Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for weekly conversations with Hawaii's business community. Sponsored by ALTRES and hosted by Jo McGarry, this podcast will tell the story of business in Hawaii, and will address the challenges of adapting to an ever changing economy. The podcast will also serve as a valuable resource to anyone looking to grow their business, or hear the inside story of some of Hawaii’s most influential employers.
Connecting People with Aloha with Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines
Connecting people with aloha is so much more than a tagline, it is their core value. On this episode of the Voice of Business presented by Altres, Peter Ingram, President & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, shares his professional journey, having to ground airplanes during the early weeks of the pandemic, and how their award-winning corporate culture and values has been able to help the organization take flight, again, and bring back the joy of traveling.
“People really do want to be a part of something bigger.”
Peter Ingram has been a member of the Hawaiian Airlines leadership team for the past 17 years, the last four as President and CEO. Hawaiian Airline’s resilience is a testament to Peter’s steady hand during the global pandemic and his commitment to their airline’s 6,700 employees.
Episode #34: How to Stop the Brain Drain with Ben Ancheta, Inkinen
On this episode, Ben Ancheta, President of Inkinen, and Jo McGarry discuss tips on how businesses of all sizes can help recruit and retain top talent, stop the brain drain, and find people who can make a high impact on their organizations. Tune in to hear how you can apply their strategies to address your workforce shortages.
Ben is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Carleton College, and has been recognized both for his leadership as well as his commitment to our community. He was named a Pacific Century Fellow in 2010, an Omidyar Fellow in 2012, and one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20 in 2013.
Episode #33: Debits and Credits: Adding It All Up with Stacey Katakura, Accumulus
On this episode, Stacey Katakura, Founder & President of Accumulus, and Jo McGarry discuss cost savings tips and solutions through tax reductions this tax season, managing your gross profit margins and inventory, and transitioning to an outsourced cloud-based accounting services.
Stacey Katakura founded Accumulus in 2017. She is a licensed CPA in Hawaii and California and is a graduate of Kaiser High School and University of Southern California.
Episode #32: Celebrating Earth Day and Month with Caroline Carl, Hawai'i Energy
On this episode, Caroline Carl, Interim Executive Director of Hawai'i Energy, and Jo McGarry discuss how Hawai'i Energy is helping our state meet its clean energy goals before 2045. Despite current circumstances of inflation, rising fuel costs and the coal plant closure, Carl shares that there are many practical tips and solutions to increase cost savings and energy efficiencies for households and businesses. Tune in to hear how you can make smart energy choices and celebrate Earth Day and Earth month, every day and all year long.
Caroline Carl has been extensively involved in energy research initiatives in Hawaii for the past 15 years, designing and developing programs, and managing community outreach activities.
The L & L Legacy and American Dream with Elisia Flores
Elisia Flores joins the Voice of Business podcast to share what it is like being a female CEO and Vice Chair of Hawaii's favorite plate lunch restaurant and the daughter to the L&L founder and entrepreneur, Eddie Flores. As a second-generation business owner, even Elisia was tempted to not return to Hawaii and contribute to the "brain drain" after moving to the mainland for college and to begin her career. Ultimately, family and food brought her home and she is excited to lead the business into the next chapter with new menus, apps and locations.
Elisia Flores currently serves as CEO and Vice Chair of L&L Franchise, Inc. which has 210 restaurants across the country and in Japan. She is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the company and driving new growth initiatives. She has been instrumental in developing key partnerships to expand the L&L brand, strengthening the brand across markets and implementing national revenue generating programs for the franchises.
Prior to joining L&L, Ms. Flores worked for over 8 years at General Electric Company (GE) where she began as a corporate auditor responsible for significant audit and process improvements at GE Aviation, GE Corporate and overseas at GE Capital Interbanca (formerly an Italian Financial Services company).
Ms. Flores has served on the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) since December 2021. Since 2018, Ms. Flores has also served on the board of directors of American Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, and she is currently chair of the audit committee. In the community she serves on the board of Hawaii Pacific Health (one of Hawaii’s largest healthcare systems), Diamond Head Theatre, and the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Ms. Flores holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Southern California, and an Executive MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
From Reporting the News to Making News with Senator Glenn Wakai
Senator Glenn Wakai joins the Voice of Business podcast to share how his career in journalism led him to politics. After spending over 11 years reporting the news, he was inspired to take action and make a significant difference for our great state. In this meet your politician interview, Senator Wakai shares his common sense, bold economic diversity and recovery solutions for a post-pandemic environment, including the Aloha Stadium and innovative tourism ideas.
Glenn Wakai entered the world of public service in 2002 when he was elected to the State House of Representatives. He moved to the Senate in 2010 and is currently the Chairman of the Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism Committee. He is the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees.
Prior to politics, Glenn spent 11 years in television news. His reporting career began in Guam and he later moved to Saipan to build a TV station from scratch. He returned to Hawaii in 1995 to become a reporter for KHON FOX2 and KHNL News 8.
Glenn graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Journalism and Sociology, and also has a minor in Business Administration.
Outside of the Capitol, Glenn runs his own Public Relations firm, High Impact Communications and is also President of Reach out Pacific (REPAC), a non-profit which takes surplus medical and educational supplies to Micronesia.
Glenn is on the board of Aloha Medical Mission and the Japanese Cultural Center.