People on the Move for Sunday, November 23, 2008

• Veteran journalist signs on with Grassroot Institute

• Makai Properties lands a new agent

The following individuals recently launched a business, were appointed to a leadership position or honored for their work in the business community:

Veteran journalist signs on with Grassroot Institute

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has notched up its government transparency efforts by engaging the services of a 30-year-veteran investigative reporter and producer. Don Ray, a multimedia journalist, public records specialist and author has joined the Institute to monitor and write about waste, fraud, and abuse in Hawai‘i state and local government.

Ray began his investigative career with the United States Postal Inspection Service as a mail fraud analyst in the early 1970s. In 1978, he left government service and became part of the investigative news team at the NBC-owned television station in Burbank, California. Next, he worked as an investigative producer/reporter for the Public Broadcasting station in Phoenix, Arizona, before returning to produce investigative segments for KCBS, KNBC and KCAL television stations in Los Angeles. For a decade, Ray ran his own investigative news service whose clients included “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “Dateline NBC” and dozens of other television and radio stations, wire services and newspapers. He has won awards for his work in both print and broadcast.

“I’m eager to roll up my pant legs and wade into the oceans of government records here in Hawai‘i,” Ray said.

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Makai Properties lands a new agent

Last year Bruce Savage sold his business of 29 years, Savage & Sweet Air Freight Deliveries, to Garden Island Courier. His goal in those 29 years was to bring honest and reliable service to the people and businesses of Kaua‘i. After leaving Savage & Sweet, Bruce started working with his wife, Colette, in her business, The Wine Garden, in Puhi, and entered real estate school. Earlier this year he earned his license to sell real estate in Hawai‘i.

 He is now a part of one of the most respected real estate firms in the state, Makai Properties, in Poipu.

At Makai, Bruce intends to bring that same commitment to honesty and reliability to the people of Kaua‘i in assisting them with the buying or selling of their home.


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