2019 is a year to be innovative and think outside the box, to let your creativity flow. With that in mind, we have a wealth of knowledge being brought to us by inspirational speakers from both Molokai & our neighbor islands. It is our hope that you will take full advantage of this opportunity to network with and meet these new resources who can help you help your business grow. See you there!
Dir. of the Mayor's Office for Economic Development for the County of Maui
Kay Fukumoto is director of the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. She earned a bachelor’s of business administration accounting degree from the University of Hawaii in 1982. She’s a retired certified public and management accountant and had been involved in sports marketing, real estate development, and small business ventures. She was chief financial officer of Fukumoto Engineering Inc. from 1994 to early this year. Her community involvement included serving on the Maui County Women's Commission and serving in leadership positions with the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and Iao School Renaissance Program. She was former event co-chairwoman for the Maui Matsuri Japanese Festival for twenty years and continues as founder and president of the twenty year performing ensemble Maui Taiko.
Miller Media Management
Helen N. Wai, LLC
Danielle Miller is a small business enthusiast on a mission to help everyday entrepreneurs anchor on results when it comes to marketing their businesses online. She is owner of the top-rated social media marketing company in Maui, Hawaii. She is also an EdVenture Instructor at UHMC and the recipient of a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from the Mayor for her contribution to the community. Her articles and presentations have been mentioned by Hubspot, Social Media Today, Social Media Examiner, and shared by some of the top social media marketers like Peg Fitzpatrick and Rebekah Radice.
Hawaii Small Business Development Center
Wayne is a recovering “technologist” with 30 years of Information Technology experience specializing in e-commerce during the “dot com” era. As the Small Business Solutions Project Director under EdVenture at UH Maui College, Wong developed curriculums for small employers to remedy skill shortages and education/training gaps. Currently, as Senior Business Advisor and the Maui Center Director of the Hawaii SBDC Network his community outreach and employer engagement experience, combined with his expertise in small business commerce represents a compelling offering to assist small businesses struggling to keep up in an ever-changing environment. Wong graduated from Kamehameha High Schools and holds a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA in marketing from the University of Puget Sound.
Helen N. Wai, Consultant Helen is a Native Hawaiian and lifelong resident of Nanakuli, Hawaii. Her business has been built upon first-hand financial hardship and success. She has been a consultant since 2001 and has been assisting communities and organizations in the areas of financial literacy, homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention and lease cancellation throughout the State Hawaii as well as nationally in the states of Alaska, Michigan, and Washington DC. The organizations that Helen has had the pleasure to assist are Neighborworks America, Oweesta Corporation, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaii Housing Authority and YWCA of Oahu. Measurable influences such as increased awareness of credit and money management to obtaining and retaining homeownership are just a few of the advantages that over 7000 participants have gained and achieved throughout Helen’s illustrious career. In September 2011, Helen’s impressive skills lead her to the doorstep of Hawaii Energy into the field of Energy Efficiency. Her uncanny desire to not only learn but excel proved no different when entering into the growing world of energy efficiency. In three years, Helen has facilitated 274 workshops and served 8000 participants on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Lanai and Moloka’i
Stephen Thomas &
ADP has been the leader in the Human Resource and Payroll industry for 70 years, and we have been working with Hawaii business owners – small and large – for more than 15 years. Hawaii Sales Executive, Jessica Reisig, and Hawaii District Manager, Stephen Thomas, collectively have 10 years of experience helping small business owners with the challenges they face around streamlining cash flow, mitigating risk, and attracting and retaining the right workers. They stay connected to current events and consult with business owners every week to stay relevant on the changing talent demands in our island.
Luana is the owner of a brokerage company that represents local, national and international products to all areas of the retailer community, which includes natural, conventional, food service and convenience stores. She is also the President of Maui Food Technology Center and does consultations with our clients for product quality, labeling integrity, pricing, marketing/promoting and distribution.
Maui Food Technology Center
Nina Tanabe is a certified food scientist with over 35 years of experience in the areas of product development, regulatory compliance, ingredient and equipment sourcing and specifications, lean manufacturing and plant layout. She is also a Lead Instructor for the Preventive Controls for Human Food, which is a part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act. She has experience in private industry, government, and education.
Okura & Associates
Ethan R. Okura received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2002 from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated with a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1999. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and has served on the Board of the Elder Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Prior to joining Okura & Associates, he was an attorney with the New York City office of Clifford Chance, the premier global law firm. Mr. Okura specializes in Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning, including protecting assets from probate, estate taxes and nursing home costs. He frequently presents lectures on Estate Planning.
McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP
Catherine A. Taschner is a partner in the transactional department of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP (M4), where she concentrates her practice on complex real estate transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, development, commercial financing, land use and entitlements, and corporate and securities law. Ms. Taschner is the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Business Law Corps, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to Hawaii’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.
As Manager of the Community Economic Development Program at DBEDT since 1997, Wayne oversees the operations of the Community-Based Economic Development (CBED) and the Enterprise Zone (EZ) Partnership Programs. The CBED program provides training and capacity-building opportunities to qualified, community-based nonprofits, and invests in community economic development projects that result in measurable economic impact. The EZ Partnership Program creates collaborative relationships between the State, county governments, and participating businesses that encourage --- via tax and other incentives --- certain types of business activity, job creation and economic diversification.
Prior to his service with the State, Wayne served as Business Development Administrator for the Business Services Center with ALU LIKE, Inc., assisting Native Hawaiian small businesses and start-up companies organize, plan, implement and market their businesses to compete successfully in Hawaii’s highly competitive marketplace.
He also has more than 30 years of experience in food service and international franchise operations having held the position of Vice-President and General Manager for the Dairy Queen franchise operations in Hawaii.
His years with Dairy Queen has allowed him to serve on Ala Moana Shopping Center’s Advertising and Promotions Committee, as Vice-President of the Ward Warehouse Merchants Association, and President of the Liliha Square Shopping Center Merchants Associations.
Wayne is a graduate of Hawaii’s Iolani School, and graduated from Boston University with majors in Economics and Finance. He also holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus.
WestPac Wealth Partners
Theo Stiller, Financial Coach, WestPac Wealth Partners
I was born in Honolulu, moved to Luxembourg when I was 7 and spent the next six years growing up in Europe. I returned to Hawaii at age 13 and finished at Radford High School. After attending the US Military Academy at West Point for two years, I made the decision to return home to finish my business degree at UH. Right out of college I started my career working for an insurance company specializing in seniors and it taught me a lot about not just the financial challenges in retirement, but also the family dynamics and emotional challenges of estate planning.
I was recruited to help start WestPac Wealth Partners in 2007. There were five of us then with a mission to help people. Since then we have grown to almost 200 people with five offices in California, one in Las Vegas, Portland, Montana, and Scottsdale. The reason for this growth is the way we work with our clients.
The financial services world has become so much about selling products. We made a conscious decision to really focus on helping people make smart financial decisions and look at their financial world as a whole. Through coordinating all of the different financial professionals, we can create more efficiency. Through coaching and education, we help our clients understand how every financial decision they make has a ripple effect that impacts other parts of their financial world.
We strive to provide optimal service to our clients by utilizing specialized teams and professional partnerships. I am committed to growing and protecting my client’s lifestyle, assets, and relationships. I accomplish this by truly understanding the intricacies of my clients business and personal lives and developing a philosophy of care to not only achieve their financial goals, but also their lifestyle objectives. While the strategies for each of my clients may differ, the goal is always the same. I seek to provide my clients with the financial security necessary to enjoy life to the fullest.
I always coach my clients to live the best lives they can, and in 2018 I decided to do it for my family as well. A combination of our love for Maui, realizing the need for our services on the neighbor Islands, and just a better place to raise our kids, we decided to move. We absolutely love it, and are excited to get to know and serve the community here.
I enjoy playing soccer, travelling, and spending time at the beach and hiking etc. with my Son (Luca 8), triplets (Maia, Matthias, Marley 4), newest addition (Milo 6mths), and beautiful and supportive wife (Amy).