The Hawaii Business 20 for the Next 20
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Photo: Mark Arbeit
Bryan Luke, age 36
Executive VP, Hawaii National Bank
A half-century ago, Bryan Luke’s grandfather set up a small bank with a specific mission: Find ways to make the community grow and prosper.
Today, Luke is determined to remain faithful to that mission and to the community in which he was born and raised. He serves as executive VP of Hawaii National Bank, but his focus is far broader than simply deposits and loans.
It is, in short, community building. Luke is heavily involved in numerous civic organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Hawaii chapter of Teach for America and many others.
“At the end of the day, relationship banking is very similar to what we do in volunteer positions,” he says. “You get to know your customers, what their goals and aspirations are, and, hopefully, we help them get where they want to go.”
Although Luke has a background in financial consulting, he is clear about one thing: His job is not simply to consult or offer advice. Instead, he says, “We help (our customers) understand what they want, what they need to do and where we can help them finance those goals.”
While Hawaii National Bank is a family business, Luke did not just step into his role there.
“My dad had a rule for us that we had to work outside at a different company for a number of years and also go back to school. We had to get a business degree before we were even allowed to come into the business.”
After high school (Punahou) and college (Amherst), Luke spent several years on the Mainland with various accounting and consulting firms. He then returned to school for an MBA from Harvard and eventually moved back to the Islands in 2006. At Hawaii National, Luke is directly involved in managing its many community outreach programs.
L&L founder Eddie Flores sums up his friend of many years: “He is not only a great leader in his professional endeavors, he is also a passionate champion for giving back to the community and supporting small businesses throughout Hawaii.”
1. Randy Baldemor
2. James Bennett
3. Kalei Cadinha-Puaa
4. Kainoa Daines
5. Matthew Delaney
6. Mark Duda
7. Charles Hew-Len
8. Michael Kaleikini
9. Daniel Leuck
10. Jennifer Li Dotson
11. Bryan Luke
12. Wesley Machida
13. Makani Maeva
14. Cameron Nekota
15. Robert Piper
16. Carol Reimann
17. Claire Sullivan
18. Michael Tresler
19. Raymond Vara, Jr.
20. Aulani Wilhelm
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