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 CareerGiant.com

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.

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