Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
June 10, 2014

In this June 10, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Showcasing Hawaii at Capitol Hill
Takeaways from the Association of Defense Communities Conference
YP Program Fosters Hawaii's Next Generation of Business Leaders

President's Message

Aloha from Washington, D.C.!

I'm wrapping up my trip here and will return tomorrow. Thereafter, the next couple of days will be spent serving as emcee for the Hawaii State Association of Counties conference, where county council members, all four mayors and other stakeholders will talk about their respective counties and common issues.
The National Association of Manufacturers conference started today with a keynote address by Vice President Joe Biden, followed by visits with our Congressional Delegation, and a reception with representatives and senators. Chamber board member and our Manufacturing Initiative chair, Bernie Coleman of Pacific Allied Products, and I look forward to meeting with our nation's Congressional leaders and other manufacturers across the nation to promote Hawaii's economy.
Speaking of Congress, this week is the last week to sign up to participate in our Hawaii on the Hill initiative. We are working with Senator Hirono's office to host a series of events on Capitol Hill, July 21-22, including a "Taste of Hawaii," at which Hawaii's food, culture and industries will be showcased. We are excited about this opportunity to promote Hawaii and keep our state in the forefront among our nation's leaders. More information about how you can get involved in this initiative can be found here.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Showcasing Hawaii at Capitol Hill

Preparations for our Hawaii on the Hill initiative are going smoothly as we assemble a spectrum of representatives, products and industries to showcase Hawaii’s unique colors to Congressional members in Washington D.C. Among these are local delicacies, art, manufacturers, construction projects, technological innovation, and the tourism, military/defense and agricultural research industries.

In addition to introducing Hawaii’s flavors on Capitol Hill, we will be meeting with Congressional leaders and members of areas dealing with Ex-Im Bank, manufacturing, export, defense and appropriations. We will also be meeting with key members of the Administration from departments overseeing similar areas. For more information and to join this initiative, click here.

Takeaways from the Association of Defense Communities Conference

Sherry and members of our MAC team just attended the Association of Defense Communities annual conference and the message was clear - states with a military presence are committing a significant amount of resources from both the public and private sectors to support the military. Some of the conference sessions discussed BRAC, public-public and public-private partnerships, including venturing into shared resources agreements with federal and state partners, as well as other community organizations, Congressional pulse updates and much more.
One of the messages that the Garrison Commanders communicated was that support always starts with relationships. As Hawaii is the only state that is home to all branches, we need to ensure that we are proactive in promoting, preserving and protecting the military, our second largest economic driver. For more information, click here

Click here to learn more about the restructure of our Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.

YP Program Fosters Hawaii's Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Chamber’s Young Professionals Program is honored to have hosted informative speakers for its professional development classes covering topics relating to corporate culture, communication styles, accountability and competitive advantages.  
Our next class on June 18 features Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of KGMB/KHNL Hawaii News Now, speaking on transcending beyond the realm of management to develop true leadership and mentorship skills. As our young professionals grow in their careers and become decision makers of the future, this topic is one of great importance and relevance.

If you know of young professionals, ages 21-39, who would be interested in participating in our classes or would like more information, please contact Kyle at or visit the YP website at

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