2017 Black Book: 326 Profiles of Hawaiʻi Executives

To diversify this list, we have included top honorees and executives from three major Hawaii Business programs.


Ed Case
Sr. VP, Chief Legal Officer, Outrigger Enterprises Group #20
B. 1952; Hilo, Hawaii EDUC. Hawaii Preparatory Academy; Williams College; University of California/Hastings College of Law CERT. Hawaii law license EXP. Attorney, Bays Lung Rose & Holma 2007-13; Carlsmith Ball 1983-2002 and Summer Associate 1980; Adjunct Professor, Hawaii Pacific University 2007; U. S. Congressman 2002-2007; Hawaii State Representative 1994-2002; Law Clerk, Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice William Richardson Honolulu 1981-82; Summer Associate, Hawaii State Department of Labor Honolulu 1979; Legislative Assistant, U. S. Senator/Representative Spark Matsunaga Washington, D.C. 1975-78; Mason’s assistant, R. M. Takeyama Construction Honolulu 1974, 1972; Counselor, Kamp Kohut Maine, 1973; Jackeroo, Mundoora Pastoral Company Australia 1970-71; Tire changer, E.H. Campbell Tire Co. Kakaako 1970; Container yard laborer, Hawaiian Hauling Company 1969, 1970; Messenger, Carlsmith Honolulu 1968; Yardman 1967 BDS. American Hotel & Lodging Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association FAM. Audrey Case, Flight Attendant, United Airlines, 4 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Dal DeWolf
Sr. VP, CFO, Pleasant Holidays LLC #147
EDUC. Northwestern U; U of Chicago Graduate School of Business HOBBIES Guitar, golf FAM. Ashley HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Sean P. Dee
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Outrigger Enterprises Group #20
EDUC. EXP. EVP and CMO Anschutz Entertainment Group Worldwide and subsequently, President of Global Branding 2009-2013; VP and CMO Hard Rock International, Inc. 2004-2009; VP Levi’s Brand 1996-2002; and VP Foote, Cone, Belding 1989-1996. BDS. Hawaii Tourism Authority HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Tsukasa Harufuku
Pres., CEO, JTB Hawaii Inc. #24
EDUC. EXP. Manager JTB Sydney Office, JTB Australia Ltd.; Manager JTB World Vacation Japan; Deputy General Manager JTB Los Angeles; General Manager JTB New York; President JTB Hong Kong Concurrent; President My Bus Hong Kong; President JTB Macau; Vice President JTB China BDS. President, Nippon Club; President, Honolulu Festival Foundation; President, JTB Goodwill Foundation; Board of Director, Japan-America Society of Hawaii; Advisor, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES Golf FAM. 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Mark A. Klaschka
VP, Mng. Dir. Hawaii, Pleasant Holidays LLC #147
B. 1964; Honolulu EDUC. Villa Park HS, CA; California State U, Fullerton; EXP. GM, Aston Mahana at Kaanapali; GM, Destination Services, Expedia Local Expert; GM, Kapalua Villas; Dir./Front Office, Fairmont Kea Lani CLUBS Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Assn.; HVCB; Maui County Hotel & Resort Security Assn. HOBBIES Golf, endurance running, biking FAM. Nancy, 1 child NOTEWORTHY Married for 30 years with one child. Grandfather is Hannibal Tavares and aunt is Charmaine Tavares, both former mayors of Maui County HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Alan Mattson
Pres., COO, The Castle Group, Inc. #175
B. 1956; Long Beach, California EDUC. Long Beach Wilson High School; San Diego State University; EXP. Dollar Rent A Car; Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc.; Hilton Hotels Corporation BDS. The Castle Group, Inc.; Pacific Historic Parks CLUBS Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, Travel Industry Association of America, Pacific Association of Travel Agents, Vacation Rental Management Association, Oahu Country Club HOBBIES Surfing, Bikram Yoga, Biking FAM. Marilee Mattson, Boutique Manager, Diane Von Furstenberg NOTEWORTHY Vice Chair of Pacific Historic Parks, Past board member of the Governor’s task force for tourism funding for the State of California, Past Board Meeting of HVCB HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

John Morgan
Pres., Kualoa Ranch Hawaii, Inc. #155
B. 1956; Hawaii EDUC. Punahou; EXP. John started his work career at Kualoa Ranch in 1971 as a part time laborer. He became manager of the family owned company in 1981 when the company employed 8 people. He started to diversify outdoor recreation operation at the ranch in 1985 and since then, Kualoa Ranch has grown to employ just under 300 people. Its primary endeavors are cattle ranching, diversified agriculture, outdoor recreation, education and real estate. BDS. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau; Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council; Oahu Cemetary HOBBIES Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Board, Mountain Biking FAM. Carri Morgan, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Hiroyasu Nakamura
Sr. VP, Halekulani Corporation #59
B. Tokyo, Japan EDUC. Keio High School; Keio University; UC Berkeley EXP. I have been working for Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd for 29 years. It’s been 4 years since I was assigned to work at Halekulani Corporation. BDS. Japan-America Society Hawaii HOBBIES Golf, Swimming HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Cyrus I. Oda
CFO, Treas., Kokusai Kogyo Kanri Kabushiki Kaisha – US Operations #13
B. 1948; Hilo EDUC. Konawaena HS; UH, BBA, Accounting, Finance; CERT. CPA EXP. Area Dir./Finance, Sheraton Hotels; Controller, Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel; Controller, Royal Hawaiian Hotel BDS. Hotel Union & Hotel Industry of Hawaii Pension Trust; Hotel Union and Hotel Industry of Hawaii 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan; Tax Foundation of Hawaii CLUBS American Institute of CPAs HOBBIES Golf, tennis, running FAM. Janace, Retired, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jack E. Richards
Pres., CEO, Pleasant Holidays LLC #147
B. 1953; OH EDUC. Kent State U, BA, Political Science; U of Akron, MA, Intl. Relations EXP. Sr. VP, Product Marketing and Strategy, Expedia/Hotels.com, (‘03-07); Pres., CEO, America West Vacations/The Leisure Comp.; (‘99-03); Pres., CEO, Adventure Tours USA Inc., (‘92-99) BDS. Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (‘08-14); Starwood Hotels & Resorts Leisure Travel Advisory Board (‘10-15); America West Education Foundation (‘01-03) HOBBIES Golf FAM. Tammy NOTEWORTHY Jack received the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award from TravelAge West. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Akihito Saigusa
Sec., Treas., Halekulani Corporation #59
B. Tokyo, Japan EDUC. Keio High School; Keio University; EXP. I’ve been working for Mitsui Fudosan for 24 years. I have been assigned to Halekulani Corporation a year and a half ago. HOBBIES Golf, Running, Arts HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Peter E. Shaindlin
COO, Halekulani Corporation #59
B. 1957; NY EDUC. Nyack, New York; New York U/New School for Social Research; CERT. Negotiating Skills from Harvard University EXP. Prior to joining Halekulani Corporation, Shaindlin was Vice-president for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and previously managed such celebrated institutions as Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Stanhope Hotel and Grand Bay Hotel in New York City, and oversaw food and beverage operations at the United Nations World Headquarters in New York City. BDS. Serves on the executive boards of the Hawaii Arts Alliance, the Merwin Conservancy, the International Luxury Hotel Association CLUBS The Pacific Club, Outrigger Canoe Club HOBBIES Art, photography, cycling, swimming, literature, travel, writing FAM. 2 children NOTEWORTHY He has played an active role in the arts and culture community in Hawaii for more than a decade. Is currently sitting for his graduate diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. He has lectured at ESSEC College of Luxury Brands and Hospitality in Versailles, France and Lynn University in Florida. An internationally recognized keynote speaker on luxury-related topics, he has been a visiting fellow and research scholar at University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College SRI, having performed research and scholarship on the leadership of iconic institutions. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

George Ann Skandis
VP, Human Resources, Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC #150
B. 1955; Chicago, IL EDUC. Michigan State U, BA, Liberal Arts, ‘77; Michigan State U, Master’s, Labor and Industrial Relations, ‘79 CERT. Cornell U, certificate, Equal Employment Opportunity Studies, ‘91 EXP. More than 30 years’ experience in human resources, including American Express, Burroughs, NYC Transit Authority, Consumers Power Co. HOBBIES Running, hiking, swimming, yoga, travel NOTEWORTHY Member, Society of Human Resources Management; Past Pres., Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Layne H. Wada
Mng. Dir., VP Finance, Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events #135
B. 1963; Captain Cook EDUC. Konawaena HS; U of Denver, BSBA; U of Denver, MACC EXP. Arthur Andersen & Co., Nikken Corporation BDS. The Bay Club Ownership Resort, Inc. CLUBS Waialae CC; Young Presidents Org.; Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Society of Certified Public Accountants HOBBIES Golf, fishing, skeet/trap shooting FAM. Hae Sook HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Ronald K Williams
Pres., CEO, Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC #150
B. 1957; Hilo EDUC. Hilo HS, ‘75; UH, Social Psychology, ‘80; EXP. Mgr./West Hawaii, NAPA Parts Center Hawaii; Sr. VP, Tropical Rent-A-Car; VP/Sales & Operations, National Car Rental; Dir./Sales, Thrifty Rent-A-Car BDS. Activities Attractions Association of Hawaii (A3H) CLUBS Hawaiian Canoe Club; Activity & Attractions Assoc. of Hawaii (A3H) HOBBIES Canoe paddling, golfing, working out, stand up surfing and cross fit. FAM. Momi, 3 HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Ruthann Yamanaka
Sr. VP, Chief People Officer, Outrigger Enterprises Group #20
B. Los Angeles, CA EDUC. USC; UH Manoa EXP. SVP Human Resources & Planning Outrigger Enterprises Group (2006-present); Vice President Human Resources Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.; Senior Vice President of the People Services Group Hawaiian Airlines; and Senior Vice President and Assistant Director of Human Resources Bank of Hawaii. FAM. Gregg, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Scott Fernandez
Pres. E.K.Fernandez Shows, Fernandez Events LLC, & Fun Time Concessions LLC, Fernandez Entertainment, Inc. #146
B. 1965; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School; Colorado State U; CLUBS International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions; Outrigger Canoe Club; Outdoor Amusement Business Assn.; Young Presidents Organization; World Presidents Organization; Showmen’s League of America HOBBIES Surfing, stand-up paddling NOTEWORTHY Third generation member of the Fernandez family carrying on the 114-year-old tradition of E. K. Fernandez Shows to provide quality, exciting entertainment for Hawaii’s families like my father (Kane) and my grandfather (Edwin Kane “EK”) before me. Partner for the development of Johnny Rockets restaurants in Hawaii and Guam. Partner for the development and operation of the first Rock ‘N Fun location in Hawaii. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Linda M. Fernandez
Pres., CEO, Fernandez Entertainment, Inc. #146
B. Phoenix, AZ EDUC. Texas Tech-USC; EXP. Pres., CEO, Fun Factory Inc., a chain of family entertainment centers founded in ‘77; President, Retail Entertainment Concepts, themed retail entertainment stores; founder and member, Retail Concepts Intl. LLC; CEO and founder, Merchandise Intl. Inc., an import & merchandise distributor. Partner for the development of “Johnny Rockets” locations in Hawaii and Guam; Partner for the development and operation of the first Rock ‘N Fun location in Hawaii. CLUBS UH Founders Club; Founders Circle-Punahou; Intl. Council of Shopping Centers; World Presidents’ Org.; Intl. Assn. of Amusement Parks & Attractions; Amusement & Music Operators Assn. HOBBIES Travel, weight-training, basketball, family activities NOTEWORTHY Girls Scouts of Hawaii ‘07 Woman of Distinction honoree; co-honoree of UH Business Hall of Fame, ‘04; PBN’s 2015 Women Who Mean Business “Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses”; Retail Merchants of Hawaii’s 2014 “Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Retail Industry” HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Chester E. Kaneshiro
Pres., COO, Tanaka Of Tokyo Restaurants Ltd. #221
B. Japan EDUC. Kubasaki High; U of Hawaii; EXP. 41 years in the food service industry. CLUBS Oahu CC, Honolulu Club, Hawaii Restaurant Association HOBBIES Golf FAM. Jeanean, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Richard E. Tanaka
Chair, CEO, Tanaka Of Tokyo Restaurants Ltd. #221
B. Montreal, Canada EDUC. American School in Japan; Rippowam H.S. Port Credit Secondary; NYU, U of Western Ontario; CERT. Honors B.A. (U.S. MA) EXP. Paper boy, House boy, gas station attendant, dishwasher, cashier, busboy, server, cook, manual laborer, truck driver, tractor driver, founder Daruma Enterprises, President Tanabus Corporation, restaurant management. BDS. Chaminade U Board of Governors; Hogan Advisory Board; Chaminade Nominating Committee Vice Chair.; MVNP Board of Advisors CLUBS Waialae CC; Pacific Club; Young Presidents’ Org./World Presidents’ Org.; HEC; HAPA HOBBIES Reading, golf, swimming, counting calories FAM. Catherine, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Tokyu Karate Sho Dan, Tae Kwon Do 3rd Degree Black Belt HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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