Happy 10-Year Anniversary to the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii's YP Program! To celebrate we are hosting our first IN-PERSON Exec Connect in over a year!
We are hosting an after work pau hana on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Tchin Tchin at 5:15PM. Registration begins at 5:00PM and with each session starting promptly at 5:15PM. In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we invited back a few former YPs who have really leveled up in their career with the help of the YP program along with the Chamber’s President and CEO.
YP members - take advantage of this opportunity to get back together in-person and talk story with three of Hawaii’s business and community leaders. Hear their stories, professional journeys, and words of wisdom and encouragement.
This event is free for current YP members only, and each registrant will receive 2 drink tickets. Sign up NOW to attend this great “talk story” and learn from these accomplished local leaders!
As we monitor the local re-opening plans, we hope to bring this event back to an in-person lunch starting in September. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available!
Director of Sales, Community & Public Relations - Hawaii
Daniel Chun is the Hawai‘i director of sales, community and public relations for Alaska Airlines. He leads the airline’s sales, marketing, public affairs and community outreach efforts throughout the state of Hawai‘i. Chun has nearly two decades of experience in Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, starting at the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, where he helped to develop international travel to the Islands.
Chun then served for seven years as the special assistant to the State of Hawai‘i’s governor-appointed tourism liaison, where he coordinated with government agencies and the visitor industry on tourism-related matters. Prior to joining Alaska, Chun was the executive director of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, an umbrella organization for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. In 2019, Chun was appointed to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Board of Directors by Hawai‘i Governor David Ige.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Chun is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a Bachelor of Science degree in travel industry management. He studied commercial aviation and obtained his private pilot license from Honolulu Community College and the University of North Dakota. In the community, he currently serves on the boards of the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation, Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, Diamond Head Theatre and the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association, and is a member of Hawai‘i Foodbank Alakai, Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu and the Hawai‘i Society of Business Professionals.
Monica Ivey Smith
Corporate Relations Lead
Bayer Crop Science Hawaii
Monica Ivey Smith is a creative innovator, branding strategist and a force of positivity with more than 20 years of experience working in brand management, media, and social media.
She is currently the Corporate Relations Lead overseeing internal and external communications for Bayer Crop Science in Hawaii. In her role she works to develop multi-year engagement strategies across the Hawaiian Islands to positively share the company’s mission and initiatives across key stakeholder categories.
Over the course of her career, Monica’s experience has spanned from working as a DJ for Radio Disney, a traffic reporter and producer for an NBC affiliate news station, and PR for The Queen’s Medical Center before launching her own firm. She represented the likes of designer Andy South from Project Runway, Hawaii International Film Festival and BAMP Project, where she worked with top acts like Justin Bieber, Journey, and John Legend just to name a few.
Monica then made her segue way into the luxury market as Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Modern Luxury Hawaii. She managed the company’s partnerships and events with prestigious brands like Harry Winston, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co.
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Sherry Menor-McNamara was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on September 1, 2013; becoming the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber in the organization’s 170-year history, as well as the first Asian to serve as CEO of a State Chamber. She previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She joined the Chamber as Director of Business Advocacy in 2006 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Advocacy and Government Affairs in 2007. Under her leadership, the Chamber was recognized as the 2018 State Chamber of the Year, a national award presented by ACCE.
Prior to joining the Chamber, she was events manager for ESPN Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. She has lived in several major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and London, working for a wide variety of companies, such as Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Estee Lauder Company, Elton John Production, as well as for the Hawaii State Legislature, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and the Executive Office of the United States President.
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