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About Us

The difference in winning and losing usually lies in preparation—thinking ahead to exactly what it will take to win in a given situation. In business, this kind of thinking translates into business planning. I have observed that—besides thorough preparation—successful business owners also invariably have a spirit of optimism and a personal and business vision that fuels their determination to keep going over the inevitable rough spots. My hope for you is that you will do more than just have success in business. My hope is that you will win in life itself—and building a successful business can be an important component of that success.

Education: 

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus, Glendale, Arizona.  Emphasis: Finance and Accounting.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Graduated with Honors in three Majors: History, International Affairs and Political Science.

High School Diploma

    • Joint Embassy School, Jakarta, Indonesia.  Honors.

Experience: 

Business Plans Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, President, 1999 – Present

      • Established a market research company providing business plans, marketing plans, feasibility studies, business management and operations consulting to existing and start-up companies.  Serve a wide variety of Hawaii businesses.

Starn O’Toole Law Corporation, Honolulu, Hawaii, Director of Marketing, 1996 -1998

      • Worked to structure and establish a new association of international corporate law firms. Responsible for research, databases, financial projections, promotional materials and website production.

Carlsmith Ball Wichman Case & Ichiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, Director of Marketing, 1993 – 1996

      • Created a marketing program targeting American, Pacific Islander, and Asian clients of a 120-attorney law firm with applicability to ten branch offices. Established benchmark marketing data and targets.

East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Research Assistant, 1993 – 1994

      • Worked with Visiting Fellow from Hebrew University to provide research and editorial support for a book on the role of risk in decision-making in cases of foreign military intervention. Contributed to six chapters.

Grant Thornton, CPA’s, Honolulu, Hawaii, Management Consultant, 1992 – 1993

      • Responsible for creating business plans, marketing plans and operational reviews for business clients, large and small, to improve financial and marketing results. Provided general consulting and conducted computer training.

Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., Research Officer, 1989 – 1991

      • Assisted in marketing $20 million per year of Australian defense and scientific equipment to public and private buyers in the United States. Prepared briefings on defense related industry policy and acquisition developments.

United States Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C., Program Officer, 1987 – 1989

      • Researched and wrote sector studies and participated in forums on foreign direct investment in South Asia.

Indonesian Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, Speech Writer, 1984 – 1986

      • Wrote and edited English language speeches, reports, and newsletters for the Indonesian Mission.

Harvey Research Associates Inc., Rabat, Morocco,  Business Researcher, 1983 – 1984

      • Researched commercial opportunities in Morocco. Summarized laws, customs, and business information sources.

Tokyo Center for Language, Oyama, Japan, Language Specialist, 1981 – 1983

      • Developed branch of a Tokyo-based language and image consulting company targeting multinational Japanese firms.

Languages:

 French: Highly Proficient     Japanese: Working Knowledge     Spanish: Rusty     Indonesian: Rustier

Computer Skills: 

Extensive IBM and Macintosh PC knowledge. Software proficiency includes Statistical Package for the Social  Sciences (SPSS) for market research and analysis, and a wide range of Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, and Graphic packages. Accounting Packages include QuickBooks Pro, One-Write Plus, Solomon, and Timeslips.  Research databases include Lexis, Westlaw, and adept in all things Google.