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Meet The Professionals

SPRING 2018


PIIA AARMA
September 26  •  October 31  •  December 5
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Piia AarmaPiia M. Aarma is the founder and president of Pineapple Tweed Public Relations and Marketing, a full service firm that offers services ranging from media relations to advertising. She has been involved in communications for more than 20 years. Her experience includes corporate communications, marketing, Internet site development, national-level lobbying and PR, newspaper reporting and editing, magazine writing and on-line communications. She has broad industry and functional expertise, with specialties in image and positioning, media relations and crisis management.

Aarma has a long history of involvement in the community and has served on numerous boards of directors. She is currently a trustee for KCAA Preschools, a director for the YWCA of Oahu, serves on the advisory board for HIBEAM, an organization helping to launch technology companies, a federally appointed member and past chair of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, is an honorary sister for the Women’s Fund of Hawaii and an honorary trustee for La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls. Pineapple Tweed provides pro bono services to the Women’s Fund of Hawaii and to Foster Family Programs of Hawaii.


SCOTT BREWER
September 12  •  October 3  •  November 7
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Scott Brewer

Scott Brewer is the President and Owner of Hawaiian Isle Mortgage, Inc. since 2000. He has 35 years of experience as a banking executive in Hawaii. Scott specializes in providing residential home financing. He also has expertise in financial analysis, strategic planning, investment analysis and portfolio management, and real estate investment.

Prior to opening his own firm, Scott worked as a loan officer for Honolulu Mortgage / Bank of America, and prior to that was the vice president, treasurer and chief investment officer for Honfed Bank.

Scott is a 1981 BBA graduate of UH Manoa. He has been a guest lecturer for the undergraduate and graduate finance programs; served as a judge for the PACE UH Business Plan Competition; and also offered an internship program at Honfed for many years for UH Finance students.

He is married to his wife, Connie, who is a School of Nursing Instructor at UH Manoa. They are avid UH sports fans, and are season ticket holders for UH football.

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TANNA DANG
September 5  •  November 14
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Ed Harrell

Tanna Dang is the owner of Eden in Love, a lifestyle boutique in Honolulu and Las Vegas. Tanna's true inspiration lies in creating opportunities through social entrepreneurship and teaching others how to curate the perfect blend of life work integration. Through the power of retail, Tanna was able to develop Divas Doing Good, the give back arm of the company, which allows her to leverage modern day consumerism to make a global impact in the world. Tanna has been a merchant at Ward Village since 2007, originally bringing The Wedding Cafe to the mall and opening Eden in Love and Fred+Kate Events shortly after.

With a dynamic personality and a professional drive rarely seen today, Tanna has been recognized for many awards. She was selected for Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 and took 2nd in the 50 Fastest Growing Companies, a Women Who Mean Business honoree, Honolulu Advertiser’s Best of the Best – Wedding Store, Honolulu Magazine’s Best Wedding and Retail Store, Retail Merchants of Hawaii - Best New Retailer, SBA - Women in Business Champion, First place in the National Retail Federation’s This Is Retail video contest and SMEI’s Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award in the Retail division


GREGORY KIM
September 19  •  October 10  •  November 28
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Gregory KimGregory Kim is a partner of Convergent Law Group. He has over 25 years of experience working with entrepreneurs on idea generation and growing startup businesses. He specializes in corporate and securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, startups and other business formations, and was the principal draftsperson of the Hawaii Business Corporation Act.

Greg is a founding member of HiBEAM, a founding director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where he teaches the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic, and was an Adjunct Professor at Chaminade University, where he taught entrepreneurship in the Hogan program.  Greg is also the co-founder of the Business Law Corps, a legal nonprofit that connects promising entrepreneurs to corporate lawyers willing to represent them on a pro bono basis.  Greg is recognized as a leading corporate attorney by Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. He received a BS in engineering from Yale in 1979 and a JD/MBA from UC Berkeley in 1983.