FocusOn: Operating during a crisis, sponsored by Central Pacific Bank
The Chamber represents more than 2,000+ businesses of all sizes representing 210,000 employees from a wide variety of industries that are contributing more than $32 billion in revenue to Hawaii’s economy.
Businesses in Hawaii have faced unimaginable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have pivoted their operations based on restrictions and developed unique ways to fight through the battle.
Three industries - restaurant/bar, floral and shopping center - will be sharing about how they navigated the pandemic, along with best practices, during our upcoming FocusOn webinar.
Monty Pereira, GM & Sales and Marketing Director, Watanabe Floral, Inc.
Breana Grosz, General Manager, International Market Place
Don Murphy, Owner, Murphy's Bar & Grill
GM & Sales and Marketing Director
Watanabe Floral, Inc.
Born and raised in Hilo, Pereira graduated with Honors in 1991 from the University of Hawaii-Manoa Business School with a degree in Accounting. After passing the CPA exam and working in Public accounting for two local CPA Firms, Monty left public Accounting for Watanabe Floral to be their Accountant. After a few years, Monty migrated away from Accounting instead becoming the Sales and Marketing Director and later adding the title of General Manager. In 2009, Pacific Business News recognized Pereira as one of Hawaii’s 40 Under 40. He is very proud of the team at Watanabe Floral, which has now been voted Hawaii’s Best Florist every year since 2003.
Away from Watanabe Floral, Pereira is the President of Kaoi Soccer Club, Chairman of the Leeward YMCA Board of Managers and President of the Alakai Networking Roundtable, a Business Networking group. Pereira is married to Lori Pereira and has two daughters, Tiana (22) and Crystal (18).
International Market Place
Over the course of Grosz’s career in Hawaii her experience has included business development, healthcare, operations, construction management and strategic communications. Grosz joined The Taubman Company in 2016 to work on International Market Place development project. She then joined the International Market Place marketing team and in June 2019 became one of Taubman’s youngest General Managers in their 70 year history. She oversees all aspects of the shopping, dining and entertainment destination, including operations, marketing, sponsorship, retailer relationships and community relations. For the past several years, Grosz has been an active volunteer of AccesSurf, a local nonprofit organization that provides individuals with disabilities access to water through assisted swimming and surfing. Grosz also serves as a director on the board of the Waikiki Improvement Association, HLTA Women In Lodging, and Waikiki Community Center.
Don Murphy Owner
Murphy's Bar & Grill
Don Murphy is 70 years old, and has been married to Marion Elniski for 27 years, He has been the owner of Murphy's for 34 years. Murphy grew up in Oklahoma, then lived in Florida, California and Oregon. He met wife Marion at Murphy's when he bought it back in 1987.
Murphy is also in the Hawaii Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, and him and Marion are in the UH Circle of Honor. Murphy's has won numerous awards, and was a finalist for the National Restaurant Association's 'Good Neighbor' award.