75th Annual Member Meeting Luncheon and Morning Seminar - Guest Speakers

(Listed in Alphabetical Order)


Howard Dicus, "Chief Explainer," Hawaii News Now

Howard reported for Pacific Business News from 2001 through 2007.  Since 2007 he has been “Chief Explainer” for  HawaiiNewsNow Sunrise.  His reports also air on Hawaii Public Radio where he does a weekend classical music  show called “Howard's Day Off.”


Donna Hartley, Author, Motivational Speaker

Donna transforms lives and electrifies her audiences worldwide with her storytelling.  She is a master speaker who has been featured on PBS, NBC, and ABC and in The New York Times.  Sharing her story of surviving three life-changing events, she transports audiences to living in the moment and knowing the truth.  She passes on her wisdom and strategies to help others blast through invisible walls limiting them so they, too, can become unstoppable.   

She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and previously served as Miss Hawaii.  She is a member of the National Speakers Association and the owner of Hartley International.  She is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition!, Fire Up Your Healing! and the Healing Meditation CD and Insights Workbook.


John Komeji, President and General Manager, Hawaiian Telcom

John is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Hawaiian Telcom’s operations and corporate staff.  He previously served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, responsible for the company’s day-to-day business operations.  His Administrative Services organization included the External Affairs, Government Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology Systems & Order Management Systems, Legal, Project Management & Delivery, and Support Services teams.  He joined the company in July 2008.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, John served as senior partner at Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP. His practice focused on the litigation of complex commercial, personal injury, and professional liability matters.


Neil Sullivan, Principal Consultant, The Table Group, A Patrick Lencioni Company

Neil leverages his 25+ years of corporate and non-profit experience to help CEOs and executive teams perform at their highest levels.  He has introduced The Table Group’s concepts to hundreds of teams over the years and is dedicated to helping executive teams break down barriers, eliminate politics, and increase focus, so they can reach their fullest potential.

Prior to partnering with The Table Group, Neil held various executive management roles within technology companies, including EDS, Genpact, and Ellie Mae. He has also worked with boutique consulting firms, focused on driving profitability within finance, technology, manufacturing, and retail.  Neil attended the University of California, Berkeley, and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and also maintains an office in Honolulu, HI.


Toby Taniguchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, KTA Superstores

Toby became the President & Chief Operating Officer in 2014, and has worked for KTA since 1996.  He is actively involved in public service and non-profit organizations.  He is the Chairman of the Hawaii County Fire Commission, and he has also served as Chairman for the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island and Hawaii Island United Way, Food Basket Hawaii.  In addition to being the Capital Campaign Chairman of the Hawaii Japanese Center, he also sits on the Board of Directors for the Food Basket Hawaii Island and Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Toby is a Pacific Century Fellow (Class of 2003), and was recognized twice by Hawaii Business Magazine, as a “40 Under Forty” (2003) and “20 for the Next 20” (2010).  He received a B.S. degree from the University of Portland, and a Certificate in Food Industry Management from the University of Southern California.


Beth Whitehead, Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer, American Savings Bank

Beth champions American Savings Bank’s employee experience with the goal of creating a great place to work.  She leads the bank’s Employee Excellence Council, a group that focuses on creating and enhancing the “ultimate employee experience.”  Under her leadership, the bank has been recognized as a Hawaii Business Magazine “Best Place to Work” for nine consecutive years, from 2010 to 2018, including as a winner in the large company category in 2015.  In addition, Beth is responsible for ASB’s Human Resources, Learning and Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Security teams.

Beth is currently spearheading the planning and construction of the brand new ASB Campus in downtown Honolulu. Currently under construction, the Campus will bring together approximately 660 teammates from five locations on O‘ahu in an innovative, collaborative workplace.







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