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Roy K. Amemiya, Jr. named President & CEO of ‘Ōlelo Community Media

June 3, 2011

HONOLULU, HI (May 26, 2010) – ‘Ōlelo Community Media has named Roy K. Amemiya, Jr. as president and CEO. In his new role, Amemiya will lead ‘Ōlelo’s initiatives to strengthen island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media as the private, nonprofit PEG (public, educational and governmental) access services and resources provider on O‘ahu.

Amemiya has been involved with ‘Ōlelo for many years, serving as chairman of the board before joining the company in July 2010 as chief operating officer. He became ‘Ōlelo’s interim president and CEO in January 2011, when Keali‘i López was appointed by the Abercrombie
administration as the director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Before joining ‘Ōlelo, Amemiya was senior vice president of Central Pacific Bank and the former City Bank from 2001 to 2010. Prior to that, he was the director of Budget and Fiscal Services for the City and County of Honolulu from 1997 to 2000.

“The board was unanimous in electing Roy as president and CEO,” said Jim Boersema, chairman of ‘Ōlelo’s board of directors. “Since he joined the company last July, we have seen the positive effects of his leadership, including the establishment of several initiatives that will undoubtedly move ‘Ōlelo towards even greater fulfillment of its mission. His outstanding commitment to our community drives all he does.”

An active member of the Honolulu community, Amemiya serves in leadership roles at several organizations, including: Royal State Corporation, where he serves as a director; Hawaii 3Rs, where he is a board member; and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of
Commerce, where he serves as director and chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

Amemiya graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he majored in industrial management and minored in computer science. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Amemiya is a graduate of Leilehua High School in Wahiawā.

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