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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.”

Island Insurance Board of Directors Appoints John Schapperle, Chief Executive Officer

Island Insurance Board of Directors Appoints John Schapperle, Chief Executive Officer

Island Insurance, Hawaii’s largest locally owned property & casualty insurance carrier, has appointed John Schapperle as Chief Executive Officer.  Schapperle will continue his current responsibilities as President.  He succeeds Colbert Matsumoto who will remain as Executive Chairman of the Board.

“As President, John has guided Island to many accomplishments that have resulted in being recognized not only in Hawaii, but on a national stage as well,” said Colbert M. Matsumoto, Executive Chairman of the Board of Island Insurance. “We are confident he will continue to build on that success in his expanded role as Chief Executive Officer.”

“I am honored by the confidence Colbert and the Board has placed in me.  Island has a long and successful history and an enduring commitment to the people and communities in Hawaii,” said John Schapperle, President and CEO of Island Insurance. “I am excited to lead the company into its next chapter of success.”



Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) has recently promoted the following individuals:


Lester H. Ng, LEED AP BD+C, was promoted from senior associate to principal. Ng, with AHL since 2004, has more than 26 years of experience in the planning, architecture and design including extensive experience in Southeast Asia and Hawai’i. Some of his notable projects include: Ka Makana Ali‘i - The Center for West O‘ahu; Walgreen’s Flagship Store Ke‘ eaumoku; Ko ‘Olina Beach Villas Resort; Hawaii Nature Center’s Rain Shelter Pavilion; The Shops at Wailea; and the Pacific Aviation Museum. He received a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s School of Architecture and a degree in European art and architecture history from Richmond College.


Seminar for Inventors and Businesses at New Aiea Library Jan. 28

Seminar for Inventors and Businesses at New Aiea Library Jan. 28

Inventors, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, and the public are invited to attend a free seminar on patent and trademark searching at the new Aiea Public Library (99-374 Pohai Place) on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Program Room.   

The seminar - “Patent and Trademark Searching: Essential Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property” - presented by the Hawaii State Library, will feature presentations by Tom Turner and M. Neil Massong from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Va.; Len Higashi of the High Technology Development Corporation, Joseph Burns of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center, and Jayna Uyehara of the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Business Action Center.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Hawaii State Public Library System, the Hawaii State Library, and other generous donors are sponsoring this seminar.  

Prudential Locations Announces Name Change Back to Locations

Prudential Locations, Hawaii’s largest real estate firm, announced its intent to change its name back to Locations to reflect its rich history as a kamaaina company and commitment to customers. The new Locations will continue to operate as a multi-faceted real estate company, and will no longer be affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc.  The anticipated date for this change will take place on February 1, 2015.


“Changing our name back to Locations largely represents a transition of moving to our roots as an independent local company,” said Bill Chee, president and CEO of Locations. “We’re still the same real estate firm our clients and agents know and love – now with the best name in the business – and we’re enthusiastic about our ability to better deliver the innovative tools and exemplary customer service that we’re known for.”