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.


Dani Aiu
EVP, Consumer Banking, American Savings Bank
B. Honolulu, HI EDUC. UH Manoa Shidler School of Business; EXP. Aiu started her decades-long career in banking as a teller in 1995. Over the years, she quickly progressed through various leadership roles, including Financial Services Representative, Branch Manager, Regional Executive and Director of Branch Banking. Today, she is responsible for leading ASB’s statewide branch network of 500 teammates working in the Customer Banking Center and 51 branches on five islands. BDS. Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii FAM. Justin, 2 children

Michael H. F. Ching
EVP, CFO, Treasurer, First Hawaiian Bank #12
B. 1971; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; Santa Clara University; CERT. CPA EXP. 24 years of accounting, auditing and advisory experience, specializing in banking and capital markets. BDS. Hawaii Society of CPAs; American Institute of CPAs; American Diabetes Association; Boy Scouts of America (Aloha Council); Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Hawaii Theatre; Hawaiian Humane Society FAM. Joyce, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

John C. Dean
Exec. Chair, Central Pacific Financial Corp. #43
B. 1947; Lawrence, MA EDUC. St. Mary’s of Redford HS; Holy Cross College; Wharton School, MBA, Finance EXP. Has spent 30 years as an executive in the financial services industry, the last four years have been with Central Pacific Bank. BDS. Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, E-Business (PACE) at UH, Hawaiian Humane Society and Iolani School. CLUBS Co-founder and chair emeritus of the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Hawaii, supporting small business ventures, and endowing a faculty position at UH’s Shidler College of Business. HOBBIES Gardening, hiking, snorkeling FAM. Sue NOTEWORTHY Founder and sponsor of Kipapa i ke Ala Lecture Series at the UH’s Shidler College of Business. Is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Robert S. Harrison
CEO, Chair, First Hawaiian Bank #12
B. 1960; Seattle, WA EDUC. Tucson HS; UCLA, BS; Cornell U, MBA MIL. U.S. Navy – Petty Officer EXP. Chairman, CEO, First Hawaiian Bank; Vice Chairman, BancWest Corporation BDS. Alexander & Baldwin; Blood Bank of Hawaii; Chaminade University; Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation; Hawaii Bankers Association; Hawaii Business Roundtable; Hawaii Community Foundation; Chair, Hawaii Medical Service Association; Japan America Society of Hawaii; UH Shidler College of Business; CLUBS Waialae CC FAM. Lori HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Vernon H. Hirata
Vice Chair, Co-COO,Territorial Savings Bank #101
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Farrington HS; Coe College; Cornell Law School EXP. Vice Chair, Co-COO, Exec. VP, GC, (‘07-present), Exec. VP, GC, (‘86-07), Territorial Savings Bank; Sr. VP, American Saving Bank (‘78-86) CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Surfing FAM. Gaye Hirata, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Peter S. Ho
Chair, Pres., CEO, Bank of Hawaii Corp. #15
B. 1965; N.Y. EDUC. Punahou School, ‘83; U of Southern California, BS, Business Administration, ‘87; U of Southern California, MBA Corporate Finance, First Interstate Bank Fellow, ‘92; Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, ‘08 EXP. Chairman, President, CEO; joined BOH in ‘93 as AVP in National Banking Div. (‘99-01) SVP Corp. Banking; (‘01-03) EVP Corp. Banking and Commercial Real Estate Lending; (‘03) Group EVP Commercial Banking Group; (‘04) Vice Chair Investment Services Group; (‘06) Chief Banking Officer BDS. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; American Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter; Hawaii Community Foundation; McInerny Foundation; Strong Foundation; Hawaii Bankers Association; Hawaii Business Roundtable; UH-Ahahui Koa Anuenue; Young Presidents’ Organization, Shane Victorino Foundation; Hawaii Asia Pacific Association; East-West Center; Military Affairs Council; Catholic Charities Board of Advisors FAM. Michelle, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Chairman of the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Harlan Y Kimura
Chair, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union #110
B. 1955; Pahala, Hawaii EDUC. Kau High School; University of Hawaii at Manoa – School of Business; William S. Richardson School of Law CERT. JD, MBA, CCUE, CCUV, and CCD MIL. None. EXP. Senior Business Analyst For 2 Years Upon Graduation From Law School And The College of Business. Attorney In Private Practice For The Past 31 Years. BDS. HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union HOBBIES Golf and Swimming. FAM. Tammy Y. Kimura, Courtroom Manager for The Honorable Derrick K. Watson, United States District Judge, United States District Court – District of Hawaii, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Allan S. Kitagawa
Chair, Pres., CEO, Territorial Savings Bank#101
B. 1945; Honolulu EDUC. Kaimuki HS, ‘63; UH, BA, Accounting, ‘70; MIL. Army EXP. Territorial Savings ‘86; Controller, American Savings ‘74; Sr. auditor and Tax Specialist, Peat Marwick Mitchell (‘70-74) CLUBS Waialae CC; Plaza Club HOBBIES Golf FAM. Hilda, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Daniel B.T. Lau
Chairman Emeritus, Finance Factors Ltd. #198
B. 1919; Honolulu EDUC. McKinley HS, ‘37; UH, BA, Business, Economics; Advanced Management Program conducted by staff from Harvard U Graduate School of Business Admin, CLU certificate MIL. Army, World War II, infantry, Air Corps EXP. Chair, Sec., Dir., Finance Realty; Chair, Sec., Dir., Finance Enterprises Ltd.; founder, Finance Factors in ‘52 BDS. Finance Factors Family of Companies; UH Presidents Club (charter member), UH College of Business Administration Alumni and Friends (charter member), UH Letter Winners Club, East-West Center CLUBS Waialae CC HOBBIES Baseball, volleyball, golf FAM. 4 children NOTEWORTHY Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Lifetime Achievement Award 2015; UH Lifetime Achievement ‘09; C&C Inaugural Forever Young ‘08; Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Businessman of the Year ‘06; Member of All World Team World Series Softball Team ‘05; Outstanding Older Worker-Prime Time ‘04; UCS Citizen of Year ‘03; UHAA Distinguished Alumni ‘02; UH Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor ‘01 HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Russell James Lau
Chair, CEO, Finance Factors Ltd. #198
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘70; U of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, BA, Finance, ‘74; U of Oregon, MBA, Finance, ‘75; Pacific Coast Banking School, U of Washington, ‘90  EXP. VP, Treas., Finance Enterprises Ltd.; Sr.VP, Treas., Chief Investment Officer, Branch Administrator, Finance Factors Ltd.; VP, Strategic Planner, Finance Enterprises Ltd.; Asst. VP, Security Pacific National Bank; Financial Analyst, Crocker National Bank BDS. Finance Factors Ltd.; Finance Enterprises Ltd.; Finance Realty Ltd.; Finance Insurance Ltd.; Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines; St. Andrews Priory; Palolo Chinese Home; Assets School; American Judicature Society; East West Center Foundation; Chinese Chamber of Commerce CLUBS Pacific Club; Financial Executives Institute HOBBIES Fitness training & yoga, home construction & remodeling, alpine skiing, Alaska fishing FAM. Constance H. Lau, Pres., CEO, HEI, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Gabriel Lee
EVP, Commercial Markets, American Savings Bank
B. 1958; Austin, TX EDUC. Saint Louis School; University of Hawaii at Manoa; Dartmouth CERT. Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management EXP. Gabe joined ASB in 1998 as Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets. Prior to American Savings Bank, Gabe was in Commercial Banking at First Hawaiian Bank. Between 1985 and 1996, he was with Bank of Hawaii primarily in Corporate Banking, and left as the Pacific Marketing Director of the Leasing Division. BDS. Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (2015 to 2017 as Chairman), Boy Scouts of America – Aloha Council, Diamond Head Theatre (2005 to 2008 as Chairman), Hawaii State Board of Public Accountancy, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and Waialae Country Club. FAM. Shirley, 1 child

Warren K.K. Luke
Chair, CEO, Hawaii National Bank #172
B. 1944; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘62; Babson College, BS, Business Admin., ‘66; Harvard U, MBA, ‘70 EXP. Lifelong career in family-oriented businesses, Hawaii National Bank and affiliated companies. BDS. Hawaii National Bancshares; Loyalty Development; Servco Pacific; Punahou; Harvard-Asia Pacific Advisory Board; Hawaii Business Roundtable; Pacific Basin Economic Council; Pacific & Asian Affairs Council; Land Use Research Fdn; Lambda Alpha Int’l.; Pacific Forum CSIS HOBBIES Golf FAM. Carolyn HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Bryan Luke
Pres, COO, Hawaii National Bank #172
B. 1974; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School, ‘93; Amherst College, BA, ‘97; Harvard U, MBA, ‘06 EXP. Standard & Poor’s; PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Coopers & Lybrand BDS. American Bankers Association – Community Bankers Council Administrative Committee, Banker Advisory Council for Endorsed Solutions (Chair); Western Independent Bankers; Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation (Chair); Pacific and Asian Affairs Council; Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii HOBBIES Swimming, CrossFit HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Clyde Matsusaka
Sr. VP, Branch Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management #107
B. Honolulu EDUC. University of Hawaii Manoa; EXP. In Financial Services Business for 31 years, joined firm in 1994. Morgan Stanley Honolulu Branch Manager since 2012. Previously was the Morgan Stanley Branch Manager in Santa Cruz. Also managed in Palo Alto and Maui. Had 22 years experience as a Financial Advisor before joining Management. HOBBIES Surfing, yoga NOTEWORTHY Strong advocate for all employees to lead a balanced life – work, family, and health. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Thomas Kevin McCarthy
Sr. VP, Complex Mgr., Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC #185
B. 1962 EDUC. Moanalua HS; UH; EXP. Wells Fargo Advisors (‘08-present); Morgan Stanley (‘93-08) HOBBIES U.S. Senior Softball FAM. Patricia, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

James Keala Mauloa Moniz
Executive VP & Mgr., Mortgage Banking, Bank of Hawaii
B. 1979; Hilo, HI EDUC. Kamehameha; The George Washington University; BDS. Special Olympics Hawaii FAM. 2 children HB HONORS 20 for the Next 20

David S. Morimoto
EVP, CFO, Central Pacific Financial Corp. #43
B. 1968; Kanagawa Japan EDUC. Castle HS; UH Manoa; Chaminade University BDS. The Institute for Human Services; Hawaii Council on Economic Education FAM. Kathy Morimoto, VP, Patient Care, The Queen’s Health Systems, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec, 20 for the Next 20

Ralph Y. Nakatsuka
Vice Chair, Co-COO, Territorial Savings Bank #101
B. 1955; Honolulu EDUC. Kalani HS,‘73; UH, BBA, ‘77; UH, Advanced Management Program, ‘93 CERT. CPA, CGMA EXP. Exec. VP/Lending, Chief Lending Officer (‘97-07), Exec. VP/Lending and Finance, CFO and CLO (‘95-97), Dir. (‘88-01), Sr. VP, Treas. and CFO (‘87-95), Sr. VP, controller (‘85-87), VP, controller (‘82-85), AVP, controller (‘80-82), American Savings Bank BDS. Treas., Hawaii Foodbank (‘98-13); Better Business Bureau of Hawaii Foundation (‘99-present) CLUBS AICPA; Hawaii Society of CPAs; Financial Managers Society; Institute of Management Accountants; Pacific Club HOBBIES Running, sports activities with son FAM. Lori, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Catherine Ngo
Pres., CEO, Central Pacific Financial Corp. #43
B. Newport News, VA EDUC. U of Virginia – Echols Scholars Program; U of Virginia School of Law EXP. Catherine Ngo is an experienced financial services executive. Ngo joined Central Pacific Bank in 2010 and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Ngo is a venture partner of Startup Capital Ventures. And prior to joining CPB, she was COO of Alliant Partners, an investment banking subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank. BDS. UH Foundation (Chair, Board Trustee and Exec Committee Member), Hawaii Gas (Director), Startup Capital Ventures (Venture Partner), Hawaii Bankers Association (Secretary) HOBBIES paddleboarding FAM. Robert Hines HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Robert K.W.H. Nobriga
EVP, Chief Financial Officer, American Savings Bank
EDUC. Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama; U of Notre Dame; CERT. CPA EXP. EVP & CFO, The Queen’s Health Systems; EVP & CFO, Hawaii National Bank; CFO & COO, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Business Assurance Mgr., PricewaterhouseCoopers BDS. Treasurer, Kamehameha Schools

Craig Norris
EVP, Chief Credit Officer, American Savings Bank
B. 1964; Eugene, OR EDUC. University of Oregon; EXP. Umpqua Bank; U.S. Bancorp CLUBS Risk Management Association HOBBIES Travel, wine, swimming, history, geology FAM. Teresa, 1 child


Vince J. Otsuka
Pres., CEO, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union #168
B. Honolulu EDUC. McKinley HS; UH Manoa; HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Mark A. Rossi
Vice Chair, CAO, General Counsel, Corp. Sec., Bank of Hawaii Corp. #15
B. 1949; Minneapolis, MN EDUC. Edina High School; U of Minnesota; Willamette U Law School CERT. JD EXP. General Counsel First Interstate Bank of Washington; Managing Partner Lane Powell Law Firm-WA, OR, AL and London, England BDS. Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (Advisory Board); American Judicature Society (Hawaii) HOBBIES Golf, fly fishing FAM. Jane, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Transplant from Seattle in ‘07 to work with Bank of Hawaii HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Mary E. Sellers
Vice Chair, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of Hawaii Corp. #15
B. 1956; Louisville, KY EDUC. Cedar Crest College, BA, Management; U of Delaware, master’s degree, Economics EXP. VC & Chief Risk Officer (‘05-present); EVP, Mgr., Risk Management Division, ‘03, EVP, Mgr., Credit Review, ‘02, SVP, Mgr., Credit Review, ‘00. Positions including management positions in Credit Management & Approval, Credit Services, Pacific Century Leasing, Officer, Private Financial Services Dept. BDS. University of Hawaii Foundation; Hawaii Foodbank; St. Andrew’s Schools; Hawaii Economic Development Corporation, Local Development Corporation; Alumni Association of Cedar Crest College and the Risk Management Association: member

Dean Shigemura
CFO, Bank of Hawaii Corp. #15
B. 1963; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani; University of Washington; Wharton, Harvard CERT. CPA BDS. Diamond Head Theatre HOBBIES Travelling FAM. Stacy HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Tess Shimabukuro
Pres., CEO, Kauai Community Federal Credit Union #202
B. 1961; Lihue, HI EDUC. Kauai High School; Oregon State University; University of Denver BDS. Crime Stoppers; Hawaii Home Ownership Center FAM. Trent, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Steven J. Teruya
Pres., COO, Finance Factors Ltd. #198
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Mid-Pacific Institute, ‘70; UH, College of Business Admin., ‘74; U of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School, ‘91 EXP. Sr. VP, branch administrator (‘90-98), VP, Mgr./ Branch Division (‘86-90), Asst. VP/Information Systems (‘81-86), Mgr./Branch (‘80-81), Management Trainee (‘75-80), Finance Factors Ltd. BDS. Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES Golf, travel FAM. Cynthia, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Rich Wacker
Pres., CEO, American Savings Bank
B. 1962; St. Louis, MO EDUC. U of Missouri, BS, Engineering; EXP. Prior to joining American Savings Bank, Rich was Chairman of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the fifth largest Korean commercial bank. He joined KEB in 2004 as Chief Operating Officer, was appointed President & CEO in 2005, and also held the position of Chairman of the Board from 2007 through 2010. Rich helped establish the KEB Foundation. Rich also enjoyed a 20-year career with General Electric (GE) where he was a company officer and held a wide range of senior leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe, including Vice President of Corporate Investor Communications; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital’s Card Services unit; General Manager of GE Capital’s audit staff; Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Fleet Services-Europe and global product management positions with GE Medical Systems-Europe. BDS. Child & Family Service, Chair; HBR; Chaminade University, Board of Regents; University of Hawaii Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship; University of Hawaii Foundation, Vice-Chair; University of Hawaii XLR8UH; Hawaii Bankers Association CLUBS Pacific Club, Plaza Club FAM. Eileen, 4 children

Beth Whitehead
EVP, Chief Administrative Officer, American Savings Bank
B. 1966; Pine Bluff, Arkansas EDUC. England High School; University of Mississippi; University of Arkansas School of Law EXP. First Horizon National Corporation, First Tennessee Bank, National Commerce Financial Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, Washington DC, US Senator Dale Bumbers  BDS. State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council; Hawaii Theatre Center (Chair); Helping Hands Hawaii; the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii; Center for Banking and Finance at University of North Carolina School of Law (Board of Advisors) CLUBS Oahu Country Club, Pacific Club, Plaza Club HOBBIES Golf, cooking, reading

Eric K. Yeaman
Pres., COO, First Hawaiian Bank #12
B. 1967; Kona EDUC. Konawaena High School; UH Manoa, BBA, Accounting, ‘89; CERT. Public Accountant EXP. 2008-2015 Hawaiian Telcom, President & CEO; 2008 Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Senior Executive Vice President & COO; 2003-2008 Hawaiian Electric Industries, Financial Vice President, Treasurer & CFO; 2000-2003 Kamehameha Schools, Chief Operating & Financial Officer; 1989-2000 Arthur Andersen LLP, Senior Manager BDS. Alaska Air Group, Inc.; Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.; Friends of Hawaii Charities; Harold K.L. Castle Foundation; Hawaii Community Foundation; Hawaiian Telcom; Queen’s Health Systems, Chair CLUBS Hawaii Asia Pacific Association HOBBIES Family time, weightlifting, running FAM. Melanie, 2 children

Karl Yoneshige
Pres., CEO, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union #110
B. 1952; Honolulu EDUC. Kaimuki HS, ‘70; UH Manoa, BBA ‘74; EXP. Exec. VP, HawaiiUSA FCU; Asst. VP, First Interstate Bank of Hawaii BDS. Hawaii Homeownership Center; Waipahu High School Academy of Business Advisory Board HOBBIES Golf FAM. Colleen HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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