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Meet The Professionals: Other

Areas of Expertise:

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 >

Susan Eichor

Susan Eichor

Other, Technology

Susan K. Eichor is President & COO of the aio Group, a diversified, Hawaii-based holding company. The aio Group portfolio includes companies in multimedia, radio, sports, food, and turf management. Significant brands include ESPN 1420 AM, Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business Magazine, Watermark Publishing and Hawaii Winter Baseball. read more >

Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

Brian Goldstein is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in growing technology based organizations with over 20 years experience in senior management, business development, sales, and marketing in the enterprise software, data warehousing, business intelligence, consumer internet, medical software and biotechnology industries. 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 >

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 >

Kehau Kali

Kehau Kali

Entrepreneurship, Other

Kehau Kali’s passion and career have focused on sustainability from an economic, environmental and community development perspective. For twenty years she has focused on the ‘4 Ps’ (purpose, people, prosperity and planet), advocating for balance between making a profit with caring for the community and creating collaborative ‘win-win’ solutions in all of her personal and professional endeavors. read more >

Robert Kay

Robert Kay

Journalism, Other

Hailing from San Francisco, Robert (Rob) F. Kay has been a communicator since 1975. read more >

Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar

Entrepreneurship, Other

A Deloitte Fast 50 and 5 times INC 500/5000 ranked serial entrepreneur, Suresh Kumar is an engaged-scholar deeply immersed in entrepreneurial practice, research, learning, and policy. 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 >

Brendan Larson

Brendan Larson

Entrepreneurship, Other, Technology

Brendan is a climatologist and meteorologist, pioneer and established entrepreneur. He is currently co-founder of AbsoluteClimo, a world leading business-to-business climate forecasting and risk management company. read more >

Rich Matsuura

Rich Matsuura

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

Rich Matsuura is the Co-Founder/Head of Product at PandaTree. Rich hired PandaTree's development and design team, and created a product strategy and roadmap that got the PandaTree's product launched in less than 3 months, from first line of code to a flawless launch. 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 >

Keith Patterson

Keith Patterson

Management, Other

A native of England and now a naturalized American, Keith worked in the corporate sector for 25 years managing Information Technology (IT) departments with emphasis on change management. read more >

Matthew Rappaport

Matthew Rappaport

Management, Other

Matthew Rappaport co-founded IP Checkups® in 2004 after spending several years working with patent and text analytic software tools to develop a proprietary methodology for assessing the relationships between competitive patent portfolios. 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 >

Joelle Simonpietri

Joelle Simonpietri

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Joelle Simonpietri is an independent advisor to strategic investors in renewable fuels projects and technologies that integrate food, feed, fuel, fiber, and waste conversion.  read more >

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Bill Spencer is the CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc., an ocean science company that is developing open ocean aquaculture technology for sustainable and environmentally responsible industrial scale fish farming. He has also been the volunteer President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) since 1999. read more >

Tyler Tokioka

Tyler Tokioka

Finance, Other

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

Eric Tom

Eric Tom

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Other
David Watumull

David Watumull

Entrepreneurship, Other, Startups

David G. Watumull has more than twenty years experience as a biotech industry executive, analyst, and investment banker. He is president, CEO and co-founder of Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is a co-inventor of its technology. 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 >

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 >

Robert Yonover

Robert Yonover

Marketing, Other, Technology

Dr. Robert N. Yonover received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry/Volcanology from the University of Hawaii with a Research Fellowship at NASA -Johnson Space Center and laboratory work at MIT. read more >

Tal Ziv

Tal Ziv

Investing, Other

Prior to joining Sopogy, Mr. Ziv held corporate positions with Alexander & Baldwin and GE Energy. At GE, Tal served as Business Development Manager, Global Business Development for GE’s $22 billion industrial business read more >