Our Team

 

Executive Board

Steve Sue

Steve Sue

CHAIRMAN

Steve is “Chief Lemon Head” at Lemonade Alley and has a hand in making all Bizgenics programs. He’s also a social venturer, technologist and education specialist. His first career was as a conceptual designer with works in a number of industries. For more, see stevesue.com

Myron Nakata

Myron Nakata

Secretary & Exec Board

Myron is a co-founder of Lemonade Alley, has decades of business experience and sits on numerous boards including Aloha Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, Aloha Chapter Boy Scouts, Hawaii Council for Economic Education and the Family Business Center of Hawaii.

Tim Caminos

Tim Caminos

Treasurer & Exec Board

Tim is a Hawaii-based entrepreneur, Co-Founder of SaaS Ventures, a software development and digital marketing agency. His background includes business development, software development, public relations and digital marketing.

Board of Directors

Executive Board plus these distinguised individuals

Aaron Okamoto

Aaron Okamoto

Board Member

Aaron is the General Manager of American Carpet One. In his downtime, he contributes to non-profits like Bizgenics and is instrumental in reeling in prizes and donations for Lemonade Alley.

Amber Lethem

Amber Lethem

Board Member

Amber is a professional sales coach and recipient of Southwestern Consulting’s #1 Organizational Business Builder Award worldwide in 2015. As a top salesperson and business builder, Amber lives the statement “Lead by Example.”

Danford Oshima

Danford Oshima

Board Member

Danford is Senior VP & Manager of Corporate Banking at American Savings Bank. Prior positions include VP at City Bank, and VP & Corporate Banking Officer at First Hawaiian Bank. Dan serves as Trustee to The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, Advisory Board member of The Salvation Army – Hawaii Region and Director at large & of The Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii.

Dennis Burns

Dennis Burns

Board Member

Dennis is one of the founding fathers of Lemonade Alley, covering and promoting the story through video storytelling. Dennis is a seasoned veteran of both TV and film production as the founder and owner of Pacific Focus, a video production firm, and 1013 Integrated Branding, a creative agency.

Jim Tam

Jim Tam

Board Member

Jim is a retired attorney with two and a half years at the Hawai’i Supreme Court and 45 years of practice in several law firms including roles as Managing Director at Ezra O’Connor & Moon and attorney at Char, Sakamoto, Ishii, Lum & Ching. Jim also supports numerous non-profits including serving as President of Hale Kipa and Friends of Hickam, Board Member of Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Friends of The Waikiki Aquarium.

Unyong Nakata

Unyong Nakata

BOARD MEMBER

Unyong is the Operations Integrator & Enterprise Marketing Director at Y. Hata & Co. Ltd. She also serves on boards including Bizgenics Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Young Professionals Program, and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.

Advisory Board

Alice Inoue

Alice Inoue

Advisory Board Member

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.

Creighton Liu

Creighton Liu

Advisory Board Member

Creighton is the Director of Strategic Planning for Hawaii Electric Industries. He has a track record of supporting the community and providing strategic advice to enable organizations such as Bizgenics Foundation to better serve the community.

Elena Farden

Elena Farden

Advisory Board Member

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.

Ellise Fujii

Ellise Fujii

Advisory Board Member

Ellise Fujii is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council which serves nearly 11,000 Scouts on Oahu, Kauai, and Hawai’i 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 for-profit clients in hospitality, restaurant, real estate, and retail as well as to non-profit organizations serving Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.

Elroy Abe

Elroy Abe

Advisory Board Member

Elroy is the Vice President and Branch Manager of First Foundation Bank. His background of over 15 years in banking has been focused on providing exceptional client service and being actively involved in the community in Hawaii.

Harvey Rackmil

Harvey Rackmil

Advisory Board Member

Harvey is responsible for financial reporting and analysis for HonBlue Inc. and its divisions including Electric Pencil, Jet Graphics, Zoombis and Brue. Harvey is an active philanthropist with a long track record of supporting many of Hawaii’s community organizations.

Ian Bigelow

Ian Bigelow

Advisory Board Member

Ian is Senior VP 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.

Kaveh Abhari

Kaveh Abhari

Advisory Board Member

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 Serrano

Leschon Serrano

Advisory Board Member

Leschon is Senior IT Project Manager for Kamehameha Schools. She also operates TheGr8Commission, a non-profit organization that provides networking and sharing economy website for service volunteers. Leschon was born in Chicago, raised in Texas, and currently resides in Honolulu.

Louise K.Y. Ing

Louise K.Y. Ing

Advisory Board Member

Louise is a Partner at Dentons, practicing litigation/dispute resolution in business, employment, real estate, intellectual property, construction, receivership, creditors’ rights, matters. She was one of the founding partners of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, which combined with Dentons in 2018. She is a past president of Hawai’i State Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Foundation. She serves on boards including Child & Family Service, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, UH Foundation, Island Holdings, Bizgenics Foundation.

Mark Loughridge

Mark Loughridge

Advisory Board Member

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 Campaniano

Robin Campaniano

Advisory Board Member

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. Robin 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.

Administration

Riz Rahman

Riz Rahman

Chief Technology Officer

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.

Minette Lew-McCabe

Minette Lew-McCabe

Program Producer

Minette brings experience in program & business development, marketing and fundraising. Formerly a fundraiser for Kupu, Minette helps Bizgenics programs on a part time basis with a full time position in regional funding for Red Cross.  

Kimee Balmilero

Kimee Balmilero

Program Director

Leschon is Senior IT Project Manager for Kamehameha Schools. She also operates TheGr8Commission, a non-profit organization that provides networking and sharing economy website for service volunteers. Leschon was born in Chicago, raised in Texas, and currently resides in Honolulu.

Brannon Yamauchi

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. With a millennial mindset, he is innately adept at managing social media. 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

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.