Posted on: Monday, November 27, 2006
Two local women's organizations have announced new officers of their local chapters:
EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL: president, adele tsukamoto, of Castle & Cooke Inc.; vice-president/president-elect, CLAIRE MIZUSHIMA, of Hawai'i Medical Service Association; treasurer, VALERIE LYN SHIROMA, of Ernst & Young LLP; and secretary, Lois Asato, of the Hawai'i Convention Center. The nonprofit professional organization for businesswomen and their firms has about 3,000 member companies and 3,500 representatives, in 75 chapters in major metropolitan cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN LEADERS: president, Shelley Wilson; president-elect, Pamela Martin; past president, Barbra Pleadwell; vice president-programs, Stacia Murray; vice president public membership, Tracie Young; vice president private membership, Anna Marie Springer; treasurer-secretary, CLAIRE Y. NAKAMURA; recording secretary, Linda Nakamura; and corresponding secretary, Mary Sheridan. The 23-year old Organization of Women Leaders is made up mostly of women executives from Hawai'i's businesses and government agencies seeking to increase communication and understanding between the public and private sectors by networking at meetings and social functions and speakers from public and private sectors.
Salem Communications Corp. has named Corry Reynolds program director for Hawai'i's 95.5 The FISH KAIM-FM, and KHCM 690AM (Hawai'i's True Country). Salem is a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider and magazine publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. Reynolds most recently worked as on-air talent and production director at Oldies 97.3 KBSG in Seattle and has served as assistant program director and mid-day host at KFIS, the local contemporary Christian music format (FISH) station in Portland, Ore. At the Hawai'i operations, Reynolds will oversee all programming responsibilities for KAIM and KHCM.
Anthony C. Ostrowski has been promoted to vice president at marine aquaculture and conservation research organization, Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific University. The 19-year institute veteran has worked in various areas including the Finfish and Nutrition departments, and as the director of the U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program. Ostrowski will help coordinate activities between programs, maximize research opportunities in partnership with HPU and other institutions, as well as spearhead raising funds to support OI's research and education.
Other appointments at the institute:
Warren G. Dominy, research scientist and feeds specialist for 23 years at OI, has been named acting director of OI's Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department. The department works to match aquaculture feeding programs to nutritional requirements of animals, as well as developing economically feasible food and feeding technology for the aquaculture industry.
As OI's new chemical safety officer, ZHI Yong Ju, a research scientist in the Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department, will oversee OI's purchasing and approval of chemical inventory, and of its storage, labeling and disposal — including OI's emergency response plan for chemicals.
LYLE TAKEUCHI has been named by Starwood Hotels & Resorts as general manager of the Waikiki boutique hotel, W Honolulu at Diamond Head. The 20-year Sheraton Hotels & Resorts veteran held various hotel leadership positions, including operations and management assignments at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian hotel. Just prior to his new position, Takeuchi served as acting general manager of The Royal Hawaiian and director of rooms for the Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian. The 13-story W Honolulu is the former Colony Surf Hotel.
LEAD HAWAII INC. — a Hawai'i-based company founded last year that provides emergency care training programs for business, industry, nonprofits and the general public — has named JOSEPH MENDOZA as its executive vice president/chief operating officer.
MICHAEL P. LaPORTE, who began his career with The Gas Co.'s then-corporate parent, Pacific Resources Inc., in 1985, has been named the firm's vice president and controller. He will oversee accounting and payroll. Previously, he has held positions as manager of financial planning and analysis; project manager of the firm's new Orcom CIS system; and director of accounting and administration. The Gas Co. has more than 300 employees and 1,000 miles of gas lines statewide, serving 67,000 commercial and residential customers on O'ahu, the Big Island, Maui, Kaua'i, Moloka'i and Lana'i.
Wireless communications veteran CARA KAKUDA, formerly general manager for Nextel Hawai'i, has joined Hawaiian Telcom as director of wireless business sales. She will lead Hawaiian Telcom's wireless sales team, with a focus on business customers. Kakuda is a former owner of Cellular Distributors and has worked for GTE Corp. and VoiceStream (now T-Mobile). While direct sales manager for Nextel Partners, she doubled sales forecasts and in 2005, was promoted to general manager for Nextel Hawai'i's sales operations.
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