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NewsMakers Kim Lum recently was appointed CEO of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd., in addition to his role as president. Lum, a 32-year veteran of Pankow, replaces Richard Kunnath, who has served as CEO for the past 12 years and will remain as Pankow’s executive chairman of the board. Lum has held leadership roles in Pankow’s Honolulu and Northern California regional offices and was appointed president of the firm in 2009. He serves on the national board of the Design Build Institute of America and is a member of the board of the California Center for Construction Education. Lee Hopkinson has joined Pankow as director of business development for its Hawaii division. In his new position, Hopkinson will act as a client advocate, understanding and translating the clients’ needs into approaches and building solutions. He has more than 15 years of experience as a sales executive in Hawaii. Prior to joining Pankow, Hopkinson was the vice president of AEC (architecture-engineeringconstruction) operations and sales manager of Honblue. Blair Suzuki has been hired by Hunt Companies as its assistant development manager, responsible for various aspects of asset management, planning and development of the company’s 538 acres of land and buildings in Kalaeloa. He also will be a key team member in Hunt’s other projects in Hawaii. Suzuki most recently played a critical role managing a multimillion dollar real estate portfolio for Tradewind Capital Group. Suzuki also previously served as commercial real estate officer - assistant vice president at Bank of Hawaii and was responsible for managing commercial loan commitments. John Thielst recently was promoted to managing principal and vice president of Coffman Engineers, Honolulu office. Thielst has been fundamental in the development of the Honolulu office since it opened in 2010 and handles day-to-day operations, business development and project management. He is a longtime Hawaii resident and his knowledge of the local business culture and 17 years of management and consulting experience have been essential to growing the office. Ben Momblow, P.E. has been promoted to principal of Coffman Engineers in Honolulu. He joined Coffman in 1999 and was most recently a senior project manager in the Honolulu office managing multidisciplined projects. Momblow also has been instrumental in developing the local office and staff since it opened. His experience includes more than 12 years of civil and structural engineering for commercial, industrial and military projects. Keith Niiya, P.E was promoted to vice president of Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates, Inc. and will continue to oversee operations of the company’s transportation department. He is a member of the Institute for Transportation Engineers and a past president of the Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Chris Barbe was named dck pacific construction, LLC’s new director of operations and will be responsible for overseeing project operations in Hawaii. He previously served as the firm’s director of project support, providing estimating and operations assistance for federal and commercial projects. Prior to joining dck, Barbe also served as project engineer for the expansion and remodeling of the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island and as project manager for the piping and equipment erection at the Hamakua Power Plant on the Big Island. Mike Wethered has joined dck pacific as its senior project manager. Wethered is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the company’s Hawaii projects, ensuring that client expectations are met throughout the course of design, preconstruction, construction and post-construction phases. He is currently overseeing the development of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Information Technology Center. Wethered previously served as project manager at Ledcor Construction Hawaii and also served 11 years as project manager at Oceanic Companies. | 57

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - September 2012

Contents Page
Alternative energy
Inside NAIOP
NEWS BEAT: Construction Begins on Rail Maintenance Facility
UH Manoa to Get New Athletics Complex
Courtyard at Marriott Opens on Maui
AIA Plans Heroic Canstruction
Summit to Build Kau Gym
Servco Gives Back
Lahaina’s Golden Arches Goes Green
HSWAC Awards Third Construction Contract
Kiewit Supports Higher Education
Best Practices
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: Paanau Village, Phase 2
Industry Icon
Low Bids
News Makers
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - September 2012