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by Jessica McDunn

Ray Vara (B.S.B.A. 1993) received the Professional Achievement Award recognizing his distinguished career accomplishments. Since graduating, Vara has risen steadily in the health care industry, first within the U.S. Army Medical Department, then in the private sector as CFO and CEO of Banner Health Systems, as executive vice president and CEO of Straub Clinic and Hospital, and most recently as Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s senior executive for all subordinate operating units.

Ernest Fukeda, Jr. (M.B.A. 1999) received the Alumni Service Award, a recognition reserved for graduates with outstanding service to the community and to Hawai‘i Pacific University. Fukuda is the president and COO of The Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty Co. Ltd., one of Hawai‘i’s top 250 companies. He is board chairman of the Hawaiian Humane Society, vice chairman of Saint Louis School, and chairman of Saint Louis Education foundation and the Hawai‘i Property Insurance Association. He is a past board chairman of Hospice Hawai‘i.

Jared T. Grugett (B.S.B.A./Corporate Communication 2002) received the Young Alumni Award, an award given to an individual who has graduated in the past five years and who has served as an outstanding role model for future alumni. Grugett currently sits on the Board of Directors for both isleCore Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly reported Trycera Financial, Inc., and Marine AgriFuture, LLC, an upstart marine agriculture company. Grugett most recently was president of Hawai‘i Direct Telephone STS, LLC a Honolulu-based telecommunications firm in which he is also an owner

Ray Vara

Ernest Fukeda, Jr.

Jared T. Grugett


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