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Final Round Judges

Sandra Fujiyama

Sandra Fujiyama
Innovation and Business Development Officer
University of Hawai‘i Office of Innovation and Commercialization

Sandra Fujiyama is the Innovation and Business Development Officer at the University of Hawai'i's Office of Innovation and Commercialization. She is responsible for leading UH’s innovation and entrepreneurship efforts, including strengthening ties with community stakeholders. She also conducts technology and marketing assessments of inventions, protects and markets technologies in UH’s intellectual property portfolio, and helps secure funding for the development and commercialization of UH-based inventions.

Sandra spent nearly 15 years specializing in intellectual property law in Los Angeles, where she prosecuted patent and trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, litigated intellectual property matters, and provided intellectual property strategy and counseling to a range of clients, including startups. Before returning to Hawai'i, she was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC. While in LA, Sandra was also involved in a number of organizations, including serving on the boards of the California Bar Foundation, the Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation, and the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance. She was recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as a “Best Lawyer Under 40.” Prior to joining UH, Sandra worked for Dentons U.S. LLP in Honolulu, with clients in the local technology and startup market. 

Sandra earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors in biochemistry, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. 

Ben Godsey

Ben Godsey
President and Chief Executive Officer
ProService Hawaii

Under Ben Godsey’s leadership since 2005, ProService Hawaii has grown from a small professional employer organization to the largest HR management company in the state—delivering services specifically tailored to the needs of local employers to help Hawai‘i’s businesses succeed. In 2016, Ben facilitated a strategic acquisition that further empowered ProService to grow its business by 28 percent, with the company currently servicing over 2,000 clients.

Godsey further spearheads a company-wide commitment to supporting local charities and encouraging ProService team service projects that give back to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for Teach for America Hawaii, and the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship. Ben is also a board member for the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, and Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, as well as a member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

Prior to ProService, Ben was a managing partner at Headland Partners, LLC.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Pomona College, and a Master of Business Administration, with high honors, from the University of Chicago in accounting, entrepreneurship, and finance.

 

Rich Wacker

Rich Wacker
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Savings Bank

Rich Wacker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of American Savings Bank (ASB). Rich joined ASB in 2010 and is a member of the ASB Board of Directors. ASB serves consumer, business, and corporate customers across the state of Hawai‘i, working to make their dreams possible.

Active in the community, Rich serves and holds leadership positions on the boards of several prominent organizations including the Hawaii Business Roundtable (Chair); Child & Family Service (Past Chair); University of Hawai‘i Foundation (Vice-Chair); Hawai’i Pacific Health; Hawaii Bankers Association; Chaminade University (Board of Regents); Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (Chair); and XLR8UH. He is also the founder of the Hawaii Curling Club.

Prior to joining ASB, Rich was Chairman of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the fifth largest Korean commercial bank. Rich was integral in the establishment of the KEB Foundation, the first social welfare organization in the Korean financial industry. In 2008, Rich was recognized as one of Korea’s “Most Respected CEOs.” Rich also enjoyed a 20-year career with General Electric (GE) where he was a company officer and held a wide range of senior leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri.