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  • 1. OAHU TRANSIT SERVICES, INC.OAHU TRANSIT SERVICES, INC.BOARD OF DIRECTORSBOARD OF DIRECTORSAnthony R. Guerrero, Jr., Board Chairman,Anthony R. Guerrero, Jr., Board Chairman, is the retired Viceis the retired ViceChairman of the Retail Banking Group at First Hawaiian Bank.Chairman of the Retail Banking Group at First Hawaiian Bank.Mr. GuerreroMr. Guerrero was born in Honolulu and is a graduate of St. Louis Highwas born in Honolulu and is a graduate of St. Louis HighSchool, the University of Portland, and the Bank Administration InstituteSchool, the University of Portland, and the Bank Administration Instituteat the University of Wisconsin.at the University of Wisconsin. He joined First Hawaiian Bank in 1967He joined First Hawaiian Bank in 1967and retired in 2009.and retired in 2009. He was been responsible for the branch systemHe was been responsible for the branch systemand also oversawand also oversaw salessales serviceservice & training& training , the, the callcall center,center, serviceservicedelivery,delivery, and retailand retail information &information & planning.planning.Mr. Guerrero has been President of the Friends of Hawaii CharitiesMr. Guerrero has been President of the Friends of Hawaii Charities (host of the Sony(host of the SonyOpen inOpen in Hawaii)Hawaii) since its inception in 1997since its inception in 1997, Vice Chair of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, and, Vice Chair of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, andPresident of Na Koa Football Club.President of Na Koa Football Club. He is also a director of the following organizations:He is also a director of the following organizations:Child & Family Services Real Property, Inc., Hawaii Community Foundation, WaianaeChild & Family Services Real Property, Inc., Hawaii Community Foundation, WaianaeCoast Comprehensive Health Center, and many others.Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and many others. He was the former Chairman ofHe was the former Chairman ofthe Board of the Stadium Authority, Child & Family Service, Hawaii Visitors & Conventionthe Board of the Stadium Authority, Child & Family Service, Hawaii Visitors & ConventionBureau, and the St. Louis Education Foundation as well as President of Waialae CountryBureau, and the St. Louis Education Foundation as well as President of Waialae CountryClub.Club. Tony was named the Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulus 2004Tony was named the Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulus 2004Salesperson of the Year and also the Small Business Administrations 1999 SmallSalesperson of the Year and also the Small Business Administrations 1999 SmallBusiness Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.Earle M. (Lex) Alexander IIIEarle M. (Lex) Alexander III joined the Board in 1992.joined the Board in 1992.Mr.Mr. Alexander has had a professional relationship with TheBus inAlexander has had a professional relationship with TheBus inHonolulu for more than thirty years. He retired as Senior Audit PartnerHonolulu for more than thirty years. He retired as Senior Audit Partnerwith KPMG LLP where he supervised the annual financial audit ofwith KPMG LLP where he supervised the annual financial audit ofTheBus for many years. Mr.TheBus for many years. Mr. Alexander was born in Honolulu andAlexander was born in Honolulu andattended Punahou School.attended Punahou School. He holds a BBA from the University ofHe holds a BBA from the University ofColorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Alexander has beenMr. Alexander has beena long time supporter of the YMCA and has served on the Board of Directors where hea long time supporter of the YMCA and has served on the Board of Directors where hewas elected Treasurer.was elected Treasurer.Edward Y. HirataEdward Y. Hirata joined the Board in 2006. Mr.joined the Board in 2006. Mr. Hirata has held severalHirata has held severalsenior City positions including Interim Director of the City Department ofsenior City positions including Interim Director of the City Department ofTransportation Services, Managing Director, Director of the BuildingTransportation Services, Managing Director, Director of the BuildingDepartment, Director of Public Works, and Manager and Chief EngineerDepartment, Director of Public Works, and Manager and Chief Engineerfor the Board of Water Supply. He also served as the Director of thefor the Board of Water Supply. He also served as the Director of theState Department of Transportation during the Waihee administrationState Department of Transportation during the Waihee administrationand has held several key positions with the Hawaiian Electric Company.and has held several key positions with the Hawaiian Electric Company.Mr. Hirata also served thirty-three years in the Army Reserve, ending his career as aMr. Hirata also served thirty-three years in the Army Reserve, ending his career as aBrigadier General.Brigadier General.
  • 2. Bennette Misalucha EvangelistaBennette Misalucha Evangelista is the CEO of her own firm, Redis the CEO of her own firm, RedMonarch Communications LLC.Monarch Communications LLC. Prior corporate roles include serving asPrior corporate roles include serving asthethe Vice President and Regional Director for Government and CommunityVice President and Regional Director for Government and CommunityRelations for Actus Lend Lease and Senior Vice President and SeniorRelations for Actus Lend Lease and Senior Vice President and SeniorManager, Corporate Banking at Central Pacific Bank.Manager, Corporate Banking at Central Pacific Bank. Ms. Misalucha is theMs. Misalucha is thechartercharter President of WTS-Hawaii Chapter, an internationalPresident of WTS-Hawaii Chapter, an internationalorganizationorganization dedicated to advancing the careers of women indedicated to advancing the careers of women intransportation.transportation. With more than 25 years in the corporate arena, Ms.With more than 25 years in the corporate arena, Ms. Misalucha has heldMisalucha has heldkey leadership positions which culminated in her being honored in 2002 as one of fourkey leadership positions which culminated in her being honored in 2002 as one of four“Women of Distinction” in banking by the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii.“Women of Distinction” in banking by the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii. She is anShe is analumnus of the Pacific Century Fellows, Hawaii’s version of the White House fellows.alumnus of the Pacific Century Fellows, Hawaii’s version of the White House fellows. HerHerwealth of experience includes serving on numerous boards such as Girls Scouts of Hawaiiwealth of experience includes serving on numerous boards such as Girls Scouts of Hawaii(Board Chair), Chaminade University Board of Regents, the Chamber of Commerce of(Board Chair), Chaminade University Board of Regents, the Chamber of Commerce ofHawaii, Olelo Community Television, Filipino Community Center, Oahu Arts Center, andHawaii, Olelo Community Television, Filipino Community Center, Oahu Arts Center, andthe Affiliated Chambers and Business Organization Council.the Affiliated Chambers and Business Organization Council.Alana Kobayashi PakkalaAlana Kobayashi Pakkala joined the Board in 2011.joined the Board in 2011. Ms. Pakkala isMs. Pakkala isthe Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing of Kobayashithe Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing of KobayashiGroup, LLC. (KG).Group, LLC. (KG). She has been working with KG for 11 years.She has been working with KG for 11 years. Her firstHer firstproject was 204-home residential project called Kapolei Kai, followed byproject was 204-home residential project called Kapolei Kai, followed byhigh rises Hokua, and Capitol Place. She has helped to launch a newhigh rises Hokua, and Capitol Place. She has helped to launch a newarea of KG’s services as she has completed three of KG’s luxury specarea of KG’s services as she has completed three of KG’s luxury spechomes at Kukio Golf and Beach Club and the 7600 SF Ali’i Penthouse athomes at Kukio Golf and Beach Club and the 7600 SF Ali’i Penthouse atthe top of Hokua.the top of Hokua.Born and raised in Hawai’i, Ms. Pakkala attended Hanahau’oli and Punahou schoolsBorn and raised in Hawai’i, Ms. Pakkala attended Hanahau’oli and Punahou schoolsbefore moving to Washington, DC, to attend Georgetown University.before moving to Washington, DC, to attend Georgetown University. She is active inShe is active innumerous community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kapiolaninumerous community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the KapiolaniHealth Foundation, The GIFT Foundation of Hawai’i, and Hawaii State Junior GolfHealth Foundation, The GIFT Foundation of Hawai’i, and Hawaii State Junior GolfAssociation.Association. Ms. Pakkala is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2011 andMs. Pakkala is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2011 andwas awarded the 2009 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Honoree.was awarded the 2009 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Honoree. She has also chairedShe has also chairedand been a member of annual fundraising committees for Punahou School, Hanahauoliand been a member of annual fundraising committees for Punahou School, HanahauoliSchools, and various other events.Schools, and various other events.Adam WongAdam Wong is the managing partner of ACW Ventures, a diversifiedis the managing partner of ACW Ventures, a diversifiedinvestment firm that focuses on local private equity and real estateinvestment firm that focuses on local private equity and real estateopportunities. The firm looks to acquire or invest in both startup andopportunities. The firm looks to acquire or invest in both startup andoperating companies in a multitude of industries. In addition, the firmoperating companies in a multitude of industries. In addition, the firmdevelops sustainable yet profitable real estate based projects.develops sustainable yet profitable real estate based projects.Prior to this, Mr. Wong gained experience through variousPrior to this, Mr. Wong gained experience through variousentrepreneurial activities including stints as Vice President and Equity Partner in a localentrepreneurial activities including stints as Vice President and Equity Partner in a localdevelopment firm; Area Developer for a national franchise in Honolulu; Founder, anddevelopment firm; Area Developer for a national franchise in Honolulu; Founder, andVice-president, and Director of a full-service website and software development firm.Vice-president, and Director of a full-service website and software development firm.He is a graduate of Iolani School and of the University of California, Los Angeles whereHe is a graduate of Iolani School and of the University of California, Los Angeles wherehe earned bachelors degrees in European Studies with a specialization in Businesshe earned bachelors degrees in European Studies with a specialization in BusinessAdministration. He is an Assistant Coach for the Iolani High School Varsity BasketballAdministration. He is an Assistant Coach for the Iolani High School Varsity Basketballteam and serves on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards including Makai Oceanteam and serves on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards including Makai OceanEngineering, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Koa Anuenue, and Re-Use Hawaii.Engineering, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Koa Anuenue, and Re-Use Hawaii.
  • 3. OAHU TRANSIT SERVICES, INC.OAHU TRANSIT SERVICES, INC.EXECUTIVE STAFFEXECUTIVE STAFFJ. Roger MortonJ. Roger Morton is President & General Manager of Oahu Transitis President & General Manager of Oahu TransitServices. He has more than thirty-eight years of experience in the transitServices. He has more than thirty-eight years of experience in the transitindustry and possesses a diverse management and educationalindustry and possesses a diverse management and educationalbackground.background. Mr.Mr. Morton began his transit career with the Department ofMorton began his transit career with the Department ofTransportation Services, City and County of Honolulu in 1974.Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu in 1974. He joinedHe joinedthe TheBus in 1979 and has held several senior positions.the TheBus in 1979 and has held several senior positions. Prior to hisPrior to hisappointment as President and General Manager, Mr. Morton served asappointment as President and General Manager, Mr. Morton served asSenior Vice President and Director of Operations of the company.Senior Vice President and Director of Operations of the company. He holdsHe holdsa master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Britisha master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of BritishColumbia and a bachelor’s degree concentrating in economics and liberal arts. He hasColumbia and a bachelor’s degree concentrating in economics and liberal arts. He hasattended several leadership programs with the Eno Transportation Foundation, Harvard,attended several leadership programs with the Eno Transportation Foundation, Harvard,and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. He is active in several organizations including theand Carnegie-Mellon Universities. He is active in several organizations including theAmerican Public Transportation Association, the Committee for Balanced Transportation,American Public Transportation Association, the Committee for Balanced Transportation,and Hui Ilio Hawaii.and Hui Ilio Hawaii.Robert YuRobert Yu is the Senior Vice President & Deputy General Manager. Heis the Senior Vice President & Deputy General Manager. Hewas previously the Vice President of Finance and Administration and haswas previously the Vice President of Finance and Administration and hasbeen with this organization since 1991. Mr. Yu holds an MBA and is abeen with this organization since 1991. Mr. Yu holds an MBA and is acertified public accountant. His previous employment includes Grantcertified public accountant. His previous employment includes GrantThornton, LLP, Chevron USA, and Hawaiian Electric Industries. Mr. YuThornton, LLP, Chevron USA, and Hawaiian Electric Industries. Mr. Yuserves as the President-Elect on the Executive Board of the Chineseserves as the President-Elect on the Executive Board of the ChineseChamber of Commerce, is the Treasurer of the Moanalua High SchoolChamber of Commerce, is the Treasurer of the Moanalua High SchoolBoosters Club, and serves as a Trustee of the Hawaii Teamsters Health & Welfare TrustBoosters Club, and serves as a Trustee of the Hawaii Teamsters Health & Welfare TrustFund.Fund.Ralph E. Faufata, Jr.Ralph E. Faufata, Jr. is the Vice President of Transportation.is the Vice President of Transportation. He hasHe hasover thirty-three years of transit experience.over thirty-three years of transit experience. He joined the MTL/OTSHe joined the MTL/OTSteam in 1978.team in 1978. Mr. Faufata held several positions within the organizationMr. Faufata held several positions within the organizationincluding that of Bus Operator, Instructor, Assistant Superintendent ofincluding that of Bus Operator, Instructor, Assistant Superintendent ofTransportation, and Superintendent of Field Operations.Transportation, and Superintendent of Field Operations. Mr. FaufataMr. Faufataattended numerous transit-related training courses through the Nationalattended numerous transit-related training courses through the NationalTransit Institute and the Transportation Safety Institute.Transit Institute and the Transportation Safety Institute. He also served as a member ofHe also served as a member ofthe Oahu Fleet Safety Organization Executive Board.the Oahu Fleet Safety Organization Executive Board.Herb L. BarbozaHerb L. Barboza is the Vice President of Maintenance. He began hisis the Vice President of Maintenance. He began hispublic transit career in 1982 as a diesel mechanic and held severalpublic transit career in 1982 as a diesel mechanic and held severalsupervisory positions before entering management. He was appointedsupervisory positions before entering management. He was appointedas Superintendent of the former Halawa Bus Maintenance Division inas Superintendent of the former Halawa Bus Maintenance Division in1985 at the age of 29 — the youngest superintendent in the history of1985 at the age of 29 — the youngest superintendent in the history ofthe Company. He was appointed to his current position in August 2009.the Company. He was appointed to his current position in August 2009.Mr.Mr. Barboza is also President and founder of B&B Auto Service Center,Barboza is also President and founder of B&B Auto Service Center,Inc.--established in 1998 and located in the Waipio Gentry Business Park, Hawaii, whichInc.--established in 1998 and located in the Waipio Gentry Business Park, Hawaii, whichis managed by his wife.is managed by his wife.
  • 4. Jerome L. PreeseJerome L. Preese is the Vice President of Planning & Marketing.is the Vice President of Planning & Marketing.Mr.Mr. Preese has twenty years of experience working with thePreese has twenty years of experience working with thetransportation industry in Hawaii and joined Oahu Transit Services intransportation industry in Hawaii and joined Oahu Transit Services in2006 as the Vice President of Transportation.2006 as the Vice President of Transportation. He is a product of theHe is a product of theUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa where he received his MBA afterUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa where he received his MBA aftercompleting a BBA with a double major in Accounting and Managementcompleting a BBA with a double major in Accounting and ManagementInformation Systems.Information Systems. Mr. Preese’s most previous employment was with Roberts HawaiiMr. Preese’s most previous employment was with Roberts Hawaiias the Manager of Contract Services where he oversaw four business units whichas the Manager of Contract Services where he oversaw four business units whichincluded the Honolulu International Airport shuttle contract, the trolley system, the tourincluded the Honolulu International Airport shuttle contract, the trolley system, the toursales desk operation, and the airport customer service representatives.sales desk operation, and the airport customer service representatives.Randy InabaRandy Inaba is the Vice President of Finance and Administration.is the Vice President of Finance and Administration.Mr.Mr. Inaba has been with the Company since 2009.Inaba has been with the Company since 2009. He attended IolaniHe attended IolaniSchool and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Hawaii atSchool and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Hawaii atManoa and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).Manoa and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Inaba wasMr. Inaba waspreviously employed with Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, Hawaiian Islandpreviously employed with Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, Hawaiian IslandCreations, and Grant Thornton CPAs and has over twenty years ofCreations, and Grant Thornton CPAs and has over twenty years ofexperience in the accounting field.experience in the accounting field. He is the Treasurer for the Oahu AJA BaseballHe is the Treasurer for the Oahu AJA BaseballAssociation.Association.John L. BlackJohn L. Black is the Vice President of Paratransit Services.is the Vice President of Paratransit Services. He beganHe beganhis public transit career as a bus operator in 1980.his public transit career as a bus operator in 1980. He has servedHe has servedin a number of positions within the bus company in areas such asin a number of positions within the bus company in areas such astraining and safety.training and safety. In 1997 he was promoted to a newly-In 1997 he was promoted to a newly-appointed position of Safety & Training Manager for Paratransitappointed position of Safety & Training Manager for ParatransitServices.Services. Through the years, he has advanced to the positions ofThrough the years, he has advanced to the positions ofAssistant Operations Manager, Operations Manager, and was appointed to hisAssistant Operations Manager, Operations Manager, and was appointed to hispresent position on April 16, 2011.present position on April 16, 2011. He has a broad-based knowledge of publicHe has a broad-based knowledge of publictransportation while trained and experienced in the ADA.transportation while trained and experienced in the ADA. Mr. Black currentlyMr. Black currentlyserves on the Board of Ho’opono Center for the Blind.serves on the Board of Ho’opono Center for the Blind.