Board of Advisors

Paul Alston

Robert Clarke

Kimberley Dey

Ryan McBride

Jim Pappas

Retired Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper

Paul Alston

Paul Alston is a director of the Honolulu law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Commercial Litigation, Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation and Honolulu Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Hawaii.

He is a former president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii Justice Foundation, and Hawaii Lawyers Care and a former trustee of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. He is admitted to practice in Hawai‘i, the U.S. District Court (Hawai‘i), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal Circuit), U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) U.S. Claims Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Alston received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. http://ahfi.com/attorneys/paul-alston.html 
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Robert Clarke

Robert Clarke, former CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries, brings 40 years of strategic planning, financial expertise and diversified management experience. Mr. Clarke joined Hawaiian Electric Company (HEI) in February 1987 as vice president of strategic planning and was charged with implementing the company’s diversification strategy. He was named HEI Group vice president – diversified companies in May of 1988 and became a director of HEI in 1989. On January 1, 1991, Mr. Clarke became president and chief executive officer of HEI, and in September 1998, was named Chairman, president and chief executive officer. Mr. Clarke retired from HEI in May 2006.

Mr. Clarke serves as the chairman of the advisory board for the College of Business Administration of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Mr. Clarke is a past chair of the Hawaii Business Roundtable and was a member of the Air Force Civilian Advisory Council.
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Kimberley Dey

Kimberley Dey is the chief executive officer of NumberEight and Liquid Planet Studios, one of Hawai‘i’s largest and most diverse HD production companies. Liquid Planet Studios is recognized as a leader in HD broadcast and video production in Hawai‘i and was purchased by Ms. Dey in 2009.

As the CEO, she is responsible for business development and strategic planning of NumberEight, a creative marketing company with inhouse production capabilities that strives to provide a vertically integrated experience for its clients.

An entrepreneur, Ms. Dey operates other businesses, including an accomplished sport horse breeding business. Her horses have earned numerous national and international awards and she herself is an established rider who was the World Champion Amateur Hunter Rider for two years and the first Asian American to win such honors.

Ms. Dey is active on local community boards. She also serves as the vice president for her father’s private charitable organization, the Charles B. Wang International Foundation, which focuses internationally on children and cross-cultural affairs. Under her leadership, the Foundation has supported local organizations including ASSETS School, Kapiolani Medical Center, Le Jardin Academy, the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and Special Olympics Hawaii, contributing approximately five million dollars since 2001. She is also president of the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation. The New York Islanders hockey team is owned by the Charles B. Wang family.

Originally from New York, Ms. Dey moved to Hawai‘i in 1993. She was honored as a Pacific Business News “40 Under 40” award winner in 2003 and was a finalist for its “Women Who Mean Business” award.
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Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride is an executive vice president and member of the Executive Committee at Colony American Homes (CAH), established by Colony Capital to pursue a large-scale investment strategy relating to single family residential rental assets across the U.S. He is actively involved in sourcing, evaluating and acquiring assets as well as developing and managing CAH’s operational activities.

Previously, Mr. McBride spent over 12 years in investment banking, most of this time with JPMorgan. He personally led over $2.5 billion in private capital financings for both private and public companies across a range of industries. He is also experienced in providing M&A advisory services as well as traditional equity and debt financings.

Mr. McBride earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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Jim Pappas

Jim Pappas brings 45 years of accounting, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, senior management and entrepreneurship experience to ̒Āina Koa Pono. He began his career as an accountant and served in various accounting, finance and strategic planning functions. In 1978 Mr. Pappas joined Honsador Lumber, the largest building supply company in Hawai‘i, as the president and CEO. In 1984 he acquired the company. In 2004 he sold Honsador lumber to a private equity firm.

Mr. Pappas is a past member, president and director of the Financial Planning Institute and a past officer and director of Young Presidents’ Organization (WPO). He has served as a director of several private companies and on the boards of non-profits including the Boy Scouts of America, Mānoa Valley Theater and the University of Hawai‘i’s Koa Anuenue.

Mr. Pappas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from San Francisco State University. He has done graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In 2010 Mr. Pappas attended the National War College.
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Retired Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper

Admiral Ronald Zlatoper is the former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He is a decorated naval aviator and a retired four-star admiral. In subsequent public and private employment, he has successfully served as the chief executive officer of large organizations in both the national defense and commercial sectors; he presently serves as the 24th trustee of the Estate of James Campbell.

Prior to joining the Campbell Estate, Admiral Zlatoper served as co-chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Sanchez Computer Associates, Inc., a banking software company rated 45th on the Forbes magazine list of the 200 best U.S. small companies. From 1997 through 2000, Admiral Zlatoper was instrumental in Sanchez’ growth from a market capitalization of $50 million to one in excess of $1 billion.

Before joining Sanchez, Admiral Zlatoper completed his distinguished military career as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest naval command, encompassing more than 190 ships, 1600 aircraft, and 200,000 personnel, with an operating budget of $5 billion per year.

Admiral Zlatoper holds an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s  degree in administration from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from RPI. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.

A published author on management, logistics and naval strategy, Admiral Zlatoper regularly lectures at universities and corporate conferences around the country and overseas.

In addition to serving on four corporate boards, Admiral Zlatoper currently serves as a trustee for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the board of Parsons Corporation, a regent for Chaminade University, and a board of advisors member of the School of Business & Public Management at the George Washington University. Admiral Zlatoper is also active on the boards of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; the East-West Center; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation; Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii – Military Affairs Council; Catholic Charities Hawai‘i; and he is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way. He serves as the honorary consul general for Slovenia in Hawai‘i.
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