The University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business celebrated four distinguished business leaders and alumni at its 2021 Hall of Honor Awards held virtually on Thursday, October 7.
The 2021 inductees are:
- Sherry Menor-McNamara, JD / MBA ’05, President and CEO of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce: Menor-McNamara was appointed President and CEO of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Under his leadership, the chamber won the 2018 Association of Chamber of Commerce State Award. Chamber of the Year, and in 2019, two national awards from the Council of State Chambers. Menor-McNamara is the youngest and first female president and CEO in the organization’s 172-year history, as well as the first Asian to head a state chamber of commerce in the country. She has received many accomplishments and accolades during her career, including graduating from the Omidyar Fellows Leadership Program in 2016; represent the United States in the Korea Foundation’s Distinguished People in Economics program in 2015; recognition as “Top 10 People to Watch” by Pacific Business News in 2014; and be inducted as a laureate in the 2014 class of the Junior Achievement of Hawaii Hall of Fame.
- Elliot Mills, BBA ’93, Vice President, Hotel Operations at Disneyland Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Mills is vice president of hotel operations for Disneyland Resort and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. In his role, he oversees all operations of the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, California, as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina. Mills is a true backbone of the Hawaii travel industry, having worked in resort management for over 25 years. He began his career at Disney in 2010 as an integral leader in opening Aulani Resort, helping to develop the culture and values in which Aulani Resort’s cast members thrive. The station flourished under his unwavering leadership, receiving several prestigious industry awards, including the Travel + Leisure 2017 World’s Best Hotels and Resorts for Families and Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 for the best resorts in Hawai’i. Mills gives back to the Hawaiian community as a board member for Hawai’i Pacific Health, HMSA, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Hawai’i Community Foundation. In 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Kamehameha Schools.
- Shannon Okinaka, BBA ’96, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Airlines. Okinaka was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Airlines in May 2015. Prior to her current role, she was Senior Vice President and Interim CFO since January 2015. Okinaka joined the company as Senior Managing Director. of Sarbanes – Oxley Compliance and Special Projects before being promoted to Vice President-Controller in 2011. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, she worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and Coopers & Lybrand / PricewaterhouseCoopers. Okinaka gives back to the community by serving on the board of directors of the Japanese Honolulu Chamber of Commerce and the Island Insurance Company. She is also appointed to the Hawai’i State Workforce Development Council.
- Anthony wong, BBA ’83, CEO and Founder of Creative Eateries Pte Ltd. Wong is the CEO and founder of Creative Eateries in Singapore. To date, he has created 17 different restaurant concepts and two catering branches in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. With 36 years of experience under his sleeve, Wong is a leading player in the Singapore food and beverage scene. He recently celebrated the opening of his new restaurant, the Barossa Bar & Grill, and received the Angliss Singapore Restaurateur of the Year award in 2021 by the World Gourmet Summit. His community service work includes Crossing Café, an initiative he co-founded that aims to provide restaurant jobs to socially marginalized people, as President of the Catholic Business Network, serving on the Board of Directors of the Restaurant Association. of Singapore for two terms and as a member of the board of directors of SAFRA.
New inductees join Jay H. Shidler, Founder and Managing Partner of The Shidler Group (2006 and 2015 Visionary Award recipient); Eddie Flores, Jr., founder of L&L Drive-Inn (2005); and over 100 others in the Hall of Honor. The recipients were selected based on their business excellence in their profession, their contributions to their community and their dedication to Shidler College.
“In this difficult time when we cannot physically come together, it is edifying to see so many business leaders, alumni, families and friends coming together virtually to celebrate these four exceptional alumni,” said said Dean Vance Roley of Shidler College. “The winners not only serve as stellar role models for our students, but they are also a testament to the world-class education that we are proud of. “
The 2021 Hall of Honor Awards raised approximately $ 294,500 and is the largest fundraiser ever organized in partnership with the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association. Funds raised support study programs and scholarships, faculty research, alumni outreach, and special programs. Former Shidler student and 2014 Hall of Honor laureate Gina Mangieri hosted the event. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Bank of Hawaiʻi were contributing sponsors, and Pacific Business News was the media sponsor of the event.