Who We AreClimbHI is a locally grown, locally run Hawaii Nonprofit exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer
Founder of ClimbHI. Julie has served as the President and CEO of ClimbHI for the past 8 years. Julie is also the West Coast Director of Business Development for Travel Tripper, a next generation eCommerce company helping hotels maximize their direct business. Prior to this she was the West Coast Hotel Partnership Director for Roomlia, a mobile app in the travel space. Her passion for the hospitality industry started at the age of 7 while dancing hula on cruise ships and in Hawaii hotels, and has grown into 17-years of experience in the world of hospitality and online travel agencies.
She began a 9-year career with Expedia as the Market Manager of Hawaii, and subsequently served as Market Manager of Australia and French Polynesia based in Sydney. She returned to Honolulu as the Director of Market Management where she oversaw the team responsible for Expedia’s relationships with hoteliers in Hawaii and French Polynesia. Before joining Expedia, Julie was the Director of eCommerce for Aston Hotels & Resorts, where she helped establish the chain’s online distribution strategy.
Earlier in her career, she was a Hospitality Consultant for Pinnacle Advisory Group, and held a number of jobs in properties such as Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Bellagio in Las Vegas, and New York’s Trump Intl Hotel & Tower, where she received exposure to numerous facets of hotel operations, from rooms to sales. Julie holds a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is the former President of the Cornell Hotel Society in Hawaii.
Lieutenant Ian Morikawa
Health & Safety Chairman for the American Red Cross Rota, Spain Chapter
Lieutenant Morikawa is an active duty officer serving in the United States Navy. He has an Associate’s Degree in Spanish from the Defense Language Institute and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his commission as an Ensign in 2003. His training includes that of a Naval Officer, Aviator, and Mission Commander. He has served 3 years overseas in Japan as the HSL-51 Detachment Operations officer aboard the only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington which completed missions of national interest in the Asian-Pacific theater.
Currently he represents the United States and US Navy as the only aviator stationed overseas in Spain deploying in Anti-piracy Operations in support of the European Union (EU) mission ATALANTA off the Horn of Africa. ATALANTA is a multi-national task force in response to UN Security Council resolutions that escort vessels of the World Food Program (WFP) and deter or disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
He currently holds the position of Health & Safety Chairman for the American Red Cross Rota, Spain chapter and routinely volunteers his time and services in overseeing and conducting all American Red Cross Health & Safety programs to the local community. His expertise is also utilized representing the American Red Cross overseas by organizing and overseeing international volunteer events and fundraisers on the Joint NATO/US Naval Air Station in southern Spain.
Volunteer Director / Corporate Secretary
Mr. Suetsugu is an attorney at Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda, specializing in commercial litigation, public utilities, and intellectual property.
Mr. Suetsugu graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2010. While attending law school, he received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Procedure I and Business Associations. He was also named the National Law Student of the Year by the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. In addition, Mr. Suetsugu served as Casenote Editor of the Hawaii Law Review, completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Richard R. Clifton of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, received the award for best brief in appellate advocacy and was a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Suetsugu attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where he received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Government, and co-authored “Determination of Reference Ranges for Transcutaneous Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Tension and the Oxygen Challenge Test in Healthy and Morbidly Obese Subjects” in the Spring 2008 edition of the Journal of Surgical Research.
In his spare time, Mr. Suetsugu enjoys coaching football and soccer and has coached at various high schools throughout the state of Hawaii including Iolani, Farrington, Kalani, and Damien.
Shana founded SJL MEDIA LLC in 2009 in Los Angeles, establishing a media sales representation firm after developing and growing an advertising sales portfolio of national and regional publications and websites for three years in Hawaii including the Wall Street Journal, theknot, and Wedding Channel websites, and National Geographic Traveler, Budget Travel, Los Angeles, and other regional magazines. Currently representing six premiere and award winning regional publications, she leads the advertising and marketing sponsorship sales for automotive, financial, real estate, travel, retail and technical accounts in the Western United States. This follows a twelve year career in hospitality and information technology sales, support, and management for prominent international companies including (in chronological order) Expedia, Ungerboeck Systems, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, and MICROS-Fidelio Hospitality Systems. A 1991 BA graduate of University of Washington, Ms. Wong also holds an MBA from the University of Hawaii and served as the Vice President of the Graduate Business Association and was awarded a summer scholarship to study international business at Reims Management School in Reims, France.
Rob is the Chief Product Officer for the Honolulu-based technology SaaS Ventures. In the crowded marketplace of search & social experts, Rob is literally a cut above the rest. With a #1 Google ranking for “Search Engine Optimization Expert” Rob demonstrates how his effective techniques provide results in even the most saturated marketplace. A seasoned digital pioneer, @Rob sent the first “tweet” from Hawaii and is an early adopter of new technologies. A former Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force with 15 years programming experience Rob has written applications used at the Pentagon, has invented/patented a content management system, developed over a dozen WordPress plugins and launched over 1000 websites during his career. Rob also regularly shares his knowledge as keynote speaker/lecturer for corporate and academic audiences.
Mr. Anderson is currently the General Manager at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Bringing his skills, knowledge and expertise at the Moana Surfrider, Mr. Anderson has also worked at Westin Maui for 10 years and The Princeville Resort on Kauai for 3 years as General Manager.
Mr. Anderson has a wide background as an active leader to different associations and bureaus. Some of the associations he has affiliated with were: Maui Visitor’s Bureau: Chair (2005, 2009-2010) and Vice Chair (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008); Ka`anapali Beach Resort Association: Board of Directors 2002-2009, Treasurer 2010-2011; Ka`anapali Operators Association: Board of Directors 2006-present; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Corporate fundraising Chair for the Island of Maui 2003, delivered record breaking results; Kauai Hotel Association: Treasurer 1999, 2000, 2001 (Vice President); and many more.
Mr. Anderson has an extensive experience in Food and Beverage, who started as a Chef with Four Season’s hotels after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. He paid for his culinary school using the GI Bill after being in the Navy for 4 years. While in the Navy, he lived in Italy for 2 years. Mr. Anderson loves to travel (he visited 24 countries) and even opened a hotel in Russia. He takes very seriously his responsibility to help others grow their careers and strive to balance candor with compassion and encouragement. Mr. Anderson likes to work hard and have FUN.
Mr. Goto is an insurance and financial advisor practicing in Hawaii and California. Mr. Goto, who was born in Hawaii, attended James Campbell High School, and received a BBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds additional professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He has served on numerous community and professional boards including the Japan America Society of Hawaii; the Japanese American National Museum; the Go For Broke National Education Center; the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Foundation; the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association; the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations; the Hawaii Life & Disability Insurance Guaranty Association; the Nevada Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association; the Pacific Insurance Conference; and the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund. He is also a member of the Friends of Hickam and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.