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Meet the Researchers

Hawaii Business thanks Tradewind Capital Group Inc., for providing the research for the sixth annual “Top 20 Wealthiest Landowners” list. Tradewind Capital is the investment subsidiary of Island Holdings Inc. Tradewind Capital engages in asset-management activities and pursues investment opportunities in real estate and private equity. Its joint venture partner, Dallas-based L&B Realty Advisors, is one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate investment organizations. Among other transactions, L&B recently acquired Kukui Grove Center and Kukui Marketplace for one of its institutional clients.

Bruce M. Nakaoka, Managing Director

Prior to Tradewind Capital, Nakaoka was co-founder and managing director of MN Capital Partners, a firm specializing in private investments. From 1987 to 1996, Nakaoka was director of the Real Estate Investment and Appraisal Division for Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate. From 1980 to 1987, Nakaoka served as assistant vice president with a commercial real estate appraisal firm. Nakaoka received the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1990. He’s a director of the McKinely High School Foundation and an administrator of the Matsuo Takabuki, Goldman Sachs and William S. Richardson Commemorative Scholarship Funds. Nakaoka earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Eric K. Martinson, Managing Director

Prior to Tradewind Capital, Martinson was co-founder and managing director of MN Capital Partners, a firm specializing in private investments. From 1984 to 1996, Martinson was director of Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate’s Financial Assets Division, responsible for its globally diversified private capital and marketable securities portfolios.

He is vice chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, a member of the Sierra Club Honorary Board, a business mentor for the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and an administrator of the Matsuo Takabuki, Goldman Sachs and William S. Richardson Commemorative Scholarship Funds. Martinson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Bernard Villanueva, Investment Associate

Villanueva is an investment associate with Tradewind Capital Group. From 2005 to 2006, Villanueva was an investment associate at MN Capital Partners, after graduating with a BBA in finance and BA in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Villanueva also holds a BS in information computer science and is a certified Java programmer.

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