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The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) announced today that Beaumont, an industrial design and engineering company, is its newest tenant at the Manoa Innovation Center (MIC). MIC houses some of Hawaii’s top intellectual and physical resources.

Beaumont is a Honolulu-based company that provides industrial design, mechanical engineering, systems architecture and project management services. Beaumont’s projects include developing electronic wearables, semiconductor manufacturing tools, medical devices and electronic medical test equipment. The company is currently managing and developing technology for a project called the Fecal Sludge Omni-Ingestor, an advanced on-site sanitation system designed to improve sanitation and health conditions for 100 million people by 2025.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Appoints 3 New Vice Presidents

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Appoints 3 New Vice Presidents

HONOLULU—First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has appointed three new vice presidents: Jeff Grimmer, Vice President, Finance Operations and Administration; Nina Ota, Vice President, Personal Lines; and Janis Kushimi, Vice President, Human Resources.

“Jeff, Nina and Janis have stepped up to the demands of their positions, proven flexible in the face of constant change, and become increasingly important members of our officer team on the strength of their critical thinking and technical skills,” said Jeff Shonka, President and CEO. “We look forward to the many contributions they will make to FICOH in their expanded leadership roles.”

Kiewit Building Group Inc. Announces 2015 Scholarship Program

Kiewit Building Group Inc., one of Hawaii’s leading general contractors, today issued a call for high school seniors to apply for the 2015 Kiewit Scholarship Program. The program awards three $2,500 scholarships annually to college-bound students interested in studying engineering, architecture or construction management. Since 2007, Kiewit has awarded more than $45,000 in scholarship monies to high school seniors across the state, from public and private schools on Oahu and neighboring islands.

Shidler Alumni Association Invests $100,000 in the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

Shidler Alumni Association Invests $100,000 in the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

HONOLULU — The Shidler College of Business Alumni Association (Association) has committed $100,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Shidler College of Business. As part of a five-year commitment, this gift will support entrepreneurial education and help UH monetize research efforts. In recognition of this gift, the conference room at the renovated home of PACE at the College will be named in the Association’s honor.

Servco Announces Thor Toma Promotion to Senior Vice President

Servco Announces Thor Toma Promotion to Senior Vice President

HONOLULU – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) today announced that it has promoted Thor Toma to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Projects and New Initiatives.

In this new position, Toma will be involved in Servco’s strategic initiatives to support both current and prospective operations.  A member of Team Servco since 1990, he most recently served as Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning for Servco’s automotive operations.

Toma holds a Bachelor and Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a resident of West Oahu.

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The Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP) will explore the import of Mainland retail chains to Hawaii and the export of local companies to the Mainland at its January 15 program “The Import & Export of Retail — Hawaii Style” at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The panel features experts in shopping and dining, as well as a commercial real estate professional familiar with the process of bringing Mainland retail brands to Hawaii. The public is invited.

When Costco opened its first store in Hawaii in 1988, it became one of a few Mainland retail chains with Hawaii operations (Longs Drugs doesn’t count as many of us see it as a local Hawaii store). Kmart followed a few years later and the import of Mainland retailers was on. Many of these Hawaii stores now rank among the top tier in revenue of their chain’s U.S. operations.

iQ 360 Hires Shauna Goya as Public Relations Director

iQ 360 Hires Shauna Goya as Public Relations Director

iQ 360 Inc. has hired Shauna Goya as a director to join the Honolulu office of the public relations and marketing firm. Goya specializes in corporate communications, issues management, media relations and social media. She previously served as a director at Communications Pacific and prior to that as a copy editor at The Honolulu Advertiser.

“Shauna brings with her nearly 15 years of PR and journalism experience and adds an important skill set to our diverse team of professionals we have across the country,” said Lori Teranishi, principal of iQ 360, which also has offices in San Francisco and New York. “It’s an exciting time for our company. As our Honolulu office continues to expand, we look forward to Shauna providing strategic counsel to our current and future clients.”