Synergy a Collective Social


A networking event produced by AAF Hawaii, Ad 2 Honolulu, AIGA Honolulu, AMA Hawaii, PRSA Hawaii, and SME Honolulu.

Location: D&B Rooftop Bar

Live entertainment by Tioni and Wade Acoustic Duo

Heavy pupu and one (1) drink per person


5:30-6:00 PM - Check-in & registration

6:00-7:00 PM - Live music & networking

7:00-7:30 PM - Organization announcements & prize giveaways

8:30 PM - Grand prize giveaway (must be present to win)


Parking: Free & ample parking around Ward Village



SME Honolulu has a great event planned for you on Monday, August 19 at the NEW Entrepreneur's Sandbox in Kakaako, from 5:30-7:30.

Enjoy great catered appetizers from the Butcher and the Bird, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, the company of your peers, and an outstanding presentation from Amber Lethem of Southwest Consulting.

Amber's high energy sessionwill teach you to:

  • Give you ideas for overcoming call reluctance and taking action

  • Tips for developing a top producer mindset, and

  • A strategy for uncovering your prospect's needs to prevent objections from ever happening!

Do not miss this great event! Register today!

Date: Monday, August 19

Location: Entrepreneur's Sandbox in Kakaako
Address: 643 Ilalo St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Tickets: $36 for members
$41 for non-members and guests.

Amber was born and raised in Kane’ohe and began her sales career with Southwestern Advantage selling educational resources door-to-door 80 hours a week, straight commission as a college sophomore. Upon receiving her BA in International Relations from Baylor University, she relocated to Atlanta and Tuscaloosa to teach other college students the same skills and success principles that influenced her. In her life and business, Amber’s mindset follows this belief: “Growth”, whether it is in sales or business, is simply a reflection of how you’ve stepped more into the best version of yourself.


Three Networking Secrets Every Sales and Marketing Executive Should Know

Join us on Thursday, June 27th from 5:30-7:30 at 3660 On The Rise to hear from Jan Kaeo of Dale Carnegie.  At this exciting June SME event you'll receive a powerful opportunity to engage with an expert Dale Carnegie trainer for the price of dinner! What better skill to learn about at a networking event than how to be better at it? Most executives feel like they could do more to improve their effectiveness at networking. Jan will provide three tangible ways to improve your skills and confidence.

Join us on Thursday, June 27th from 5:30-7:30 at 3660 On The Rise to hear from Jan Kaeo of Dale Carnegie.

At this exciting June SME event you'll receive a powerful opportunity to engage with an expert Dale Carnegie trainer for the price of dinner! What better skill to learn about at a networking event than how to be better at it? Most executives feel like they could do more to improve their effectiveness at networking. Jan will provide three tangible ways to improve your skills and confidence.

Location: 3660 on The Rise
3660 Waialae Ave,
Honolulu, HI 96816

Tickets: $36 for members
$41 for non-members and guests.

ENJOY Delicious Heavy Pupu and
Drinks of your choice*

*Alcohol is no host

More About Dale Carnegie

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world. While our training techniques continue to evolve, our core principles remain true to a single vision: real transformation begins within.

How to Make Yourself a Wanted Man or Woman


Join us on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 at 3660 on Waialae Avenue to hear from Judy Bishop, President and CEO of Bishop and Company, a premiere Honolulu based executive recruitment company.

Judy will share insider info on what the most successful sales and marketing executives do to position themselves for big career moves.

Register today!

Location: 3660 on The Rise
3660 Waialae Ave,
Honolulu, HI 96816

Tickets: $36 for members
$41 for non-members and guests.

ENJOY Delicious Heavy Pupu and
Drinks of your choice*

*Alcohol is no host

More About Judy Bishop

Judy has over thirty years of staffing experience. She has managed local, national and international offices on four continents. In addition to owning and operating her own company in Hawaii and on the mainland, Judy has been as a Franchise Owner, Regional Vice- President, Division Vice- President, National Sales Manager, and COO, with an extensive background of managing teams to perform searches for a broad spectrum of talent requirements for clients in diverse industries. Ms. Bishop is a well respected thought leader and in demand speaker on workforce staffing, women in the workforce, and talent sourcing. Judy is responsible for the complete satisfaction of Bishop & Company’s client companies, candidates and contract employees. Ms. Bishop is fully involved in the day to day operation of Bishop & Company.

SYNERGY: A Collaborative Networking Social


SME Honolulu invites you to a February networking event!

SYNERGY: A Collaborative Networking Social

Join SME Honolulu and the local chapters of the American Advertising Federation, Ad 2, American Marketing Association and Public Relations Society of America for Hawaii’s first-ever Synergy collaborative networking social!

Mix and mingle with Hawaii’s premiere marketing and communications professionals while enjoying the sunset and conversation at the social networking event of the year!    


February 21, 20195:00pm-8:00pmSunset Bar at Dave & Buster's 
(1030Auahi St. Honolulu, HI 96814)
Tickets: $35 members; $40 non-members & guests

Ticket price includes heavy pupus and complimentary drink, and ticket for lucky number drawing.

Please dress to impress in business casual. Free Parking can be found at Ward Theatres or Whole Foods.

Your Hosts:
SME Honolulu – 
AAF Hawaii –
Ad2 Honolulu –
AMA Hawaii –
PRSA Hawaii –

Boost Your Signal & Enhance Your Brand, ft. Cheryl Farr


Join us for an evening with Cheryl Farr, 
Founder & Chief Brand Officer of SIGNAL.csk.

Cheryl will share with us the power of branding – showcasing how it’s the "not-so-secret" weapon every company has. She will tell us about her proprietary method of not only how to discover the power behind brand but also how to leverage it. 

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31 N. Pauahi Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96817  

Date & Time:
Tuesday January 22 5:30pm-7:30pm
$40 for members
$45 for non-members and guests. 

Ticket price includes pupus and drink ticket.


Find out how to stand out in a crowd and bring powerful brand stories to life that can inspire, engage, and keep consumers coming back for more.  

Cheryl Farr has led sessions at Innovation Enterprise’s Women in Business Summit, Brand Strategy Summit, and Chief Brand Officer Summit. She has also been a panel speaker at a IC Summit’s Colorado Marketing Summit in Denver.  She is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer at SIGNAL.csk.

SIGNAL.csk partners with clients to commit to building a clear, focused, targeted brand that their desired audiences can love deeply and drive predictable, repeatable, and scalable brand value and growth. 
See more at

Sail Into 2019 with SME!

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Join us for a special private sail full of holiday cheer to celebrate the close of 2018 and the beginning of a fabulous 2019!

Enjoy pupu and cocktails on the boat as we enjoy the sunset and watch the Waikiki fireworks. 

Date: Friday Dec. 21
 Kewalo Basin; Slip E208 
Boat name: "Caelestis"

Located at the dock perpendicular to Ala Moana Blvd. Please see the map:

Tickets: $25 for members
$30 for non-members and guests. 

Self-parking is available at the dock or nearby at Ward Village. Please arrive promptly at 5:30pm to make sure you are on-board before we set sail. 


Holiday attire is optional, but will get you points on the "Nice" list 🎅
We have limited space available, so make sure to get your tickets TODAY!


Hurry, tickets going fast! 

Retail Is Not Dead!

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Last year alone, 205,207 local jobs were supported by retail - that's one quarter of the work force!  Join us for pau hana and find out why retail is still big business and what the future has in store for it. Tina Yamaki, President of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, will give us insight into the future of retail here in Hawaii. 

Tuesday August 21st  5:30-7:30pm
Honolulu Club
932 Ward Avenue, 7th Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
Ticket Price: $40 members ; $45 guests and non-members
Enjoy networking, heavy pupus & cocktails all included


More about Tina Yamaki: 
Tina is the lead advocate and voice in government and the community in promoting the welfare, interests, and training for the retail industry. She has over 20 years of experience in representing state-wide nonprofit and trade organizations, including developing and improving the Roberts Hawaii brand. 

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Persuade : Using More than Influence

Featuring Scott Hogle


Join us for an evening with Scott Hogle, Senior V.P. of Sales at iHeart Media and author of “Persuade, The 7 Empowering Laws of the SalesMaker”.

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In today’s world, SalesMakers are not just in sales - they are everywhere and everyone. Scott will share with us the empowering laws that can persuade others and elevate our relationships. His new book, Persuade, The 7 Empowering Laws of the SalesMaker, inspires confidence and competence in presentation, and enhanced connections with others. A plethora of real-life examples offers insightful intelligence from sellers and executives at Facebook, Google, iHeart Radio, Amazon, New York Life, Hawaiian Airlines, Dell EMC, Microsoft Xbox, Clear Channel Airports, and Zillow.

Date: June 26, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Price: $35 members / $45 non-members  

Location: Dave and Buster's 1030 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI 96814
Ticket price includes heavy pupu, drink ticket, and free parking!

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Scott has over 25 years of experience in sales, management, and executive leadership. He is an author, speaker, and career broadcaster. Currently, he is a Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeart Media and a certified coach, speaker, and a Founding Member and trainer with the John Maxwell Company.

To find out more, visit



Hawaii-China Connection

How to navigate the world’s first and second largest economies

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We’re thrilled to have international business pioneer Manuel Menendez as our speaker for the evening! Menendez advises Hawaii businesses on development strategies and sustainable economic development.

The evening will touch on four areas to boost success between Hawaii and the China market, which now has a GDP of 12Trillion USD and is the world’s second largest economy, after the U.S.

Ticket price includes pupu, drink ticket,
and one $15 power card.

We'll also be giving away prizes
after a special game session!


Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time:  5:30pm - 8pm
Location: Dave & Buster's, Pa'ina Hale, Second Floor 1030 Auahi St
Ticket price: $40 for SME members; $45 for non-SME members & guests

How to understand and enter the China market with minimized risk, as well as how to market and sell to China and Chinese visitors in Hawaii.

Understanding transaction methods and legal structures, including licensing and royalty deals, agent/sales representation agreement, distributors and more.

How to successfully import to China and export from China, set up manufacturing, and more.

Make meaningful educational agreements and Government relations between Hawaii institutions and China.

The Future of Communication

featuring Hawaii's Freshest Face

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Join Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) Honolulu and Spectrum to learn about the future of communications and cable in Hawaii. David Klein, Regional Vice President of the Pacific Region for Spectrum Reach, will give us insight on the true impact of the coming advancements in personal and business applications, as seen from the second largest cable company in the country*.

Prior to Spectrum, David has served as Vice President of Advertising Sales for an NBC-owned station. He led global advertising sales for Nokia-owned NAVTEG Media Solutions, helped launch location-based advertising on Garmin navigation devices, and was Division Vice President for Comcast Spotlight/Northwest.

*Spectrum Reach connects to 99% of Hawaii's cable television households (346,110 homes), and connects to "virtually everyone" via the digital market. (NCC, Q4 2017 Universe Estimates)

Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm

Location: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 

Tickets: $55.00 for members ; $65.00 for non-members/guests

Tickets include a served 3-course dinner, with coffee & tea service. There will be a no-host bar available for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

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2017 SPOY Luncheon

Join Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) Honolulu for our annual Salesperson of the Year (SPOY) Luncheon to celebrate our 2017 Honoree.

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Location: Sheraton Waikiki  - Hawaii Ballroom
Time: 11:00am Registration
11:45am Luncheon and Program Begin


Individual seats for this event are $125.00

Sponsor packages are available, with ten seats per table. 

Platinum Table - $5,000

  • Table of ten in a high-profile location
  • Complimentary full-page color ad in the program
  • Company logo on the video screens during the event
  • Verbal recognition from the podium
  • Company profile and logo in the program and on the SME website
  • Company logo on a banner in the foyer
  • Complimentary wine service during lunch
  • Hosted parking
  • Opportunity to provide company brochure or promotional premium at each attendee’s seat
  • One complimentary SME membership for one year
  • Diamond Head Theatre Private Event (hosted by First Hawaiian Bank) – April 4, 2018, Tickets for 2 guests, Reception and Show – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Gold Table - $3,000

  • Table of ten in a premium location 
  • Complimentary half-page color ad in the program
  • Company logo on the video screens during the event
  • Company logo in the program, on a banner in the foyer, and on the SME website
  • Complimentary seating for two at a future SME dinner meeting

Silver Table - $1,750

  • Table of ten
  • Company name listed in the program, on a banner in the foyer, and on the SME website


Honoring the 2017 Salesperson of the Year

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Eric K. Yeaman, President and COO, First Hawaiian Bank

Eric Yeaman joined First Hawaiian Bank (NASDAQ: FHB) as President and Chief Operating Officer on June 22, 2015. He oversees the bank’s Retail Banking Group as well as its Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, Digital Banking, Enterprise Technology, Operations Services and Bank Properties Divisions. He is also a member of the bank’s Senior Management Committee.

Prior to joining First Hawaiian Bank, Mr. Yeaman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom from 2008 – 2015 where he successfully led the company’s return to profitability and growth as well as its transformation to become Hawaii’s technology leader with the launch of Hawaiian Telcom TV, 1 Gigabit internet speeds, data center and advanced cloud-based services.

In 2008, he served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) where he was responsible for the leadership of its day-to-day Oahu operations, energy solutions, public affairs, financial and administrative process areas. Prior to that from 2003 – 2008, he served as Financial Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, HECO’s parent company. He was Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Kamehameha Schools from 2000 to 2003 and began his career leading numerous audit and consulting projects at Arthur Andersen LLP from 1989 - 2000.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Yeaman currently serves on the nonprofit boards of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Friends of Hawaii Charities. Until recently, he was also on the nonprofit boards of The Queen’s Health Systems (the last 6 years as Chairman of the Board) and the Hawaii Community Foundation. In addition, he is a director of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE: ALEX) and Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ: HCOM) and a member of the Hawaii Asia Pacific Association.

Mr. Yeaman was honored as one of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni in 2016. He was also named Hawaii Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2011. In September of 2010, he was inducted into University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor. In 2004, Mr. Yeaman was recognized as the Financial Executive of the Year (Regional Award) sponsored by Robert Half International Inc. and the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40.

Mr. Yeaman was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) in accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a certified public accountant in the State of Hawaii.

We're making a SPLASH!

(Well, we hope the whales are!)
Join us for a special SME Members PLUS event to do some Sailing and hopefully, whale watching.

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This event is open to SME Honolulu members and their guests.
Ticket includes drink, pupu, and a private sail!

Space is extremely limited to only 30 people! Buy your tickets today!

TICKETHOLDERS: Please arrive no later than 5pm.
We will set sail promptly at 5:15pm.

Date: Tuesday 1/23
Time: 4:30p - 6:30p
Ticket price: $25.00
Location: Kewalo Basin Slip E208 ; Boat name: "Caelestis"

Located at the dock perpendicular to Ala Moana Blvd. Please see the map:

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How to 'Make it or Break it' with One Presentation

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Join us and speaker Yancey Unequivocally, President of Empowered Presentations, to enhance the power of your presentations!

Presentations can either make or break your success in business; whether it be to a client, your team, or in social situations. Enrich your know-how and learn from real-life examples on how to captivate your audience.

Yancey has won several awards for her design work specializing in crafting custom tailored presentations to target the needs of an audience. These awards include "Top 25 Women Who Mean Business", "Best New Business and Innovative Business", "Best in Small Business", and features in Forbes. She has 'empowerednational clients such as Harvard, Red Bull, Cisco, and iHeartRadio, as well as startups including Blue Startups and XLR8UH.

$30 for members
$40 for guests
Free Parking

Limited Seating!

Date: November 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Honolulu Club

Ticket pricing includes wine tasting from Johnson Brothers Of Hawaii! 
Visit their website for more about their 29 years serving & growing to be one of the leading distributors of wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages in Hawaii.

Get Your Lucky Strike On!

An SME Members PLUS Event


Join Hawaii Sales and Marketing Leaders for a fun night of pau hana bowling! A special event for SME Members and Invited Guests at the premiere lanes of Lucky Strike Social.


Tuesday, October 17th, 5:30-7:30pm
Lucky Strike Social (1450 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 3260)

Your ticket includes Drink, Pupu, and Unlimited Bowling
Including Bowling Shoes

Members: $35  Guests: $45

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: All guests registered by October 10, 2017 will receive the Member ticket rate.


We have the lanes to ourselves, so come get your Lucky Strike on!



Thank you to our sponsors

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Kickoff Fall EVENT! Pam Chambers and her latest book "Not This Again!"

Top Challenges facing Hawaii Businesses


Fun & Interactive Real Time Event, with KAHOOT! 

Pam will be presenting her thoughts on how to make the workplace less challenging. "Not This Again!", her latest book addresses the top 18 challenges we face each day. In this presentation she'll aim to help you assess how to navigate repeated workplace challenges.


So, What Can You Do About it?

* Attend this sneak preview of the 18 challenges Pam has identified in Hawaii’s businesses. Her observations and conclusions are based on 31 years as a corporate trainer in Hawaii.

* Ask questions to address and solve problems, such as: 
“That problem? I don’t want to bring it up.”
“Should everyone hear about this, or just that ONE guy?”
“The same mistake again! Am I talking to a brick wall?” 

* Gain practical insight
“Pam Chambers offers practical tips and tools to help island folks address uncomfortable situations and difficult people, and to curtail defensive reactions.” ~ Glenn Furuya, Leadership Works

Includes Heavy Pupus and Drink

Wednesday, September 27th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Dave & Buster’s Sports Lounge
1030 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96814
Validated Parking

$40.00 for members
$50.00 for non-members/guests

RSVP by: Tues. Sept 26, 2017


Featuring the One and Only, WILLIE K !


SME Members PLUS Event

Join Hawaii Sales and Marketing Leaders for a night of Food, Fun, Friends, and the sounds of Willie K! A special event for SME Members and Invited Guests at The Blue-Note.

August 15, 2017 5:15pm at Blue Note Hawaii

  • Your $40.00 ticket includes: Drink, Pupus, Tour, Performance and Private Reception

  • Private Reception with delicious Chef-made pupus & exclusive BlueNote tour, 5:15pm-6:15pm

  • Willie K Performance: 6:30pm-8pm

VERY LIMITED SEATING, RSVP today at or call 542-4945 to reserve a seat

Validated Parking

Hurry, tickets going fast!  Deadline for early price of $40.00 ends Monday, August 7. $50.00 after August 7.



Call 542-4945 today.

ADDRESS: Blue Note Hawaii
2335 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI

May 23: Engaging New Customers to Increase Sales

Ever feel like there isn't room for you in the crowded marketplace? Are your competitors edging you out? Undercutting your price? Is it sometimes hard to be true to your brand and still get your marketing message heard in the noise of all of the competition?  

Join us as Moses Aipa shares ways to maintain authenticity for your brand while engageing new audiences and increasing marketshare.

Moses Aipa spent the last 15 years at the creative helm of Incase, growing the company from a small tech start-up in San Francisco to a global provider of bags and accessories, who has become known for their artful design, connection to the creative class, and popularity across all demographics.

Be sure to join us to hear how he helped shape Incase to become a household name in one of the most crowded markets of the last decade where it could seem that everyone else was going faster, cheaper, and louder. He'll also share news of his exciting new project with the former CEO, Co-Founder of Incase. Don't miss it.