LEADERSHIP

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While diverse in background and experiences, the leadership in Kinaʻole Foundation all came together with a purpose of giving back to the community.

 

Eric Baker - Chairman

Ka'ala Buenconsejo - Secretary

Adam Zarro - Treasurer

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Eric Baker - Chairman

Eric is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of GF Capital Management & Advisors, LLC, and a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee, where he concentrates on private equity investments in the media and branded consumer product sectors. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Jonathan Adler, Whalerock Industries, and GF Sports Holdings, and was formerly a board member of Airborn, Repucom, Trade Service, Blue Man Group, and Melodeo.

Prior to co-founding GF Capital, Eric served as a Senior Vice President of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder ("A&SB") where he worked in the Corporate Finance department as well as managing a number of A&SB corporate development activities. Prior to A&SB, he was an Analyst with Gleacher & Co., an M&A advisory boutique. Eric has also been a featured speaker at several private equity conferences.

Eric graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics, magna cum laude, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at Penn.

Ka'ala Buenconsejo - Secretary

 

Ka'ala is a Native Hawaiian who brings over a decade of experience in strategic sales and business development having successfully directed teams in competitive markets while increasing distribution and growing market share across a variety of businesses.

 

Ka'ala has strong ties to Hawaii and has spent nearly 10 years working in Maui for businesses and organizations including Na Hoaloha Ekolu as the Director of Marketing, County of Maui as the Parks and Recreation Director, and Mahi Pono, LLC as the Director of Sales. He also worked as the VP of Business Development for the Hawaii Region for Anaergia Services, LLC. In addition to being a successful business leader, he is an exceptional mentor and coach who is able to build, lead, and retain top-performing teams.

Ka'ala graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu, HI with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Adam Zarro - Treasurer

Adam is a Native Hawaiian who was born and raised in Maui then later moved to Los Angeles, CA where he spent 15 years in outside sales for a variety of businesses and industries. His time there included working for Enterprise Rent-a-car and ADP before transitioning to the construction industry selling commercial building envelope weather proofing systems in for Tremco, Inc.

 

Having gained knowledge of sustainability and management of earth's resources, he began work at Mars, Inc. as a Territory Manager developing, promoting, selling and innovating new routes to market for Mars coffee and tea. While there, Adam traveled extensively 40 weeks out of the year and helped train the next generation of leaders in sales and sustainability.  Since moving back to Hawaii, Adam has been both a consultant and contractor for property management and real estate.  

Adam graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene where he studied Marketing, Finance, and Computer Information Technology.

Dr. Raymond Jardine, Jr., Colonel, Army, Retired - Founder

 

Dr. Ray Jardine has had a lifetime of leadership roles in the armed services and business ventures. His dedication to service and desire to give back to Native Hawaiians led him to found the Kina'ole Foundation in 2006. Ray's vision was a Foundation that would serve Native Hawaiians in promoting opportunities for their own success, and give back to the community which was a key part of his own life's success.

 

In 2003, Ray retired as a Colonel after a distinguished military career. In his 32 plus years in the military Ray served in leadership positions in nearly every major Emergency and Disaster Relief effort in Hawaii. He has received innumerable medals, awards, and honors for his long, distinguished service to his country and state including the Distinguished Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and numerous other medals and commendations. In 2005, he was awarded the highest civilian award from the National Guard Association of the United States, the Patrick Henry Award.

 

Throughout his life, Ray continued his public service in a variety of organizations including the Native Hawaiian Organizations Association (NHOA), Native Hawaiian Corporation (NHO), State of Hawaii Civil Defense Advisory Board, Hawaii National Guard Association (Life Member), Congress of the Hawaii People Organization, Alu Like Hohana Nanakuli High School Program, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaiian Foundation of History and the Humanities, Outrigger Canoe Club, and many others.