Transportation Summit Speaker Bios

8:45 – 9:45 AM – Session 1 – Surf & Turf: Update on Harbor and Airport Modernization

Panelists:

Blaine Miyasato, Managing Director – State Government Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Blaine began his career at Hawaiian Airlines in 1985 as a flight attendant. He was appointed Manager – Product Development in 1993 and subsequently served in management positions of increasing responsibility within product development, inflight services and business process improvement areas. In 2000, he was promoted to the position of Vice President – Customer Services and in 2010, assumed the role of Vice President of Product Development, where he led the strategy behind Hawaiian Airlines marketing, advertising, promotions, brand management and customer products across all guest touch points. Since 2014, he has served as the State Government liaison on behalf of Hawaiian’s corporate communications/public affairs department. He also serves as Co-Chair on the Airlines Committee of Hawaii, representing Hawaiian Airlines.

Davis Yogi, Harbors Administrator, Harbors Division Department of Transportation

Davis joined the Harbors Division on October 1, 2007. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Department of Transportation’s Airports Administrator addressing post 9-11 security and economic impacts and the long lines at TSA checkpoints. Davis has more than 11 years of private sector experience with C. Brewer and Company as its Vice President of Environmental Operations and Government Affairs. His other experiences include working in Union Hall as an AFSCME, Local 152, AFL-CIO Union Agent and Chief Negotiator and Director of the Department of Human Resources and Development. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii.

Gary North, Executive Director, Hawaii Harbor User Group

Gary retired on April 1, 2008 as the Senior Vice President, Pacific, of Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) and President of Matson Terminals, Inc. Based in Honolulu, North directed and administered all sales/marketing, administration, vessel/terminal operations for Matson’s Pacific area, which includes Hawaii, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

Since retiring he is serving as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Harbor Users Group (HHUG) a maritime industry non-profit with 23 members. HHUG works with the State of Hawaii DOT/Harbors on the Harbor Modernization Projects and other harbor issues.

Moderator: 

Scott Ishikawa, Senior Account Executive, Becker Communications  and former spokesperson for Hawaii State Department of Transportation

9:45 – 10:45 AM – Session 2 – Green Footprint: Transportation Solutions for Today & the Future

Panelists:

Melissa Miyashiro, Chief of Staff, Blue Planet Foundation 

At Blue Planet Foundation, Melissa leads strategic planning, policy and organizational development. She received a law degree and a certificate in Environmental Law from the William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawaii at Manoa). She has authored papers on climate justice and taught persuasive writing and legislative advocacy at Hawaii’s law school.

Christopher Yunker, Energy Systems & Planning Branch Manager, DBEDT Hawaii State Energy Office​

Chris is the Energy Systems and Planning Program Manager for the Hawaii State Energy Office. The Energy Systems and Planning branch is responsible for the design and implementation of the state’s comprehensive energy ecosystem and energy assurance plans related to Hawaii’s integrated utility grids, pipelines, fuels, and infrastructure.

Kyle Datta, General Partner, Ulupono Initiative

As general partner, Kyle is responsible for developing Ulupono Initiative’s partnerships with stakeholders, policy makers and community organizations. He also oversees the organization’s systems-thinking approach to strategy development and transformation. Kyle is a member of Ulupono’s management team.

Brennon Morioka, General Manager of Electrification of Transportation, HECO

Brennon leads and coordinates the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ work to advance clean, fossil-fuel free transportation along with efforts to achieve clean electricity. He is the former director of the Hawaii State Dept. of Transportation and most recently deputy executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. From 2007 to 2010, Brennon served as director of the state Department of Transportation, overseeing the state’s highways, airports and harbors divisions and its $1 billion annual budget. He served as the department’s deputy director from 2005 to 2007, overseeing the highways division.

Moderator:

Josh Stanbro, Executive Director and Chief Resilience Officer, City and County of Honolulu

Josh Stanbro is Honolulu’s Chief Resilience Officer and also serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. Josh has a deep background in sustainability and brings a track record of developing cross-sector partnerships to his role in Mayor Caldwell’s administration. He served as Environment and Sustainability Program Director for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation from 2009-2017, where he led the Hawai‘i Fresh Water Initiative and the Hawaiʻi Environmental Funders Group. Previous to HCF, Josh headed The Trust for Public Land’s Hawaiʻi Office, where he worked with local communities to permanently protect over 25,000 acres and dedicate over $200 million in land conservation funds. 

10:45 – 11:00 AM – Break​

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Session 3 – Technology Solutions for Transportation​

Panelists:

Peter Dames, EVP of Mobility Ventures & Technology, Servco

Peter leads Servco’s efforts in making technology more prominent across the company, with a particular focus on building a data platform and stronger use of analytics. With the launch of Servco’s car share program, Hui, and the opening of their hydrogen fueling station as examples, he also heads the company’s exploration of new mobility-related offerings and investments in industries such as trucking, construction equipment, and autonomous vehicle technologies. Prior to Servco, Peter spent the last 18 years at PACCAR, a Fortune 175 company and one of the largest manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in the world, where he helped establish the company as a technology leader, while providing the leadership to double market share and dramatically increase sales revenue. 

Aki Marceau, Director of Policy & Community, Elemental Excelerator 

In her role with Elemental Excelerator, Aki works closely with policymakers, government agencies, businesses and educational institutions to foster a clean energy economy through placed based innovation. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, she served as land use and sustainability manager for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and transportation planner for WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff). She currently is Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii and board member of Women in Renewable Energy.

Joelle Simonpietri, Independent Advisor, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transportation Technology

Joelle is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Sustainability Center of Excellence industry advisory committee, convenor of the federal public-private Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative’s regional focal for Hawaii, member of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum and founding member of the Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Association. A former active duty naval officer and currently serving reservist, she took business relationships and know-how to the U.S. Department of Defense for an 8-year stint developing and managing energy and logistics innovation and procurement programs, resulting in events such as the three U.S. Navy Great Green Fleet demonstrations at the Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii 2012-2016, and Defense Logistics Agency’s ongoing biofuel procurement program for jet fuel and marine diesel today. 

Ryan Tam, Assistant Deputy Director of Planning, HART

Moderator: 

Jeffrey Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation

Through collaboration and advocacy, Blue Planet champions scalable policies and programs to transform Hawaii’s energy systems to clean, renewable energy solutions. Among other accomplishments, the organization led the successful public campaign to make Hawaii the first state in the nation with a 100% renewable energy mandate. Jeff’s interests include disruptive technology, public policy, and impact of social norms on behavior. 

 ​12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Vic Angoco, Senior Vice President, Pacific – Matson

Originally from Guam, he has been in the shipping industry for twenty eight years. He has held various positions at Sea-Land, APL, and Young Brothers, and currently runs Matson’s operations in the Pacific, including Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, South Pacific and Okinawa.
A 1984 graduate of Father Duenas Memorial High School (Guam), Vic holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Oregon State University.

Vic currently serves on the Advisory Council of the USO (Honolulu), and is on the Boards of the Pacific Resource for Education and Learning (PREL), Better Business Bureau, Boy Scouts Aloha Council and the Easter Seals Hawaii. While on Guam, Vic was a Board member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce and participated in various community groups such as the Rotary Club of Northern Guam, Junior Achievement (Guam), the Rotary Club of Guam, the Bookmobile Foundation, USO (Guam), and the Mount Carmel School Endowment Foundation

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