Jun 27 2010
Each year the Pacific Business News recognizes the up and coming community leaders and entrepreneurs in Hawaii. The catch is they all have to be outstanding individuals and also under the age of forty. This year I nominated my fantastic friend Simone Perez and I am proud to call two other nominees as friends – Chenoa Farnsworth and Brandee Faria.
Held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki, more than 300 hundred people gathered to enjoy drinks and nibbles to celebrate the 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Class.
The nominees were selected among hundreds of applicants as forty exceptional, business professionals in the state. This prestigious group is comprised of Hawaii’s emerging leaders, politicians and community activists – the who’s who among the Aloha State.
KHON2 Sports Director Kanoa Leahey did a great job as the host of the event, humorously joking that he is still waiting for someone to nominate him for Top 40 Under 40. After each nominee was introduced with a photo of them as a child, the two big awards were announced.
John Leong, President/Executive Director of Pono Pacific LLC and Kupu was named as the 2010 Bank of Hawaii Community Leader of the Year. Than David Chang, President and CEO of Wealthbridge Inc. and Power H20 was recognized as the 2010 Pacific Business News Young Leader of the Year.
Closing remarks were given by Layla Dedrick, CEO of Bella Pietra and the 2009 Pacific Business News Young Leader of the Year. She referred back to comments made earlier in the evening about Hawaii’s brain drain and she stated that in this room we have Hawaii’s best talent – Hawaii’s brain trust. Layla ended the night on a hilarious note by inviting Kanoa back up to the podium and crowning him as “Mr. Top 40 Under 40”.
Mary Beth Lohman, Publisher of the Pacific Business News and her team again delivered a great event. On a personal note, it was worth missing part 3 of The Real Housewives of New York reunion! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTO GALLERYPrint