STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3830

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: GOV. MSG. NOS. 677, 678, 711

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 677, 678, and 711, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:

 

Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board

 

G.M. No. 677

KELVIN KOHATSU,

for a term to expire 06-30-2018;

 

G.M. No. 678

KELVIN KOHATSU,

for a term to expire 06-30-2022; and

 

G.M. No. 711

MICHAEL TETSUTANI,

for a term to expire 06-30-2020,

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

Your Committee reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by Kelvin Kohatsu and Michael Tetsutani for service on the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board.

 

KELVIN KOHATSU

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment and reappointment of Kelvin Kohatsu from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; and Maui Electric Co., Ltd.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Kohatsu's background, experience, and dedication to public service qualify him to be nominated for appointment and reappointment to the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board as a public member. Your Committee notes that Mr. Kohatsu has worked with heavy machinery for nearly forty-five years; is currently the Director of Fleet Services for Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Companies (the Companies); and has been the Fleet Administrator for Hawaii Electric Light Company since 2002. During his career with the Companies, he has adapted to the changing needs of the transportation industry by adopting biofuel, hybrid, and electric vehicles to the Companies' fleets, an experience that will be beneficial to the Board. Your Committee further finds that Mr. Kohatsu understands the role and responsibilities of board members by virtue of his current service as a board member of the Oahu Fleet Safety Organization and Hawaii Transportation Association and prior service as the transportation chair of the County of Hawaii Energy Advisory Commission. Your Committee therefore recommends that Mr. Kohatsu be appointed and reappointed to the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board based on his knowledge, experience, and commitment to serving his community.

 

MICHAEL TETSUTANI

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Michael Tetsutani from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Hawaii Automobile Dealers' Association.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Tetsutani's knowledge, experience, and proven leadership on the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board qualify him to be nominated for reappointment to the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board as an industry member. Your Committee notes that Mr. Tetsutani has extensive experience in the automotive industry and has been with his present company, a franchise dealership in Honolulu, since 1981. Mr. Tetsutani has worked in a variety of key positions at his company, where he is currently the Service and Parts Director and previously held positions as lot attendant, car salesman, customer relations representative, Parts Manager, and Service Advisor. Your Committee further finds that Mr. Tetsutani has been a member of the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board since 2012, where he is a diligent contributing member, and his extensive professional experience and knowledge of the automobile industry continue to enhance the effectiveness of the Board. Your Committee therefore recommends that Mr. Tetsutani be reappointed to the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board based on his background, knowledge, and dedication to public service.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health 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 Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,

 

 

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair