Three Business Leaders Appointed to HTDC Board of DirectorsPosted on Sep 6, 2018 in News
Hawaii Technology Development Corporation
For Immediate Release: September 6, 2018
Martin Zorn, president and COO of Kamakura Corporation, Creighton Arita, CEO of ‘ike & TeamPraxis, and Bella Hughes, president and co-founder of Shaka Tea, join the HTDC board
HONOLULU—The Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) welcomed three new members to its board: Martin Zorn, Creighton Arita and Isabella Hughes. Zorn joined the board in May 3 to fill a board vacancy, Arita began his term in July, and Hughes joined the board in September as an interim board member until the legislature votes on her confirmation next session.
Zorn currently serves as the president and chief operating officer of Honolulu-based Kamakura Corporation. He oversees all day-to-day operations serving Kamakura risk management clients in 48 countries. He joined Kamakura in January 2011 as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Kamakura Corporation is a leading provider of risk management information, processing, and software. Its clients include some of the world’s most sophisticated banks, insurance companies, asset managers, pension funds, and regulators. Zorn is a 21-year veteran of Wachovia Bank.
Arita is the chief executive officer of ‘ike where he has been focusing on the strategic direction of the family of companies primarily focused on technology and healthcare. Arita is also the founder of Kingdom Katalyst–K2, a not-for-profit organization that serves apostolic leaders by providing professional services in finance, human resources, payroll, accounting and compliance. In addition to these roles, Arita has served as executive pastor at Christ Centered Community Church for the past 14 years.
Hughes is an entrepreneur in food, beverage and the nonprofit sector. Born and raised in Hawaii, she is the co-founder and president of Hawaii Island-based Shaka Tea, the first line of ready-to-drink Hawaiian iced teas brewed from Hawaiian māmaki, supporting sustainable farming and economic development that is now available nationwide. She is also a co-founder of Shaka Forest Farms, a 29-acre agroforestry farm in Volcano, and the vice president and co-founder of the Māmaki Association. Previously, she spent a decade in nonprofit arts and culture as a curator, writer, editor and director, co-founding the Honolulu Biennial Foundation, for which she presently serves as innovation director.
“As we evolve with Hawaii’s advancing tech industry, we’re excited to welcome the expertise of these three business leaders from our community to our board of directors,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC. “Their diverse backgrounds and knowledge should help strengthen our strategic direction and support innovation.”
With the addition of Zorn, Arita and Hughes, the current board consists of 11 members: Derek Lau, chair, president & principal broker at Real Estate Specialists; Elijah Yip, vice chair, partner at Luminate Law; Race Randle, senior vice president of development at the Howard Hughes Corporation; and John Morton, Ph.D, representative for UH, vice president of the University of Hawaii system. Ex-oficio members include: Luis P. Salaveria, director of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Laurel A. Johnston, director of the Department of Budget & Finance; Craig Nakanishi, representative for HSDC, partner at Cades Schutte LLP; and Linda Rosehill, representative for NELHA, president of Rosehill & Associates.
The board of directors oversees the direction of the agency and is in charge of managing the business of HTDC, in addition to publicizing and enforcing its rules, regulations and bylaws. The board meets seven times a year; generally bi-monthly, except June and July.
The members represent different aspects of the technology community; both Zorn and Arita have executive-level experience with large technology operations, while Hughes brings her manufacturing experience as a food and beverage entrepreneur along with a neighbor island perspective. Zorn’s company, Kamakura Corporation, was a tenant at the Manoa Innovation Center for many years. Arita previously served on the board and was reintegrated when HTDC started designing its Entrepreneurs Sandbox. His company ‘ike has also sponsored WetWare Wednesday. Hughes met HTDC CEO Robbie Melton through an entrepreneurship event and instantly connected to her vision for Hawaii’s tech and innovation future.
About HTDC (Hawaii Technology Development Corporation)
HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). HTDC’s mission is to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s high technology industry. HTDC is providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii’s economy. HTDC’s 80/80 Initiative is to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs that will provide high paying jobs for Hawaii residents.