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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 17, 2001

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

• LAWRENCE "LARRY" O'BRIEN has been named new chief executive officer of Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children and Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi, by parent company Kapi'olani Health. He additionally holds the position of chairman of Kapi'olani Medical Specialists. O'Brien was most recently with Memorial Health, a 530-bed teaching hospital and regional healthcare delivery system in Savannah, Ga.

• Honolulu native GORDON H. CHONG has been inaugurated as the first Asian, and first Native Hawaiian, to become president of the American Institute of Architects. Chong, sworn in as 78th president of the national advocacy organization, is founding partner of Gordon H. Chong & Partners, an 85-person firm based in San Francisco, with an office in Sacramento, Calif.

• Locally owned property and casualty insurance company Island Insurance announced that two employees were promoted to assistant vice president: GARY T. FUJIMOTO, who also holds the title of commercial underwriting manager; and CRAIG A. URADOMO, additionally holding the title of commercial product development manager. Fujimoto, a 19-year veteran previously with Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., including as underwriting supervisor, will oversee Island Insurance's underwriters in the Commercial Insurance Division's Underwriting Department. Uradomo, responsible at Island Insurance for development and implementation of new commercial products, is past assistant vice president and broker/underwriter at NMF Insurance Inc., and was in various positions with Fireman's Fund in Honolulu and Seattle.

• ERNEST MUYANO, a former branch manager of AVCO Financial Services' Kailua branch, has been named branch sales manager of American Savings Bank's Kalihi branch. He was promoted from consumer loan officer with the bank. Also named was SHIRLEY SORANAKA, operations manager of the Kaimuki 12th Avenue branch. She was most recently customer service manager for Bank of America's Kaimuki branch.

• SIMON JONGERT has been named to replace current Marriott International Pacific Islands vice president STAN BROWN as general manager of the Kaua'i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. The Garden Island resort has 356 hotel guest rooms and 232 vacation ownership villas. Jongert was most recently a general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur and vice president for the Southeast Asia and Australia region, with oversight of India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

• Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i have pledged $50,000 for lab equipment and supplies for newly hired center researcher PATRICIA S. LORENZO. She joins the National Cancer Institute-designated center after five years as the Fogarty International Center Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

• Child and Family Service, the nongovernmental social and human services advocacy for children and families in need, has announced officers and new members of its board of directors: chairman, STEPHEN MacMILLAN; first vice chairman, ROGER PONDER; second vice chairman, ALTON KUIOKA; secretary, LORI LUM; and treasurer, JOANIE SHIBUYA. New board members include Carol Ai-May, John L. Arizumi, Robert Fujioka, Kathy Inouye, Neal Yokota and Hoyt Zia.

• CONNIE SIZEMORE, recent development director at Sacred Hearts Academy, has been named development and public relations director for the Marimed Foundation, a Kane'ohe-based non-profit youth service organization. The responsibilities will include the Kailani Program, which provides ocean-oriented residential and day-treatment services to Hawai'i's special-needs youths and their families.