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January 4, 2005





Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the appointment of his managing director, budget director and parks director.  Each will require confirmation by the Honolulu City Council.


Hannemann also announced that Timothy Steinberger will continue as director of the Department of Design and Construction for 30 days. In addition, Hannemann has appointed Wayne Hashiro, a longtime engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, to be deputy director of the Department of Design and Construction.


            The other appointees are:


        Managing Director, John L. Reed, a longtime Hawaii business leader. Reed is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the Ohio State University. He also attended the Wharton School of Business.  Early in his career he was a vice president of merchandising with John Wanamaker in Philadelphia and Federated Department Stores in Wisconsin.  He came to Hawaii in 1978 and joined DFS, formerly Duty Free Shoppers, as merchandising vice president.  He stayed with DFS for 21 years, serving as president of its North American operations and then its Hawaii and Japan operations. He oversaw the growth of revenue for DFS Hawaii/Japan from $450 million in 1988 to $800 million in 1995, with $165 million net profit that year. Reed was chairman of DFS Pacific Retail when he retired in 1999.  During his years here, he served on the boards of more than a dozen community and business groups, ranging from the Hawaii Employerís Council to the Variety School.  He served as president of the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation and chairman of Aloha United Way and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Reed left Hawaii in 1999 to found and head BriteSmile Inc., in Northern California. Within four years, BriteSmile was reporting annual revenue of $50 million. Reed lists his top accomplishment as raising and educating three children.


         Director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Mary Patricia Waterhouse, currently vice president of finance for Catholic Charities Hawaii.  She was deputy comptroller for the state Department of Accounting and General Services from 1995 to 2000, then served as chief financial and administrative officer for the Hawaii Community Foundation from 2000 to last January.  Waterhouse earned a bachelorís degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and two masterís degrees, in business administration and health administration, from Tulane University.  She has been a certified public accountant in Hawaii, and a senior consultant and manager with KPMG Peat Marwickís Honolulu office.  Waterhouse taught accounting at the University of Hawaii School of Business.  She also is active in many community organizations, from Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to the Suicide and Crisis Center, where she volunteered as a phone specialist.


        Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lester K.C. Chang, a retired Air Force colonel. Chang earned a bachelorís degree in education from the University of Hawaii and a masterís of public administration from Ball State University. He also completed a year-long course at the highly selective National Defense University. During 30 years of Air Force service, Chang served as director of personnel support policy and services in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and commanded the 86th Services Squadron in Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He was chief of plans and force management at Pacific Air Forces headquarters and, commanded the Army and Air Force Exchange Services Pacific Region. In that capacity, he directed a work force of more than 8,000 people, with sales exceeding $1.1 billion, at 87 installations in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Korea, Okinawa and Japan. Since he retired in 2002, Chang has been a senior instructor with the Air Force JROTC program at Kailua High School.





Tuesday, January 04, 2005

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