Young Professionals Program http://www.cochawaiiyp.org The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:30:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 YP Spotlight – Bianca Mordasini http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-bianca-mordasini/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-bianca-mordasini/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:55:31 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2166 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Bianca Mordasini, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and a member of the YP Communications Committee.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Stanley Lau http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-stanley-lau/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-stanley-lau/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:46:09 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2152 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Stanley Lau, Principal Consultant at Hawaii Tech Support and a member of the YP Communications Committee.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Dennis Ducatt http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-dennis-ducatt/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-dennis-ducatt/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:21:36 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2103 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Dennis Ducatt, Personal Banking Manager at Bank of Hawaii and YP Chair.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Kyle Okamura http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-kyle-okamura/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-kyle-okamura/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:08:58 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2083 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Kyle Okamura, Manager of Events and Special Projects for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the YP Director.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Dana Inouye http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-dana-inouye/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-dana-inouye/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:30:34 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2078 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Dana Inouye, Executive Search Consultant with Inkinen & Associates.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Shawlea Aona http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-shawlea-aona/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-shawlea-aona/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:36:29 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=2032 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Shawlea Aona from CBRE, Inc.. Shawlea is a landlord and tenant advisor specializing in office leasing.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

 

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YP Spotlight – Stephen Hanson http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-stephen-hanson/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-stephen-hanson/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:37:29 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=1960 Check out our latest YP Spotlight featuring Stephen Hanson from Simplicity HR. Stephen is an active YP and serves on the Communications committee.

If you’d like to be featured in the Member Spotlight, contact Ben Eger at benjamin.eger@gmail.com.

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YP Spotlight – Share your Story http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-share-your-story/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/yp-spotlight-share-your-story/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:33:58 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=1957 Share your story through the YP Spotlight, a fun and informal video series featuring our YP members. Please email our director of multimedia, Ben Eger, at benjamin.eger@gmail.com to setup a filming session. Sessions run approximately thirty minutes and can be scheduled at a mutually convenient location. Check out the Spotlight intro video below for more information.

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Member Spotlight – Kimberly Canepa http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/member-spotlight-kimberly-canepa/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/member-spotlight-kimberly-canepa/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:28:57 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=1501 read more]]> Our Member Spotlight on Kim Canepa, Special Project Assistant at The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.  Kim works tirelessly in our Business Advocacy department in organizing committees and preparing information for the Legislative session.

Please tell us about your current position and company.

I am currently the working in the Business Advocacy and Government Affairs Department at The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as the Special Projects Assistant.  The Business Advocacy and Government Affairs Department reviews, monitors, and tracks numerous bills throughout the legislative session and actively advocates on behalf the of business community of Hawaii all year long.  I organize the Chamber Policy Committees, Business Advocacy Events, and more.

Please tell us a little about your professional history (i.e. college, past work experience, etc.).

I studied communications and advertising at San Jose State University prior to transferring back home to the University of Hawaii- Manoa.  I received my bachelors in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business.   In my last semester at UH-Manoa I worked as an intern at The Chamber in the Business Advocacy Department where I quickly learned the complexities of law making process and the Legislature.

How did you decide on your current career path?

I surprisingly fell into my current career path.  The Chamber hired me upon my graduation from UH-Manoa as a Special Projects Assistant in the Business Advocacy Department.  I’ve always been interested in government affairs and politics and seeing the law process first hand has been and continues to be a great experience.  I am enjoying the fast-paced world in the government affairs arena and hope to continue in this field.

What is the biggest obstacle you overcame in your professional career?

By far, the biggest obstacle that I overcame in my professional career would have to be the transition between a full-time college student to a full-time professional.   After numerous years of solely focusing on classes and homework the transition into office life required some adjustment.

What other profession, other than what you currently do, would you like to try?

In another life I would loved to have been a teacher.  I was blessed with great teachers throughout my life and having the opportunity to inspire just one person would be an outstanding accomplishment.

After a hard day at work, what do you do to unwind?

After a hard day at work I usually like to unwind with friends and family by going out and relaxing with good company and great food.

Tell us something funny/interesting about you that no would know or expect?

I am a cheerleading coach for the Kalani Falcons Pop Warner cheer team.  My team has competed at the state and national level receiving numerous awards and titles.

What is the last song you listened to on your iPod?

The last song that I listened to on my iPhone was “You Da One” by Rihanna.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I would love to have lunch with Audrey Hepburn because of her glamour and inspiring life of humanitarianism.

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Member Spotlight – Vaughn Hokama http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/member-spotlight-%e2%80%93-vaughn-hokama/ http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/member-spotlight-%e2%80%93-vaughn-hokama/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:24:14 +0000 http://www.cochawaiiyp.org/?p=1356 read more]]>

Our Member Spotlight on Vaughn Hokama, Food and Beverage Operations Manager at HMSHost.  Vaughn is our YP Membership Chair and serves on our YP Steering Committee.

Please tell us about your current position and company.

I am a F&B Operations Manager for HMSHost at the Honolulu International Airport. HMSHost is part of Autogrill S.p.A. – the world’s largest provider of food, beverage and retail services for travelers.

Please tell us a little about your professional history (i.e. college, past work experience, etc.).

I have been in management with the company for 14 years. Prior to my experience at HMSHost, I was an Assistant Manager for HTH Corporation at the Pagoda Restaurant. I graduated from Pearl City High School and hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

How did you decide on your current career path?

I started from the bottom and worked my way up. Sounds cliché, but its true. My first position with the company was as a fast food attendant at Burger King. All I ever did was work and got promoted to shift leader…shift supervisor…assistant manager…and now operations manager. Not many people aspire to be an F&B manager; they dream of other things like being doctors, lawyers, firefighters, and so on. I didn’t choose my career, I think it choose me.

What is the biggest obstacle you overcame in your professional career?

The biggest obstacle I had to overcome as a professional was dealing with my own maturity issues. As a young manager with a certain degree of authority, I knew it all and could do no wrong. However, reality taught me otherwise. I struggled with the resistance of others around me and wondered why things seemingly never worked in my favor. I had to take a good look in the mirror and come to the realization that I was not Vaughn almighty. That experience has humbled me and I feel that I am a better people person now because of it.

What do you think are the biggest challenges for young professionals in Hawaii?

I think the biggest challenge for young professionals in Hawaii is the limited size of the business community. There are only finite amounts of executive level positions in Hawaii. I believe this is the reason we see top talent leaving the islands for other opportunity. Surely, a certain percentage of the talent will return; however, the greatest impact players are scooped up and retained by larger corporations.

Where do you see yourself/your business in 10 years?

In 10 years, I can see myself operating a branch for HMSHost. I’m gaining a lot of experience through programs like YP and other opportunities that the company lays out for me. HMSHost has invested in my growth by sending me to various branches on the West Coast in supporting and learning roles. I would like to continue being a sponge and soak up everything I can, so I can be ready to achieve my goal when the opportunity arrives.

After a hard day at work, what do you do to unwind?

Although I don’t get as much chance to so nowadays, I love to surf to unwind. There is just something about the water that is so liberating on the soul. Surfing, by far, gives me the best release over any other activity that I can think of. That and a few beers…

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I would like to have lunch with lunch with my folks and express my gratitude for raising me right. They have given me everything I need to be a contributor to society—and by that; I don’t mean tangible or material things. I mean thinks like manners, morals, ethics, values… I can’t remember when any one of those things set in, it occurred throughout my life—somewhere between the hugs and whippings. I am grateful that my parents are alive and healthy, and now is a good of a time as ever to have that lunch with them.

Give us a parting thought or words of wisdom to other young professionals.

“Do or do not, there is no try.” This is a quote from Master Yoda. It makes sense to me because try is associated with failure. Think about it; when a person has a task to accomplish, should they do it, or try to do it? If they tried to do it, they probably didn’t accomplish it.

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