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Meet The Professionals: Business Specifics

Areas of Expertise:

Russel Cheng

Russel Cheng

Asia, Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups, Technology

Russel Cheng is an entrepreneur, startup mentor and advisor with 16 years experience in Japan and Asia and seven startup companies. He is currently building Dev Leauge, Hawaii’s first coding boot camp and co-director of Founder Institute Honolulu chapter, a startup and launch program for first-time founders. read more >

Brandon Cody

Brandon Cody

Business Specifics, Marketing, Other

Brandon Cody is a client executive in Marsh’s Honolulu office. He assists clients in developing effective risk management strategies and insurance programs to meet their organizational needs.  read more >

Tim Dick

Tim Dick

Business Specifics, Investing, Marketing, Technology

Tim is a Partner at Startup Capital Ventures, a Palo Alto based Venture Capital company with a significant Hawai`i interest. read more >

DJ Halcro

DJ Halcro

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Startups

Halcro is skilled in team building, project management, CRM management, sales, marketing, business development, bringing solutions to problem issues, cost controls, asset-resource management-development and business start-ups. read more >

Russell Hata

Russell Hata

Business Specifics, Other

Russell Hata is the Chairman and CEO of Y. Hata & Co., Limited, a $165 million wholesale. read more >

Steve Haumschild

Steve Haumschild

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Startups

Steve Haumschild is a talented serial entrepreneur with vast experiences in various industries from Renewable Energy, Tourism ,Watersports, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Performance throughout small and large businesses.  read more >

Mel Horikami

Mel Horikami

Business Specifics, Technology

Melvin M. Horikami is owner and President of Optimum Business Consulting, LCC – a management consulting practice. He was previously the VP of Commercial Services at Oceanic Time Warner Cable and a retired senior executive with 29 years of experience with Verizon Communications. read more >

Martin Hsia

Martin Hsia

Business Specifics, Law

 Mr. Hsia is a registered patent attorney, one of the few patent attorneys in Hawaii. Mr. Hsia practices patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer, licensing and entertainment law at Cades Schutte. read more >

Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara

Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara

Business Specifics, Human Resources Management

Kristi Inkinen is the co-owner of Remedy Intelligent Staffing, a full service staffing organization, with Marie Kumabe. Kristi Inkinen is responsible for the sales and marketing, financial and operational functions of Remedy. read more >

David Laeha

David Laeha

Business Specifics, Other, Startups

Mr. Laeha has been in the accounting profession for the past 25 years. He is a high honors graduate in Finance, has an MBA and CPA and has spent the first 13 years of his career on the mainland (Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles) working for Fortune 500 companies (GTE, IBM and Arthur Andersen). read more >

Evan Leong

Evan Leong

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship

Evan Leong is a Hawaii born and raised entrepreneur with businesses ranging from bubble tea beverages to media. His specialty is lifestyle businesses and social entrepreneurship. Evan Leong is the co-founder and CEO of two distinguished companies in Hawaii: Greater Good Inc and Bubble Tea Supply.  read more >

Martin Loui

Martin Loui

Business Specifics, Law

Martin S. Loui practices intellectual property (IP) law at the Honolulu law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, with an emphasis on the strategic development of IP portfolios for the protection, leverage, and monetization of technology assets for pre-IPO and publicly-traded businesses. read more >

Brian Nishida

Brian Nishida

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Brian C. Nishida is the owner and President of Step Stone Business Development, a business consultancy practice. This firm specializes in direct advisory guidance to business owners and executives of Hawaii and mainland US companies including; Top 250 firms, multi-million dollar family businesses and name-brand entrepreneurs. read more >

Lloyd Okazaki

Lloyd Okazaki

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management

Lloyd Okazaki is a 1981 graduate of Hilo High School and obtained my BA and MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  read more >

Mark Ritchie

Mark Ritchie

Business Specifics, Other

Mark Ritchie serves as the Branch Chief for Business Support Services at the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). His Branch has responsibility for the Enterprise Zone program to stimulate economic activities including manufacturing in exchange for tax incentives. read more >

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other

Robert J. Robinson co-founded Kolohala Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in 2006, and is the founder of Hawaii Angels, Hawaii's angel investor network. He is the co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies, published in 2000, and was a charter member of the Angel Capital Association. read more >

Marc Sabate

Marc Sabate

Asia, Business Specifics, Marketing

Marc Sabate is Partner of Enasia Gestion S.L., a boutique consulting firm in Shanghai that assists private companies and government agencies with business operations in China, Hong Kong, and emerging markets like Vietnam and Thailand. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Mr. Sabate held position as Managing Partner and was in charge of the firm's operations, including marketing & business development, consulting services, contract management, accounting and HR. read more >

Viraphanh Sananikone

Viraphanh Sananikone

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investing, Startups

Viraphanh Sananikone has experience in the areas of banking, investments, technology and telecom startups and consumer products; he has worked in companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies (JP Morgan, Sony) to technology and media startups. read more >

Shan Steinmark

Shan Steinmark

Business Specifics, Startups

Shan W. Steinmark has been enabling national & international leaders to enhance their individual, team & organization effectiveness for over 35 years. read more >

Eric Tom

Eric Tom

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Other
Rand Yamasaki

Rand Yamasaki

Business Specifics, Finance

Rand Yamasaki graduated from UH-Manoa with a BBA degree (accounting emphasis) in 1980, and obtained his CPA license in 1987. After working at Arthur Young and Company for two years, Rand then worked for 34 years in the Hawaii and national credit union industry, working for the largest (in assets) natural-person and corporate credit unions. He has facilitated over 50 strategic planning and asset-liability risk management training sessions over his career, and has taught basic and advanced credit union accounting courses for 13 years. read more >