Approachable, quick to laugh and with a background in women’s swimwear and parking management, Sanj Sappal isn’t someone you’d expect to find in the security business. But upon meeting him, it’s easy to see how his warm personality, infectious enthusiasm and high-touch approach to management has inspired record levels of employee retention in an industry notorious for its high turnover rate.
Keith Mallini’s fascination with the alluring persona of a restaurateur began as a teenager working at his aunt’s restaurant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Behind the scenes, he says, the reality was much less glamorous, but when it came time to open, his Aunt Annie would be dressed to the nines and commanding the room as an icon in the community.
A career in hospitality was practically Sandy Narvaez’s birthright. But even during her time double-majoring in international business and marketing at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and finding relevant work after college, she still didn’t consider that a career in hospitality might be her destiny.
In 2004, Kamehameha Schools graduate Keli‘i Gouveia was working with troubled teens at a Marimed Foundation group home when he decided to take a job working security at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, where his twin brother was assistant general manager. Within a year, his side hustle had become a promising career.
From the growing role of prevention to the increasingly complicated landscape of health insurance and compensation, local experts discuss some of today’s most pressing topics in health care.
Guy Akasaki is a communicator. With a joke or two, a contagious laugh and a warm smile, he serves as the CEO and president of Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii and several other businesses in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific Rim. Through humility, integrity and perseverance, Akasaki has been able to navigate the push and pull of economic cycles across nations to drive success in his endeavors and for his employees.
There’s never been a better time to be a woman at work. Alice Inoue, Beti Ward, Bettina Mehnert, Catherine Walker, Chris Hause, Kelly Suzuki-Shreve, Noriko Namiki, Sarah Love, Sharon Suzuki & Shelley Wilson