Steve Sue, Chairman & Chief Lemon Head
Steve is the founder of Lemonade Alley, founder of Camp BizGym. Outside of BGF, he’s the founder of BizGym.com, author of Bizgenics Genome Project and co-owner of RankHI, a digital marketing firm. Steve’s background includes experience as a conceptualist and creator of new business enterprises in a number of industries. For more, see stevesue.com
Myron Nakata, Secretary, Treasurer & Board Member
Myron is a co-founder of Lemonade Alley, co-owner of LeiHut.com, an online store of Hawaii products and shareholder of BizGym.com. Myron has decades of experience in a variety of businesses as an owner, investor and operator. He currently helps out with other non-profits including being the Chair for the Aloha Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, as well as a board member for the Boy Scouts, Hawaii Council for Economic Education and the Family Business Center of Hawaii.
Dennis Burns, Board Member
Dennis is a seasoned veteran of both TV and film production. While his shooting credits are long, he’s also a founder and owner of Pacific Focus (a video production firm), 1013 Integrated Branding (a creative agency) and Visitor Video (a hotel in-room channel that services over 24,000 hotel rooms in Hawai‘i). Dennis is also one of the founding fathers of Lemonade Alley, having bent here from the start to cover and promote the story through video storytelling.
Louise K.Y. Ing is Director with Alston, Hunt, Floyd, and Ing. Her litigation and dispute resolution practice covers areas of law that impact businesses and business people on a daily basis, including contracts, commercial transactions, leases, employment, real estate, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy law, proprietary information, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and intellectual property. Louise has received numerous awards including Pacific Business News’ Women Who Mean Business Career Achievement Award in 2016 and Best Lawyers in America’s® 2015 Hawai‘i Lawyer of the Year for both Bankruptcy and Bet-the-Company Litigation. She active with a number of organizations in the state. She serves local nonprofits and business through her board of directors work with the University of Hawai`i Foundation, Child & Family Service, Hawaii State Bar Foundation and Island Holdings.
Alice is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happiness University. She is an expert life guide, and author of six nationally award-winning books on life wisdom, self-growth and happiness. She has two columns, one in MidWeek titled “A Mindful Moment,” and and an award-winning column in the Sunday Star-Advertiser called “Go Ask Alice” that offers pertinent life guidance. Through Happiness U, she helps both companies and individuals develop positive mindsets in order to live more inspired in both their professional and private lives. yourhappinessu.com
Unyong Nakata, MBA, CFRE, Board Member
Unyong is the Executive Director of Development for the UH Foundation – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa. During Unyong’s tenure, the College has seen a 25% increase in faculty endowments and a 60% increase in scholarships. Together with alumnus Jay H. Shidler and Dean Vance Roley, Unyong brought to fruition the largest private donation in the history of the State of Hawaii – the $69 million Visionary Gift. All this while actively stewarding a robust circle of donors, growing the alumni network in Hawaii and abroad, as well as creating new initiatives for the College. She is dedicated to strengthening Hawaii as exemplified by her Board service with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Young Professionals, YWCA Mink Center, BizGym, and the AFP – Aloha Chapter. Unyong was recognized in 2014 as Pacific Business News’ class of Forty Under 40 and in 2015 as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the AFP – Aloha Chapter.
Ronalyn supports the production of the Foundation’s programs such as the BizBuzz Drinks, Lemonade Alley kidpreneur program where she first became involved in 2015, and BizzyB-the project based learning application. Ronalyn’s background includes business administration, management, and a track record in community service as she enjoys making positive impact and building lasting relationship.
Kimee Balmilero, Program Director
Hawaii born actor Kimee Balmilero’s professional credits include: The 3X Emmy Nominated series “Hi-5,” the Original Broadway Cast of “Mamma Mia,” “Miss Saigon,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” While working in NYC and LA for 15+ years, she studied improv & sketch comedy at the famed Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Since moving back to Hawaii in 2012, Kimee founded and is the “Head Sillypino” of improvhi a company and website dedicated to sketch and improv comedy in Hawaii. In March 2015, she created and produced the first ever Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater.
Rae Olim, Bookkeeping
Rae is the owner of Daily Financial Solutions and more importantly, contributes BGF bookkeeeping as a give back to the community. Daily Financial Solutions is a daily money manager in Hawai‘i that makes “Solutions that Make Cents.” DFS specializes in “Age in Place” bill pay and household financial management services for Seniors, Surviving Spouses not familiar with finances and Children concerned about their aging parents. DFS also helps Busy Professionals get their affairs in order, individuals with large student loans or credit card debt and Small Businesses or Entrepreneurs needing help setting up their books and filing systems so they can stay focused on their businesses.
John LeBlanc, Web Director
John is a veteran web technologist who has built huge sites right from the start of the Internet. He also sports a deep background in music, television and video production. He currently focused on helping businesses and individuals establish a solid, concise, secure and easily maintainable online presence by combining existing day-to-day business operations with simple & modular web publishing tools, e-commerce, social media, open source software, slick APIs, localization, scalable hosting and compassionate tech support.
Past Board Members
We honor the contributions of our past board members who all live and breath “Profit to Share!”
Carol Ai May is Vice President of City Mill Company, Ltd. a 115-year old family-owned business. Prior to City Mill, Carol managed her tropical juice manufacturing company following a career in advertising/marketing in Honolulu, New York and Boston. Her current community work includes board positions with the Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Child & Family Service, Retail Merchants of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Foundation.
Russell is owner and CEO of Y. Hata & Company Limited, ChefZone and Koa Trading Company.
Cleo is a financial services executive with broad experience in developing high performance teams and unique retail digital models. Cleo’s passion for team building and brand advocacy is rare in financial services. Throughout her leadership roles, she built a culture that put the business and the profile of the Team at the center of the brand’s national and global profile and made community outreach a pillar in its success. Cleo acquired deep experience in the foreign exchange and international money transfer businesses, in executive posts at Custom House, Thomas Cook and Deak International along with a decade of multi-national consulting for both the private sector and nonprofit community.