Steve Sue, Chairman
Steve is “Chief Lemon Head” at Lemonade Alley and Project Lemon Tree as well as the creator of Bizgenics Foundation. While most of his time is dedicated to Bizgenics, he’s also a Co-Founder of SaaS Ventures, a software development company and Co-Founder of RankHI, a digital marketing agency. His career includes 25 years as a story expert, conceptualist and startup guy in entertainment, hospitality, food service, retail, product and software. To ensure that Bizgenics programs remain relevant, Steve serves on a number of advisory boards including the National Ecosystem Advisory Council (EAC) for the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP), Hawai’iloa EcosySTEM Cabinet, A’o Aloha Social Emotional Learning Collaborative, Hawai’i State Workforce Development Council, James Campbell High School Academy Advisory Board and Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai’i. Steve also mentors at Aloha Chapter, Scouting BSA (Steve is an Eagle Scout), UH Entrepreneurs and Blue Startups. For more, see stevesue.com
Myron Nakata, Secretary & Executive Board Member
Myron is a co-founder of Lemonade Alley and owner of LeiHut.com, an online store of Hawaii products. He is also a shareholder of BizGym.com. Myron has decades of experience in a variety of businesses as an owner, investor and operator. He currently helps out with multiple non-profits including being the Chair for the Aloha Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, as well as a board member for the Boy Scouts, Hawaii Council for Economic Education and the Family Business Center of Hawaii.
Tim Caminos is a Hawaii-based entrepreneur, CEO of SuperGeeks, an IT company, Co-Founder of SaaS Ventures, a software development company and Co-Founder of RankHI, a full service digital marketing agency. His background includes business development, software development, public relations and digital marketing.
Unyong is the Executive Director of Development for the UH Foundation – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Unyong leads the Shidler Advancement Team that manages alumni relations, fundraising, communications, events, and stewardship. The first in her family to attend College and with scholarship assistance no less, Unyong’s professional journey has great personal meaning. Unyong was recognized in 2014 as Pacific Business News’ class of “Forty Under 40,” in 2015 as the “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year” by the AFP – Aloha Chapter, and in 2018 as Pacific Business News’ “Women Who Mean Business” Leader and Hawaii Business Magazine’s “20 for the next 20.” Unyong is proud to serve on the boards of the Bizgenics Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Young Professionals Program, and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.
Aaron is the General Manager of American Carpet One. In his downtime he likes to contribute to non-profit organizations like Bizgenics. In pursuit of a better Lemonade Alley experience for keiki, Aaron reached out to the community, and reeled in prizes and donations for the program!
Amber is a professional sales coach at Southwestern Consulting, and recipient of the #1 Organizational Business Builder Award worldwide in 2015. As a top salesperson and business builder, Amber lives the statement “Lead by Example.” While a sophomore in college, she began her sales career with Southwestern Advantage selling educational resources door-to-door. She consistently averaged over an 85-hour workweek, building her business in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
Danford Oshima joined American Savings Bank in 2003 and is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Banking department. He previously was a Vice President at City Bank as well as First Hawaiian Bank where he spent most of his career (1982-2000) with his last role as Vice President, Corporate Banking Officer. Dan is a graduate of Damien Memorial High School, Loyola Marymount University, and Pacific Coast Banking School. Dan currently serves as a Trustee for The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, as Advisory Board member of The Salvation Army – Hawaii Region and as Director at large and Treasurer of The Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Inc. . Dan also previously served on the boards of the Arthritis Foundation and the Construction Financial Management Association.
Dennis Burns, Board Member
Dennis is a seasoned veteran of both TV and film production. While his shooting credits are long, he’s also a founder and owner of Pacific Focus (a video production firm), 1013 Integrated Branding (a creative agency) and Visitor Video (a hotel in-room channel that services over 24,000 hotel rooms in Hawai‘i). Dennis is also one of the founding fathers of Lemonade Alley, having bent here from the start to cover and promote the story through video storytelling.
Jim Tam is local born from the island of Maui, a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University Law School and has dedicated over 45 years as an accomplished lawyer. Throughout Mr. Tam’s career, he served two and a half years at the Supreme Court, later becoming a partner in several law firms, including 17 years at Ezra O’Connor & Moon as the Managing Director from 1992 to 2000 and most recently joining Char, Sakamoto, Ishii, Lum & Ching in 2014. As a philanthropist, Mr. Tam reserves time to support numerous non-profit organizations. To name a few, positions range from President of Hale Kipa and Friends of Hickam, to servings as a Board Member of Honolulu Theatre for Youth and The Friends of The Waikiki Aquarium, all while finding time to serve 8 additional organizations.
Alice is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happiness University. She is an expert life guide, and author of six nationally award-winning books on life wisdom, self-growth and happiness. She has two columns, one in MidWeek titled “A Mindful Moment,” and and an award-winning column in the Sunday Star-Advertiser called “Go Ask Alice” that offers pertinent life guidance. Through Happiness U, she helps both companies and individuals develop positive mindsets in order to live more inspired in both their professional and private lives. yourhappinessu.com
Elena is the Executive Director at the Native Hawaiian Education Counsel. NHEC’s mission is to Coordinate, Assess, and Report & Make Recommendations’ on the effectiveness of existing education programs for Native Hawaiians, the state of present Native Hawaiian education efforts, and improvements that may be made to existing programs, policies and procedures to improve the educational attainment of Native Hawaiians. Elena is a true blue Ka‘imukī townie and an aficionado of 80’s rap lyrics. You’ll find her scouring the streets and social media for the best homegrown fashion Polynesia has to offer, with her daughter in tow.
Ellise Fujii, Advisory Board Member
Ellise Fujii is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council. The Honolulu-based Aloha Council serves nearly 11,000 Scouts on Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, as well as American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Prior to joining the Aloha Council, she provided development, marketing, and public relations consulting services to a broad range of for-profit clients in the hospitality, restaurant, real estate, and retail sectors; as well as non-profit organizations serving Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.
Harvey is responsible for financial reporting and analysis for HONBLUE Inc.which includes its divisions Electric Pencil, Jet Graphics, Zoombis and Brue. Further, Harvey is an active philanthropist with a track record of selfless donations to support Hawaii’s communities.
Ian is the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Operations at Locations Hawaii Real Estate. Ian is responsible for identifying and creating strategic business development opportunities and acquisitions, in addition to overseeing the operations of our subsidiary business lines, including Property Management and other key business initiatives.
Dr. Abhari is committed to digital transformation and data-driven applications for social innovation, open entrepreneurship, and alternative education. He founded STEMD2 R&D Group to support STEM education in underserved communities and led federally-funded research projects in professional development, connectivist learning, and mathematics education. Dr. Abhari is an Assistant Professor of MIS at Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University. He has a Ph.D. in Communication & Information Sciences with interdisciplinary backgrounds in Business and Engineering.
Leschon is currently working as a Senior IT Project Manager for Kamehameha Schools and building a non-profit organization called TheGr8Commission which will provide a networking and sharing economy website for service volunteers. Leschon was born in Chicago, raised in Texas, and currently resides in Honolulu.
Partner at Dentons, practicing litigation/dispute resolution in business, employment, real estate, intellectual property, construction, receivership, creditors’ rights, matters. One of the founding partners of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, which combined with Dentons in 2018. Past president of Hawai’i State Bar Association, Hawaii State Bar Foundation. Board service: Child & Family Service, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, UH Foundation, Island Holdings, Bizgenics Foundation Advisory Bd.
Mark is the Director of the CASE Center for Entrepreneurship at Punahou School. He was also a co-founder of Foundation 9 Entertainment (F9E), which grew to be the largest independent game developer in the world. During his 11+ years in growing this business, Mr. Loughridge oversaw the creative direction of the company, spearheaded new product development, and provided leadership on strategic planning. Mr. Loughridge sold his stake in 2006 and now invests in a variety of projects, with a particular interest in educational innovations and technologies that foster creativity.
Robin served as President and CEO of the AIG Hawaii Insurance Company Family of Companies. He was Insurance Commissioner for the State of Hawaii, District Director and Counsel for the SBA’s Honolulu Office, and practiced law in the private and public sectors. Campaniano also engages with Hawaii based non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, organizational structure. He also mentors, counsels and coaches within the organizations with which he is engaged, as well as with individuals throughout the state.
Riz is a serial entrepreneur, product designer and software development manager with 20 years of international-standard software production experience. With a major in computer science and a minor in AI, he first coded and sold his first commercial software when he was in high school. Riz leads our international software development team, and has architected, engineered and delivered numerous successful products. His interests lie in building scalable, fault-tolerant, high-traffic, intelligent platforms. When he is not doing anything tech, he loves to read and travel.
Kimee Balmilero, Program Director
Hawaii born actor Kimee Balmilero’s professional credits include: The 3X Emmy Nominated series “Hi-5,” the Original Broadway Cast of “Mamma Mia,” “Miss Saigon,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and “Magnum PI.” While working in NYC and LA for 15+ years, she studied improv & sketch comedy at the famed Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Since moving back to Hawaii in 2012, Kimee founded and is the “Head Sillypino” of improvhi a company and website dedicated to sketch and improv comedy in Hawaii. In March 2015, she created and produced the first ever Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater.
Brannon Yamauchi, Historian & Videographer
Brannon has been a photography enthusiast since he was in high school, and was acknowledged by the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards for his work in the past. Since coming aboard Bizgenics, he has immersed himself in other facets of the arts, and excels in videography as well as user interface (UI) designing for Bizgenics apps. With a millennial mindset, he is innately adept at managing social media. This also strongly comes to his advantage when creating UI designs for the foundation’s web apps such as BizzyB.com. In the future, Brannon sees himself broadening his artistic potentials in synergy with innovation. He believes Bizgenics Foundation is the place to elevate and achieve his aspirations.
John LeBlanc, Web Director
John is a veteran web technologist who has built huge sites right from the start of the Internet. He also sports a deep background in music, television and video production. He currently focused on helping businesses and individuals establish a solid, concise, secure and easily maintainable online presence by combining existing day-to-day business operations with simple & modular web publishing tools, e-commerce, social media, open source software, slick APIs, localization, scalable hosting and compassionate tech support.