become a leader in your industry

Hawaii’s next generation of construction leaders will soon have a unique opportunity to gain custom-tailored leadership training to help them advance their career and contribute to the future success of their firm and Hawaii’s construction industry.

The PRP Executive Leadership Series is an intensive, 10-month leadership development program led by some of Hawaii’s top design and construction consultants and practitioners. It will cover a broad range of topics required for success in our industry, from personal development to business essentials.

Series Structure

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  • 10-month cohort-based program, from February 2023 to November 2023.
  • Classes to be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox.
  • Cohort will be limited to 20 students.
  • Paced to digest, reflect, and implement teachings between sessions.

Expert Facilitators and Instructors

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The PRP Executive Leadership Series will be led by design and construction industry professionals with years of experience in their respective fields.

Garrett Sullivan
Garrett Sullivan
Sullivan & Associates, Inc.

After a 35-year career as a general contractor, Garrett Sullivan, president of Sullivan & Associates, Inc., (SAI) has dedicated himself to helping other contractors become more successful. SAI helps business owners to clarify and simplify to achieve their goals and vision, financial performance improvement and corporate culture change, which results in employees thinking and acting like owners.

A graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University, he is currently a national governor for the Associated General Contractors of America and a past president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii. He is also a past president and board member of the Hawaii Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association and was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Person of the Year for the island of Oahu, Hawaii in 2010.

Mark Tawara
Mark Tawara
Manageability LLC

Mark has over 25 years of experience in marketing and management for the AEC industry. As principal and owner of Manageability LLC, he provides business management and operations consulting, executive and staff-level leadership training and development, and strategic marketing and business development services for firms focused on the built environment.

Dubbed a "serial entrepreneur" by Pacific Business News, Mark has owned and operated several successful start-ups in his career. He has also served as an author, instructor and facilitator on topics involving leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and marketing. Mark received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies' Senior Executives Institute, a program for which this leadership series was modeled after.

Speakers and instructors for each day are listed within the program
(Additional instructors will be added as they are confirmed, so check back for updates)

Program & Schedule

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Please note: additional instructors will be added as they are confirmed, so check back for updates.

Session 1
February 8, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Orientation and Firm Leader Panel Discussion
  • Introduction to Program and Objectives
  • Carpenters Union and Pacific Resource Partnership
    • Ron Taketa, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
    • Mike Formby, Executive Director, Pacific Resource Partnership
  • Firm Leader Panel Discussion
  • Master Class Presentations
  • Capstone Introduction
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Welcome pau hana
Session 2
March 8, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Understanding Yourself and Others; the First Step to Leadership
  • Personal Mastery
  • Personality Profiles
  • Personal Development Plans
  • Multi-Generational Workplace Challenges
Session 3
April 12, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Leading High Performing Teams
  • Leading Your Team and Business in the Post-COVID World
  • Employee Engagement/Accountability
  • Principles of High Performing Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring
Session 4
May 10, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
The Design and Development Process
  • Firm Leader Architects/Engineers Panel Discussion
  • Permitting Process
  • Introduction to Project Development
  • Project Financing
Session 5
June 14, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Construction Ethics, Contracts and Labor Management
  • Construction Ethics
  • Negotiation
  • Labor /Grievance Process
  • Construction Contracts
  • Employment Law
Session 6
July 12, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Safety and Insurance
  • Safety
  • Insurance / Bonding
Session 7
August 9, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Effective Communication and Presentation Training
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership Presentation Skills
Session 8
September 6, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Accounting, Government Affairs, and the Economy
  • Construction Accounting
  • Government Affairs
  • Economy
Session 9
October 11, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Building a Successful Construction Company & Marketing/Business Development
  • 10 Steps to Building a Successful Construction Company
  • Marketing, Branding and Business Development
Session 10
November 8, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm
Putting it All Together
  • What Do Developers Want Contractors to Know?
  • Connecting the Dots
  • Capstone Project Presentations
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Graduation Dinner

Session dates and topics are subject to change

Application Process & Requirements

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  • Complete the online application form by November 30, 2022.
  • Shortlisted candidates will participate in a brief conference call with the program selection committee.
  • All candidates will be notified of their application status no later than December 20, 2022.
  • Selected candidates must:
    • be employed by a construction company that is signatory to the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
    • manage other people as part of their day-to-day responsibilities.
    • have the full support of their firm leadership.
    • make a commitment to attend all 10 sessions.


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Tuition for the 2023 PRP Executive Leadership Series is $2,500 and includes all course handouts, reading materials, lunches and speaker fees.


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For more information, please contact our program facilitators:

Garrett Sullivan
(808) 478-2564
Mark Tawara
(808) 265-2265


Melanie Kim

If you are interested in elevating your career and contributing to the success of your firm, we encourage you to apply for PRP Executive Leadership Series’ cohort, commencing in February 2023, with a graduation ceremony in November 2023.