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Meet The Professionals


February 21  •  March 21  •  April 11
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.

February 28  •  April 4
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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February 7  •  March 7
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Ed HarrellDr. Harrell is an economist with more than 40 years of experience in managing private, public and academic programs in the areas of privatization, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, capital market development, and early stage financing of technology companies in the U.S. and around the world. He has held senior managerial positions with Rohm & Haas Co., E.I.DuPont de Nemours & Co, the Department of State, The Agency for International Development and Price Waterhouse, LLP. He has traveled and worked in many countries and lived and worked for extended periods in India, Japan, Thailand and Jordan. In addition to teaching entrepreneurship at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, he is the Entrepreneur in Residence at Harrisburg University and the Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC (, a family owned early stage equity investor in seed and early IT and biotech companies, and President, Edgar C Harrell Associates, Inc, an advisory company. He has a BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (with Honors) and both a PhD in Economics and an East Asian Institute Certificate in Japanese Studies from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently is an advisor to INTAG, Comprendio, The Wealth Factory, Jetset ESL, DfR Solutions and is a mentor for the Tech Council of Maryland, Venture Mentoring Service, Founder Institute (DC Program), 1776 and a Professional in Residence for PACE at the Shidler School of Business, University of Hawaii. In addition to early stage investments through Harrell Capital Partners LLC Dr. Harrell is an investor in A, Noxilizer , Path Sensors, Contix, Comprendio, The Wealth Factory, Agora Townhall and BioInformatics.

February 14  •  March 14
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.

February 7  •  March 7  •  May 2
2:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Maria Lowder

Maria Lowder was certified as a CPA in 1974 after several years working as a systems analyst on mainframe computer systems. For several years she was involved in real estate syndication, rental management and construction of large developments.

She currently operates her own CPA firm providing tax services and consulting to a variety of small businesses and individuals. She has been involved in many start up ventures and is looking forward to sharing her expertise with students.




UH School of Law Entrepreneurship & Small Business Clinic
April 3, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m
April 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m

The UH School of Law Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic is taking appointments to provide free legal advice to UH students and faculty. The sessions are conducted by law students and supervised by Law Instructor Greg Kim, a licensed attorney who specializes in business law. The students are trained to discuss legal topics, including choice of entity, formation and governance of limited liability companies and corporations, protection of names and trademarks, and other business law matters. Each appointment is 30 minutes.