20 for the Next 20 2011: Where Are They Now?

The cohort that year included future CEO of the Year Ray Vara, Cameron Nekota, Bryan Luke and Kalei Cadinha-Pua‘a.
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From left to right, Kainoa Daines, Bryan Luke, Claire Sullivan, Ray Vara
Randy Baldemor

Then: Deputy Director, State Department of Taxation

Now: Executive VP, Roberts Hawaii


James “Jimmy” Bennett

Then: Certified Financial Planner, Morgan Stanley

Now: Executive Director, Senior Portfolio Manager & Investing with Impact Director, Morgan Stanley


Kalei Cadinha-Pua‘a

Then: President & COO, Cadinha & Co.

Now: Vice Chairman, President & CEO, Cadinha & Co.


Kainoa Daines

Then: Sales & Cultural Director, Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel

Now: Senior Director for Brand Development, Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau


Matthew Delaney

Then and Now: Founder & CEO, Hawaii Human Resources & The Hawaii Group


Mark Duda

Then: Principal & Founder, RevoluSun

Now: President, Hawaii PV Coalition and Principal, Distributed Energy Partners


Jennifer Li Dotson

Then: Executive Director, Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Hawaii

Now: VP of Philanthropy, The National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle)


Charles Hew-Len

Then: Managing Partner, Legacy Real Estate Investments, and owner, Big Papa’s Pizza

Now: Partner, Kohala Properties LLC and CEO, Hew-Len Group


Michael Kaleikini

Then: Plant Manager, Puna Geothermal Venture

Now: Senior Director – Hawai‘i Affairs, Ormat


Daniel Leuck

Then and Now: CEO, Ikayzo


Bryan Luke

Then: Executive VP, Hawaii National Bank

Now: President & CEO, Hawaii National Bank


Wesley Machida

Then: Administrator, State Employees’ Retirement System

Now: Senior Advisor, Hawai‘i State Legislature


Makani Maeva

Then: Director, Vitus (Hawai‘i)

Now: President & CEO, Ahe Group


Cameron Nekota

Then: VP, D.R. Horton-Schuler Division

Now: President, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation


Robert Piper

Then and Now: Executive Director, Honolulu Community Action Program


Carol Reimann

Then: Executive Director, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association

Now: VP, Alexander & Baldwin (Maui)


Claire Sullivan

Then: Vendor Relations, Whole Foods Market, Hawaii

Now: CEO, Farm Link Hawai‘i


Michael Tresler

Then: Senior VP, Grove Farm Inc.

Now: Kaua‘i County


Ray Vara

Then: Operations, Hawai‘i Pacific Health

Now: President & CEO, Hawai‘i Pacific Health


Aulani Wilhelm

Then: Superintendent, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Now: Senior VP, Center for Oceans at Conservation International


Read more about this cohort when we published 20 for the Next 20 in March 2011.



Categories: 20 for the Next 20, Leadership