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Meet The Professionals

Areas of Expertise:

Faruq Ahmad

Faruq Ahmad

Investing

Faruq Ahmad is founding partner of Palo Alto Capital Advisors, a silicon-valley based firm which provides advisory services to institutional investors, venture capital firms, and selected companies. Over the years, he has been founder of a venture-backed software company, as well as a venture capitalist, and also an institutional investor in venture funds. Prior to Palo Alto Capital, Mr. Ahmad was Vice President at C.M. Capital (the Cha Group), a silicon-valley based investment firm with strong China links. read more >

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 >

Debra Beresini

Debra Beresini

Investing

Beresini presently sits on the boards of AGIS Networks, San Ramon, California; Hawaii Biotech, Honolulu, Hawai’i and HIBEAM, a Hawai’i-based business accelerator. She is a member of the advisory board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship for the University of Hawai’i and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Wayne Brown Institute, an educational nonprofit focused on mentoring entrepreneurs. read more >

Anurag Bist

Anurag Bist

Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Anurag is co-founder and CEO of Moxair, Inc., a California based technology company delivering low power signal processing solutions for mobile handsets and other portable multimedia devices. He is also the founder and Chairman of Ashmar, a global IP Analytics and Consulting company with offices in Newport Beach, CA and Gurgaon, India.  read more >

Marko Brickman

Marko Brickman

Entrepreneurship, Marketing

Marko Brickman retired from Mark’s Athletic Soles 15 years ago. He started this business in his garage against the advice of everyone he asked. He was told that his idea was not just a bad one, but stupid. His idea was to resole athletic shoes by mail order worldwide. This was not done before so the technique and marketing needed to be created. read more >

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 >

Tanna Dang

Tanna Dang

Marketing

A graduate of Punahou High School and the University of Hawaii, Tanna Dang’s love for journalism and women’s studies has led her to an exciting career. Dang, owner of The Wedding Café, Eden In Love and Fred+Kate Events, love for weddings began while working at a local bridal magazine in 2001. Her obsession with weddings continued to grow with wedding coordination and then becoming co-owner of The Wedding Café in 2005. read more >

Eric Darmstaedter

Eric Darmstaedter

Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Mr. Darmstaedter manages ClearFuels planning, financial and business development activities, including strategic partnerships for corporate growth. read more >

Louis Darnell

Louis Darnell

Technology

Mr. Louis Darnell is the Founder and Chairman of Integrated ComTel, a business that has been delivering IT and Communications products and services in Hawaii for the past twenty plus years. read more >

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