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Eddie Flores Jr. and Elaine Flores donate $1 million to UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-5645
Director of External Relations, Shidler College of Business
Posted: Apr 27, 2017

From left, Unyong Nakata, Dean Vance Roley, Eddie, Elaine and Elisia Flores, Jay Shidler.
From left, Unyong Nakata, Dean Vance Roley, Eddie, Elaine and Elisia Flores, Jay Shidler.

Link to video & sound: http://bit.ly/2pkMzQk

(Video log and transcribed soundbites at end of release)

 

Founder of L&L Drive-Inn/L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and local real estate investor Eddie Flores Jr. and wife Elaine have made a $1 million gift to the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa. The $1 million will endow a new Eddie and Elaine Flores Jr. Real Estate Lecture Series and name the Shidler courtyard.

The annual Flores Real Estate Lecture Series will address issues and trends in the real estate industry in Hawai‘i and beyond, and provide practitioners the opportunity to learn and network with like-minded professionals. Renowned real estate developer and Shidler alumnus Jack E. Myers kicked off the inaugural Shidler College of Business Real Estate Lecture Series on April 20 to a crowd of 250.

This is Flores’ second $1 million gift to the college. In 2007, Flores established a $1 million scholarship endowment at the college. The gift has provided over 160 scholarships to undergraduate students. Flores received his BBA from the Shidler College of Business in 1970. He was inducted into the college’s Hall of Honor in 2005 and was honored as a University of Hawai‘i Distinguished Alumni in 1999.

In 1972, Flores established his own brokerage firm, Sun Pacific Realty, and currently operates a real estate school. He also authored several articles and books on real estate and investment, a testament to his passion for real estate. In 1991, Flores was named the Educator of the Year by the Hawaii Association of Realtors.

Flores also supports a number of educational and cultural organizations in Hawai‘i. Most notably, he helped to establish the Filipino Community Center and Chinatown Community Center.

“I am a very proud graduate from Shidler College of Business. The college taught me everything and provided all tools to be successful in business. This gift is my way of giving back to the college and to the community,” said Flores.

“This lecture series would not be possible without the vision and support of Eddie and Elaine. Eddie is a successful entrepreneur and an accomplished real estate investor, author and educator,” says Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “To honor their commitment, we are proud to name the courtyard in the Flores name; we are proud to have the L&L legacy attached to the college forever.”

(Full photo caption)  From left, Unyong Nakata, executive director of development, Shidler; Vance Roley, dean, Shidler; Eddie, Elaine and Elisia Flores, L&L; Jay Shidler, The Shidler Group.

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VIDEO SHOT SHEET (1 minute, 30 seconds):

  • Flores presenting check (2 shots)
  • Shots at the Real Estate Lecture Series with developer Jack Myers (5 shots)
  • Shidler courtyard (5 shots) 

SOUNDBITES:

 Eddie Flores, President and CEO of L&L Drive-Inn/L&L Hawaiian Barbecue (8 seconds)

“It’s a way to give back to the community. I am a very proud graduate from Shidler College a long time ago. I don’t want to say when but a long ago.”

Vance Roley – Dean, UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business (6 seconds)

“This is Eddie’s second gift. We are very proud to have second million-dollar gift from Eddie and Elaine Flores.”