Founded in 1870, Alexander & Baldwin was one of the “Big Five” companies of Hawaii’s plantation era and it continues to be a force in Hawaii today with new acquisitions and projects. We will hear from Christopher J. Benjamin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., on the strategies behind three of A & B’s recent transactions: the purchase of residential properties in Kahala from Genshiro Kawamoto, the acquisition of windward properties from Kaneohe Ranch and the acquisition of construction company Grace Pacific. What do these transactions mean for A & B and what do they mean for our community?
Co-presenting will be George Morvis, A & B Vice President of Corporate Development; Jeff Pauker, A & B Properties Project Manager- Acquisitions; and Lance Parker, A & B Properties Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Dispositions.
As COO and President, Chris Benjamin oversees the operations of A&B Properties and A&B’s Agribusiness operations. Prior to joining A&B, he held positions with General Motors Corporation, Sony Corporation, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and The Queen’s Health Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.
Scientists are racingto perfect greener sources of energy to improve the environment and reduce dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Some
predict a hydrogen economy. Others say solar is the way to go. Liquefied Natural Gas? Home owners are eager to install PV systems. Government regulations need to catch up with evolving technology and public demands. We tend to take electricity for granted while grumbling about the bill.
We will hear about HECO’s strategies for providing cheaper, reliable and environmentally sound energy to our homes and businesses, and about the future of Hawaiian Electric as a company from two HECO executives who are on the front line.
Colton Ching, Vice President of Energy Delivery, leads a team of 600 employees responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of Hawaiian Electric’s transmission and distribution infrastructure. He was previously HECO’s vice president for operations and planning, and HECO’s manager for corporate planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Scott Seu, Vice President of Energy Resources and Operations, is responsible for the operation of HECO’s system on a daily basis and the acquisition of renewable energy. He has both a Bachelor and Master of
Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.