UH Foundation welcomes two new members to Board of Trustees

University of Hawaiʻi
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Director of Communications
Posted: Aug 10, 2009

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation has elected Michael Tresler and Brandt Farias to its Board of Trustees.

Michael Tresler is the Senior Vice President of Grove Farm Company, Inc. headquartered in Lihue. He joined the company in 2007 as vice president. Previously he served as Kauaʻi County‘s finance director. Prior to that, he worked as director of finance for the American Heart Association, Hawaiʻi chapter.

Tresler earned a BBA ‘91 in accounting from UH Mānoa and is a certified public accountant. He played football for UH Mānoa from 1987-90. Currently Tresler is a coach for the Kauaʻi High School football team and serves on the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative‘s nominating committee. He has also served as the Kauaʻi Police Activities League (KPAL) president since 2007. His other affiliations have included the Kauaʻi Chamber of Commerce and the Kauaʻi Economic Development Board‘s renewable energy committee.

Brandt Farias is an executive vice president in charge of the Marketing Communications Division at First Hawaiian Bank. He has more than 25 years of marketing experience and currently oversees the bank's advertising, corporate communications, direct mail and special events departments, as well as its wealth management, deposit and IRA product areas. He was appointed to the bank's senior management committee in January 2006.

Farias earned his BA ‘81 in journalism from UH Mānoa. He is a graduate of Stanford‘s Executive Management program and currently serves on the board of Catholic Charities Hawaii and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaiʻi.

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite our donors‘ passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations to benefit the people of Hawaiʻi and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships. Please visit www.uhf.hawaii.edu.