In my business and volunteer roles, I have always listened and worked with others to improve lives. If I become your Governor, I will work with all sectors: government, businesses, unions, and nonprofit organizations to create viable solutions that address Hawaii’s challenges and get the job done with a sense of urgency.
Thirty-four years ago, I co-founded United Laundry Services, a commercial laundry company that serves healthcare centers and hotels. As its President, I’ve had the honor and privilege of providing leadership and strategy to this company, which has grown to become Hawaii’s largest laundry services provider. I developed a business model that encouraged innovative and progressive thinking, and we pushed the boundaries of our original vision to achieve greater goals. Today, we operate facilities in Hilo, Kona, Kahului, Lahaina and Honolulu.
The company’s success was built on my belief and practice of working collaboratively, listening to others’ opinions, being decisive, and treating employees with respect. I plan to bring this experience to the governorship, applying my decades of lessons learned to partnering with all areas of government and our community to forge effective and efficient solutions that make a positive impact across our state.
Hawai‘i has been good to my family and me. I feel so fortunate to live, work and have raised my children in our beautiful state. I feel a strong obligation to give back and do my utmost to improve the lives of our people at a higher level. It goes beyond one person to make a difference. Together, we can do this.