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 2020 to November 2020.
  • Classes to be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters’ headquarters.
  • 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 12, 2020
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
  • Government Affairs
  • Firm Leader Panel Discussion
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Welcome pau hana
Session 2
March 4, 2020 (Wednesday)
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 8, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Leading High Performing Teams
  • Employee Engagement/Accountability
  • Principles of High Performing Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring
Session 4
May 13, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Understanding Operations
  • Human Resources
    • Ken Kawamoto, Vice President & Director of Negotiation Services, Hawaii Employers Council
  • Strategic Planning and Corporate Structuring
    • Garrett Sullivan, President, Sullivan & Associates, Inc.
  • Business Entities
    • Mark Murakami, Director, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
  • Operations
    • Garrett Sullivan, President, Sullivan & Associates, Inc.
Session 5
June 10, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Increasing Productivity
  • Conceptual Estimating
  • Estimating
    • Scott Jennings
  • The Importance of Metrics
  • Time Management
  • Construction Productivity
Session 6
July 8, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Contracts and Risk Management
  • Insurance and Bonding
    • Paul Kennedy, Vice President/Account Executive, Risk Partner Solutions
  • Construction Contracts
    • Anna Oshiro, Director, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Safety on the Job
    • Tracy Lawson
Session 7
August 12, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Financial Management
Lunch: Architects Panel Discussion
  • Project Forecasting
    • Garrett Sullivan, President, Sullivan & Associates, Inc.
  • Change Order Management
    • Garrett Sullivan, President, Sullivan & Associates, Inc.
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Financial Statement
  • Work in Progress
  • Job Cash Flow
Session 8
September 9, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Marketing and Business Development
  • Marketing vs. Business Development
    • Mark Tawara, Owner/Principal, Manageability, LLC
  • Keys to a Successful Brand
    • Mark Tawara, Owner/Principal, Manageability, LLC
  • Business Development Best Practices
    • Lance Wilhelm, President, The Wilhelm Group
  • Branding, Communications with clients, Client Feedback
    • Howard Wolff, Most Senior Person, Full-Height Advice
Session 9
October 14, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Effective Communication and Presentation Training
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership Presentation Skills
Session 10
November 12, 2020 (Thursday)
9:00am – 4:00pm
Putting it All Together
  • Development Process 101
  • Project Interview Presentations
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Graduation Dinner

Application Process & Requirements

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  • Complete the online application form by November 15, 2019.
  • 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, 2019.
  • 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 2020 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

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’ inaugural cohort, commencing in February 2020, with a graduation ceremony in November 2020.