Vance Roley, dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business, was honored as the 2015 Salesperson of the Year at the Sales and Marketing Executives Honolulu’s annual luncheon at the Sheraton Waikīkī on April 20. Roley was recognized for his vision and leadership in elevating the reputation of the Shidler College.

Under Roley’s leadership, the college secured $100 million in private giving from real estate investor and alumnus Jay Shidler. With Shidler’s support, Roley was able to implement a strategic plan, which transformed the college’s facilities, academic programs, fundraising initiatives and quality of faculty research. Today, the Shidler College of Business is listed among the best international business programs in the nation and attracts quality students and faculty from all over the world.

Roley has served as the dean of the Shidler College of Business since 2005. He also holds the First Hawaiian Bank Chair of Leadership and Management. In 2015, Roley was named Pacific Business News’ American Savings Bank “Business Leader of the Year” for his leadership and vision.

Roley received a BA in economics and statistics from the University of California at Berkeley, and MA and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Since 1957, Sales and Marketing Executives Honolulu has recognized over 50 business and community leaders who had enhanced the image of Hawaiʻi and the quality of life in our community.

—By Dolly Omiya

Shidler College of Business students congratulate Dean Vance Roley as Salesperson of the Year.