Jay H. Shidler honored with the Shidler College of Business Visionary Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-5645
Public Information Officer, College of Business-External Relations Office
Posted: Oct 14, 2015

From left are Rodriguez, Tran, Shidler,  Roley, Matsumoto, Martinson and Uyeda.
From left are Rodriguez, Tran, Shidler, Roley, Matsumoto, Martinson and Uyeda.

Five distinguished individuals were recognized at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor Awards on October 8 at the Sheraton Waikiki. These individuals were selected for their outstanding contributions to their profession, community and to the Shidler College of Business. The evening culminated with a special Visionary Award presented to Jay H. Shidler (BBA 1968), founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group, for his contribution to the college and to the University of Hawai‘i.

In 2006, Shidler donated $25 million to the college. In honor of his gift, the college was renamed the Shidler College of Business. The gift allowed the college to increase student scholarship and faculty research support, expand academic programs, provide matching gift opportunities, and upgrade the building exterior, classrooms and surrounding environment. Since then, Shidler quietly donated another $6 million to further renovate the college facilities. In 2014, Shidler made a commitment of $69 million, extending his total gift to $100 million. To date, this is the largest private donation in the history of UH.

The individuals inducted into the Shidler Hall of Honor were Tran Trong Kien (Vietnam Executive MBA 2004), chairman and CEO of Thien Minh Group, one of the largest integrated travel companies in the Southeast Asian region with 17 offices in 11 countries; Eric Martinson (BBA 1984), senior VP of endowment at the Queen’s Health Systems, and president of Queen Emma Land Company and the Queen’s Development Corporation; Dawn Matsumoto (BBA 1989), Gerhard G. Mueller Endowed Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington; Lawrence Rodriguez, retired managing partner of Ernest & Young Hawaii, retired executive VP and CFO at Central Pacific Bank, and executive-in-residence at the Shidler College of Business; and Allen Uyeda, retired president & CEO, First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

"It was an honor to present Jay with the college’s first Visionary Award and also induct five amazing business leaders into our Hall of Honor,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “Through their leadership, entrepreneurial success and public service, these stellar individuals have made significant impacts in their profession, community, and to the college. They are excellent examples of the quality of our alumni and friends in Hawai‘i and around the world.”

The Shidler Hall of Honor Awards is an annual fundraising event to honor outstanding alumni and friends of the college. Since 1992, the college has inducted 86 alumni and friends from around the world. For more information, visit www.shidler.hawaii.edu/hall-of-honor.

For more information, visit: http://shidler.hawaii.edu/