Phillip Hasha, Principal, was recently named a Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 recipient, an annual award which recognizes 40 exceptional young Hawaii business leaders. Below is the Q&A PBN published in their June 19th edition.

How I start my day: By reviewing my to-do list that I made yesterday at close of business. One of the most important bits of advice a mentor instilled was to make my to-do list for the next day so I can come in ready to rock-n-roll. Oh, this is usually preceded by a quick coffee (always) and breakfast (sometimes) with my wife, and a trip to the great outdoors with my dog.

One thing Hawaii can do to help business thrive: Ensure that business owners are always given a seat at the table where decisions are made. We often hear how Hawaii is not always the most conducive state to do business, and I think a lot of that angst comes from an entrenched failure, and sometimes refusal, to communicate between all stakeholders. When I make a major decision affecting my business, I know my actions directly affect my employees and their families. Therefore, they always have a seat at my table where decisions are made. My clients and business partners are some of the most compassionate, generous employers I have ever met. Hawaii should embrace private business as a friend and ally.

One thing business can do to help Hawaii: Invest time, resources and capital in recent graduates and young professionals to ensure they are trained and nurtured and, ultimately, confident that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Hawaii.’

My career in six words: Meet and exceed my clients’ expectations.