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Jean-Paul Gedeon grew a high school passion project into a million dollar business.
He is a well respected and experienced Entrepreneur living in Honolulu Hawaii. His beach lifestyle brand IDEL HAWAII (pronounced ideal) began selling stickers, shirts and hats, soon expanded into the well-known graphic design and printing business JPG HAWAII.
Constantly growing JPG with his business partners and brothers Joseph and Branden Gedeon, JPG has now expanded in to the Out-of-Home advertising industry with JPG MEDIA. Launched in 2015, JPG MEDIA has quickly become the largest provider of Out-of-Home media in a challenging market where traditional billboards are banned.
As President and Founder of the award-winning companies, Business Pivot of the Year (Pacific Edge magazine), (Best of Yelp [printers], Best Family Run Business nominee, Business Leadership Hawaii). Gedeon credits his success to the same drive that pushed him to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout badge at 17 or become Oahu's Blockbuster Video Game Champion at 12: the support of his family and community.
Active in philanthropy and many non-profit associations, he has served on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneur's Organization of Hawaii and the Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation.
Kathleen "Kat" Lin-Hurtubise
Founder & CEO
Gourmet Events Hawaii
An innovative force in the staffing and events management industries, Kathleen Lin-Hurtubise is the founder & president of Gourmet Events Hawaii (GEH), an award-winning full-service production, catering and event management company, Aloha Hospitality Professionals (AlohaHP), the first full-service staffing agency in Hawai'i exclusively dedicated to hospitality gig work, and Kau Kau Box, a meal delivery service that ships directly to customers' door across Hawaii. Kau Kau Box provides a week's worth of incredible, chef-prepared meals and grocery stables from local farmers and fishermen.
Prior to founding GEH, AlohaHP, and Kau Kau Box, Lin-Hurtubise served as the Field Office Director in Massachusetts, Alaska and Hawaii recruiting and developing thousands of staff who mobilized communities around environmental and consumer issues, she served as the Hawaii Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and events organizer at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She received her master's degree in political science and government from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
She was a recipient of Pacific Business News' (PBN) Women Who Mean Business in 2013, 2014 and 2016. She is a member of the Leading Caterers of America, TempNet, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, and Meeting Professionals International.
Dr. Tony Trpkovski, MD
Doctors of Waikiki