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June 20th Luncheon – A Six Month Report Card for Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation : RETURN OF THE 3 B’s
Hawai‘i Society of Business Professionals Lunch Partner
HSBP has “sequestered” our favorite political analysts and commentators, Dan Boylan, Richard Borreca and Jerry Burris, our 3 Bs, to tackle the topic of the effectiveness of Hawaii’s congressional delegation post Dan Inouye and Dan Akaka. With two new Senators, Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, a new representative, Tulsi Gabbard, and only one returnee, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, how is Hawaii’s Congressional delegation measuring up in the high stakes, rough and tumble environment of Washington, D. C.? Now that there is a contest between Hanabusa and Schatz, what can we expect in the days leading up to the primary election? And what does this all mean for the State of Hawaii? As usual, expect an engaging, entertaining, fun, lively and informative discussion.
Dan Boylan writes the “Mostly Politics” column for MidWeek. He is also the host of “Insights” on PBS-Hawaii where he moderates hot-button issues of importance to the State of Hawaii.
Richard Borreca writes the “On Politics” column for the Star-Advertiser.
Jerry Burris is the former Capitol Bureau Chief to the Honolulu Advertiser and currently a free-lance writer.
Hawai‘i Society of Business Professionals Lunch Partners:
Cloud computing has been described as “a sea change – a deep and permanent shift in how computer power is generated and consumed.” *
Whether or not it is a sea change, cloud computing — the delivery of computer resources, storage, applications or services over the internet – is a major change in how computer technology is delivered and paid for.
What are the key considerations in moving to the cloud? What are the business applications? These and other topics will be discussed in an open forum by our panel of speakers. This engaging session will cover:
- What elements of my business are ideal for using a Cloud? What elements are not?
- Do I have to purchase new equipment to use Cloud services?
- Can my employees do their work remotely, either from home or any remote location?
- How can the Cloud permit me to add more customers without adding more employees?
- What are the risks, threats and vulnerability of my business as a Cloud user?
Don’t throw caution to the winds (sorry – couldn’t resist!) – join us in learning about cloud computing from our panel of speakers:
Alfred (Fred) Rodi is the Founder and President of DRFortress, Hawaii’s leader cloud technology. He brings over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications and Internet datacenter industry having previous careers with Equinix and Sprint Hawaii. Fred graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.
James Pierce, is a Cloud Solution Architect at IBM and has over twenty years of experience in IT service management and delivery, including the design of global solutions spanning aerospace, retail, defense, finance, and utility industries. He also participates as an IBM Academic Ambassador speaking at universities about current IT topics and assists with curricula development within their computer science programs. He holds two Masters degrees- Masters of Science in Information Systems and Masters of Business Administration.
Seth M. Reiss is a Honolulu based lawyer providing intellectual property and technology legal services through his firm, Seth M. Reiss, AAL, ALLLC. He has a BA degree in Biology and Chemistry from New College of Florida, a MS degree in Biochemistry and a JD degree from the University of Hawai`i, and a LLM degree in International and Comparative law from the University of Cambridge in England. Seth’s practice emphasizes patent, trademark, copyright, technology and Internet law.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013- 25 HSBP members attended a boardroom visit at The Vintage Cave Honolulu. The entrance to The Cave is on the Coral parking level at Ala Moana Shopping Center. The brick framed entrance to the cave stands out and looks a little mysterious in the basement parking lot. We pressed the doorbell identified ourselves and were greeted and taken in an elevator to the “Investors Room”. Here we met Charles Yoshida, General Manager and Eddie Wakida, VP of Sales where they shared the story of the unique and beautiful cave.
The 15,000 square foot cave is built on the space that Shirokiya once used to store Sony and Panasonic products which they sold in their store. Designed by Karen Sakamoto, Principal Architect at Next Design and built by J. Kadowaki, Inc. the project cost approximately 20 million dollars. One of the unique design items is the bricks that were used for the interior of the cave. The 160,000 bricks were shipped from Pennsylvania and 10 brick layers from Romania were hired to install the brick. It took three months to complete the job.
After our briefing we toured the Dining Salon and Gallery Lounge which is filled with a vast and exquisite collection of art – many of which are from the Cave’s owner Takeshi Sekiguchi’s personal collection. The collection is changed every three months with other pieces from the collection. While in the lounge our guide pointed out a very rare bottle of 50 year old Macallan Scotch, most probably the only bottle in the State. This scotch is so rare that an ounce would cost you $5,000.
We also toured the Members Private Wine Cellar where members can rent one of the 500 storage units for the wine they purchase at The Cave. The Sommelier’s Court was our next stop where 3,000 bottles of wine are stored for consumption and purchase by members only. Ninety percent of the collection is California wine and the rest are French selections. Among the selections available are Opus and Screaming Eagle.
The Cave currently has about 120 members – 70 percent are Hawaii residents and the rest are from Asia. Membership is $50,000 or $500,000. The fee is used as a credit for dining excluding alcohol and does not have an expiration date. They are currently offering an introductory membership fee of $5,000. We all left with membership information packets. Let’s see who joins!