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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:46 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2006

HEI's Clarke to take UH post

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii Electric Industries Inc. chief executive officer Robert Clarke this summer will join the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's College of Business as an "executive in residence" to help create a stronger bridge between UH and the business community.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Bob as part of our faculty. He brings an added dimension to classroom learning and research, and a real-world perspective of the business community that will help us strengthen our curriculum," said Vance Roley, dean of the College of Business.

Clarke said, "I'm excited at the prospect of spending a year at the Business School and look forward to the interaction with faculty and students."

Roley said the position will "institutionalize" the commitment to making the College a strong partner with the business community, and provide more opportunities for faculty and students to interact with a prominent business leader.

Clarke will serve in the position for one year. He joined HEI in 1987 and became president and CEO in 1991. He added the position of chairman to his duties in 1998. He is scheduled to retire from the company in May.

Aloha Lumber executives honored by SBA

The Small Business Administration has selected Russell and Randall Boyer of Aloha Lumber Co. in Kapa'a as Hawai'i's "Small Business Persons of the Year."

Russell is chief executive officer and Randal is president of the lumber company. The two are among more than 100 small business owners from around the country who will be honored during ceremonies set for April 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

Four national awards will be announced at the event, culminating with the naming of the Small Business Person of the Year.