reproductive choice, which includes her work as legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of Hawaii and her work on behalf of Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, the Hawaii Women's Caucus and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii before the state Legislature on women's rights and women's health issues. In particular, the group noted Ing's support of groundbreaking legislation requiring Hawaii health insurance plans to provide emergency contraceptive coverage. She is the immediate past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
The PTMPAC, founded in 2004, is dedicated to improving the lives of Hawaii's women and their families by supporting and electing pro choice Democratic women with a demonstrated commitment to the values of Patsy Mink
Graham Properties Inc.
Loren Graham has been named Realtor, as broker-in-charge and partner of Graham
Properties Inc. (GPI), a Hawaii family-owned real estate company established in 1989. In this role, he will manage new agents and oversee all marketing efforts, including promotions, advertising and social media.
In the past six years, he closed more than $6 million each year in sales at GPI.
The Honolulu-born Graham previously lived in Japan, where he taught English and surfed professionally. He volunteers teaching children water safety, surfing and ocean environmental awareness with the nonprofit organization, Na Kama Kai, at its annual surfing camps.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Big Island has named Schack von Rumohr director of operations and Vincent Robinson as the new director of food and beverage, Pyramid Hotel Group announced.
Von Rumohr will supervise numerous departments including food and beverage, security, engineering, front desk, concierge, guest services, housekeeping and the new Flying Fish retail and activity outfitters. He also will assist in administering and maintaining established budgets and quality standards.
Robinson will oversee all staff at Ainakai restaurant, the new oceanfront Rays on the Bay, Holua poolside bar and lounge, plus in-room dining, banquets and catering. His career spans 20 years, and he most recently was assistant director of food and beverage at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Michael Street has been hired as director of engineering and Bill Thornton has been named director of construction services at Aqua Engineers, Hawaii's largest water and wastewater management company and one of the state's largest defense contractors.
Street previously worked with Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc. as a project manager and oversaw all of the company's construction management projects with the City and County of Honolulu that focused in the wastewater, transportation, energy conservation and project development fields.
Since 2010, Thornton was vice president and general manager of Briant Construction where he was responsible for mechanical, design/build projects and construction. Before joining Briant Construction, he was construction manager and project director at Kitchell Contractors, Inc. for almost 10 years.
Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
Kim Lum recently was appointed CEO of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd., in addition to his role as president. Lum, a 32-year veteran of Pankow, replaces Richard Kunnath, who has served as CEO for the past 12 years and will remain as Pankow's executive chairman of the board.
Lum has held leadership roles in Pankow's Honolulu and Northern California regional offices and was appointed president of the firm in 2009.
He serves on the national board of the Design Build Institute of America and is a member of the board of the California Center for Construction Education.
Lee Hopkinson has joined Pankow as director of business development for its Hawaii division. In his new position, Hopkinson will act as a client advocate, understanding and translating the clients' needs into approaches and building solutions.
He has more than 15 years of experience as a sales executive in Hawaii. Prior to joining Pankow, Hopkinson was the vice president of AEC (architecture-engineering-construction) operations and sales manager of Honblue.
Blair Suzuki has been hired by Hunt Companies as its assistant development manager, responsible for various aspects of asset management, planning and development of the company's 538 acres of land and buildings in Kalaeloa. He also will be a key team member in Hunt's other projects in Hawaii.
Suzuki most recently played a critical role managing a multimillion dollar real estate portfolio for Tradewind Capital Group. Suzuki also previously served as commercial real estate officer - assistant vice president at Bank of Hawaii and was responsible for managing commercial loan commitments.
John Thielst recently was promoted to managing principal and vice president of Coffman Engineers, Honolulu office.
Thielst has been fundamental in the development of the Honolulu office since it opened in 2010 and handles day-to-day operations, business development and project management. He is a longtime Hawaii resident and his knowledge of the local business culture and 17 years of management and consulting experience have been essential to growing the office.
Ben Momblow, P.E. has been promoted to principal of Coffman Engineers in Honolulu. He joined Coffman in 1999 and was most recently a senior project manager in the Honolulu office managing multidisciplined projects. Momblow also has been instrumental in developing the local office and staff since it opened. His experience includes more than 12 years of civil and structural engineering for commercial, industrial and military projects.
Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates, Inc.
Keith Niiya, P.E was promoted to vice president of Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates, Inc. and will continue to oversee operations of the company's transportation department. He is a member of the Institute for Transportation Engineers and a past president of the Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Chris Barbe was named dck pacific construction, LLC's new
director of opera tions and will be responsible for overseeing project operations in Hawaii. He previously served as the firm's director of project support, providing estimating and operations assistance for federal and commercial projects.
Prior to joining dck, Barbe also served as project engineer for the expansion and remodeling of the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island and as project manager for the piping and equipment erection at the Hama kua Power Plant on the Big Island.
Mike Wethered has joined dck pacific as its senior project manager. Wethered is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the company's Hawaii projects, ensuring that client expectations are met throughout the course of design, preconstruction, construction and post-construction phases. He is currently overseeing the development of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Information Technology Center.
Wethered previously served as project manager at Ledcor Construction Hawaii and also served 11 years as project manager at Oceanic Companies.
Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning
Eric Masutomi has been appointed the CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, LLC (HSWAC). He brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Besides previously serving as a consultant for HSWAC in the delivery of a seawater air conditioning district cooling system to downtown Honolulu, he also served as vice-president of planning for Outrigger Enterprises Group and director of planning for the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Kyle Nakamura recently was named civil construction manager for Kiewit, to help oversee its West Oahu/Farrington Highway portion of the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor, a 6.5-mile segment from East Kapolei to the Pearl Highlands Station. Nakamura is a 14-year veteran of the construction industry and has worked with Kiewit for 12 years. During his career with Kiewit, Nakamura has held manager and general superintendent positions on several key projects.
The Gas Company
Joseph "Joe" Boivin, Jr. recently was promoted to senior vice president of external affairs for The Gas Company (TGC). He joined the company in the fall of 2009 as vice president of operations and also has served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives and marketing. In his new role, Boivin will oversee regulatory affairs, legislative and government affairs, corporate communications and new market development, reporting directly to the CEO.
The Gas Company
Jill Tokunaga also received a promotion at TGC, now serving as vice president of sales and marketing. She joined TGC in the fall of 2008 as vice president of sales. Her role is now expanded to include overall responsibility for the company's marketing initiatives. Before joining TGC, Tokunaga was a sales executive for Sprint Nextel.
Ryan Graham has been promoted to vice president of operations of Graham Builders. He will oversee the sales, design, estimating and construction departments. Graham first joined the local design-build residential contractor in 2003. He was most recently an estimator where he managed the development of building cost estimates and bids on new home construction and renovation projects.
A&B Land Group
George Morvis Jr. has been appointed vice president, corporate development of the A&B Land Group, which encompasses A&B Properties, Inc. and Alexander & Baldwin's (A&B) agricultural businesses. Morvis will oversee corporate development activities – ranging from organic growth initiatives to potential business acquisitions and joint ventures – and will report to Christopher Benjamin, president of the A&B Land Group.
Josh Nelson has joined RevoluSun as a Hawaii-based independent project developer. He will be working with residential and commercial customers to design custom solar systems and find the best financing options available for them. Nelson previously served as a Korean interpreter and flight attendant at Hawaiian Airlines.
Maria McDougall also has been hired as an independent project developer for RevoluSun. Her responsibilities will mirror that of Nelson. Prior to joining RevoluSun, McDougall worked in the hotel industry at both the Marriott Edition and Trump tower in Waikiki.
Energy Industries LLC
Wyeth Crawford has joined Energy Industries LLC, power division, as an energy efficiency engineer. He previously was an engineering intern at Pearl Harbor Shipyard. His interest in environmental sciences and biology fuels his drive for energy efficiency. Crawford is originally from Oregon and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Oregon State University.
dck pacific construction, LLC
Eric Tessem has been hired by dck pacific construction, LLC, a dck worldwide company, as the senior vice president and general manager to lead the Honolulu office.
With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Tessem initially founded Construction Associates, Inc. in 1981 and most recently served as vice president of operations for Ledcor Construction Hawaii.
He is a member of various local organizations, including the General Contractors Association, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Urban Land Institute.
Global Healthcare Services
Richard Allen recently joined dck worldwide as vice president global healthcare services.
Allen has 25 years of senior executive experience in all phases of hospital operations, strategy, physician integration, ambulatory center design and development, master facility planning, and millions of dollars of renovation and new construction at major health systems/hospitals on the mainland.
His experience allows dck to provide client support and advice in program planning, design, schedule, cost, equipment planning and procurement, and transition and occupancy, according to Stephen D'Angelo, dck president and CEO.
City Mill Co., Ltd.
Ron De Leon has been appointed general merchandising manager for City Mill Co., Ltd. He will be part of the senior management team overseeing all aspects of the merchandising department and will be responsible for planning, implementing and directing all merchandising policies and programs within City Mill. He will be responsible for all merchandise sold at the eight-store home improvement chain.
De Leon brings more than 30 years of experience from All American Home Center in California where he started as a sales associate in the plumbing department.
Jordan Abrell has been hired as the safety manager for Sunetric and will be responsible for the management and implementation of the firm's safety program, including training for employees, equipment inspections, and managing installation processes and procedures to ensure the safety of the team members. Prior to joining Sunetric, Abrell worked as the for White Construction in Clinton, Ind.
Terry Ogimi recently rejoined Graham Builders as project manager. He will be responsible for overseeing projects once they are in the construction phase, working and coordinating with subcontractors, creating and managing schedules and material deliveries. Ogimi returns to Graham Builders after a two-year departure. He first joined Graham Builders in 1999 as a carpenter foreman.
Ogimi has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry, starting in the Carpenter's Union apprenticeship program in 1985.
Allied Builders System
Emet Domingo, Jr. has joined Allied Builders System as executive project manager. He will oversee the planning and coordination of the company's projects and will ensure they are delivered on-time and with high quality results.
Domingo brings more than 23 years of construction experience to the company, most recently as director of construction with Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, Inc. as its responsible managing executive. For his last project there, he oversaw more than $100 million of construction work at the Villages of Kapolei. He also has worked at M. A. Mortenson Company and the University of Hawaii.
Matthew Nagatori has joined RevoluSun as commercial project developer. He will be responsible for educating and working with commercial customers to achieve energy independence by designing custom solar systems and finding the best financing options available to meet their needs and take advantage of government incentives.
Nagatori has five years of work experience in business-to-business sales and marketing. Prior to joining RevoluSun in November 2011, Nagatori worked at Phiten USA Inc. as a regional sales representative for the Pacific Islands. He also served as an international sales manager at Mabu Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.
Marlene Hernandez was hired by RevoluSun as a Hawaii-based software tester engineer. She will be responsible for assuring that requirements for new function-alities are properly implemented in RevoluSun's software system REVOS®, a proprietary software system that streamlines the design, pricing and management of its solar energy systems.
Hernandez has seven years of experience as a software tester engineer. Prior to joining RevoluSun, Hernandez worked as a strategic test engineer at LANDesk Software in South Jordan, Utah.
Allana Buick & Bers
Steve Pherigo has joined Steve Pherigo has joined Allana Buick & Bers (ABB) as its new Hawaii division manager. With 35 years of experience in supervising all phases of construction, property maintenance, and building operations, Pherigo will offer leadership to the division and be responsible for client development and staffing. He will work with Pete Shubert, operations manager, and David Kaahaaina, AIA, business development manager. Prior to joining ABB, Pherigo was the vice president of property management for Hawaiiana Management Co.
Sheldon Hunt has been named president and general manager of Kauai-based Aqua Engineers. He will be responsible for running Aqua Engineers and its subsidiary, Briant Construction, Inc., a mechanical contracting company. Hunt has more than 25 years of engineering experience working with the military and the private sector and previously worked for Ocean Thermal Energy (OTE) Corp. in Honolulu as vice president of operations, consulting on ocean thermal energy projects in Hawaii and the Caribbean.
General Contractors Association
Shannon Alivado is the new director of government relations for the General Contractors Association of Hawaii. In this position, she will be responsible for policy advocacy, monitoring and tracking state and local legislation affecting the industry, serving as a liaison between select GCA committees, and working with state and local legislators.
Alivado was most recently with the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, where she advocated for landowners and monitored state and local legislation related to development and land use laws.
Lawson & Associates, LLC
Brian Polis recently joined Lawson & Associates, LLC as general manager. With more than 12 years of safety and risk management experience, he will be providing support and overseeing daily operations of the company's consulting staff as well as interfacing with clients. In addition he will be assisting with business development, staff development and strategic planning. Prior to Lawson and Associates, Polis worked for Turner Construction and most recently Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. where he was district HSE manager for the past five years.
Kiewit Building Group, Inc.
Damon Gray was hired recently as a project engineer for Kiewit Building Group, Inc. He previously served as a project architect with Peter Vincent Architects for more than five years and before that, as a project manager with Altria Corporate Services, responsible for construction management and national contracting. Altogether, Gray brings 15 years of construction-industry experience to Kiewit.
Brent Kawahara has joined Kiewit Building Group as a document control engineer. Before joining Kiewit, Kawahara was an engineer technician with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest in San Diego. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of the Pacific.
Clarice Masaki also has been hired as an engineer for Kiewit Building Group and will be working in the firm's estimating department. She earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Purdue University.
Shioi Construction, Inc
Roy Shioi was promoted to assistant vice president of Shioi Construction, Inc. in September. He was previously senior estimator for the company. Roy Shioi has been with Shioi Construction, Inc. since 2004 and is based in the company's Pearl City office. Shioi has offices on both Oahu and Kauai.
James Abeshima has been named executive vice president of Shioi Construction. He was most recently senior project manager for Hawaiian Dredging Construction, managing the Disney Hawaii Resort and Spa project.
Jon Yoshimura recently was named director of government affairs for SolarCity in Hawaii. In this new position, he will be responsible for managing SolarCity's relationships with government and community organizations in Hawaii. Yoshimura returns to Hawaii after six years in Washington D.C., where he served as director of communications for U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Yoshimura's experience in politics and communications also includes two terms on the Honolulu City Council. (ABB) as its new Hawaii division manager. With 35 years of experience in supervising all phases of construction, property maintenance, and building operations, Pherigo will offer leadership to the division and be responsible for client development and staffing. He will work with Pete Shubert, operations manager, and David Kaahaaina, AIA, business development manager. Prior to joining ABB, Pherigo was the vice president of property management for Hawaiiana Management Co.