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Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon: Leadership with Catherine Ngo


Catherine Ngo is President and CEO of Central Pacific Bank, Hawaii’s fourth largest bank. She will share her perspective on leadership, core values and corporate culture. Catherine will also talk about her experience as Founding General Partner of Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in Silicon Valley and China. Catherine will discuss why having good mentors is such an important component to grow as a leader, whether that be a leader of a large corporation or a small startup.

Catherine has over 20 years of executive experience in the financial services and private equity industries. She joined CPB in 2010 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was promoted to President and CEO in 2015. Prior to joining CPB, Catherine served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Alliant Partners, an investment banking subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank, focused on sell-side mergers and acquisitions activities for technology companies.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Law, Catherine started her career in private law practice, focusing on banking and securities law. Catherine is board trustee, treasurer and executive committee member of the University of Hawaii Foundation, and board director of Hawaii Gas Company. She is also a director on the boards of Central Pacific Bank and its publicly-traded holding company.

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Luncheon: International Market Place Reimagined with Michael Fenley

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A Waikiki icon for over 50 years, the International Market Place is undergoing a major revitalization.  Scheduled to open on August 25, 2016, the revitalized International Market Place will have approximately 75 retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, dining and entertainment.  What is the retail vision for the reimagined International Market Place? How will the International Market Place attract residents and visitors?  Will any of the original International Market Place be retained?

Developed by Taubman Centers, Inc. and CoastWood Capital in conjunction with Queen Emma Land Company, the International Market Place will directly support The Queen’s Medical Center, the state’s largest private, nonprofit hospital.

Michael Fenley was recently named General Manager of the International Market Place.  He is responsible for operations, retailer and community relations and marketing the center.  A long-time Taubman executive, Fenley brings more than 30 years of experience to his new position. 

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Luncheon: Economic Office Hour with Paul Brewbaker

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Paul H. Brewbaker, principal of TZ Economics and former Chief Economist for Bank of Hawaii, returns to share his economic analysis and predictions with HSBP’s members and guests.

This luncheon will include an interactive program with Paul fielding questions from the audience and answering them using his treasure trove of charts and graphs. Bring your questions about the economy in general, or specific questions on housing, tourism, construction, and more. All questions welcomed! Be prepared for a lively and informative program.

Paul is widely regarded for his 25 years of research and insights into Hawaii’s economy. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Paul also performed graduate work in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Luncheon: Entrepreneurship

Hawaii is 12th* in the nation for the most startup activity. What is a startup company, and what is the basic entrepreneurial process of taking an idea, and planning, funding, and launching a new business? What is the Entrepreneur EcoSystem in Hawaii? How does the growth in available Venture Accelerators in Hawaii benefit startups, and how does this promote economic growth and diversification?

Chenoa Farnsworth is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai‘i’s only first venture accelerator. She also manages he Hawaii Angels investment network, and is the founder of Hi Impact —an impact investment and social entrepreneurship organization launched
in 2010. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai‘i-based venture capital firm that invested $50 million into Hawai‘i-based technology start-ups. 

Karl Fooks is President of Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), an agency of the state of Hawaii that partners with private sector investors to mobilize investment capital for the growth sectors of Hawaii’s economy. Formerly a managing director and head of Private Equity in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co., Karl has extensive experience as an investment professional.

Dr. Alex Bergo is CTO/CIO & Co-founder of MeetingSift. He is a futurist with a research background in expert collaboration systems and Artificial Intelligence. He started MeetingSift to address the inherent problems in and around meetings. MeetingSift is an easy to use collaborative technology that helps meeting leaders plan and run more productive meetings, with higher participant engagement, better decision making and more consistent follow up.

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Luncheon: Honolulu's Chinatown

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Honolulu’s Chinatown – Past, Present and Future
sponsored by American Savings Bank

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Honolulu’s Chinatown is an energetic and dynamic community.  Home to the Hawaii Theater and monthly First Friday festivities, Chinatown is a distinctive blend of art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, and merchants selling an array of products including fresh produce, seafood, herbs, leis and flowers, and household goods.

Our panel will share their perspectives on Honolulu’s Chinatown – it's history, how it compares to Chinatowns in other communities, and future development, including development in connection with Honolulu Rail Transit and the priorities from the recent Chinatown Action Summit.

Guy Kaulukukui is the newly appointed Director of the Department of Enterprise Services for the City and County of Honolulu.  He leads the operation of the City’s revenue generating activities including Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu Zoo, municipal golf courses and all of the city concessions.  He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Hawaii, an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Andrew Y. K. Tang is a Senior Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planner with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting.  Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Andrew studied in Chicago, and has worked all over the world contributing to innovative and challenging projects in the field of Architecture & Urban Design. Andrew has resided in Chinatown for the past 3 years and is an active community member.

Jeff Au’s great-grandfather (CQ Yee Hop) started one of the first markets in Chinatown, and his family still owns the building on the same property.  Although he does not have direct involvement in the family business, Honolulu’s Chinatown has been an important part of his history.  He has visited Chinatowns in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  In his “day job,” he is a co-founder and Managing Director of PACIFICAP, Hawaii's largest locally based venture capital investment firm.

Beth Whitehead is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for American Savings Bank.  She oversees a wide range of functions including Human Resources, Learning and Development, Community Advancement, Corporate Communications, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Legal, Compliance, Corporate Security and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities.

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