The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals (YP) program announced the selection of its fourth Mentor Hawaii Program cohort. The Mentor Hawaii program pairs 20 young professionals with top Hawaii executives for six months of one-on-one mentorship.

“Through the Young Professionals program, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is committed to strengthening the talent pipeline and supporting our state’s future leaders,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO said. “We were so impressed with each member of our fourth Mentor Hawaii cohort, and I’m certain that participating in the Mentor Hawaii program will lead to their continued success.”

“ASB is proud to support the YP Mentor Hawaii program,” Rich Wacker, President & CEO of American Savings Bank, sponsor of the Mentor Hawaii program said. “This program provides young professionals with the opportunity to expand their network and hone their leadership skills through focused mentoring with a local executive, ensuring a steady pipeline of talent for Hawaii.”

The YP program’s mentorship program structure, guidelines, suggested topics and best practices are designed to be tailored to each YP member’s specific goals and outcomes, while simultaneously learning valuable insights and lessons from the executives.

Mentors and mentees in the fourth Mentor Hawaii cohort include:

  • Mentor: Cindy Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer, Aloha United Way
    • Mentee: Tahnee Towill, Senior Recruiter, Alaka`i Executive Search
  • Mentor: Joan Bennet, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bennet Group Strategic Communications
    • Mentee: Hazel Unciano, Realtor-Associate, Locations Hawaii
  • Mentor: Rick Blangiardi, President & General Manager, Hawaii News Now
    • Mentee: Kyle Shelly, First Vice President, American Savings Bank
  • Mentor: Jimmy Chan, General Manager & Owner, Hawaiian Chip Company
    • Mentee: Jesse Francisco, Architect, Bowers & Kubota
  • Mentor: Murray Clay, Managing Partner, Ulupono Initiative
    • Mentee: Vivian Pham, Enterprise Project Manager, American Savings Bank
  • Mentor: Susan Eichor, President & Chief Operating Officer, aio
    • Mentee: Nina Horioka, Associate Director of Development, Shidler College of Business
  • Mentor: Louise Ing, Partner, Dentons US LLP
    • Mentee: Anj Lum, Assistant Vice President, Manager of Communications & Community Advancement, American Savings Bank
  • Mentor: Kathy Inouye, Senior Advisor, Kobayashi Group, LLC
    • Mentee: Colette Masunaga, Legislative Analyst, The Queen’s Health Systems
  • Mentor: John Komeiji, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Telcom
    • Mentee: Sergio Alcubilla, Director of External Relations, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Mentor: Marie Kumabe, Principal, Kumabe HR
    • Mentee: Lindsay Freeman, Development Director, American Heart Association
  • Mentor: Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President Marketing, Hawaiian Airlines
    • Mentee: Michelle Kitashiro, Field Marketing Specialist, Spectrum Reach
  • Mentor: Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
    • Mentee: Libby Defries, Contracts Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
  • Mentor: David Okabe, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health
    • Mentee: Nikki Yuen, Legal Counsel, Compliance & Risk Programs, Central Pacific Bank
  • Mentor: Mark Polivka, President, Monarch Insurance Services
    • Mentee: Justin Francisco, Tenant Coordinator/Project Manager, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
  • Mentor: Kelly Sanders, Vice President Operations, Highgate
    • Mentee: Kadeen Welch-Taniguchi, Owner, Critique Dating, LLC
  • Mentor: Donn Takaki, President, Island Movers
    • Mentee: Jordon Odo, Associate Counsel, American Savings Bank
  • Mentor: Jim Takatsuka, Executive Vice President, Pacxa
    • Mentee: Ellen Ng, Director of Marketing & Development, Party City of Hawaii, Inc.
  • Mentor: David Tumilowicz, Vice President of Communication and Brand Management, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
    • Mentee: Christina White, Area Director, BAYADA Home Care
  • Mentor: Rich Wacker, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank
    • Mentee: Kimberly Perez Hults
  • Mentor: Marty Welch, Chief Executive Officer, HEMIC
    • Mentee: Julie Suen, Owner & Principal Attorney, Infinity Estate Law Group

Click here to download the 2019 Mentor Hawaii program flyer

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