By Wayne Ishihara, President & CEO
We have completed the second year of our Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program (EYBLP) with the Hiroshima Prefecture led by Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki. The Honolulu delegation went to Hiroshima with Past Chair Tyler Tokioka who has had Island Insurance supporting us from the initial program. He observed that the Honolulu and Hiroshima groups worked very well together and created a strong bond which will develop into a long relationship. Member Alan Kinuhata who assisted our program as the primary translator said, “Our objective of sharing and learning about both cultures and what challenges each face in business were interesting.” In September last year, the Hiroshima delegates came to Honolulu for a five day program.
The objectives of this program is to develop leadership and team building skills, understanding the Japanese and Hawaiian Cultures, understanding how business is implemented based on the different Cultures, and to have this program create opportunities for a long-term relationship. Honolulu participant and Chamber member Rachel Fukumoto enjoyed the inter-action with everyone and the sharing of ideas. She said, “It was a great experience.”
Planning is underway to offer this program for another year and more information will be forthcoming.
The Honolulu participants are as follows:
Brandon Kamigaki, Sales Manager, Servco Pacific, Auto
Casey Ching, Vice President Corporate Properties, Servco Pacific
Doug Shimokawa, Senior Vice President, Pacxa, Information Technology
Jeremy Imai, Business Development Manager, Atlas Insurance Agency Employee Benefits
Michael Lam, Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies Real Estate Development and Investment
Rachel Fukumoto, Energy Advisor, Hawaii Energy/Leidos
Samuel Monaghan, Owner, SAM, LLC, Take Out Restaurant
Tiffany Mitani, Corporate Recruiter, Bank of Hawaii
Tina Tsuchiyama, Associate, Carlsmith Ball LLP
Congratulations to the Honolulu group on the completion of the program!