TBT: The Last C-Suite of 2016 Recap

December, 2016

The “Innovation Driven From The C-Suite” was Hawaii Business’ final event of the year and it was a great breakfast with brilliant people at the Pomaikai Ballrooms on Tuesday morning. Chairman and CEO of Moorad Sports Partners Jeff Moorad was the keynote speaker and opened up the morning with an exclusive talk story with our editor, Steve Petranik. Moorad is a minority owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres as well as a former sports agent. The film “Jerry Maguire” was based on the career of Moorad and his business partner, Leigh Steinberg.

“The most important skill as a negotiator is to listen,” Moorad said to the 120 executives and business leaders in the audience.

Moorad has built a successful and long career by pursuing his love for sports and encouraged everyone to follow their heart.

“If you follow your passion and heart, generally speaking, you’re going to solve the challenges in front of you,” he said.

In addition to Moorad’s talk story, we also honored Hawaii Business’ CEO of the Year Dr. Patrick Sullivan. For the past three decades, Dr. Sullivan’s company, Oceanit, has been creating amazing inventions to solve problems and add efficiency.

“If you’re trying to solve a problem…we don’t want to stop at the edge of what knowledge tells us,” said Dr. Sullivan.

While Dr. Sullivan had great stories and tips about leading an internationally-recognized company in Hawaii, it was his boxing references that really made the crowd chuckle.

“Everybody has a got a plan until you get punched in the face,” said Dr. Sullivan as he quoted Mike Tyson.

A heartfelt thank you goes to our C-Suite partners: DR Fortress, Goodwill, Kaiser Permanente, Paxca and Pomaikai Ballrooms.

Check out the photo gallery below and we hope to see you in 2017 at the C-Suite!

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