Yamanaka, J.D., (R)
REMM Pacific - President
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
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
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.
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 Obama.
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
graduate of Punahou School, he earned his BA from Stanford
University and his JD from Hastings College of the Law,
University of California.