Shidler Business Night connects students with mentors

First Insurance Company of Hawaii returns as title sponsor

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly M Omiya, (808) 956-5645
Public Info Officer, College of Business-External Relations Office
Posted: May 4, 2018

Students enjoy an evening of networking and mentoring.
Students enjoy an evening of networking and mentoring.
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More than 250 business professionals representing 45 local companies mentored business students at the 57th annual Shidler College of Business premier student event, Business Night, held on May 2 at the Sheraton Waikīkī.

The event connects students one-to-one with mentors for an evening of learning and sharing. Through Business Night, students gain confidence, insightful information and valuable advice to guide them through their job searches and into their professional careers.

This year’s keynote speaker was Shidler alumna Michele Saito, president and CEO of DTRIC Insurance Group. At the event, 40 academic merit awards were presented to outstanding students totaling $67,000. The awards are donated by alumni and companies in Hawai‘i to recognize top students in various business disciplines.

First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i returned as title sponsor of Business Night for the 13th consecutive year and Hawai‘i Business Magazine served as the media sponsor for the second year.

“We are grateful for all the companies that continue to support our students through Business Night,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “We are especially grateful to First Insurance for being a supportive corporate partner. In addition to sponsoring Business Night, First Insurance also funded a $1 million endowed professorship, a $100,000 endowed scholarships, $160,000 to support the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and $150,000 to renovate and name the Corporate Interview Room.”

For a list of award recipients, sponsors and participating companies, visit:


Photo caption — From left: Nina Horioka, associate director of development, Shidler College of Business; Stefen Joshua Rasay, Business Night student committee director; Michele Saito, president & CEO, DTRIC Insurance Group; Jeff Shonka, president & CEO, First Insurance Co. of Hawaii; Cheryl Oncea, Publisher, Hawaii Business Magazine; Vance Roley, dean, Shidler College of Business.