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Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters Names Gerard Sakamoto Outstanding Union Builder of the Year
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Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters Names Gerard Sakamoto Outstanding Union Builder of the Year

Honolulu (Jan. 9, 2013) – The Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters honored Gerard Sakamoto, president of S&M Sakamoto, Inc., with the 2013 Outstanding Union Builder of the Year Award last night at a reception hosted by The Pacific Resource Partnership. The award is given annually to a contractor who has made exceptional contributions to the construction industry and the community, taken a cooperative approach to labor-management relations, and demonstrated strong support of union construction.

"We are incredibly honored to be in the company of the past winners,” said Sakamoto, who is the ninth contractor to receive the award. “Thank you very much to the Regional Council of Carpenters for selecting S & M Sakamoto, Inc. for this prestigious recognition."  Previous winners include Vincent Nihipali Sr. of V & C Drywall Contractors, Inc.; Glen Kaneshige of Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.; and Lance Wilhelm of Kiewit Building and Kiewit Pacific Co.

S & M Sakamoto was founded in 1940 by the Sakamoto family. Gerard joined the family business in the mid-1960s after a brief stint on the Mainland. For the last 42 years, he has been dedicated to growing and strengthening the company, which has become one of Hawaii’s leading diversified construction firms. S & M is known for high-quality work and its range of projects includes everything from small interior renovations to multimillion-dollar complexes. A short list of the firm’s notable projects includes the Ambulatory Care Clinic for theDept. of Veteran Affairs, Windward Community College, the City and County of Honolulu’s aquatics and tennis complex, the Makiki community swimming pool, Maui Memorial Medical Center, and the University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union.

“Gerard has been involved in the construction of many of the most familiar commercial, institutional, retail and government facilities in the Islands,” said Ron Taketa, financial secretary and business representative for the Regional Council of Carpenters. “You won’t find a stronger, more pro-union contractor than this industry leader, who values the training and quality of his field workers.”

Sakamoto currently serves on the negotiating committee for the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, is on the board of directors of the Moiliili Community Center, and is a member of the State Environmental Council. He also belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Honolulu Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese Cultural Center. He is past president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii and the Construction Industry Legislation Organization (now the Construction Industry Council of Hawaii), and past chair of the Hawaii Contractors License Board.

“Over the past 40 years, Gerard has not only strengthened his family’s business, but he has also strengthened the construction industry and the community,” said John White, executive director of PRP. “With his work ethic, commitment to quality and support of his employees, Gerard is truly deserving of the Outstanding Builder of the Year award.”

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