Norman Okimoto, President of Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union, has joined the search advisory committee for the Director of Athletics position at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Okimoto is replacing John Dean, Chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Bank, who stepped down due to business travel commitments and scheduling conflicts.
"In the best interest of the search process and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, John Dean's extensive business and travel schedule will make it difficult for his valued participation in the next critical phase of this search. We thank John for his willingness to be a part of the initial search activities," said search advisory committee chair Warren Haruki. "We are fortunate to have an equally respected community member such as Norman Okimoto join the committee immediately. Norman has been the President of the Grand Slam Club, the booster organization that supports the UH baseball team, for the past 12 years. Besides his excellent financial knowledge, he is a strong supporter of the University of Hawai'i and its athletics program."