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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Trade winds

Advertiser Staff

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Cameron Nekota has been hired as vice president of D.R. Horton – Schuler Division. He will oversee the land use entitlement process for Ho'opili, a proposed master-planned community in West O'ahu.

He was most recently development project manager for Aina Nui Corporation and Kapolei Property Development. He is also a former Honolulu deputy prosecuting attorney.


Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties has hired David Glab as IT director. He is responsible for building computer-based systems that reflect the high state of technical sophistication consistent with CBP's needs. Further, he ensures the security of the company's systems.


Barbara Watanabe has been appointed executive director of the Women's Fund of Hawai'i. She was most recently executive director of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center project on Maui, where she oversaw design, development and a capital campaign.

Women's Fund of Hawai'i is a grant-making organization that focuses on helping women and girls in Hawai'i become financially secure, safe and empowered.


KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, has hired Alton Murakami as senior manager of its Honolulu office. He has more than 10 years of tax experience in public accounting and private industry, most recently as vice president, legal counsel and director of tax for Central Pacific Bank. He is co-author of the publication Taxes of Hawaii for 2009 and 2010.


Design Partners Inc., an architectural planning and design firm, has promoted Clarissa Santoki from project architect to associate. She will lead her design team and oversee mid-to-large-scale projects.

Santoki joined DPI in 1994 as an intern before being promoted to project manager and then project architect.


Brandi Buehn and Kevin Hallstrom have joined the law firm of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher as associates.

Buehn concentrates in the areas of complex commercial litigation and business law.

Hallstrom was a board member of the University of Hawai'i Law Review, as well as outside articles editor and writer.


RevoluSun has hired Gregg Murphy as project developer. He will help residential customers find the best solar systems and financing options for their needs. Murphy has 12 years of solar experience and has lived in a solar-powered home for 11 years.


Polynesian Adventure Tours has appointed Margie Lehman director of inside sales. She will manage the reservations call center, group sales department and Neighbor Island reservation operators.

She was most recently director of sales and marketing for Planet Hollywood in Waikīkī.


Leigh Drewry has joined 21st Century Group as an account director. She will develop accounts that will use the company's hotel site selection services. She was formerly employed at the Ihilani Resort & Spa, Ritz-Carlton on the Big Island and the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui.

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