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.



Joseph J. Boivin Jr.
Sr. VP, Business Development & Corporate Affairs, Hawaii Gas #42
EDUC. U of Arkansas, BA, Mechanical Engineering; U of Arkansas, MBA, Finance CERT. Certified Energy Manager (CEM); Certified Energy Auditor (CEA); Project Management Professional (PMP); Certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) MIL. USAF (1988-1992) EXP. Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton Honolulu; Research staff member, Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria, Virginia; Manufacturing Engineer, Northrup Grumman Dallas, Texas BDS. Legal Aid Society of Hawaii HOBBIES Beach, golf, home improvements FAM. Jan Boivin, General Counsel, Hawaii Pacific University, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Den Leader for Boy Scouts HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Albert Chee
VP- Retail Marketing & Community Relations, Island Energy Services, LLC #7
B. 1963; Los Angeles, CA EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; University of Hawaii at Manoa; EXP. Prior to joining Island Energy in 2016, Albert held the position of State and Local Relations Manager for Chevron Hawaii. Throughout his 18 year career with Chevron, Albert has been responsible for providing strategic guidance on legislative and regulatory issues, overseeing strategic communications, public affairs, community engagement activities, and social investments. Prior to joining Chevron, Albert has worked in real estate and development with affiliated companies of Herbert Horita Realty, overseeing the residential development portfolio which included the communities of Village Park and Royal Kunia in West Oahu. BDS. Aha Hui Koa Anuenue, Hawaii Bowl Executive Committee HOBBIES Head Coach, St. Louis School Wrestling Program FAM. Shonn Hirota-Chee, Dental Hygenist, Dr. Clyde Uchida, DDS, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Enjoy mentoring Hawaii youth for over 35 years as a high school wrestling coach. Guided alma mater to its first ever HHSAA Boys State Wrestling Championship in 1997 with repeats in 1998 and 1999. Coached 13 individual state champions. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Richard L. Creamer Mr.
VP, GM, Par Hawaii Refining, LLC #5
EDUC. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; CERT. Finance & Accounting, Rice University, Houston, Texas EXP. Flint Hills Resources, Port Arthur Chemicals, LLC, site director and operations manager (2015 – 2017); Flint Hills Resources, Corpus Christi Refineries, LLC, manufacturing and operations manager (2012 – 2015); INVISTA, project manager (2010 – 2012); Lyondell and LyondellBasell, technology/project leader, superintendent engineer (1998 – 2010); Koch Refining, engineer (1990 – 1997) HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Thomas A. Grimes
VP, Treas., Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. #19
B. 1955; Harrisburg, PA EDUC. Park Rapids HS, Park Rapids, MN; St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ CERT. BA, MIM EXP. Aloha Petroleum (‘02-Present); Bank of Hawaii (‘85-02); Chase Manhattan Bank (‘82-85) BDS. Aloha Harvest (‘04-15); OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (‘00-05); Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii (‘92-95) CLUBS Hawaii Society of Business Professionals HOBBIES Archery, hiking, reading FAM. Joanne Lo Grimes, Partner, Carlsmith Ball, LLC, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Aaron Kirk
VP, Sales & Marketing, Hawaii Gas #42
EDUC. Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Arizona; EXP. President Bonterra Solar (2015-2016), President & Chief Operating Officer Sunetric (2011-2014) BDS. Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau FAM. 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Ross M Kutsunai
Dir. of Sales, Alternate Energy Inc. #181
B. Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School; Columbia University; HOBBIES Family, Traveling FAM. Jan, Law Partner, Kobayashi, Sugita, & Goda, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Constance H. Lau
Pres., CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.#3
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘70; Yale College, BA, Administrative Science; U of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD, San Francisco, CA; Stanford Graduate School of Business, CA, MBA EXP. Pres., CEO, Dir., Hawaiian Electric Industries (‘06-present); Chair, Dir., Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., HEI’s utility subsidiary (‘06-present); Chair, Dir., American Savings Bank, HEI’s bank subsidiary (‘06-present); Pres., CEO, Dir., American Savings Bank (‘01-06) BDS. Hawaiian Electric Industries; Hawaiian Electric Company; American Savings Bank; Matson; Punahou School; Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation; Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services; Electric Power Research Institute; Edison Electric Institute; HEI Charitable Foundation; Elemental Excelerator; GE Ecomagination External Advisory Boards CLUBS Hawaii Business Roundtable; Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Military Affairs Council FAM. Russell, Vice Chair, CEO, Dir., Finance Factors, Ltd., Finance Enterprises Ltd.NOTEWORTHY Co-Chair, Move Oahu Forward; National Assn. of Asian American Professionals Top 100, 2013; Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment’s Woman of the Year, 2011; US Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, 2004, 2005, 2006; PBN Business Leader of the Year, 2004 HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jon Mauer
Pres., CEO, Island Energy Services, LLC #7
EDUC. University of California, Davis; University of California, Berkeley EXP. Jon comes to Island Energy with 28 years of refining and marketing experience. He is the former General Manager of Chevron’s Hawaii Refinery. He began his career at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery as an engineer and continued to progress through positions of increasing responsibility. Jon has held leadership and management positions with Chevron’s Corporate Investor Relations group, Retail Marketing logistics, U. S. West Coast Supply and Trading operations, as well as Base Oil manufacturing and technology. Prior to becoming the Chevron Refinery General Manager in March 2015, Jon previously served for three years as the Refinery Operations Manager and the Kapolei facility.  BDS. American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter HOBBIES Outrigger canoe paddling, golf HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Alicia E. Moy
Pres., CEO, Hawaii Gas #42
B. Orlando, Florida EDUC. U of Miami; INSEAD EXP. Sr. VP, Macquarie Infrastructure Company; Investment Banking Analyst, Morgan Stanley BDS. Bank of Hawaii; Macquarie Renewable Energy Holdings; Aloha United Way; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Western Energy Institute CLUBS Hawaii Business Roundtable; Women in Renewable Energy; Young Presidents’ Organization NOTEWORTHY Current participant in The Omidyar Fellows program HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Kurt K. Murao
VP, Legal and Administration and Corporate
Secretary, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. #3
EDUC. Hawaii Baptist Academy; University of Hawaii at Manoa, BA in Economics; Villanova University School of Law, PA, JD; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation EXP. VP-Legal & Administration and Corporate Secretary, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc (HEI) (Oct 2016-present); Associate General Counsel, HEI (March 2011-Oct 2016); Associate, Arent Fox LLP (May 2007-Feb 2011); Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance (Aug 2001-April 2007) BDS. Legal Aid Society, Hawaii Chapter HOBBIES Playing the Guitar

Nathan C. Nelson
VP General Counsel, Sec., Hawaii Gas #42
EDUC. Creighton University; University of Nebraska; UH William S. Richardson School of Law EXP. Attorney, Carlsmith Ball LLP BDS. Hawaii Appleseed Center of Law and Economic Justice CLUBS Hawaii State Bar Association; Energy Bar Association; Association of Corporate Counsel HOBBIES Photography, golfing, cycling, piano HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Alan M. Oshima
Pres., CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. #3
B. 1947; Honolulu EDUC. Farrington High School; Northwestern University; U of Calif. Hastings College of the Law CERT. JD MIL. US Navy EXP. EVP, Corporate & Community Advancement HEI; SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Hawaiian Telcom; Partner Oshima, Chong, Fong & Chung BDS. Hawaii 3Rs; Education Commission of the States, HI Commissioner; Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs; Governor’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Team FAM. JoAnn, Part-time teacher, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Timothy J. Parker
VP, Chief General Counsel,
Island Energy Services, LLC #7
EDUC. Ramapo College of New Jersey; Fordham University School of Law EXP. Timothy (Tim) J. Parker serves as Vice President, Chief General Counsel for Island Energy and has more than 23 years of experience providing legal advice and support to independent downstream and integrated oil companies in their refining, logistics, commercial and marketing businesses. Prior to joining Island Energy, Tim served ConocoPhilips and Philips 66 as Managing Counsel, providing legal support for the Europe and Americans downstream and commercial businesses. He also served as Senior Counsel for Tosco Corporation, Philips Petroleum Company, and PBF Energy. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Richard M. Parry
Pres., CEO, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. #19
B. 1953; London, England EDUC. BA; Dip. Education BDS. American Red Cross – Hawaii Chapter; Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association; NACS The National Assn. for Convenience & Fuel Retailing; Aloha Wellness at Work Advisory Council CLUBS The Pacific Club HOBBIES Golf, reading, soccer FAM. Lani, 3 children
HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Joshua F. Powell
CEO, RME, RevoluSun Smart Home #176
B. 1971; Boise, ID EDUC. U of Oregon; CERT. AIA, ABC 30243 MIL. USN (1995-2003) EXP. Joshua F. Powell, AIA, is the CEO and a founding partner of RevoluSun LLC (RevoluSun Smart Home) where he leads Hawaii operations and acts as the Responsible Managing Employee (RME) for all of the companies’ business. He has overseen the development and installation of thousands of residential, commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic projects over the last decade. He has successfully scaled the company in response to unprecedented growth and utility challenges and has a track record of success in high growth industries. Josh also leads RevoluSun Solar Corp., a franchise entity operating in high growth PV markets in broader North America as well as RevoluSun Smart Power – a PV finance and development company focused on residential PV + Storage in Hawaii and the Mainland. Josh is a licensed Architect in Hawaii and Idaho, and a General Contractor. In 2005, Josh also launched a design and construction development company called freedomHAUS focused on residential and mixed-use development in Hawaii and select North American markets. Today freedomHAUS focuses on single and multifamily development using integrated smart home and smart energy technologies. BDS. Hawaii Bicycling League HOBBIES Avid Skiier, Ironman Triathlete, Marathoner HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Tom Wellman
CFO, VP & Treasurer, Island Energy Services, LLC #7
B. 1958; Wyoming EDUC. Brigham Young University; University of Hawaii EXP. Deloitte, Alexander & Baldwin, Hawaii Gas, Ports America BDS. Shidler College School of Accountancy Advisory Board CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Fountain Pens, Miniature Pinschers, Traveling FAM. Edward, Retired Navy, 1 child
HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

James Whitcomb
CEO, Haleakala Solar Inc. #152
B. 1951; Delaware EDUC. A.I. Dupont; UH; CERT. BBA EXP. Started Haleakala Solar in 1977 on Maui. Company headquarters are still on Maui, sales and operational offices also are on Oahu and Kauai. Installs systems on the islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, Molokai, and Lanai. BDS. Board Member, Hospice Maui CLUBS BBB, HSEA HOBBIES Jumping off buildings and baking. FAM. Karen, 2 children NOTEWORTHY I am an adrenaline junky, love roller coasters and other fast rides! HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Eric Wright Mr.
Sr. VP, Par Hawaii, Inc.
EDUC. BS in International Economics, Georgetown University; CERT. CFA charter-holder EXP. The AES Corporation, M&A and divestiture team; Xcel Energy, Inc., treasury team HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Jim R. Yates
Pres., Par Hawaii, Inc. #5
EDUC. University of Oklahoma, BBA ; University of Houston Law Center, JD EXP. Mid Pac Petroleum, LLC, CEO and president (2007 – 2015); The Gas Company, president and CEO (2003 – 2007); BHP Hawaii, VP – Corporate Development (1993 – 2003); BHP Petroleum (1982 – 1993) BDS. The Queen’s Health Systems Board of Trustees; City Mill Co., Ltd.; YMCA of Honolulu; Governors for Chaminade University and the Institute; Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Thomas K.L.M. Young
EVP, COO, Hawaii Gas #42
EDUC. University of Hawaii at Manoa, BS, Chemistry; EXP. Chemist (1982-2001), Director of Gas Operations (2001-2006), Vice President of Operations (2006-2010), Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Supply (2010-2013), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (2013-present), Hawaii Gas HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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