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• Kodani named Kaua‘i field rep for Schatz • Koloa Rum Company names Gunter CEO • Koloa Rum Company names Iverson CFO • Four new Lana‘i execs have ties to Kaua‘i
• Kodani named Kaua‘i field rep for Schatz
LIHU‘E — Clyde Kodani, president and CEO of Kodani & Associates Engineers LLC, has been selected as the Kaua‘i field representative for Hawai‘i Sen. Brian Schatz to help his office interact with local communities.
• Koloa Rum Company names Gunter CEO
KALAHEO — The Board of Directors of Koloa Rum Company named Robert M. “Bob” Gunter as President and CEO.
Gunter recently served as KRC’s president, with full responsibility for all operations, including its subsidiary Hawaiian Fruit Specialties.
As chief operations officer, he was instrumental in designing, constructing, permitting and commissioning KRC’s primary production facility in Kalaheo, initial product development, commencement of bottling operations and the opening of the Tasting Room & Company Store at Kilohana Plantation in Lihu‘e.
“Bob has consistently demonstrated his strong leadership and business acumen in driving our organization over the past five years,” said Robert Weist, chairman and board member. “Bob possesses vast knowledge, deep understanding of our company and an entrepreneurial spirit that will continue to have tremendous impact on our success going-forward.”
“Bob’s proven track record of accomplishment is based-on a solid foundation,” said Christopher Wolf, board member and former acting CEO. “His experience, depth of industry knowledge and proven leadership ability are strong assets, and I am pleased that we are now able to fill this critically important and strategic role with such an extremely talented business leader.”
“I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to continue building on the remarkable growth and success that has been achieved over the past five years,” said Gunter.
He said the innovation, entrepreneurship and dedication of KRC’s employees, combined with a strong portfolio of outstanding products, gives him great confidence that KRC is on a winning path.
“Going forward, we will continue to develop exciting new products, expand distribution and sales in local, domestic and international markets and establish strategic relationships and alliances needed to realize our full-potential,” Gunter said.
Prior to joining KRC in 2008, Mr. Gunter was operations manager with Sandwich Islands Distilling Corporation and vice president of operations with Hawaiian Islands Spirits, Inc., on Maui. He was also formerly an employee relations supervisor, AMFAC Sugar for the Lihu‘e Plantation and director of human resources with the Citizen’s Utilities Company in the Kaua‘i Electric Division.
Gunter has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and holds a certification as a professional in human resources.
• Koloa Rum Company names Iverson CFO
KALAHEO — Koloa Rum Company named Alicia Iverson as Chief Financial Officer.
As CFO, Iverson will serve as a member of Koloa Rum Company’s Leadership Team and report directly to KRC President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Gunter.
In this expanded role, Iverson will manage the financial affairs of KRC, primarily through the analyses of operations and providing information and recommendations for KRC’s financial activities.
“Since joining Koloa Rum Company as controller in 2008, Alicia’s business leadership, expertise and broad financial experience have greatly benefited our organization,” Gunter said. “The commitment, focus and value that she brings on a daily basis strengthen our organization measurably as we strive to reach our growth and development plans in Hawaii and beyond.”
Iverson is fully-responsible for the overseeing the KRC’s manufacturing, wholesale and retail finance and accounting functions, including the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, seasonal budgets, forecasts, internal controls, payroll, economic strategy, and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau compliance and requisite government filings.
Her previous employment includes serving as vice president of accounting for Charter Sports in Vail, Colo., and as controller for Global Van Lines, Inc., in Orange, Calif.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.
• Four new Lana‘i execs have ties to Kaua‘i
LANA‘I CITY — Lynn McCrory was named vice president of government affairs with Lana‘i Resorts LLC, owned by Larry Ellison.
McCrory was part-owner and president of Pahio Development Inc. on Kaua‘i, and served as president and CEO of Pahio Resorts Inc., where she managed time-share resorts in Hawai‘i, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
Arlan Chun was named vice president of development and construction on Lana‘i.
A former executive with developers OliverMcMillan and DMB Associates, Chun served as director of residential and amenity development for DMB Associates Inc./Kukui‘ula Development Co. LLC for the 1,010-acre Kukui‘ula luxury residential development on Kaua‘i’s South Shore.
Kepa Maly was named vice president of culture and historic preservation on Lana‘i. Maly’s spouse, Onaona Pomroy Maly, is from Kaua‘i.
The couple founded Kumu Pono Associates LLC and worked with the Lana‘i community to establish the nonprofit Lana‘i Culture & Heritage Center, with Kepa serving as executive director.
Lesley Kaneshiro was named vice president of finance.
Kaneshiro was CEO of the inter-island airline Island Air, which offers service to Kaua‘i, also served as the carrier’s chief financial officer, vice president of finance and controller.
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