The Honorable George Ariyoshi was a three-term governor of the state of Hawaii and the first Japanese American to become a US Governor. Currently, Governor Ariyoshi is of Counsel to Watanabe, Ing & Kawashima; U.S. Adviser, Japan-U.S. Science, Technology, and Space Applications Program; Member of President Bush’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation; Chairman, Board of Governor, East-West Center; President of Prince Resorts Hawaii; board of directors, Pacific Technology Application Corp. Governor Ariyoshi was President of the Bar Association of Hawaii, Chairman of Western Governor’s Conference, President & Founder of Pacific Basin Development Council, President and Founding member of Center for International Commercial Dispute Resolution. Governor Ariyoshi has received three honorary doctorates in law, and three honorary doctorates in humanities. He received the Grand Cordon of the Sacred Treasure, and the Emperor’s Silver Cup from the Japanese Government.
Mr. David S. Lee is Chairman of the Board of eOn Communications Corporation, Cortelco, and Cidco Communications. Born in China, Mr. Lee holds an honorary doctorate of engineering and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University and a master’s degree in the same field from North Dakota State University. Mr. Lee is a member of the boards of directors of ESS Technology, Linear Technology, Accela Inc., Pacific International Center for High Technology Research and the California Chamber of Commerce, and is Honorary President of Asian Culture Teachings. He was an advisor to Presidents Bush and Clinton on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative/Executive Office of the President) and to former Governor Wilson through the California Economic Development Corporation and the council on California Competitiveness. He is a member of the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce, appointed by President George W. Bush. Mr. Lee has served on the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges. Governor Wilson appointed Mr. Lee as a Regent of the University of California in 1994.
Michael J. Coy
Mr. Michael Coy has more than 30 years of experience in venture capital and business start-ups. Mr. Coy was a non-executive director and former managing director of Medisys plc (LSE: MDY), a healthcare safety device and point of care technology provider that he co-founded in 1995 and took public in 1997. Mr. Coy was founder and director of Pacific Venture Capital, a Hawaii-based SBIC. Former executive director of Hawaii Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Coy received his M.B.A. in Finance and International Business, Columbia University; and B.A. in Philosophy and Literature, University of Notre Dame.
Jill Tate Higgins
Ms. Jill Tate Higgins is President, O.S. II Inc.; Former Director and largest individual shareholder of Day Runner Inc., and former director and investor in Shiva, Macromedia, and Navisoft.
David C. Cole
Mr. David C. Cole serves as President of Aquaterra, Inc. Mr. Cole is Lead Investor in a variety of early-stage technology companies, including Macromedia, Inc., Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel), and Tops, Inc. (acquired by Sun Microsystems). Mr. Cole served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. from October 15, 2003 to January 1, 2009. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Haliimaile Pineapple Co. Ltd. Over the years, Mr. Cole served in a variety of executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer and President of Ashton-Tate and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NaviSoft, Inc. He served as President of Ziff Communications and the Ziff-Davis Publishing Group. From 1994 to 1997, he served as an Officer of America Online, Inc., initially as President of AOL’s Internet Services Company and as President of AOL’s New Enterprises Group. Mr. Cole serves as Chairman of Twin Farms Collection and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He served as the Chairman and Director of Hawai`i BioEnergy, LLC since June 2008. He served as Chairman of the Board of Maui Land & Pineapple Co, Inc. from March 1, 2004 to January 1, 2009. He served as Chairman of Ashton-Tate and NaviSoft, Inc. Mr. Cole served as Chairman of Sunnyside Farms, LLC from 1996 to 2006. Mr. Cole serves as a Director of Grove Farm Co., Inc., PBS, Island Press, Sesame Street Workshop, and the American Farmland Trust. He served as Director of Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. (a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.) from July 2006 to May 2008. He served as a Director of Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc. from December 2003 to May 13, 2010. Mr. Cole served as a Director of the Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. He served as a Director of Hawaii Superferry, Inc. His other affiliations include Chancellor’s Advisory Council of Maui Community College, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Chamber of Commerce, and Kamehameha Schools Board of Advisors. Mr. Cole received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Hawaii.