There are always many activities going on simultaneously at the Maui Chamber of Commerce, and this week we wanted to share our positive news on three exciting fronts.
First, we are about to embark on another year at the chamber (our fiscal year begins July 1), which brings new leadership and new directions. Now in our 102th year of business leaders working together to improve the economy, support businesses and the community, we will kick off our new year at the Maui Chamber of Commerce's annual Installation Luncheon on Friday at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. There, we will induct the leadership team and celebrate the chamber's many accomplishments this past year.
Sponsored by Central Pacific Bank as our premier sponsor and Monsanto as our supporting sponsor, we are pleased to have Rick Blangiardi, general manager of KGMB and KHNL (the CBS and NBC affiliates, respectively), as our keynote speaker.
Rick Blangiardi is a recognized as a leading television broadcaster who has improved the ratings, revenue and operating profit of every broadcasting entity with which he has been affiliated. He has been an executive in the television industry for more than 34 years, succeeding in senior executive positions in many of the nation's most competitive markets.
Prior to returning to Hawaii, Blangiardi was president of Telemundo Holdings Inc., helping to turnaround Telemundo's 11 owned-and-operated stations throughout major markets in the United States and Puerto Rico. He helped lead the sale of Telemundo in 2001 to NBC for $2.7 billion, the largest deal in NBC's history by a factor of four!
Before his career in television, Rick was also head coach and defensive coordinator for the University of Hawaii football team. He will engage and inspire us with "Some Thoughts On Leading ... Believing And Getting the Job Done" - an amazing top-10 list that will deliver important take-aways for each attendee.
The cost of the lunch is $45 for chamber members and $60 for non-members. Please visit us at www.mauichamber.com to reserve your seat today.
We also have great news to report on the 4th of July fundraising front. The community clearly supports this family friendly celebration of our independence and all that we hold dear.
The Lahaina community along with businesses across the island see the importance of keeping this event, recognizing its tremendous economic and social impacts, and are coming forward with donations to ensure it happens. While more financial support is still needed, a broader base is promising to step up and leverage their contacts to give Maui residents and our guests the fireworks extravaganza we desire and deserve. Please plan on joining us on Front Street in Lahaina on July 4. This event is touted as the third best place in the nation to be on the Fourth of July. We are fortunate to live on Maui.
Lastly, we wanted to provide an update on Senate Bill 2424, a bill to regulate professional employer organizations, a measure that hurts and could put many smaller employment agencies out of businesses. Efforts under way showcase how working together a positive difference can be made. This bill helped unify 30 to 40 employer organizations across the state who banded together to talk with elected officials, including the governor, about how this bill will hurt them and other businesses and will not deliver the protections some may have thought.
We have heard that when Gov. Neil Abercrombie met with these businesses, he first asked the question we have all been asking ... What was the problem that needed to be fixed? We are thrilled to hear it. We feel all proposed legislation should clearly define the problem, how the law will address the problem, and the impacts to all concerned when drafted. From our view, it would have a considerable amount of time, resources and taxpayers' dollars.
We have also heard, in response to comments made by legislators asking businesses why they were not present when this bill was heard during legislative session, that the governor said no legislator should say such things and businesses should not accept that. He understands businesses are busy running their business and such comments should not be made. We applaud him for saying so and wholeheartedly agree.
Many positive things are happening, and we wanted to share our good news with you.
* Pamela Tumpap is president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.