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Behind the Scenes

Here is how Hawaii Business compiled this year’s Top 250 list.

CALL CENTRAL: Penny Bovard, field operations manager, Mattson-Sunderland Research & Planning Associates Inc. Photo: Olivier Koning

Kudos to the dozens of hard-working people involved in this year's edition of the Top 250 list. In early March, retired librarian Chris Tomoyasu and her team members, Alanna Moore and Elaine Schultz, searched databases for financial information of Hawaii-based companies. Hawaii Business' editorial team narrowed down that number of companies and passed along the data to Honolulu-based Mattson-Sunderland Research & Planning Associates Inc. Then for about six weeks, Penny Bovard, field operations manager at Mattson, contacted these companies. It was a routine with which she, and the Top 250 companies, were quite familiar. "I've been able to do this for a number of years already," says Bovard, who has assisted Hawaii Business' editorial team for three years. "These companies know the process, and we really nailed down the process so that it took the least amount of time."

Once all companies were contacted, Bovard returned the information to Tomoyasu, who then created a detailed database for Hawaii Business. This year's cut-off was $16 million in gross annual sales.

Hawaii Business' editorial team used the data to write stories. They then sent a group of photographers to shoot photos of the featured companies and executives. Meanwhile, I.T. Director, Dan Cameron, coded the Top 250 lists. Assistant Creative Director Wes Funai worked closely with the editorial team to create a cover concept and overall look of the magazine.

The end product, the Top 250 20th Anniversary issue, will be used by executives across the state.

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