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Kimberly Perez Hults and Bianca Mordasini

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa staff members were recognized as young business professionals who are making a difference in the workplace and shaping the future of our community. Kimberly Perez Hults and Bianca Mordasini were selected among the best 40 Under 40 in 2021 by Pacific Business News (PBN). This is the 22nd year PBN has selected its 40 Under 40 list.

Criteria for the award include:

  • Demonstrate business excellence and contribute to the overall success at his or her business or organization
  • Stand out amongst peers and colleagues
  • Strong current and past community involvement
  • Must be 39 years of age or younger

Perez Hults is the director of marketing and outreach relations for the College of Engineering. Working under the dean and as part of the leadership team, she is responsible for developing and executing the college’s strategic marketing plan, which includes communications, media support, major event planning, external relations, recruitment, K–12 outreach and the student ambassador program. Outside of her role at the university, she also supports her family’s small business for watersports instruction and recently co-launched a nonprofit club to develop emerging windsports athletes in Hawaiʻi.

“Being honored as a 40 Under 40 has long been a dream of mine,” Perez Hults said. “I’m beyond humbled to be included in this cohort of amazing local professionals spanning a diverse range of industries. I am proud to represent UH in the 2021 class and will forever be grateful for this recognition.”

Mordasini is the senior director of alumni and external relations for the Shidler College of Business. She is responsible for overseeing alumni relations for the Shidler College and School of Travel Industry Management, in addition to the college’s overall marketing, public relations, fundraising and college events, as well as outreach and communications. Outside of work, she serves on the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Young Professionals steering committee and is a certified yoga instructor.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be recognized among some of Hawaiʻi’s most promising young professionals,” Mordasini said. “I am sincerely humbled by the nomination, and wish a heartfelt congratulations to my fellow 40 Under 40 2021 cohort. I look forward to seeing all the great things this group will accomplish!”

—By Marc Arakaki