Joanne Lo Grimes

We Have a New Board Chair

 

CEO Message

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO

Honolulu attorney Joanne Lo Grimes has taken the reins as Board Chair of PBS Hawaiʻi, succeeding Hilo business leader Jason Fujimoto, who remains an active Board Member.

 

Joanne, the former Board Vice Chair, is a 2019 Women Who Mean Business honoree, singled out by Pacific Business News. Originally planning to go into business, she earned a master’s degree in business administration. Later, she found that law was her calling. Her legal practice makes use of her training in business and as a certified financial planner, as she advises businesses, nonprofit organizations and trusts. She is the first woman Co-Chair and a partner of the 162-year-old law firm Carlsmith Ball. In her civic life, she recently served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi.

Joanne Lo Grimes, New Board ChairI’ve seen that this wife and mother of three grown children is a master at balancing goals and priorities. Despite her many other obligations, she is fully present in her unpaid PBS Hawai‘i Board role. She is a keen listener, observer and analyst, with a positive outlook and a remarkable ability to synthesize information. Embracing complex challenges, she notes that people don’t hire lawyers when the answers are clear.

 

Joanne Lo Grimes
New Board Chair

Theresia McMurdo: New Board Member“These are times of great opportunity and challenge, and it’s an honor to help steward this precious community resource into the future,” Joanne says.

“I’m excited about the year ahead, as PBS Hawaiʻi completes the final year of its three-year strategic plan and develops a new strategic plan to guide us for the following three years.”

Theresia McMurdo
New Board Member

Ryan Kaipo Nobriga: New Board MemberJoanne’s fellow seasoned Board officers are Vice Chair Bettina Mehnert, President and CEO of Architects Hawaii; Treasurer Kent Tsukamoto, Managing Partner of Accuity Certified Public Accountants; and Joy Miura Koerte, a partner at Fujita & Miura Public Relations, based on Kauaʻi.

 
 

Ryan Kaipo Nobriga
New Board Member

Kūha‘o Zane, New Board MemberAnd we’re so pleased to welcome these new Board directors: Theresia McMurdo, Chief Operating Officer of the IT consulting company Cetra Technology; Ryan Kaipo Nobriga, Vice President of Finance at Hawaiian Dredging Construction; and Kūha‘o Zane, Creative Director of Hilo-based Sig Zane Designs and SZKaiao.

 

Kūha‘o Zane
New Board Member

 

I’m proud to work with this fine Board and my skilled staff in a rapidly evolving media landscape, mindful that we’re all here to serve the best interests of the people of Hawaiʻi.

Aloha Nui,

Leslie signature


 

 

 

Board Chair Jason Fujimoto Steps Down, But Not Away

 

CEO Message

 

Board Chair Jason Fujimoto Steps Down, But Not Away

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEOBecause of time constraints in assuming a new business role, PBS Hawai‘i’s Board Chair Jason Fujimoto of Hawai‘i Island has elected to step down from our nonprofit’s chairmanship, while continuing to serve on our Board.

 

At age 38, Jason is the new President and CEO of Hilo-based HPM Building Supply, supporting residential building statewide. He’s the fifth-generation President of the family-founded, employee-owned business.

 

Jason will be succeeded as Board Chair July 1 by current Vice Chair Joanne Lo Grimes, an attorney and Co-Chair of the law firm Carlsmith Ball.

 

Before Jason turns over the reins, I want to honor him for his integrity, skills and steadfastness in supporting and governing this nonprofit through rapid evolution.

 

Board Chair Jason Fujimoto with Leslie WilcoxHe’s had two tours of duty, amounting to a decade of unpaid service, most of them on the Board Executive Committee, including three years as Chair. He joined the first time in 2008, just before the state felt the impact of the Great Recession. In succession came the big switch from analog to digital broadcast transmission; the television equivalent of a heart transplant – high-definition TV; expanded local programming; the birth of HIKI NŌ: The Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network; the rise of social media as a new platform for engagement and video programming; and the successful capital campaign to buy land and build a replacement multimedia home in Kalihi Kai.

 

Jason returned to the Board just after we moved into our new facility. He led the organization in adopting a new three-year strategic plan. In cloudy times for media enterprises and nonprofits, the plan is clear.

 

There’s a feeling we’re all on the same path and same page, in part because different perspectives and ideas can be argued and adopted safely and productively.

 

“As Chair, my style is to create the conditions that foster the greatest amount of collaboration and discussion, and support the CEO,” Jason said.

 

A former Wall Street analyst, Jason is a member of the Omidyar Forum of Fellows and the leadership group Hawai‘i Asia Pacific Association (HAPA).

 

“I really enjoy being with everyone on the PBS Hawai‘i Board. We have a lot to learn from each other,” he said.

 

For me personally, I’ve internalized much of the guidance Jason gave me, and I’m grateful for this lifelong gift.

 

Overall, Jason, thank you from the heart for continuing to strengthen and polish this community treasure that is PBS Hawai‘i.

 

Aloha Nui,

Leslie signature


 

Board of Directors

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawaiʻi
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Thursday, 12:00 pm, November 21, 2019

 

STATEWIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
PBS Hawaiʻi
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 12:00 pm, December 3, 2019

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawaiʻi
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 8:00 am, February 4, 2019

 

Joanne Lo Grimes, Oʻahu

Joanne Lo Grimes

Board Chair
Oʻahu
Bettina Mehnert, Oʻahu

Bettina Mehnert

Vice Chair
Oʻahu
Joy Miura Koerte, Kauaʻi

Joy Miura Koerte

Secretary
Kauaʻi
Treasurer, Kent Tsukamoto, Oʻahu

Kent Tsukamoto

Treasurer
Oʻahu
Muriel Anderson, Oʻahu

Muriel Anderson

Oʻahu
Susan Bendon, Maui Nui

Susan Bendon

Maui Nui
Jodi Endo Chai, Oʻahu

Jodi Endo Chai

Oʻahu
James E. Duffy, Jr., Oʻahu

James E. Duffy, Jr.

Oʻahu
Matthew Emerson, Oʻahu

Matthew Emerson

Oʻahu
Jake Fergus, Maui Nui

Jake Fergus

Oʻahu
Jason Fujimoto

Jason Fujimoto

Hawaiʻi Island
Jason Haruki, Oʻahu

Jason Haruki

Oʻahu
Noelani Kalipi, Hawaiʻi Island

Noelani Kalipi

Hawaiʻi Island
Ian Kitajima, Oʻahu

Ian Kitajima

Oʻahu
Kamani Kualaʻau, Oʻahu

Kamani Kualaʻau

Oʻahu
Theresia McMurdo

Theresia McMurdo

Oʻahu
Ryan Kaipo Nobriga

Ryan Kaipo Nobriga

Oʻahu
Aaron Salā, Oʻahu

Aaron Salā

Oʻahu
Kaʻiulani Sodaro, Oʻahu

Kaʻiulani Sodaro

Oʻahu
Bruce Voss, Oʻahu

Bruce Voss

Oʻahu
Kūhaʻo Zane

Kūhaʻo Zane

Hawaiʻi Island