Seeking Hawaii’s best young businesspeople

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – May 25, 2001 by Gina Mangieri Editor’s Notebook

No disrespect to our elders, but the younger generations of businesspeople deserve recognition, too. PBN is now accepting applications and nominations for our second annual Forty Under 40 awards, an event honoring the energy, contributions and potential of Hawaii’s young businesspeople — people who make a difference in Hawaii’s economy and community.

Last year, 63 incredible young businesspeople were nominated, giving our panel of distinguished judges from the business-education community a real challenge when it came time to decide on just 40.

Winners are recognized at an evening event hosted by PBN and sponsors Inets, Bank of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii College of Business Administration. Their accomplishments also are celebrated in a special section — to be inserted in the Aug. 10 issue — and in the 2002 Hawaii Book of Lists.

Nominations by others must include the names of two people and their phone numbers for verbal reference. The cover letter accompanying both forms of entry must include the individual’s name and age (they must be 39 or younger as of Aug. 10, 2001) and tell why the person is outstanding in three areas: leadership in his or her industry, having shown a consistent “take charge” attitude; community involvement (beyond expectations of his or her professional position); and business acumen that not only represents advanced skills at this point in his or her career, but also demonstrates potential for even greater success.

Résumés and credentials will be verified. Judges will rank each applicant on a 10-point scale on each criteria. The person with the highest score will be named the PBN 2001 Young Businessperson of the Year, with another 39 joining him or her as part of the Forty under 40 “Class of 2001.”

An event will be held Aug. 9 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts to honor the recipients as well as the “young at heart,” an honorable mention for those who may be ahead in years but youthful in spirit. For inclusion in the Young at Heart section, simply send the person’s name, age, company, title and a one-paragraph description of how the person demonstrates youthful enthusiasm and drive at work and in the community.

The Forty Under 40 recognition applies to businesspeople as well as to those in the public or nonprofit sector who demonstrate business acumen and sharp businesslike approaches to their jobs.

Some of those recognized are future leaders of Hawaii, but many are leaders of today, and PBN commends your efforts and contributions. The Forty Under 40 “Class of 2000” includes:

Neal Yokota Stryker, Weiner & Yokota (Yokota was named the PBN 2000 Young Businessperson of the Year)

Eddie Aguinaldo Dynamic Interiors

Shakil Ahmed PDC Systems

Lynn Araki Lynn Araki, attorney

C. Scott Bradley Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

Caron Broederdorf Re/Max

Pamela Brown Insurance Factors – Kauai Branch

Christine Camp Avalon Development Co.

Matthew Gilbertson Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Art Gladstone Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi

John Harris Re/Max Honolulu

Corine Hayashi HTH Corp.

Teresa Hayes American Savings Bank

Ren Hirose W Honolulu Diamond Head

Gary Hogan Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays

Randall Izuo Izuo Brothers Ltd.

Peter Kay CyberCom Inc.

Darren Kimura Energy Conservation Hawaii

Jen Kunishima Hawaii Doggie Bakery

Christopher Leonard New West Broadcasting

K. Rae McCorkle McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai

Bettina Mehnert Architects Hawaii

Mark Mukai Davis Wright Tremaine

Yuka Nagashima LavaNet Inc.

Gail Nakama American Savings Bank

Paul Oneha Rendezvous Tours Inc.

Michael Onofrietti AIG Hawaii Insurance

Glenn Paul xpedx Hawaii

Barbra Pleadwell Hastings & Pleadwell

Laura Robertson Goodwill Industries of Hawaii

Patrick Saka The Maui News

Stacy Sato

Jody Shiroma Skyward Communications

Dean Spagnoli Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Lanai Tabura KDNN 98.5

Jill Tokuda Office of the Lt. Governor

Allison Ueoka Hawaii Insurers Council

Jon Whittington Countrywide Home Loans

Yvonne Yanagihara VoiceStream Wireless Hawaii

Michael Zhang Blue Hawaii Surf LLC

Members of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2000 are not eligible for future classes.

Light Savers

Office Design & Equipment

To cut utility costs, Alii Place and Pacific Energy

Services have rolled out their own powersaving


By Cathy S. Cruz

Thirty percent. That’s how much a company saves on monthly utility bills by replacing its lights with energy efficient T8 models. $7.5 million. That’s the total amount of rebates Hawaiian Electric Co. has awarded to local companies that have purchased energy-saving equipment over the past five years.

In the first half of 1996 (the program’s pilot year) Hawaiian Electric awarded $600,000. Last year, the electric company shelled out rebates worth $1.7 million, a slight drop from 1998, when rebates reached a peak of $1.9 million. “We had a lot of early adopters, but the program has started to level out,” says Keith Block, program manager for Hawaiian Electric.

The transition to T8 lights so far has been the simplest, and most common, energy-saving solution for the majority of Hawaii companies. Other changes have included new chillers, air-conditioners and the temperature controls for milk machines. Although 80 to 90 percent of rebate recipients are large corporations, Hawaiian Electric this year has been pushing small- to mid-size businesses and hotels to join the rebate program, Block says.

Power Trip:Hollis Johnson and Darren J. Kimura plan to cut utility costs for Alii Place.  One commercial building in downtown Honolulu plans to achieve star status. Alii Place, managed by PM Realty Group, already has earned up to $78,000 in rebates since 1996. Its next step is to be the first nongovernment structure in Hawaii to earn the prestigious Energy Star title — an official stamp of approval by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Buildings that bear the Energy Star label rank in the nation’s top 25 percent, in terms of energy performance. The only other agencyapproved structure in Hawaii is the Prince Kuhio Kalanianole Federal Building and Courthouse on Ala Moana Boulevard.

Reaching that status won’t happen overnight. The agency sets guidelines for all elements of energy, including thermal comfort, lighting levels, energy efficiency and indoor air quality. To expedite the benchmark process, PM Realty last January formed a partnership with Honolulu-based Pacific Energy Services, an engineering group that helps businesses slash energy costs through efficient means.

The group as of press time was conducting a detailed energy-consumption assessment at Alii Place, a 25-floor building. “The EPA has very stringent requirements,” says Darren T. Kimura, President of

Pacific Energy Services. “Only 150 companies in the nation have achieved that benchmark status. GE, Microsoft, Intel. Those are some of the benchmarked buildings.”

Once Alii Place becomes the nation’s first private building with an Energy Star label, it no doubt will help save money for its 1,300 occupants and future tenants, says Chief Engineer Hollis Johnson. Building maintenance managers anticipate to save 30 percent in utility bills. Alii Place’s energy consumption from October 1999 to December 2000 ranged between $56,091 to $74,068. Meanwhile, the building’s two centrifical chillers are programmed to run between 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Except during the holiday season, only exterior door lights are on at night. And on weekends, elevators in Alii Place are shut off, except for two in the main building and one in the parking garage.

These measures are important if a company wants to save money and energy, especially in Hawaii, says financial markets during March contributed in the worst first quarter performance in many years. Block. “All over the mainland U.S., everybody is connected to a nationwide grid. They can buy power from other states. In Hawaii, we have to rely on ourselves for power.”