Black Book

Guide To The Hawaii Business Black Book

December, 2000

Welcome to the fourth annual Top 250 Black Book edition of Hawaii Business magazine. Since 1997, the Black Book has been a valuable resource for Hawaii’s business community. It’s a compilation of biographies of executives listed in the magazine’s Top 250 August issue and other top Hawaii executives.

Although the Black Book comes out at the end of the year, the process begins in the summer. Biography forms were mailed out in August to more than 500 Hawaii executives whose names appeared in the Executive Index of the Hawaii Business Top 250 ranking. This year, we received nearly 250 biographies.

Whenever biography sheets were returned with missing information, we attempted to call the executives and secure the information. Information for the “Special Biographical Notes” section (see below) following certain listings came from returned biographical forms, newspaper and magazine articles, and other available sources. In compiling any “who’s who,” some errors will inevitably be made. We hope they are few and apologize for them. We also request that any reader discovering an error please notify us so we can correct it in next year’s edition.

Besides executives from Hawaii Business Top 250 companies, we also invited biographies from a small number of other executives whose names do not appear in the Top 250 Executive Index, but without whom we felt our Black Book would be incomplete. Examples include the trustees of The Estate of Samuel Mills Damon; heads of selected major subsidiaries of Top 250 parent companies (e.g. American Savings Bank, an HEI company); and both Sam Slom, president of Small Business Hawaii, and Stanley Hong, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

Executives of companies that dropped out of the Top 250 rankings because of “sales below minimum” or “no current sales figure” may continue to have their biographies included in the Black Book at the sole discretion of the editors. Companies often return to the list in subsequent years when their sales rebound; or they decide to resume submitting current sales figures. These biographies will carry “NA” (not applicable) for the category “Top 250 Company Rank.”

Executive biographies reflect titles and employment shown on returned forms as of the time the information was submitted. Executive changes occurring after this date (late summer 2000) may or may not be reflected in the biographies.



  1. “NA” can refer to a category of information not applicable to the executive (e.g. when an executive did not serve in the military; or did not attend college). It may also refer to information not included on the returned biography form. We continue to seek “unavailable” information and, if received, plan to include it in next year’s revised edition.
  2. Executive title abbreviation key: 
CHB = Chairman of the Board
PR = President
CEO = Chief Executive Officer
COO = Chief Operating Officer
CLO = Chief Lending Officer
GM/Hawaii = General Manager/Hawaii Division
GM = General Manager (of a major subsidiary)
EVP = Executive Vice President
TR = Treasurer
SRVP = Senior Vice President
RVP = Regional Vice President
VP = Vice President
MGR= Manager
SUPT = Superintendent
SPVSR = Supervisor
OWN = Owner
  3. “Past Employment:” Due to lack of space, we have not always listed every past employment position reported by each executive. Some executives also included the years they served in various positions; where available, we generally included it.
  4. “Outside Corporate Directorships:” These are current directorships of for-profit corporations. They do not generally include affiliates or subsidiaries of the executive’s own company.
  5. “Club Membership:” These include golf and recreation clubs such as the Pacific Club, Waialae Country Club, etc.
  6. “Community Boards and Associations:” Current officer and director position (not simply memberships) on non-profit, civic, trade and community organizations. Due to lack of space, not all organizations are always listed.
  7. “Spouse and children:” Some executives are divorced or widowers/widows; others are separated from their spouses, or are single parents. Consequently, some executives list children even though they do not list a spouse.

Order information presented:
Name • Title and Company • Top 250 Company Rank as of August 2000 Ranking • Birth Date; Birth City and State • Education: High School Attended, State Where High School Located, and Year Graduated; University Attended, Degree and Major, Year Graduated • Military Service • Prior Employment Experience • Corporate Boards • Club Memberships • Community Boards and Associations • Hobbies • Spouse Name, Spouse Employment, and Number of Children • Special Biographical Note


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