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.


Lloyd F. Chaffin
EVP, Crum & Forster #149
B. 1953; San Diego, CA EDUC. Point Loma HS, San Diego; San Diego State U; BDS. Diamond Head Theatre HOBBIES Tennis, golf FAM. Vicky, Clinical Dietitian, Sodexo, 2 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


John Henry Felix Ph.D.
Exec. Chair, Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) #45
B. 1930; Honolulu EDUC. Chaminade College Prep MO, ‘47; St. Louis College Prep HI, ‘47; Menlo College, ‘49; Walden U, Ph.D. ‘75; Cal Western U, BS, MS, ‘72-73; Oxford U, MA, ‘90 CERT. Stanford U and Harvard U Advanced Management Program MIL. Col., USAF-AUX, ‘56-present EXP. CHB, CEO, HMAA ‘06-present; CEO, Eagle Investments Inc. ‘90-present; CEO, Hawaii Kai Memorial Park & Mortuary ‘02-present; Honolulu City Councilmember ‘87-02; Dir., Pioneer Federal Savings Bank ‘87-95; Chair, CEO, World-wide Factors ‘70-82; Dir., Hawaii National Bank ‘63-87 BDS. Salk Institute of Biological Studies; U of Oxford, Harris Manchester College Board of Regents Chair; Boy Scouts, American Red Cross, Chair Emeritus; March of Dimes Chair Emeritus; Abilities Unlimited, Chair & CEO CLUBS Rotary Club of Honolulu; Pacific Club; Plaza Club; Waialae CC; Oahu CC; Oxford Cambridge Club; Pebble Beach Club; Outrigger Canoe Club; Elks Club HOBBIES Reading, chess, walking, art collecting, book collecting FAM. 5 children NOTEWORTHY U.S. representative to the South Pacific Commission ‘85-90; First American to receive the International Red Cross “Medal of Honor”- Dunant Medal, ‘83; First Hawaii resident to head the national March of Dimes; Business Leader of the Year, ‘11; Founder, Hawaii Public Radio HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Alan M. Goda
Chair, General Counsel, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Ltd. #74
B. 1945; Rivers, AZ EDUC. Kaimuki HS, ‘63; UH, BBA, ‘67; U of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, JD, ‘70 MIL. Captain, U.S. Army, Armor Corps EXP. Sr. Partner, Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, A Law Corp. BDS. Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co. Ltd. CLUBS Honolulu CC, Waialae CC HOBBIES Golf FAM. Christie, Homemaker, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Linda A. Kalahiki
Sr. VP, CMO, UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance) #31
B. 1948; Alameda, CA EDUC. Castle HS; EXP. UHA, ‘96 to present BDS. Hawaii Health at Work Alliance; Lung Force Hawaii Women’s Cabiniet CLUBS American Marketing Assn.; Org. of Women Leaders HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Howard Lee
Pres., CEO, UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance) #31
B. 1961; Honolulu EDUC. UH, BBA; EXP. Coopers and Lybrand LLP; Magoon Estate Ltd./Guenoc Winery BDS. UHA; Chair, Hawaii Health At Work Alliance; Hawaii Assn. of Health Plans; Chair, Waikiki Health Center; Chair, March of Dimes; American Heart Assn; Chair, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. CLUBS America’s Health Insurance Plans, Vistage Group HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Hisashi Matsuki
Pres., CEO, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Ltd. #74
B. 1965; Tokyo EDUC. Keio Senior High School; Keio University; EXP. 29 years in the insurance industry and experience in international business focusing on the U.S. and Asian region since joining Meiji Life Insurance Company in Tokyo in 1989.  HOBBIES Golf FAM. Akiko, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Colbert M. Matsumoto
Exec. Chair, Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
B. 1953; Lanai City EDUC. Lanai HS; U of San Francisco, BA, ‘74; U of California Berkeley, JD, ‘78 BDS. Central Pacific Financial Corp.; Hawaiian Host Inc.; Island Holdings Inc.; Oahu Publications Inc.; Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System; Pacific International Center for High Technology Research; American Red Cross of Hawaii CLUBS HAPA FAM. Gail

Darren D. Nakao
SR. VP, CFO, UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance) #31
B. 1972; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; Brown University; EXP. 20 years in healthcare industry; Director of Provider Economics, HMSA; Director of Finance, ISI; CFO TeamPraxis; Teacher, Hawaii Baptist Academy BDS. Iolani Alumni Association CLUBS Finance Executives International FAM. Sandra, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Michele K. Saito
Pres., CEO, DTRIC Insurance #100
B. 1959; Honolulu EDUC. Maryknoll HS; UH, BBA; CERT. CPA, not in the practice of public accounting EXP. 30+ years in Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. DTRIC Insurance, President & CEO; Farmers Insurance Hawaii, President; AIG Hawaii, EVP & COO BDS. DTRIC Insurance Group, Royal State Financial Corp, Alexander and Baldwin, Child & Family Service, Catholic Charities Board of Advisors CLUBS HBR, Women Corporate Directors HOBBIES Travel, eggery art FAM. Kevin Saito, Dentist, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

John F. Schapperle
Pres., CEO, Island Insurance Co., Ltd. #62
B. 1949; Baltimore, MD EDUC. BS, Management; Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter Designation; CERT. CPCU Designation BDS. Island Insurance Co. Ltd.; Island Insurance Foundation; Hawaii Property Insurance Association (Chairman); Property & Casualty Insurers Executive Advisory Committee, Property & Liability Resource Board HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Jeffrey A. Shonka
Pres., CEO, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. #36
B. 1962; Independence, IA EDUC. U of Northern Iowa, BA, ‘85; CERT. CPCU EXP. Joined First Insurance as CFO in 2002. Appointed President in 2013, and CEO in 2014 BDS. HBR; Move Oahu Forward; American Red Cross of Hawaii; UH Shidler College of Busines Advisory Council FAM. HeatherNOTEWORTHY Prior to joining First Insurance in ‘02, held various insurance industry executive positions on the mainland, including COO and Pres. of a publicly held insurance group. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Stephen John Tabussi
Sr. VP, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. #36
B. Brooklyn, NY EDUC. Brooklyn College; USC, Annenberg School for Communication MIL. US Army 1971-1973 EXP. Steve joined First Insurance in July 2002. He had previously been a marketing manager involved in new business development projects for Fireman’ Fund at its home office in Novato, California. Steve has over 35 years experience in marketing and business development, including positions as SVP, Starr Seigle Communications in Honolulu; VP, Marketing Services at Bank of America in San Francisco, and as VP, Corporate Communications with First Interstate Bancorp in Los Angeles. BDS. Director, First Insurance Company of Hawaii; First Insurance Company of Hawaii Charitable Foundation HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Tammy Teixeira
VP, Agency Management & Service, Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. #96
B. 1966; Honolulu EDUC. Waianae HS; Hawaii Pacific U; EXP. 30+ years of Workers’ Compensation and P&C insurance experience.  BDS. Hawaii Insurers Council Vice Chair HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Richard T. Toyama
Pres., CEO, Zephyr Insurance Co., Inc. #113
B. 1947; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School, ‘65; UH, ‘70; EXP. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.; Industrial Indemnity Insurance Co.; Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group; Zephyr Insurance Co., Inc. BDS. Zephyr Acquisition Company; HI Holdings, Inc.; Zephyr Insurance Co., Inc. CLUBS Plaza Club HOBBIES UH sports – Koa Anuenue, golf, movies FAM. Jane, retired, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Martin J. Welch
CEO, Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. #96
EDUC. U of Illinois; Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern U; Tuck Management School at Dartmouth EXP. Martin J. Welch has over 35 years of experience in the Workers Comp and Property Casualty insurance industry. Welch began his career as a Casualty Underwriter for Wausau Insurance in their Chicago office, where he underwrote workers’ compensation, general liability and commercial automobile policies for local businesses. He was promoted to Casualty Underwriting Consultant where he oversaw the underwriting of more complex risks, as well as the training of new underwriters. From there, he became a Casualty Manager in San Francisco and then Regional Casualty Underwriting Manager for the New England Region, before returning to Chicago to serve as Senior Vice President for National Broker Operations. Then as President and Chief Operating Officer for EIG. Welch played a key role in the company’s 2007 initial public offering and, two years later, oversaw the integration of a $200 million acquisition. BDS. Executive Advisory Council for the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America (PCI); Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Chair, Arthritis Foundation of Hawai HOBBIES Scuba diving; tracing my family’s ancestry FAM. Jennifer, 3 children NOTEWORTHY I never cared much for the water before I moved to Hawaii; now I enjoy scuba diving. HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Brian Wright
State Mgr. – Physical Damage, GEICO #44
EDUC. HPU; CERT. I-Car, Chief, PPG, Six Sigma EXP. 28 years with GEICO Insurance BDS. MDA HOBBIES Golf, fishing, snorkeling, hiking HB HONORS Top 250 Exec


Jason Yoshimi
Pres., CFO, Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. #96
B. Honolulu EDUC. Moanalua HS; Chaminade U; CERT. CPA BDS. Big Brothers Big Sisters CLUBS Hawaii Society of CPAs HOBBIES Fishing, tennis, family time HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

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