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May 12, 2010
The U.S. Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office (SBA) has inducted Susan Utsugi, Senior Vice President and Region Manager of Central Pacific Bank, into its Nominator’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes staunch advocates of small business in Hawaii who participate in the annual SBA Small Business Awards.
“Susan was named to our Hall of Fame because of her consistently high level and quality of participation in SBA’s program,” said Jane Sawyer, District Director of the SBA Hawaii District office. “She is a dedicated banker who really knows her customers and goes above and beyond to bring out their best and helps them succeed.”
Established 15 years ago by the local SBA District Office, the Nominator’s Hall of Fame includes 27 other long-time supporters of small business who, in addition to assisting small business owners with resources and guidance, have annually nominated small business owners for the annual SBA Small Business Awards. For entry to the Nominator’s Hall of Fame, an individual must have submitted a minimum of five winning nominations. This year, Utsugi nominated Chenoa Farnsworth of Farnsworth Consulting – a Hawaii-based firm providing business plan development, strategy and organizational management. Farnsworth was named 2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.
Utsugi, who has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and business banking, was also named SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu in 2008. Utsugi oversees 12 branches in Central Pacific Bank’s West Oahu region and has wide-ranging ties with the local community through numerous organizations. She serves on the boards of Hale Kipa and Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and was also previously on the board of Hawaii Women’s Business Center.
“We are very proud of Susan, who continues to promote and advocate for small business in our communities,” said David Hudson, Senior Vice President and Community Banking Manager of Central Pacific Bank. “She takes the time to get to know her customers to help their businesses with all of their banking and financial needs.”
As a preferred SBA lender, Central Pacific Bank continues to lead other Hawaii banks with 40 approved SBA loans made to date in the SBA fiscal year. In 2009, Central Pacific Bank made more SBA loans than all other major banks in Hawaii combined. Other Central Pacific Bank members in the Nominator’s Hall of Fame include Senior Commercial Banking Officer Denise Haruki (2009) and Kahului Branch Manager Kevin Yoshida (2009).