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Terry Wells Joins the Hawaii Red Cross

Terry Wells Joins the Hawaii Red Cross

Terry Wells has joined the Hawaii Red Cross as Regional Chief Development Officer, where she will lead a team raising support for the Pacific Islands Region (Hawaii Guam Saipan) of the American Red Cross, whose mission includes aiding disaster victims, teaching people to save lives, and providing services to the Armed Forces.

Previously she was with the University of Hawaii Foundation, serving as Assistant Vice President of Development for the Manoa Shidler College of Business.

UH Foundation Promotes Jennifer Burke and Welcomes Rose Ramos-Benzel to Team

UH Foundation Promotes Jennifer Burke and Welcomes Rose Ramos-Benzel to Team

Kaua‘i and Oahu, Hawaiʻi – The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is happy to announce that Jennifer Burke has been promoted, and Rose Ramos-Benzel has joined the development team.

Jennifer Burke has been promoted to director of development for the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  In this new role, she will work with Dean Mary Boland to expand fundraising efforts and broaden philanthropic support for the School. Prior to this promotion, Jennifer served as the associate director of development for the Shidler College of Business for two and a half years. Here she raised major gifts and managed the annual fundraising initiatives. She also served for five years as the assistant director of scholarship development in the scholarship office.

Servco Pacific Inc.'s Rick Ching Adds COO Title

Servco Pacific Inc.'s Rick Ching Adds COO Title

Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) announced it has promoted Patrick “Rick” Ching to Chief Operating Officer. Ching will continue in his current role as president of Servco’s Hawaii Automotive Operations and will also oversee Servco Home & Commercial Products and various resource and support areas in Servco’s Hawaii operations.

“Rick’s wealth of experience in finance, strategic planning, and operations has equipped him to play an integral role across all areas of Servco’s expanding business.” said Mark Fukunaga, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Servco. “Rick’s leadership and support of Servco’s culture will allow us to focus on new business opportunities and long-term growth for our company.”

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

Giving Increased by More Than $28,000 Compared With 2012

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2013 to 75 local nonprofit organizations, compared to $372,000 in Foundation donations for 2012.

The 2013 beneficiaries included the University of Hawaii Foundation (including for the 55 by ’25 Campaign that aims to have 55% of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025), the Hawaii Community Foundation, Enterprise Honolulu, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Teach for America, American Red Cross and Aloha United Way.

“We congratulate our many local nonprofits for continuing to strive for a better and stronger Hawaii, and are happy to do our part as a local company,” said FICOH CEO Allen Uyeda. “We look forward to helping more organizations carry out their missions in 2014.”

Emma Veary Music Scholarship Established at UH Maui College

Emma Veary Music Scholarship Established at UH Maui College

Aspiring musicians at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College have a new student scholarship thanks to a small act of kindness by a Hawaiʻi music legend nearly 40 years ago. That’s when Dr. Laurel Lee Roberts, then a college student herself, sat on the beach outside the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, to hear the beautiful operatic range of Emma Veary.

“Ms. Veary would tell her paying audience that the next song was for ‘friends on the shelf’ or for her ‘scholarship friends’,” said Dr. Roberts. “She would then turn and sing to her fans on the beach who could not afford to buy a ticket to a Waikiki concert.”

While decades have passed, those memories are still strong for Dr. Roberts who is now an attorney in Southern California.

“I wanted to show my deepest appreciation to Ms. Veary for my fond memories through this named scholarship, and give opportunities to Maui youth to create even more beautiful music for future generations,” added Roberts.

BISHOP STREET COMMERCIAL ADDS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT

BISHOP STREET COMMERCIAL ADDS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT

Bishop Street Commercial (BSC), a leading Hawaii commercial real estate leasing and sales organization, announced the addition of David Peacock as managing director/asset services. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the property management group and assisting and supporting the continued growth of the leasing and brokerage business.

Peacock brings a 30-year career in commercial real estate focused on property management and leasing of a large portfolio of commercial properties including class A and B office, medical, R & D, industrial and retail properties throughout southern California and Las Vegas.

Peacock is a graduate of California State University at Northridge and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM), a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a LEED AP. He holds a Hawaii real estate license and a California real estate broker’s license.

Bennet Group Strategic Communications Promotes Wo

Bennet Group Strategic Communications, Hawaii’s third largest public relations firm by revenue, announced today that it has promoted Emma Wo from account executive to senior account executive.

“Emma consistently delivers solid results, helping our clients to achieve their goals,” said Joan Bennet, president of Bennet Group. “We look forward to Emma’s continued growth within our firm, and have no doubt that she will flourish in this new position.”

Emma Wo represents clients in the areas of development, real estate, tourism and hospitality, supporting clients such as Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Prudential Locations and Pacific Links Hawaii. Previously, Wo worked as an intern at a local news station where she assisted in writing stories for live broadcast. She has also assisted at a national fashion and lifestyle magazine in the editorial department. A graduate of Scripps College, Wo earned her bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in English literature.