Gregg Yamanaka has had careers in law, banking, real estate,
hospitality and training for over 35 years in Hawaii.
He began by practicing real estate and banking law in
Hawaii and still maintains an active license.
In the banking industry, he ran 1st Nationwide
Bank Hawaii and HonFed Bank’s retail banking division.
He served as a member of the Hawaii Real Estate
Commission and the Hawaii Community Development Authority; and
as President of Resco, the parent organization of Locations Inc,
including its property management and mortgage brokerage
He also served as President
of MC&A, a destination management company in Hawaii, which
handled over 400 major corporate Meeting, Incentive, Convention
and Exhibition programs annually in Hawaii.
Over the course of eight years, it grew to become one of
North America’s largest destination management companies, with
clients such as IBM, Toyota, Ford, Xerox, Apple, Microsoft, Sun
Systems, Cisco, General Electric, Motorola, Pepsi, and many
After noticing the need for
business management, leadership, technology and customer service
training, he started The LearningBiz Group, specializing in
leadership, service and technology training, as well as
executive coaching. He has been a speaker at conferences
in Hawaii, California, Japan, Beijing, Taipei and Manila.
In 2010, he was tapped to
be the President and CEO of APEC 2011, working with the Host
Committee, along with Federal and local organizations, to
prepare Hawaii to host APEC 2011, which was chaired by President
Active in community
affairs, he has served on over twenty community Boards, such as
the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Aloha United Way, the
Good Beginnings Alliance, Young Presidents Organization, Hawaii
Executive Conference, Child & Family Service, the Honolulu
Symphony, Family Service America, and the University of
Hawaii’s ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue. He was also Chair of the
State’s Workforce Development Council; and has chaired other
educational, charitable and small business task forces.
A graduate of Punahou School, he earned his BA
from Stanford University and his JD from Hastings College of the
Law, University of California.