First Vice President, American Savings Bank
“The YP Program has been an excellent platform to network with other young professionals as well as Hawaii’s current business leaders. Connecting the next generation of leaders to the current ones, I believe, is crucial for the State’s success.”
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As an officer in American Saving Bank’s Corporate Banking department, Shelly manages a diverse mix of commercial banking relationships that is comprised of both local and national customers. He strives to “make banking easy” for his customers while providing excellent customer service. Structured and closed various loan products including but not limited to working capital financing, commercial real estate (both investor and owner occupied), business acquisition financing, equipment purchases, construction financing, temporary or bridge related financing, renewable energy and New Market Tax Credit financing. Shelly also facilitates and manages deposit/cash management relationships and any other banking services the customers desire. He joined American Savings Bank in March 2012. Prior to ASB, he worked at Bank of Hawaii within their Corporate Banking and Commercial Credit departments.
Chief Operating Officer, Girl Scouts of Hawaii
“As a young professional through the YP Program, I have had the opportunity to work with other like-minded peers as well as meet and network with seasoned executives. I am constantly working with new people, growing my network and enhancing my skill set.”
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Kimberly Morris is the Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scouts of Hawaii. Kim previous served as the Director of Annual Giving at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Prior to joining Chaminade University, she worked as the President of Junior Achievement of Hawaii becoming the youngest President in the 60 year history of Junior Achievement of Hawaii and the youngest appointed President over all 120 JA USA areas. At Junior Achievement of Hawaii, Kim was able to grow their program reach by adding new innovative high school programs and also by creating a district office in Kauai. She also worked for the Business Advocacy Department at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii where she oversaw various legislative committees and coordinated the lobbying for numerous bills that affected the business community of Hawaii. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business.
She currently serves on the Chamber Young Professionals Steering Committee as the Chair Elect, is a member of Junior League of Honolulu, and is on the Board of Directors of the Kalani Falcons Pop Warner Association as the Cheer Coordinator. Kim started the cheerleading program in 2008 and has been a cheerleading coach for the past 8 years where she has taken her team of youth cheerleaders to numerous national championships in Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Kimberly has also been recognized as one of the 2014 40 under 40 recipients by Pacific Business News.
Assistant Controller, D.R. Horton in Hawaii
“The YP Program has provided me the opportunity to grow alongside other young business leaders and entrepreneurs. I have been able to network with my peers to develop professional and personal relationships that have helped me in my professional career.”
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Kyle Okamura is the Assistant Controller for D.R. Horton in Hawaii. Kyle has been with D.R. Horton since 2019 and assists in managing all aspects of the division’s historical reporting, anticipatory budgeting and financial projection.
Prior to D.R. Horton, Kyle served as the Project Accountant for Irongate who was the developer for the Ritz Carlton Waikiki Residence. Kyle was also the Administrative Director for the Redmont Group, overseeing the company’s back off including all accounting and HR functions, along with assisting their property management and facility maintenance divisions. Kyle also worked at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, a member of the Events Department. At the Chamber, Kyle oversaw the many events hosted by the Chamber, from the pre-planning to execution of each event. In addition, in 2011, Kyle founded the Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) Program.
Kyle has actively been involved with local non-profits, including serving on fundraising committees for Junior Achievement of Hawaii and the Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii. Kyle currently serves on the finance committee for the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals. Kyle was recognized as a member of Pacific Business News’ 2016 “Forty Under 40” class and 2016 “YP of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce.
Kyle was born in Honolulu and graduated from Pearl City High School. He holds his bachelor degree in business administration and management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii – Manoa and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Treasurer, American Savings Bank
“As someone who is relatively new to Hawaii, the YP Program has been a great tool for me to build my local network, both personally and professionally. I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage with local business leaders and to make some new friends along the way. The events provide a nice mix of learning and fun and the social gatherings have been a great way to forge new connections while enjoying the local after work scene. The YP Program offers great tools to develop your career, build your business, and broaden your perspective. The entire steering committee is committed to providing its members value across multiple dimensions.”
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Phil is the Treasurer of American Savings Bank where has oversight of the bank’s corporate funding and investments, along with financial risk and balance sheet management. Before joining ASB in 2019, Phil was a Director at Capital One Financial in McLean, Virginia, serving in various roles within the organization. Phil is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he majored in Finance and International Business. He also has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a Global Executive Masters from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Phil grew up splitting time between Long Island, New York and St. Vincent in the Caribbean. He enjoys SCUBA diving, hiking, sailing, skiing, basketball, and island life.
“I am inspired every day by the members, current program leaders, and past program leaders of the YP program. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve, grow with, and laugh with such passionate professionals. From networking, to professional development, to mentorship – the YP program covers it all!”
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Jessica Yuhara is Vice President, Marketing and Strategy at upspring, aio’s Honolulu-based consulting company. In this role, she is responsible for developing upspring’s marketing offering and overseeing the success of client campaigns. Leading strategy, Jessica and upspring’s team of consultants deliver solutions that enable clients, predominantly Hawaii’s top-250, to meet unique business and marketing objectives.
Prior to joining aio’s upspring, Jessica served as Associate Director of Strategic Development at Fullscreen Media. Alongside the leadership team, she refined the division’s offerings internal capabilities, resulting in +35% YoY revenue growth and 93%+ client retention. In this role, she oversaw partnerships with clients including Whole Foods, Universal Studios, Bratz!, E! Entertainment, Esquire, Vans, Oprah, VICE, and AT&T. Jessica led the development and execution of KPI-driven digital marketing, social content, and branding strategies across key client objectives – awareness, reach, audience growth, and conversion. Initiatives ranged from organic social and paid media, influencer activations, integrated marketing, and branded content strategy.
Jessica also spearheaded the division’s internal culture and development plan, resulting in 91% retention of a team of over one hundred. To amplify awareness around the agency’s offering, she also produced thought-leadership content including – “3 Ways To Break Through On The Mobile Consumer Journey” Adlibbing: The Ad Council’s Blog for Social Good Marketers and “4 Takeaways From The YouTube Brand Playbook” Fullscreen – Brand Thinking.
Prior to her role at Fullscreen, Jessica served as an Account Executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment, an Independent Producer, and Director of Events and Promotion for Black Card Events, where she produced tentpole events (including Fashion Week, VidCon, Slate/Pool, Grammy’s, Coachella) and hosted ongoing nights at premiere Los Angeles venues such as Les Deux, Geisha House, Hyde, The Standard, and The Roosevelt.
When not hiking or playing at the beach with her dog, Kaimana, Jessica can be found checking out live music, watching local news, or practicing and teaching C2 and Sculpt at Core Power Yoga.
Realtor-Associate, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
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Will Yeh is a Realtor-Associate with Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. He specializes in residential real estate and especially enjoys working with first-time home buyers. Prior to real estate, Will was a Pastor at Hawaii Ocean Church and was involved in church ministries for 10 years while living in Los Angeles. He ran the national ministry department and the national events department across 20 sister churches across America.
Will was born and raised in northern California and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Communication Studies emphasizing in debate and conflict management. He later got a Master of Ministry from Providence Seminary.
He currently serves on the Chamber Young Professionals Steering Committee as the Engagement Chair, is the Social Engagement Chair for the American Heart Association’s beat ELT committee, is a part of the social media committee on the Child and Family Services Guild, and is a board member of Dream House Inc. Will also teaches speech communication to the Japanese Chamber Cherry Blossom Festival contestants and the Chinese Chamber Narcissus Pageant contestants. Known for his signature yellow glasses, you can find Will on any given day cofficing at Ward Starbucks.
Senior Sales Manager, Hawaii Convention Center
“Being part of the YP Program has been instrumental in my professional growth. I have made very meaningful business connections through all of the networking opportunities and being able to learn insights and leadership skills from C-Level executives is invaluable.”
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Trevor Newman is the senior Sales Manager at the Hawaii Convention Center, part of the ASM Global team. In this role, Trevor is primarily focused on managing accounts and events for the local market as well as customer database management. Prior to joining HCC, he worked at the Blaisdell Center & Waikiki Shell where he managed events and handled all marketing and promotions for the shows. Trevor is currently also serving on the Shidler Alumni Association board.
Born and raised in Oxnard, CA, Trevor moved to Hawaii in 2010. He is an alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the Shidler College of Business.
In his spare time Trevor enjoys dabbling in photography, adventuring all around the island, and working with his fiancé on their upcycling candle company called Ignite Candle Bar.
Associate Attorney, Yamamoto Caliboso LLC
“Joining the YP Program has been one of the best decisions of my career. I feel privileged to work along such a diverse group of driven, energetic, and talented young professionals. I only which I had known about it in my twenties.”
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David Morris is an Associate Attorney, Yamamoto Caliboso LLC. Previously, David worked as an attorney in private practice representing clients in the energy, communications, and public utilities sectors. Prior to entering the practice of law, David worked in the information and communications technology sector, most recently as a Senior Manager with Hawaiian Telcom responsible for managing the company’s IT and Managed Service product lines.
David has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals program since 2016. In addition to the serving on the Young Professionals steering committee as chair of the Exec Connect Committee, David is the Secretary of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Section. David is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and holds a JD from the University of Hawaii – William S. Richardson School of Law and a BSBA in Computer Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University.
Chelsie Castillo Noh
Exec Connect Chair
Director of Major Gifts, Aloha United Way
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Born and raised in Hawaii, Chelsie is the Director of Major Gifts at Aloha United Way leading the Tocqueville Society, planned giving program, and Women United affinity group. She specializes in donor relations, event planning, and cultivation helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals.
Prior to working at AUW, she spent nearly four years at Blue Planet Foundation as their Development Director implementing a robust fundraising and major gifts program along with launching their Young Professional Ambassador Board in 2017.
With a background in Theatre and Performing Arts from the American and Musical Dramatic Academy, a conservatory college in New York City, she has a diverse resume with experience in retail management, commercial real estate, and marketing. Today, she continues her love for the arts through hula with Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Waahila. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Young Professionals Program as the Chair of the Exec Connect program and is a member of the Association or Fundraising Professionals, Aloha Chapter.
Mentor Hawaii Program Co-Chair
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa
“Joining the YP Program has not only been a rewarding and fun experience, but has provided me a myriad of resources and tools necessary to thrive in Hawaii as a professional. From participating in mentorship with C-suite executives, professional development and networking with YPs across various industries, the program has allowed me to cultivate meaningful professional and personal relationships, as well as deepen my understanding of the business scene in Honolulu.”
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Bianca Mordasini is senior director of alumni engagement for the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. In this role she is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with alumni and graduating students of the Shidler College of Business by providing outreach and strategic engagement activity.
Before joining the UH Foundation, Mordasini served as the director of public relations and digital marketing at Trump International Hotel Waikiki where she was responsible for communication and advertising campaigns, brand management, digital platforms and community outreach. Before that, Bianca worked at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii as the director of communications and marketing, and executive director of its Young Professionals Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Bianca is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and can be found teaching or practicing yoga outside of work, long-board surfing or making plans for the next international travel destination.
Mentor Hawaii Program Co-Chair
Enterprise Fraud Strategy Manager, American Savings Bank
“Joining the YP Program has provided me with opportunities to meet like-minded young professionals and enhance my network. I have found camaraderie and friendship, as well as motivation and inspiration within the connections I’ve made, and I am grateful for the exposure to the wider business community and executives from various industries. I have been given opportunities to work on professional and personal development, and look forward to continuing to learn and grow with this organization.”
Learn More About Nikki
Nikki Yamauchi is the Enterprise Fraud Strategy Manager at American Savings Bank, where she oversees strategic projects and process/procedure improvement in the bank’s enterprise-wide fraud area. She has worked in fraud, legal, and regulatory compliance in the local banking industry for the last six years. Nikki also has a background in project management at American Savings Bank, as well as at The Queen’s Health Systems. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and currently sits on the board of the Honolulu Chapter of the Project Management Institute.
Prior to banking, Nikki worked as an attorney practicing commercial real estate. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in California.
When she’s not practicing yoga or doing crossfit, Nikki can be found eating, crocheting, and hanging out with her daughter, Noelle.
Account Executive, T-Mobile
Learn More About David
David has been a YP member and volunteer since 2018 and joined to grow professionally and network with fellow members.
David has been a professional Sales Consultant since 2003. He currently consults Hawaii’s small and medium-sized businesses in Mobile Wireless with T-Mobile for Business. He services industries such as Construction, Transportation, Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations.
Outside of work and business, David enjoys reading books for personal development and beach time to relax and enjoy life.
Professional Development Chair
Associate Counsel, American Savings Bank
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Jordan is an Associate Counsel at American Savings Bank. Previously, he was an attorney at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, where he represented clients pertaining to business, labor, and employment matters.
In 2014, Jordan and his wife founded a nonprofit aimed at empowering tomorrow’s future difference makers in Hawaii. With the help of over a dozen volunteers and countless supporters, the nonprofit has awarded 24 scholarships, organized a couple mentorship programs, and hosted a number of leadership development events. Jordan also serves as the Board Secretary for the Susannah Wesley Community Center in Kalihi and is a past member of the Board of Managers of the Nuuanu YMCA.
Jordan is a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School, the University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Political Science), the Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D.), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (M.B.A.). He enjoys running, reading, and being silly with his wife and son.
YP Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
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As Program Coordinator for the Young Professionals Program, Alexa Gutierrez is responsible for leading YP projects, events and providing day-to-day oversight of administrative and operational functions.
A recent graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she earned a bachelor’s in both Multimedia Journalism & Communications.
Alexa previously interned with Hawaii News Now, where she gained experience working in a multimedia environment through reporting, script writing & collaborating with the Digital Team.
Area Manager, Enterprise Holdings
“The YP Program has allowed me to network with other like minded individuals who share the same desire of professional growth and creating long lasting local business contacts in an effort to shape the future of Hawai’i’s business landscape. We are the future leaders of the Hawaii business scene and this is such an exciting platform which sets us up to get handed the baton as we transition from one generation to the next.”
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Daniel Gatewood is an Area Manager with Enterprise Holdings, operating Enterprise, Alamo and National Car Rental overseeing the Honolulu Market. He has a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel & tourism industry since joining Enterprise as a Management Trainee in 2006. He has proven success in Maui, Big Island and Oahu markets. He is accomplished in Sales, Cold Calling, Customer Satisfaction, Sales Operations, Management Development, Employee Retention and Customer Retention. Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)focused in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005.
Daniel moved to Oahu in 2001 from the island of Guam, where he is from, after being recruited to play Division I men’s golf for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a big believer in doing what he can to be a positive impact to our community. He currently serves as a Board of Director for Home Aid Hawaii and served two terms as a Board of Director for the Automotive Body and Paint Association of Hawaii. He is currently on his second year as a member of the YP Chamber of Commerce. Daniel has a wife and three young children who support and inspire him daily. He enjoys involving his family in various charity and volunteer efforts such as the HLTA Charity walk, Strides against Breast Cancer, beach cleanups and many more supportive activities.
Marketing & Events Manager, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
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Ayaka Hong is the Marketing & Events Manager for the Chamber, and Executive Director of the Young Professionals Program. In her role, Hong oversees the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s marketing, PR, and events, along with the YP Program. She previously worked at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
She also serves on the board of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
Born and raised in Oahu, Hong graduated from the University of Oregon, and enjoys hanging out with her cat and trying new restaurants during her free time.