The Chamber team is here to help you. Call a member of our team at the number listed below or click on the link to send an email.

 

Mailing Address:
733 Bishop Street
Makai Tower, Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813

Executive Team

Sherry Menor-McNamara, CCE

President & CEO

(808) 380-2609

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Learn More About Sherry
Sherry Menor-McNamara was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on September 1, 2013; becoming the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber in the organization’s 170-year history, as well as the first Asian to serve as CEO of a State ChamberShe previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Government AffairsShe joined the Chamber as Director of Business Advocacy in 2006 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Advocacy and Government Affairs in 2007. Under her leadership, the Chamber was recognized as the 2018 State Chamber of the Year, a national award presented by ACCE.
 
 

Prior to joining the Chamber, she was events manager for ESPN Sheraton Hawaii BowlShe has lived in several major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and London, working for a wide variety of companies, such as Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Estee Lauder CompanyElton John Production, as well as for the Hawaii State Legislature, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and the Executive Office of the United States President. 

She currently serves on numerous boards including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, JAIMS Foundation, and Move Oahu Forward. Nationally, she serves the board for the U.S. Chamber, Council of State Chambers (COSC)Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, including the Executive Committee (ACCE), and the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100.

Menor-McNamara earned a certificate in Expanding Impact in Advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. She received her juris doctorate degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law and her MBA from the Shidler College of Business – both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also pursued graduate study in public administration at the University of Southern California and holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Hilo, where she graduated from Waiakea High School, Menor-McNamara is married to John McNamara. She is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with her husband and dog, Kuma-chan.

Licia Hill

Vice President, Operations & Programs

(808) 380-2604

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Learn More About Licia

Licia Hill manages the Chamber’s overall operations and several of the organization’s program initiatives, and  is responsible for communication and administrative duties with the Chamber’s board of directors. She also serves as Public Health Fund administrator. She brings more than 15 years of executive support and development experience to the Chamber.

She previously served as Executive Assistant with the Hawaii Community Foundation providing support in board and client relations, annual budget planning, meeting and event logistics, and communications. Licia has also worked at Castle Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health in executive administrative positions.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends.  She also volunteers for Ho’ola Na Pua, a nonprofit whose goal is to “provide a holistic approach to mental health, psychosocial and educational services, and emotional healing in the safety of a long-term licensed residential facility for minors rescued from sex trafficking.”

Membership

Tyler Hunt

Director, Membership Services

(808) 380-2613

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Learn More About Tyler

As Director of Membership Services, Tyler Hunt is responsible for new membership sales and retention, and for developing strategic initiatives and partnerships to meet membership growth and revenue objectives.

Tyler has has held business development and marketing positions in the HR outsourcing, healthcare and tourism industry in Hawaii, and is committed to helping the local business community thrive.

In his spare time, Tyler enjoys sailing and surfing.

Sayra Torricer

Administrative Coordinator

(808) 380-2368

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Military Affairs & Business Advocacy

Jason Chung, Col. (Ret.)

Vice President, Military Affairs

(808) 380-2608

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Learn More About Jason

As Vice President for Military Affairs, Jason Chung’s role is to be an effective advocate to promote, preserve and protect military missions and installations in Hawaii and be the bridge that links the military to the local community, businesses and government. 

He recently retired after 36 years of service in the US Army.  He started his military career here in Hawaii, serving in both the Hawaii Army National Guard and Army Reserves.  After graduating from the University of Hawaii, he served in multiple units, the 25th Infantry Division, 1/509th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, 2ID, Joint Special Operation Command, United States Forces Korea, an US Army Pacific Command, and has tours with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Director of National Intelligence. 

Jason earned an executive certificate in Data Science from John Hopkins.  He holds a BA from the University of Hawaii and MBA from Baker University. 

Myoung Oh

Small Business Support Administrator

(808) 380-2617

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Learn More About Myoung

As Director of Business Advocacy, Myoung Oh is responsible for shepherding the direction of policy initiatives, government and regulatory activities, and engagement with elected officials to shape the presence of and reduce business barriers in Hawaii so they can thrive.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Myoung served in broad range of positions from legislative, non-profit, and corporation environments on strategies and activities that advances the organization’s interests across cross-sectors of industries. His diverse experiences on real property, healthcare, government and telecommunications bring depth to support the Chamber’s mission and to be a voice for business.

Sector Partnerships, Education & Workforce Development

Keala Peters

Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development 
Executive Director, Sector Partnerships

(808) 380-2612

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Learn More About Keala

As Vice President of Education & Workforce Development and Executive Director of Sector Partnerships, Keala Peters is responsible for the Chamber’s education-related strategic initiatives that help bridge business with education in support of a strong talent pipeline for Hawaii.

Through Sector Partnerships, Keala helps to convene industry executives and solve for Hawaii’s complex workforce development and economic development issues. Keala and her team also support the strategic efforts of Hawaii’s educators by coordinating high quality work-based learning opportunities that prepare students for college and career readiness in an innovation economy.

Keala has extensive experience as a Community Builder, Collaborator and Communications Executive in both the private and non-profit sectors on the mainland and here at home in Hawaii. She brings her experience at Nike, Inc., Microsoft, Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen’s Health Systems to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

As a Native Hawaiian woman born and raised in Honolulu, Keala is a strong advocate for Hawaii families and believes that everyone should have access to a high quality education and that education is the foundation for success. She is actively involved in supporting the HEC CHANGE initiative’s Higher Education sector and serves on the boards of the Institute for Human Services (IHS) and the YWCA of Oahu.

Katie Kaahanui

Program Manager, Hawaii is Hiring

(808) 380-2606

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Learn More About Katie

As the Program Manager of Hawaii is Hiring, Katie is responsible for seeking innovative, new ways to engage Chamber of Commerce members, Hawaii’s broader employer community, public sector leaders, and job seekers with the multi-channel tool designed to connect Hawaii residents to employment, training and education opportunities. She also works closely with the Chamber’s Sector Partnership and other work-based learning efforts.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Katie has worked with the YMCA of Honolulu and the UH System. Especially passionate about criminal justice and prison reform issues, Katie completed internships with the Honolulu City Council and the Oahu Office of the Public Defender, where she saw firsthand the socioeconomic inequities faced by minority and underrepresented individuals in Hawaii. She firmly believes that access to quality education is a necessary part of the foundational structure in achieving both personal and professional excellence.

Her experience also includes serving on the Board of Managers for the Atherton YMCA and the Board of Directors for the Honolulu FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. A member of the Chamber’s Young Professionals group, Katie sits on the Communications Committee and also serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee for YWCA Oahu. She holds a BA in Justice Administration from UH West Oahu and is currently pursuing graduate studies.

Lord Ryan Lizardo

Program Manager, Work Based Learning

(808) 380-2607

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Learn More About Lord Ryan
As the Program Manager of Work-Based Learning, Lord Ryan Lizardo is responsible for connecting schools and businesses together for seamless work force development opportunities for Hawai’i’s youth. As intermediary, Lord Ryan creates access to partnerships, resources, internship opportunities, and virtual/in-person connections to develop a pipeline from middle school to high school to post-secondary in order to nurture Hawai’i’s future work force.
 
Lord Ryan grew up in Ewa Beach and traveled to California to get his undergraduate degree in Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University. He then got his Masters degree in Secondary Education at Johns Hopkins University. Lord Ryan holds over 6 years of experience in the classroom teaching Psychology and Sociology at his alma mater, James Campbell High School. In those 6 years, he served as the Academy of Public and Human Services Lead developing the identity and development of the Culinary, Education, and Travel/Tourism pathways and advised the Class of 2020 and Rainbow Sabers club. He also holds 4 years of experience working with Teach for America coaching teachers in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. As a deep believer in equity and social justice in education to dismantle systemic oppression, Lord Ryan hopes to bring his wealth of knowledge to advocate for Hawai’i’s youth.
 
In his free time, he dedicates his time to spending quality time with friends and family.

Marketing, Communications  & Events

Alexander Zannes

Associate Vice President of
Communications and Public Affairs 

(808) 380-2605

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Learn More About Alexander

As the Associate Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Alexander Zannes is responsible for implementing and delivering communication strategies and campaigns in support of Chamber’s members. 

After an internship in the sports department at KRQE-TV, Alexander Zannes began his career as a sports reporter and photojournalist at KOB-TV in New Mexico. While there, in addition to covering high school and professional sports, he covered the New Mexico Lobos, Zannes alma mater, where he was a member of the University of New Mexico Men’s Golf team. After his time at KOB, Zannes spent a year in Texas, as the Weekend Sports Anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls, covering local high school sports along with the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys.

Zannes moved on from sports and accepted a reporter position with KHON in 2015, where he would work as a multimedia journalist. He would hold this position until 2018, when he began as an information officer for the City and County of Honolulu, under Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Zannes was promoted to Communications Director in January of 2020, and helped to coordinate the communication and City response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his free time, Zannes enjoys Hiking, Golfing, and training to compete on American Ninja Warrior, the Obstacle Course Competition where he was selected as a contestant in 2019.

Ayaka Hong

Marketing & Events Manager

(808) 380-2610

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Learn More About Ayaka

As Marketing and Events Manager, Ayaka Hong is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s messaging across digital and traditional media platforms, as well as supporting the organization’s signature events. 

She previously served as the online marketing manager at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort where she oversaw all digital marketing initiatives on behalf of the hotel.

Her experience also includes serving on the board of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). 

Ayaka is a graduate of the University of Oregon.