The UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business named four distinguished people to its annual Hall of Honor Awards during a fundraising dinner on October 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki. The 2016 recipients were Rick Ching, President and Chief Operating Officer, Servco Pacific Inc .; John C. Dean Jr., Executive Chairman, Central Bank of the Pacific; Tra My Nguyen (Vietnam), Founder and Chairman, CSC Vietnam, and Vice Chairman, The PAN Group; and Teresa Yang (Hong Kong), Vice President, Esquel Group of Companies.
Individuals, representing the best in business, were honored for their exceptional leadership in their professions, service to their community and support for education. The inclusion this year of Nguyen from Vietnam and Yang from Hong Kong exemplifies the college’s global influence through the success of its international alumni.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Servco Pacific Inc., Patrick “Rick” Ching (MBA ’86) is involved in strategic planning and capital allocation decisions for the company. He currently oversees Servco’s Hawai’i automotive and home appliance operations division, as well as many of the company’s resource and support units. He is also a member of Servco’s executive and management committees and sits on the board of directors of Servco Australia (seven car dealerships).
John C. Dean Jr. has spent 35 years in the financial industry focusing on troubled institutions and bringing them back to profitability. In 2010, Dean joined Central Pacific Bank (CPB) as CEO to oversee its recapitalization. After leading CPB to profitability, Dean stepped down as CEO in 2015. Today, he is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of CPB and Chairman of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at Shidler College of Business. Dean also advises various venture capital firms and is the Managing General Partner of Startup Capital Ventures.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Tra My Nguyen (Vietnam Executive MBA ’07) is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CSC Vietnam JSC., An investment company focused on agriculture, education and real estate. She is also Vice President of The PAN Group, a leading regional agriculture and food company. Under Nguyen’s leadership, CSC and The Pan Group have strengthened their home markets and are currently in the process of expanding their markets to the United States and Singapore. A strong advocate for sustainable development, she also sits on the board of directors of several large agricultural companies in Vietnam.
Originally from Hong Kong, Mingyen “Teresa” Yang (BBA 1984) is Vice President of the Esquel Group, a leading Hong Kong-based textiles and clothing manufacturer with production facilities in five Asian countries. Esquel is one of the world’s leading producers of clothing brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Nike. Yang is responsible for the strategic planning of the Esquel Group and focuses his energy on strengthening operations. Yang is also involved in many organizations that oversee Hong Kong’s textile and clothing industry.
The title sponsor of the event was CPB; the media sponsor was Pacific Business News. Funds raised from the event will support scholarships, student enrichment programs, alumni outreach and special student activities through the college advancement fund. Donations to the fund can be made at www.uhfoundation.org/GiveToShidler.
For a full list of past winners, visit: shidler.hawaii.edu/hall-of-honor/past-recipients.
(Full caption, from left) Vance Roley, Dean, Shidler College of Business; Rick Ching, President and Chief Operating Officer, Servco Pacific; Teresa Yang, Vice President, Esquel Group of Companies; Tra My Nguyen, Founder and Chairman, CSC Vietnam, and JSC Vice Chairman, The PAN Group; John C. Dean Jr., Executive Chairman, Central Bank of the Pacific; and Jay H. Shidler, Founder and Managing Partner, The Shidler Group and College namesake.