A&B Appoints Parker President, CEO
March 03, 2023
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has appointed Lance K. Parker as its new president and CEO, effective July 1, 2023. Parker, currently A&B president and chief operating officer, succeeds A&B CEO Christopher J. Benjamin, who will retire on June 30. Parker became COO in 2021 and was promoted to president earlier this year.
As the former head of A&B’s real estate division and under Benjamin’s direction, Parker helped successfully guide A&B into Hawaii commercial real estate.
“We have accomplished a great deal in transitioning A&B from a diversified operating business to a focused real estate company,” says Benjamin. “With a stellar team of real estate experts in place under the leadership of Lance Parker, I am confident in A&B’s trajectory as a Hawaii commercial real estate company.”
Parker began his commercial real estate career in Southern California before joining A&B in 2004. Starting in an acquisition role, he has since held positions of steadily increasing responsibility.
“I am honored to have been selected as A&B’s next CEO,” says Parker. “I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated employees and board of directors to expand A&B’s real estate portfolio and strengthen our position as partners for Hawaii.”
Born and raised in the Islands, Parker holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools.
G70 Promotes Interior Designers
March 03, 2023
Kellye Greco and Marie McCreary in January were promoted to G70 Interior Design Studio principal and associate principal, respectively.
Greco joined G70 in 2003 and has designed in a variety of areas such as healthcare, workplace, resort and non-profit spaces. On the G70 website Greco says she is passionate about designing education and learning facilities. She is on several community boards, including the Association for Learning Environments and as the vice president of membership for the IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter.
McCreary joined G70 in 2020. Her 20 years of interior design experience has produced an international portfolio that includes aviation, civic and federal projects, corporate workspaces, healthcare, hospitality and law offices. McCreary’s knack for collaborating with her clients to explore trends, opportunities and the strategies of design helps them work toward their goals and aspirations.
A New Generation Steps Up
March 03, 2023
Ikenakea Development, a collaboration of the Hawaii Community Development Board and 3 Leaf, and an affordable housing developer in Hawaii, has hired Nainoa Watson as general counsel to provide legal support in all areas of the organization. Previously, Watson worked five years at a Honolulu-based law firm.
Keegan Flaherty has been promoted to senior development associate. Flaherty now manages the development process for affordable housing and mixed-use projects in Hawaii.
HHF Promotes 8 for 2023
March 03, 2023
Several promotions at HHF at the start of 2023 are in line with the company’s leadership transition strategy. John Hagihara, AICP, is now principal and vice president. HHF announced on its website that Hagihara has demonstrated exceptional leadership and versatile management skills, and in leading planning projects that range from environmental studies, land-use entitlements and facilities planning. An avid cyclist, Hagihara’s portfolio includes the Oahu Bike Plan, Biki bike-share station plans and Complete Streets in Honolulu and Kahului.
Gordon and Steele Promoted
March 03, 2023
Swinerton has promoted 20-year employee Gary Gordon to field operations manager. Gordon now oversees all Hawaii project job sites for Swinerton and is responsible for day-to-day construction operations.
Swinerton also has promoted Ben Steele to operations manager, responsible for all aspects of the division’s project management and field operations including project planning and staffing, contract review and negotiation, and oversight of the project team to ensure compliance with project team commitments, safety and quality standards.
Four Advance at NPCL
March 03, 2023
Nordic PCL Construction Inc. (NPCL) has promoted four staff members.
Pamela Nitta, formerly special projects manager, advances to construction risk manager, and will lead estimating and preconstruction on NPCL’s large and complex projects. Recently, she was recognized by Pacific Business News’ “Women Who Mean Business” awards and led NPCL’s first all-woman Habitat for Humanity volunteer group.
Claire Thompson, formerly project manager, advances to special projects manager, where she will oversee NPCL’s special projects division, including business development and client relations. Her several leadership awards include mention in Pacific Business News’ “40 Under 40” list.
Stephan Loubser, formerly senior estimator, advances to construction risk manager. His 22 years with the company include NPCL’s Lilia Waikiki, Ke Kilohana, and Symphony projects.
Drew Kirkbright, formerly a buyer, advances to senior buyer where he will direct materials and equipment sourcing, purchasing and coordination for all NPCL offices and project teams across Hawaii.
Hall of Fame, Scholarship Winners
March 03, 2023
Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) in January inducted Steve Muench into its 2023 Hall of Fame for his achievements in asphalt formulations, standards and practices at the state, national and international level. Muench has “made outstanding contributions of time and ideas to the industry,” says Jon Young, HAPI executive director.
Also in January, HAPI awarded two of its $1,500 annual scholarships to two sophomores studying civil engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Donovan Fujii is currently an intern at Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates Inc., and Mackelan Dax Mitchell is interning at Geolabs Inc.
Rosenbaum Named HLR Principal
March 03, 2023
Hawaii Lighting Representatives (HLR), a Hawaii design, construction and facility consultant, has promoted Emily Rosenbaum to principal. In her new role, Rosenbaum will serve as an inside sales lead and contribute to business development. Rosenbaum joined HLR in 2017, bringing extensive experience in multi-channel sourcing and diverse sales. Her Hawaii projects include Waikiki Market, Waikiki Shell Improvements, Grand Wailea Resort, Turtle Bay Resort, Bottega Veneta and Hina Hina.
Honolulu County Appoints New Leaders
March 03, 2023
Following four months serving as the acting director of the Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP), Dawn Takeuchi Apuna is now director-designate. She has led DPP through the launch of high-profile initiatives, such as the city’s short-term vacation rental enforcement efforts and significant technological improvements to DPP. Various goals on her agenda aim to drastically reduce permitting approval times for residential and commercial projects.
After serving in several leadership roles in government and the private sector, Jiro Sumada returns to his former position as DPP’s deputy director (2010-2013). Sumada’s primary focus will be working with DPP staff to improve operations and customer service.
Craig Hirai, former director of the state’s Department of Budget and Finance, and the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp., is DPP’s new chief of Affordable Housing Policy and Strategy and will oversee the city’s private activity bond, general excise tax exemption programs and affordable housing projects. Hirai will also lead the city’s affordable housing infrastructure working group to assure city and state affordable housing properties have the necessary infrastructure.
Haku Milles, the new director-designate of the city’s Department of Design and Construction, is a civil engineer with extensive project management experience. Mille has been the department’s acting director since June 2022. The DDC is responsible for most of the city’s construction-related projects.
March 03, 2023
The Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii has installed its officers and directors for the 2021-2023 term. From left: Executive Director Gregg Serikaku; Treasurer Glenn Tango of Honolulu Plumbing; Director Barry Lai of Air Central; Director Jackson Cheng of HSI Mechanical; President David Fujikawa of Construction Management Services; Vice President Samuel Fujikawa of Continental Mechanical of the Pacific; Secretary Mark Suzuki of Commercial Plumbing; Director Curt Balanay of Preferred AC Service; and Director Darryl Kanno of Elite Mechanical.
PHOTO COURTESY: PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII
Public Utilities Commission appoints Yost
March 03, 2023
Colin Yost, an attorney, was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission, replacing Commissioner Jennifer “Jennie” Potter. He is the chief operating officer of solar and energy company RevoluSun and served as the company’s general counsel.
He is a founder of the law practice Cruise & Yost LLLC, served as an associate trial attorney at Paul Johnson Park & Niles and was an assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice in the Consumer Protection/Financial Fraud Section. Yost earned his juris doctorate from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law and graduated with bachelor degrees in English and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Yost’s appointment runs through June 30, 2024.
HART Promotes Tsuda
March 03, 2023
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) promoted Vance Tsuda to deputy project director overseeing technical aspects of the rail project, including transit property and relocation, core systems, project controls, planning, design and construction. Tsuda has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a certified construction manager. He joined HART in 2015 as an electrical engineer.
G70 Executives Change Hands
G70 announced changes to its executive leadership who will lead the multi-discipline design firm that specializes in architecture, interior design, civil engineering, planning and environment.
Francis Oda transitions from chairman to take on the role of chairman emeritus. He is a founding member of Group 70 International Inc. and will continue to work on multiple projects in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Mauritius.
Former chief executive officer Norman G.Y. Hong transitions to chairman. His five-plus decades of architectural contributions include Hilton Grand Waikikian, Marriott Maui Ocean Club, Kaunaoa Country Club, The Pointe Club at Hawaii Loa Ridge and University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union.
Linda Miki is the new chief executive officer and the first female CEO of the firm.
Her architectural vision focuses on adaptive reuse, renovations and new construction for resort hospitality, affordable housing, commercial and government projects. Miki’s works include: 1 Hotel Hanalei, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina, Prince Waikiki, Hyatt Centric Waikiki, G70’s new offices at Bank of Hawaii, HPU at Aloha Tower Marketplace, DOT Airports, Maui County Master Plan and Service Center, Hawaii State Art Museum and Visitor Center & Sculpture Garden.
Nobriga Joins James Campbell Co. as CFO
James Campbell Co. LLC has appointed Ryan Kaipo Nobriga as chief financial officer. Previously, he was vice president, finance, at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc., vice president at Seamount Insurance Inc. and vice president and director of technical services at Pacific Wireless Communications. Nobriga has more than 20 years of combined experience in finance, information technology and operations management. In addition, he serves on several boards and committees, including chair of the Marimed Foundation, vice chair of PBS Hawaii and vice chair of the legislative committee for the General Contractors Association of Hawaii. He has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Boston College and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools.
Joseph Leads Habitat for Humanity
TJ Joseph, formerly Honolulu Habitat for Humanity chief of staff, was appointed CEO of the affordable housing developer in October. Joseph will oversee all operations of Habitat for Humanity International’s local affiliate, and leads the nonprofit as it implements a new five-year strategic plan aiming to triple the number of Oahu families it serves annually by 2026.
Since joining in 2015, Joseph has managed most local operations including Habitat’s housing programs, ReStore, construction department and administrative offices. As a Habitat homeowner herself, she also brings a unique perspective to her new position. Honolulu Habitat for Humanity has 18 homes under development.
Eight Move Up At Nordic PCL Construction
Tyler Brooks, a newly appointed superintendent, spent the past two years working on the Hawaii Department of Education’s Kihei High School on Maui. He joined the company as a project engineer and has worked on projects on Oahu and Lanai.
Kienen Koga was promoted from project engineer to project manager and joined Nordic PCL as a field engineer. Koga has been a part of projects ranging from education, aviation, to mixed-use high-rises.
Mason Chow, promoted from project engineer to assistant superintendent, began his career with Nordic PCL as an intern in 2017 while he was a student at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He rejoined Nordic PCL as a field engineer in 2018.
Sheldon Kohatsu was promoted from assistant superintendent to superintendent. He began his career with Nordic PCL as a field engineer intern and after graduating, re-joined the company as a full-time field engineer. He is working at the Grand Wailea Resort’s room renovation project on Maui.
Grace Collins, named project engineer from field engineer, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in construction management and is on the team completing the renovations at Grand Wailea Resort on Maui.
Brandon Mutchek was promoted from project engineer to project manager. He is the Hawaii district champion for internal Project Management 4+ (PM4+) software, BIM 360 and StructionSite. Brandon graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in engineering with a focus on sustainability and joined Nordic PCL as a field engineer in 2015.
Mika Hongo, integrated construction technology specialist, previously was a construction modeling coordinator and joined Nordic PCL in 2018. Hongo has worked on project teams for Straub Clinic at Ka Makana Alii, The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and Lilia Waikiki.
Tytan Timoteo was promoted from assistant superintendent to superintendent. He joined the company as a field engineer in 2015 and has been part of projects across the Hawaiian Islands. He is currently on Maui assisting with the Grand Wailea Resort’s renovation project.
Prestigious Award Goes To RHA
RHA Construction Management Group was one of 20 groups nationally that received a 2022 Project Achievement Award from the Construction Management Association of America. The entry, “Honolulu Board of Water Supply Construction Management & Electrical Engineering Support,” won in the category for projects
valued at less than $50 million. Accepting the award on Oct. 11 at a ceremony in San Diego was Brian Sekiguchi (middle of left photo), vice president of RHA CM. Sekiguchi and Bryan Bosworth (photo on right), senior construction manager of RHA CM, stand in front of a display recognizing the award-winning project.
Architect Chris J. Smith Takes Highest Honor
Chris J. Smith, FAIA, received the 2021 Medal of Honor, the highest achievement from the American Institute of Architects Hawaii State Council in partnership with the Hawaii Architectural Foundation. The award was presented at an Oct. 15 reception at the Pacific Club.
Smith is the founder and president of CJS Group Architects Ltd., and his work is known for promoting sustainability and groundbreaking research. Some projects by CJS Group include: the Albert Crary Science and Engineering Technology Center in Antarctica; the HMSA building on Keeaumoku Street; the Boy Scouts building in Nuuanu; the Hasegawa Komuten Building in downtown Honolulu; and the Mitsukoshi building in Waikiki.
Smith also is an active member of AIA. Not only was he the only Hawaii architect to serve as secretary of the National AIA Institute, but he also was past president of the Hawaii Society (now AIA Hawaii State Council), and the national board as the AIA Northwest & Pacific region director, where he served for three years.
Atlas Names New Vice President
Atlas Insurance has promoted Danielle Ulmann to vice president. Previously, she was surety bond manager and assistant vice president. Ulmann brings nearly 15 years of construction risk and surety bond industry experience to her new position, and in her new role, she will continue as surety bond manager, collaborate with Atlas account executives, support internal initiatives and train Atlas personnel to reinforce sales growth and retention efforts.
Ulmann has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business. She also holds chartered property casualty underwriter and associate in fidelity and surety bonding designations. Ulmann is 2022 immediate past president of the National Association of Women in Construction Hawaii Chapter.
Peter Vincent Architects Promotes Two
Peter Vincent Architects has promoted Mary Rose Cacchione, AIA LEED AP, to associate. A member of the firm since 2018, she has over a decade of experience as a licensed architect in New Mexico and Hawaii and has served as project manager/project architect for the Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery at Nauru Tower, Town Center of Mililani New Medical Office Building and Haleakala Residence. Cacchione has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.
Peter Vincent Architects has hired Heather Gallacher as a designer. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic University Pomona, where she was on the President’s Honor List and a SoCal Gal Competition Winner for her sustainable COVID-19 classroom design. Gallacher is a 2017 graduate of La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls.
Swinerton Exec Joins
Nonprofit for Keiki
Aaron Yamasaki, division manager of Swinerton Hawaii, was named a member of the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, a nonprofit that grants life-changing wishes to Hawaii children with critical illnesses. In addition to using his construction expertise to bring a batting cage to a child on Hawaii Island, Yamasaki serves on the 22-member board comprising volunteers from various industries. Swinerton is a general contractor with a portfolio that includes Target Windward Mall, Waiea Condo Repairs and Waikiki Market—the new Food Pantry in the new Lilia Tower.
Three Join Whitespace Architects
WhiteSpace Architects has expanded its Oahu office with the addition of three new members:
Alessandra Marsh, architectural designer, is working on a master planning project for a multi-generational family retreat in Makiki. Marsh returned to Hawaii after 15 years studying and practicing architecture in San Francisco. Previously, she was a hospitality junior designer at Arcanum Architecture, where she managed residential and commercial projects. Other previous positions include intermediate designer at A. Gordon Atkinson AIA. She has a bachelor of architecture degree from California College of the Arts and is a graduate of Punahou School.
Chris Branch, project architect and a general contractor, has over two decades of experience designing and managing commercial, industrial and residential projects. Previously, he was a project architect at Patrick Mori Architect and served as a consultant on projects, including a branch building and development in Bali, Indonesia, for the construction of a luxury residential villa. Branch is a LEED Green Associate and is a graduate of Honolulu Community College’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction Technologies program.
Stacey Villarino, architectural designer, works with the Big Island branch of Whitespace Architects on projects related to healthcare and a custom residence on the Hamakua Coast. Previously, Villarino was an architecture designer at RIM Architects, Phoenix’s LINK Lab and the Department of Design and Construction for the City & County of Honolulu. She has a doctorate in architecture and a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture and an associate in arts from Kapiolani Community College.
Inform Design Hires Four
InForm Design, an architectural and interior design firm in Honolulu, has appointed the following employees:
Kristhiannie “Krissy” Fuentes is a technical intern on the production team of InForm Design, attends Honolulu Community College and plans to graduate in the spring of 2023. She prepares drawings for construction, assists with 3D Laser Scanning and Revit model creation, and provides general support on a variety of project tasks.
Kelsey Jones, interior designer, previously was an assistant designer at Philpotts Interiors. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and environment and interior design from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is responsible for design presentations, 3D models and views, construction drawings and tasks under the direction of the senior designer.
Audrey Pineda, interior designer, brings more than 10 years of experience managing and coordinating projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Westwood College. Pineda assists in the design and production for schematic, design development, construction documents, construction administration and project management.
Maileen Yamada, marketing coordinator, has a strong background in marketing, with an emphasis on digital strategies including SEO, emails and social media. She has a bachelor’s degree in business economics and finance from Hawaii Pacific University. Yamada assists in the design, management and execution of marketing and business development strategies and activities for the firm.
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. Appoints CFO and VP
Alexander & Baldwin Inc., the only publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on Hawaii real estate, has named two executives.
Clayton K.Y. C hun has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alexander & Baldwin Inc., effective Dec. 1, 2022. As a chief accounting officer with A&B, he oversaw accounting, financial reporting and tax functions; led the transition to a REIT; and revamped financial systems to support its commercial real estate focus. Prior to joining A&B, he was senior manager in the audit practice of Deloitte in Los Angeles and is (an inactive) certified public accountant, with a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Chun will succeed Brett A. Brown as the company focuses on Hawaii commercial real estate.
A&B also appointed Anthony Tommasino to vice president and controller, effective Oct. 1, 2022. Tommasino has been the company’s director of financial reporting and technical accounting since June 2021. Prior to A&B, he served as director of accounting at Hawaii Gas, and 14 years as an audit senior manager at Deloitte. Tommasino is a certified public accountant with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and finance from Villanova University.
Utilities Commission Appoints Chair
Leodoloff “Leo” R. Asuncion Jr. was appointed chairman of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. A PUC commissioner since 2019 with a term scheduled to end July 30, 2026, Asuncion stepped down to begin his role as chairman. Asuncion also was a director of the office from 2013 to 2018.
Prior to joining the PUC, he was a planning program administrator at the Office of Planning, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and a program manager at the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management program. He has an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, a master’s in urban and regional planning and a bachelor of political science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
WhiteSpace Architects Hires Two
Alessandra “Ali” Olsen has joined WhiteSpace Architects as an architectural designer and assists with educational, residential and commercial projects across the state. Previously, she was an architectural designer at Design Partners Inc., where she focused on federal Department of Defense and both federal and state Department of Education projects in Hawaii, Okinawa and Guam. Olsen has a doctorate in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture. She is a member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society.
Also joining WhiteSpace is Project Manager Colin Kodama. He is a licensed structural engineer who assists WhiteSpace’s residential and educational projects and technical architectural design elements. Previously a partner at Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc., Kodama has a master’s and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Santa Clara University, is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Emerging Leaders Program and is a certified bridge inspector from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute.
WhiteSpace Architects, which recently moved to the Kahala Professional Building, originally was founded as Philip White Architects.
Arend joins Kirschner
Kirschner Contractors has hired Scott Arend as a scheduler/project engineer. Previously a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, his most recent role was as a project manager and field engineer on “the slope” in Alaska. Arend has a mechanical engineering degree from South Dakota State University and spent 20 years working in Colorado and the past seven years in Alaska. He is a member of The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers.
NAVFAC Pacific Has New Commander
Rear Adm. Jeffery J. Kilian relieved Rear Adm. Dean A. VanderLey as commander for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific during a July 22 change-of-command ceremony at its headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Kilian oversees 9,000 military and civilian personnel across seven Echelon IV offices in over 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific theater. He also serves as a U.S. Pacific Fleet civil engineer. A native of Spokane, Washington, Kilian has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of science in construction engineering and project management from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University.
VanderLey served as NAVFAC Pacific Commander from August 2021 to July 2022 and now is the NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers in Washington, D.C.
G70 Promotes Two Principals
Hawaii design firm G70 has promoted Rene Matsumura and Tracy Camuso to the position of principal.
Matsumura, a master planner and urban designer, has experience in large-scale communities, housing projects, commercial centers, transit-oriented districts and university campuses. Matsumura’s work includes all phases of master planning from initial site analysis, feasibility studies, program development, concept alternatives, master plans and design guidelines.
Camuso, an environmental and land use planner, has over 15 years’ experience working on projects ranging from renewable energy, biofuels, agricultural developments, educational facilities and resort master plans. In her new role, she will work closely with G70’s management team to provide sustainable and holistic solutions for the local community.