Shidler College of Business celebrates 50 years of 'Business Night'

Top business students receive cash awards totaling $40,000

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 16, 2011

Kara Uchimura, Jericah Baxa and Vance Roley
Kara Uchimura, Jericah Baxa and Vance Roley
The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa celebrated 50 years of mentorship and student awards at its premier event, “Business Night,” at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Thursday, May 5.  Title sponsor was First Insurance Co. of Hawai‘i Ltd.
“This is the one night that students can build on their career connections by meeting professionals across all business sectors,” said V. Vance Roley, Dean of the Shidler College of Business. “It also marks an important milestone in the College’s history of connecting with Hawai‘i’s business community.”
Business Night was created in 1961 to connect students with Hawai‘i’s business professionals. This year, over 220 students were matched one-to-one with professionals in their chosen field to learn about business careers and job opportunities. Approximately $40,000 in cash awards were presented to top students in various business majors. Cash awards are donated annually by companies in Hawai‘i. (See attached list for student awards and company sponsors.)
Keynote speaker was Shidler alumnus Eddie Lam, CEO of Onlen Fairyland (HK) Co. Ltd., Feng Tai Footwear Co. Ltd.  Lam’s company exports more than 80 million pairs of shoes worldwide, including such brands as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tweety, Batman, Hello Kitty, Transformers, and Strawberry Shortcake.
Over the past 50 years, Business Night has impacted well over 15,000 students and presented more than $1 million in cash awards. It is the College’s premier student event attracting between 400-500 participants.
Shidler College of Business
Business Night 2011 Student Awards
Lihua Keating, Outstanding Junior in Accounting
$1,500 - PKF Pacific, Hawaii, LLP
Edison Lau, Special Senior in Accounting
$1,000 - Hawaii Association of Public Accountants - Oahu Chapter
Andrea Eng, Outstanding Senior in Accounting
$1,500 - KPMG LLP
Lauren Sugai, Outstanding Junior in Accounting
$1,500 - Ernst & Young LLP
Katrina Namnama, Special Senior in Accounting
$1,000 - Hawaii Association of Public Accountants - Oahu Chapter
Wen-Wei Han, Outstanding Master of Accounting Student
$1,500 - Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ying Bong Wu, Outstanding Senior in Finance
$1,500 - First Hawaiian Bank
Trang Phan, Outstanding PhD in Finance
$1,500 - Daniel B.T. Lau
Stacy-Ann Miyashiro, Special Student in Financial Planning
$1,000 - Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Michael Buchanan, Outstanding MBA Student in Finance
$1,500 - Bank of Hawaii Corp.
Jonathan Fung, Outstanding Financial Analyst
$1,500 - American Savings Bank
Rachel Seachris, Outstanding Junior in Marketing
$1,500 - Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. of Hawaii

Annah-Vaile Blanton, Outstanding Senior in Marketing
$1,500 - Eddie Flores, Jr./L&L Franchise Inc.
Christina Terminello, Outstanding Master of Human Resources Management Student
$1,500 - Society of Human Resource Management - Oahu Educational Foundation
Michelle Lau, Special Senior in Technology
$1,000 - Bae Systems Spectral Solutions LLC
Melissa Ruan, Special Student in Human Resources Management
$1,000 - Hawaii Employers Council
Jesse Hinton, Outstanding Student in Management
$1,500 - Central Pacific Bank
Matthew Han, Outstanding Senior in MIS
$1,500 - Oceanic Time Warner Cable
Hilton Lewis, Outstanding MBA in Technology
$1,500 - Hawaiian Electric Co.
Mariam Beard, Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship
$2,000 - KTA Super Stores, in Honor of Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi
Jericah Baxa, Outstanding Senior in Shidler College of Business
$2,000 - Alexander & Baldwin Inc.
Anthony Dowdell, Outstanding Student in International Business
$1,500 - Servco Pacific Inc.
Natasa Zorec, Outstanding Junior in Shidler College of Business
$1,500 - Hideo Noguchi
Elyse Petersen, David Bess Leadership Award
$2,500 - Chris and Deb Helm, Advanced African Solutions LLC
Mason Choy, Dean’s Service Award
$1,000 - Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Jonathan Goto, Dean’s Spirit Award
$1,000 - First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, Ltd.
Jeremy Uota, Dean’s Professional Development Award
$2,000 - Financial Executives International - Hawaii Chapter
Photo caption: From left, Alexander & Baldwin Vice President of Human Resources Kara Uchimura presents a $2,000 cash award to outstanding Shidler College of Business senior Jericah Baxa at the College’s 50th Business Night event. At right is Shidler Dean Vance Roley. Credit: Shidler College of Business