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A Decade of Decision Makers

Is your biography among the 376 featured in Hawaii Business' 10th annual Black Book? It's an exclusive listing. The way to get in is to be one of the top executives listed in our August Top 250 issue. Those 250 companies are ranked by gross annual sales. The Black Book is a true "Who's Who" of Hawaii's movers and shakers and a valuable resource for those in the know.

Over the past 10 year, some of the faces may have changed, but what it takes to be a good executive has not. While the executives have taken widely varying paths to the top, there are some commonalities in lessons of how to get there. Managing Editor Jacy L. Youn has some practical and valuable advice for those with Black Book aspirations and those who would simply like to move forward in their careers. Her story, "Stepping Up — Without Stepping On Toes" can be found here.

There are some striking similarities between Jacy's story and one written 10 years ago about the first group of Black Book executives. Community service remains an important part of the successful executive's activities. Patience and proving what you can actually do are still keys to moving up.

Many of Hawaii's top execs are not just interesting folks to know because of their careers. They often pursue hobbies and activities after hours with the same kind of passion that has gotten them to the top in the first place. In "Pau Hana," Editor at Large David K. Choo and photographer Rae Huo offer us a fascinating and intimate look at the private lives of five top Hawaii executives.

Finally, the actual listings themselves are always a massive undertaking. This year, the Black Book was managed by our capable Senior Editor Scott Radway, who spent many painstaking hours proofing the biographies. I also want to recognize Assistant Creative Director Wes Funai and IT Director Dan Cameron who work very hard every year to make sure the Black Book comes out on time and is the very best it can be. We hope you enjoy the fruits of their labor, the 2006 Black Book.

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