Ku'uipo Murray, PMP, CSM, MBA
Founder, Principal Consultant
Scott Nakagawa, PMP, LSSMBB
Chief Executive Officer, Principal Consultant
Scott serves as our Chief Executive Officer responsible for managing Mana'olana International's overall operations.
He is a certified project management professional (PMP), is TOGAF 9 Certified, a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, an Oracle Certified Foundations Associate, a Certified Coach from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice, Microsystem Academy, and a Stanford Certified Project Manager from the Stanford Center for Professional Development. He has over 30 years of project management and process improvement experience working with various organizations in industries including healthcare, telecom, airlines, logistics, construction, food service, software development, banking, and credit unions. Throughout his career he has done work for Kuakini Health System, SynCADD Systems, UnitedHealth Group, Allscripts, TeamPraxis , Herbert Horita Realty, Business Solution Technologies, Palace Saimin, The Queen’s Health System, Hawaiian Telcom, Applied Research Works, World Wide Technology, and Hawaiian Airlines. Scott has enjoyed growing multiple start ups and is proud that each startup he has contributed to is now a marketplace leader in their respective industries. He also enjoys navigating the complexities involving business improvements in large corporate enterprises.
Scott has served as a Hawaii Award of Excellence examiner and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kamalani Academy (a K-8 Na Mea Hawaii, Arts Integration, Leader In Me Public Charter School).
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies - International Trade from Chaminade University.
Ben Yuan, PMP
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Consultant
Ben serves as our Head of Finance and oversees Mana'olana International's financial and internal business operations.
He is a project management professional (PMP), a certified scrum master (CSM), enterprise architect (TOGAF 9.1), six sigma black belt (SSBB) and a project, program, and portfolio management consultant and trainer.
Melia Abreu, EdD, LSSBB
Chief People Officer, Principal Consultant
Dr. Melia Abreu has 20+ years as an educator and Learning and Organizational Development professional. She spent the first 17 years of her career in K-12 education where she first cultivated a love for education, human and talent development, technology, and system design.
Tom Nguyen, MSIE, LSSMBB
Tom has extensive continuous improvement and lean manufacturing experience gained over his 10-year career in the oil and gas, distribution, and airlines industries. Tom has held leadership positions and led lean transformation in companies such as Halliburton, Weatherford, USPS and Hawaiian Airlines. Tom helped to create a lean culture by placing a huge focus on respect for people and continuous improvement at the forefront of every action.