2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year! This artwork can be found at the Honolulu Art Museum. If you haven’t been there, make it part of your resolution. Plenty of inspiration.

Happy New Year!

I want to start off this blog with the top 5 blog posts I had in 2017:

  1. Seniors vs. Technology
  2. Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track
  3. Gaining Control: Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Technology is Spoiling the Game
  5. Kaizen

It looks like I struck a chord with the challenge of our kūpuna (grandparents).  Check out the blog posts if you’re one of my new visitors.

2017 has been a year of growth for me. I got to connect with a lot of great, likeminded people in the community and continue to water these relationships. I went from working as an employee to shopping around for businesses to purchase to finally focusing on scoping my consulting business.  A lot of seeds I planted last year are now starting to grow. It’s awesome to see.

I got an opportunity to volunteer for a great event called Peace Day Hawaii and got to exercise my training skills by training how to navigate WordPress. Not only that but I was able to identify processes and provide an analysis of how the event was executed. All in all it was a great experience and I hope that I can help again this coming year.

Honolulu is not a bad place to have business and tech conferences. (Photo by D. Ramos)

I checked out quite a bit of conferences building up my toolbox and learning about the challenges local businesses are facing. One thing I realized is that a lot of people are operating in silos. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what we’re all facing day to day and that’s not a bad thing.

I was probably more excited about seeing how organized Hawaiian Airlines’ warehouse than most other people. (Photo by D. Ramos)

At the tail end of the year, I was able to tour Hawaiian Airlines with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals (YP) program. It was awesome to see their operations and I got even more excited when we met the inventory team. Learned a lot about how their facilities are organized so that they are running efficiently.

Join us every First Wednesday and bring your Excel headaches.

One of my biggest wins this year is establishing a meet up titled Spreadsheets n’ Brews. So far I’ve been able to help dozens of people with their challenges using Microsoft Excel. It might seem trivial but it’s part of my long term plans and it’s working. I really appreciate the good people at Village Bottleshop & Tasting Room for allowing my group to meet there since October.

Those are just some highlights from the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m missing a lot of other activities I’ve been involved. Got plenty of work to do. Wishing you the best for 2018.

Manufacturing Day

Got a tour of AirGas where they produce dry ice for the majority of Oahu’s businesses such as Hawaiian Airlines. Photo Credit: D. Ramos

I have a history and very intimate relationship with manufacturing. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been fortunate to work and visit all kinds of companies and see how they work. Last Friday was Manufacturing Day and the Chamber of Commerce with HTDC did a fantastic job of lining up visits for three manufacturers.

Our first stop was Pictures Plus. Tourist and locals alike would be familiar with their frame products through retail outlets all around the Island. However, Kent Untermann shared with us a neat product. Not only can they print and sell local photographers’ shots on a piece of aluminum sheet metal, but they can print any digital picture (even from your phone) that you can provide. Before we got to the last manufacturing stop, everyone who attended received a copy of a photo we took right before his demonstrated. That’s a turn around time of under 5 hours!

Picture Plus Owner Kent Untermann shows us how the machine traditionally used for cabinets can create great pictures on a sheet of metal. Photo Credit: D. Ramos

Our next stop was TruTag Technologies, a manufacturer that utilizes silica to create “custom security and technology solution can be used for a number of applications.” The best example is applying their microtags onto pharmaceuticals so that legitimate drug manufacturers can deter counterfeits. Not sure how much more I can divulge but seeing how it worked and the fact this company existing in Hawaii was awesome.

Finally, our last stop was AirGas. It was neat to see the supplier of “gases, welding equipment and supplies, and safety products.” We got to see first hand how dry ice is made and packaged (see first picture). It was neat to learn that they supply the airlines the dry ice needed to keep foods and drinks chilled on a flight.

Overall, if you’re a Chamber of Commerce member, I would highly recommend sending associates to go next year. Experiencing Manufacturing Day in Hawaii was eye opening and expanded my imagination on what can be accomplished.