STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3711

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: GOV. MSG. NOS. 638, 661

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 638 and 661, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:

 

Hawai'i Workforce Development Council

 

G.M. No. 638

ALAN HAYASHI,

for a term to expire 06-30-2019; and

 

G.M. No. 661

KAREN ELIZABETH WHITEHEAD,

for a term to expire 06-30-2019,

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

Your Committee has reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by the nominees and finds Alan Hayashi and Karen Elizabeth Whitehead to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Hawaii Workforce Development Council.

 

ALAN HAYASHI

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for appointment of Alan Hayashi from the Workforce Development Council, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Meadow Gold Dairies, and one individual.

 

Your Committee finds that Mr. Hayashi has been actively involved in the private and public sectors for over twenty years. Mr. Hayashi served as the Executive Director of the Convention Center Authority for eleven years, worked for over ten years as Director of Government Relations and Community Relations at BAE Systems Spectral Solutions, and is presently the Support Solutions Director of Public Relations and Policy Advocacy at BAE Systems Support Solutions, an international defense and aerospace company. Mr. Hayashi has served the community as a member of various boards, including the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Army Hawaii Housing Foundation, and current Vice President of the Workforce Development Council. Testimony submitted by the Workforce Development Council notes that Mr. Hayashi's broad experience in the technology and visitor industry sectors is an important resource for the Council. Your Committee further finds that Mr. Hayashi's experience as a current member of the Workforce Development Council, as well as his professional background, will be assets to the Workforce Development Council.

 

KAREN ELIZABETH WHITEHEAD

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for appointment of Karen Elizabeth Whitehead from the Workforce Development Council. Your Committee received comments on the nomination for appointment of Karen Elizabeth Whitehead from one individual.

 

Your Committee finds that Ms. Whitehead has over eighteen years of legal and financial experience. Ms. Whitehead worked for four years as the Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of First Horizon National Corporation in Tennessee and is presently the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Executive Vice President of American Savings Bank in Hawaii. In her current position, Ms. Whitehead oversees human resources, learning and development, community advancement, communications, public relations, government affairs, corporate real estate and facilities, legal, compliance, and corporate security services. Ms. Whitehead actively serves the community as a member of the Board of Directors of YWCA of Hawaii, YMCA of Hawaii, Hawaii Theatre, and Helping Hands Hawaii. Testimony submitted by the Workforce Development Council notes that Ms. Whitehead's experience and community involvement indicate that she is committed to improving the employee experience at American Savings Bank and quality of life in the community. Your Committee further finds that Ms. Whitehead's professional experience and knowledge will be strong assets to the Workforce Development Council.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that are attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nominations.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,

 

 

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair