Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!
I want to wish all of our HJCC members and supporters a Happy New Year; and a prosperous, healthy and successful 2018. We will be celebrating our 118th anniversary this year; with a strong fiscal position, a solid membership base of growing diversity, and as an organization that is refreshing itself thru the creative execution of our four-year Strategic Plan. Despite the heightening challenges in the marketplace today, these are all signs of a healthy and sustainable Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, that I am proud to serve and be a member of.
In my inaugural Shoko Chair’s message in July, I stated that our focus would be to emphasize the opportunities, and welcome the participation for members wanting to make a difference in building a better Chamber. I want to thank the many member-volunteers and the HJCC staff for your tireless efforts and most generous contributions of time and financial support in helping to make the HJCC a premier organization. You continue to creatively execute the goals within the HJCC 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and in doing so, have brought to life the three foundational pillars of our brand: Fostering Friendships * B2B * Malamā ka ʹaina
Over the past 12 months, your Chamber leadership, Board, member-volunteers and staff have been working hard on achieving those stated goals. Many, many of you have vested yourselves and participated in doing so. Although much still needs to be done, the list of achievements and activities is impressive. Due to the extensiveness of the list, we will use an upcoming Shoko to provide an update of your many accomplishments.
In closing, I want to invite and welcome each member to join us in our continuing journey to take the HJCC to the next level of success. I’ve used the analogy of a flywheel to describe our first year, and like a flywheel, the more hands participating to create the evolutionary momentum, that faster, easier and better the results. Please join us in building your Chamber, so that it can provide many more years of service to its members.
Mahalo and wishing you the best in 2018,
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce – 2017–2018
President & CEO
Step Stone Business Development