The Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors for HawaiiUSA has nominated three members to fill three vacancies for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. The three vacancies are for three-year terms. The following members, listed in alphabetical order, have been nominated:

  • Paul Mow
  • Stevette Santiago
  • Alan Schlissel

 

Members had until October 31, 2020 to submit a qualifying nomination by petition.  No member of the general membership submitted a qualifying nomination by petition.  As such, an election will not be conducted by ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor as the number of nominees equal the number of positions to be filled.  The above-named individuals will be declared elected at the HawaiiUSA Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Meet the Nominees

The following information was submitted to the Nomination Committee by the nominated candidates.

Paul Mow

Work Experience

State of Hawaii, Department of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General; County of Hawaii, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; City and County of Honolulu, Department of Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; and City and County of Honolulu, Department of Information Technology, Systems Analyst.

Education  

University of Oregon, Doctor of Jurisprudence; Temple University-Japan, Certificate of Attendance International Law Program; and University of Hawaii at Manoa, Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.

Board Qualifications

I have been an attorney in the State of Hawaii for the past twenty-four years.  During this time, I have prosecuted criminal white-collar crimes involving fraud, money laundering, forgery, and cybercrimes.  I have over ten years of private and public experience as a computer systems analyst.  I am also a current Supervisory Committee member, serving the past four years as Secretary.

Why you would like to serve as a Board Director 

In 1977, I joined HawaiiUSA.  My first paycheck as a Dole summer pineapple trimmer was deposited here.  I’ve had savings, checking, CDs, and mortgages.  Serving as a member of the Board of Directors provides me an opportunity to give back by contributing unique skills that blend business, law, and technology. 

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA

My focus will be to work with management to build the finest services and value for our members.  We must invest in technology to not only improve operations and competitive advantage, but also upgrade our cyber-security protections.  As a Director, I will always serve as a voice for the members.

 

Stevette Santiago

Work Experience

Young Brothers LLC, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations; Y. Hata & Co., Ltd., Division Manager, King Specialty Foods, Chief Administrative Officer; HawaiiUSA FCU, SVP of Strategy and Solutions; Spirent Communications, Senior Human Resources Manager; and Hawaii Wireless LLC, Co-Owner/Vice-President.

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management; University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, IFDA Executive Development Certificate; Catalytic Coaching Inc., Certified Coach Level 2; Society of Human Resources Management Association, SHRM – SCP Certification; and HR Certification Institute, Senior HR Professional Certification.

Board Qualifications

My skills in executive leadership and strategic planning working in four different industries, serving in different roles from Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, IT, and Operations provides a broad perspective at the Board table.  Serving as a Board member for the past three years and my previous experience working at HawaiiUSA provides additional continuity. 

Why you would like to serve as a Board of Director

As a former employee and current Board member, the future of the Credit Union is at a pivotal time in its 80+ year history given the pandemic and how technology is shaping the world around us.  I welcome the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of the credit union which includes succession planning, risk management, and any other area of focus to ensure our long-term success.

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA

I would focus on ensuring we have a clear succession plan at the executive team level, an innovative technology and digital strategy to increase our efficiency and growth, and that our brand is delivered consistently based on what our employees and members expect of us.

 

Alan Schlissel

Work Experience

Schlissel & Associates LLC, Managing Member; University of Hawaii, Adjunct Professor of Accounting; KMH LLP, Senior Manager; Grant Thornton, Tax Manager; and Alacqua & Baierlein LLP, Of Counsel.

Education

University of Florida Levin School of Law, Master of Law in Taxation; and Hofstra University, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting, and Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.  

Board Qualifications

As an attorney and accountant, I possess analytical skills and knowledge in finance, accounting, and regulatory affairs. In my occupation, I have provided significant business and financial advice to numerous companies and individuals and have significant experience in those areas.  As a Director for HawaiiUSA for the past three years, I have served as Treasurer and Chair of the Asset Liability Committee.

Why you would like to serve as a Board of Director

The economic fall out from COVID is unprecedented.  My background as a business owner, a tax attorney, and a principal of an accounting firm adds to varying experience and knowledge needed at the Board level.  I can provide value and give back to my community.

Primary Focus for HawaiiUSA 

To ensure we are financially strong and leverage the financial strength to provide support for our members burdened by the economic impact of COVID.  I look to see how each program would be supportive to our members and seek opportunities to find enhancements to our members and meet regulatory requirements.