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Meet The Professionals: Finance

Areas of Expertise:

Steven Baker

Steven Baker

Finance, Investing, Technology

Steven K. Baker, a former Citibank executive and telecom entrepreneur with 20 years of professional experience in Asia, has ongoing interests in financial and capital markets, telecoms/technology, and education.  read more >

Chenoa Farnsworth

Chenoa Farnsworth

Finance, Investing

Farnsworth has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and venture investing. She is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai‘i’s only technology venture accelerator.  Farnsworth also manages the Hawaii Angels investment network. read more >

Davis Hawkins

Davis Hawkins

Asia, Finance, Human Resources Management, Other

Davis Hawkins has pursued an international career across a variety of industries and geographies. Prior to relocating back to Hawaii, Davis led the Technology Practice between India and China based in Singapore as a Partner with Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest senior-level executive search firm. read more >

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Masa Itoh

Real Estate, Retail, Other, Finance

Masa Itoh is a commercial real estate professional specializing in retail and shopping center leasing. He is responsible for budgeting, prospecting and leasing Ala Moana Shopping Center and Prince Kuhio Plaza for Brookfield Properties. read more >

Donavan Kealoha

Donavan Kealoha

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law

Donavan Kealoha is a Sr. Associate at Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage, Menlo Park-based venture capital firm. read more >

Chris Loo

Christopher Loo

Finance

A 5th generation Hawaii local, Christopher recently returned to the islands to help $4 Billion Tech Company, DoorDash open operations in Hawaii.   He spent the last four years in Taiwan and China as Director of Corporate Finance for DFY Capital, an investment banking firm specializing in the APAC region, and in 2017, he co-founded, Light Speed Vision, a global creative agency specializing in cross-industry collaborations to create immersive, experiential events for unique content creation. read more >

Maria Lowder

Maria Lowder

Finance, Startups, Technology

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. read more >

Henry Montgomery

Henry Montgomery

Finance, Investing

Henry C. Montgomery has more than 40 years of experience in financial and corporate management and has been CEO or CFO for many companies from start-ups to very large companies, including, Spectrian Corporation, Memorex Corporation, and Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation. He was a management consultant in both the U.S. read more >

Brett Nesland

Brett Nesland

Finance, Investing, Other

Mr. Nesland is a financier, private/angel equity investor and strategic finance professional who has over 15 years of experience in the capital markets. He has served in key advisory and management positions with several national firms, including PaineWebber, US Bancorp, Fleet (Q & R division) and KeyCorp (McDonald Financial). 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 >

Curt Otaguro

Curt Otaguro

Finance

Curt T. Otaguro is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Card Services Division with First Hawaiian Bank. His duties and responsibilities include managing debit and credit card processing operations for First Hawaiian Bank and BancWest Corp. 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 >

Tyler Tokioka

Tyler Tokioka

Finance, Other

Tyler M. Tokioka serves as Assistant Vice President with Island Insurance Company. read more >

Ben Wo

Ben Wo

Finance, Other

Bennett Wo is a Vice President of C.S. Wo & Sons, where his responsibilities include asset management, alternative investments, and internet applications. As a founding partner of Wo Capital Group, he oversees investments in private equity and venture capital. read more >

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 >

Cynthia Yamasaki

Cynthia Yamasaki

Finance, Human Resources Management, Other

Cynthia Yamasaki, Chief Energizing Officer of CMY Consulting LLC dba EEpath™, is living her life dream as an entrepreneur and is fully committed to assist people reach their highest potential and enjoy the best quality of life. read more >