Economist Laney, boss Dods to address Chamber membership

Dr. Leroy Laney, economics consultant for First Hawaiian Bank, presents a Kaua’i economic outlook at the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce’s third-quarter general membership meeting, sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank and set for Thursday, Sept. 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Po’ipu.

The charge is $39 for Chamber members, $44 for Chamber members after Monday, Sept. 23, and $49 for all others, and includes dinner.

Walter A. Dods, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, will also offer some remarks.

To register and for more information, please call 245-7363, fax 245-8815, or e-mail info@kauaichamber.org.

Laney, most recently an economics professor at Hawaii Pacific University, has spent much of his adult life in college classrooms, either teaching or being taught.

He holds a doctorate degree in philosophy of economics from the University of Colorado, where he has also taught and attained a master’s degree in economics.

Also, he holds a master’s degree in business administration, finance and accounting, from Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech.

He has taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the University of Texas Arlington and Dallas campuses, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At Butler University in Indianapolis, he taught economics and finance, and was chair of the Finance Department.

Previously chief economist at First Hawaiian Bank, Laney has extensive experience in national and international finance, and has written and edited many First Hawaiian Bank economic publications, as well as articles in professional journals.

Laney is also a former member of the state Council on Revenues, a group of economists charged with predicting state revenues for governmental planning purposes.

A member of the American Economic Association, Western Economic Association and National Association of Business Economists, Laney is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and is married with two grown sons.

Dods, a product of St. Louis High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is chairman and chief executive officer of both BancWest Corporation (formerly First Hawaiian, Inc.) and First Hawaiian Bank.

Vice chairman of the board of Bank of the West and a trustee of the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon, the fourth-largest private landowner in Hawai’i, Dods also served as national president of the American Bankers Association, after serving in other leadership positions with the ABA.

He sits on the boards of BancWest Corporation, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of the West, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Inc., and other local companies.

BancWest is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas of France.

Hawai’i chairman of the Japan-Hawaii Economic Council, Dods is also on the Board of Governors of Chaminade University of Honolulu, and has won numerous local and national awards.

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