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Jeanne Skog to Receive Colin C. Cameron Award, New Fund Announced

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Jeanne Unemori Skog will receive the prestigious Colin C. Cameron Award, the Board of Directors of the Maui Economic Development Board announced yesterday.

Jeanne Unemori Skog will be awarded MEDB’s prestigious Colin C. Cameron Award.
A new Fund also established in Skog’s name to be launched Aug. 26, 2017. Photo Courtesy

The award will be given at the upcoming MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

The award is presented to individuals whom the board feels has made outstanding contributions to strengthening and diversifying Maui County’s economy. Past award recipients are: Senator Mamoru Yamasaki, Representative Joseph Souki, Donald G. Malcolm, Mayor Hannibal Tavares, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Michael H. Lyons II, and Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi, Representative Bob Nakasone and Steve Holaday.

“Jeanne is deserving of this award, MEDB’s highest honor, for her 33 years of exemplary service to our residents,” said Ryan Churchill, Chair of MEDB’s Board of Directors. “As this organization’s former President and CEO, MEDB significantly expanded its mission to lead and inspire innovation in business, education and the community toward building a vibrant economy.”

Under her leadership, MEDB says it has augmented services and reach to innovation-related businesses to help navigate and thrive in Maui County, drawing in new partnerships along the way. Preparing residents for new careers in these sectors also surged with the launch and implementation of cutting-edge strategies in its STEM education-to-workforce program.


MEDB achieved a milestone in community engagement on economic development planning with the Focus Maui Nui visioning process that captured the values, priorities and strategies of more than 1,700 residents to guide future planning. Subsequent forums and conferences on water resources, energy, STEM education, and space situational awareness continue to build on that model.


“I’m really honored by this recognition from the board,” said Skog. “I gratefully receive this on behalf of the thousands of individuals who joined our quest to make a difference in the economy of Maui County and the lives of our residents. That includes 33 years of directors on our board, of dedicated staff who bring such zeal to their tasks, and incredibly generous partners who donate time and dollars to our projects.”

MEDB’s Board of Directors also established a special Entrepreneurs and Leaders Fund in Skog’s name which will support opportunities to nurture the next generation of visionaries. The fund will be launched during the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner and Auction and guests will be able to contribute towards the special fund.

A limited number of seats are still available for MEDB’s Aug. 26 fundraising dinner. The reception and Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner and Live Auction will start at 6 p.m.


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