Travel Industry Management International

Welcome to TIM International, Inc.

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In the years since the TIM School's first students completed their degrees, TIM graduates have made significant strides in their professional careers in Hawaii, on the US Mainland and in the Asia-Pacific region, fulfilling TIM's mission of educating and training students to assume leadership roles in the travel industry around the world. While the majority of TIM graduates choose to live and work in Hawaii, many begin their careers elsewhere; over 75 percent hold either managerial or professional positions. Many firms in the travel industry recruit their new management trainees from the TIM School. Some graduates find work where they once held internships; others use the TIM School's career placement service for their job leads.


A strong alumni association, TIM International, Inc. provides opportunities for ongoing professional development and a network of TIM graduates. It also is a great way for TIM alumni to keep in touch with their classmates and a way for them to contribute, as one group, back to the TIM School.

The TIM School constantly strives to keep in touch with its fast-moving alumni to keep their data as current as possible. Keeping in touch with the TIM School ensures that alumni receive event and association communication, including the TIM School newsletter. Updates on alumni are also regularly reported in the TIM School newsletter to showcase their success.

If you are an alumnus, and would like to update your contact information, let the School know about your latest job changes, or to become a TIM International Alumni Association member, send an email to or click here for direct access to the UHAA membership page. *Make sure you select TIM International, Inc as your chapter choice.


About Us!

TIM International, Inc. (TIMI), the alumni association for the graduates of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was formed in 1968 under the guidance of the then Dean Chuck Gee. In March 1973, TIM International, Inc. received its charter of incorporation from the State of Hawaii and was recognized as a non-profit corporation. The association has grown with the School of Travel Industry Management and currently has over 2,600 alumni in many parts of the world. TIMI now chapters in Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as well as active groups in many other countries.

Mission Statement

"The purpose of TIM International, Inc. is to provide active leadership in support of the mission of the School of Travel Industry Management through membership participation, image enhancement, financial commitment, and promotion of synergies among student, faculty, alumni, and friends."


TIMI Officers & Board of Directors

Glenn Perry
Realtor Associate
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

Vice President
Daniel Chun
Regional Manager, Sales & Community Marketing – Hawaii 
Alaska Airlines 

Clinton Inouye

 Lois Sismar
Area Coach (retired)

Naile Brennan
Catering Manager
MCCS Hawaii - Officer's Club

Wilson Chan

Lee-Ann Choy
Pacific Rim Concepts LLC

Ren Hirose
General Manager
W Los Angeles - Westwood

Miriam Domingo
Senior Marketing Manager
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

Dave Evans
Professor/Program Coordinator
Kapiolani Community College

Dr. Roberta Wong Leung
Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader/Professor Emeritus 
City University of Hong Kong

Kathy Inkinen
Inkinen & Associates

Marie Kumabe
Director, Internship & Career Placement
TIM School

Clyde Min
Vice President, Asset Management
Pacific Partners Pty. Ltd

Kylie Matsuda
Managing Director
Kahuku Farms

Lesley Matsuwaki

Peter Sit
General Manager
Pono Kai Resort

Dietra Myers Tremblay

Joseph Pluta
Real Estate Broker/Owner
Joseph D. Pluta, R/B Real Estate Sales


TIM Alumni on the Move!




Congratulations to Cybil Rawlins ('02 grad) on her new job as the Senior Training Manager for Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. Cybil previously worked for Hiipaka LLC dba Waimea Valley as their Recruitment & Training Coordinator and for the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (formerly known as the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association) as their Education Coordinator. She is also currently serving on the TIM International Alumni Association Board.

Congratulations to Tia Graham ('04 TIM grad) She relocated to Istanbul, Turkey in March 2010 to work as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the first W hotel in Europe, the W Istanbul Hotel. She was the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for W Hotels in New York City, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Westin Princeville Resort for the past two years. Prior to that she was the Management trainee and Sales Manager for Starwood Hotels in Waikiki.

If you are a TIM alumni and have some important announcements that you'd like to share with us please email and we'd be glad to post it on our website. Just email us with the following: your name, grad year, a brief description (4-5 sentences) of your news, and a couple photos (jpeg format only). We enjoy sharing the stories of our alumni and staying connected.

TIM Alumni "Where Are They Now?"

Marta Hayden ('69) has been a part of the travel industry since she graduate from the TIM School. She is currently working at the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau as the Chief Business Architect. Her responsibilities include revenue streams, brand awareness, and marketing funds amongst other duties. She is also very active in various professional organizations including the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Throughout her career she has received various leadership awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the ASAE and the Supplier of the Year Award and President’s Award from MPI. She was also the first international woman President of MPI.

Sang Wong Lee ('99) is currently the co-owner and President of Taisei International, Inc., (who recently acquired J&J Fashion) where they are a manufacturer and wholesaler of resort wear. After graduating from the TIM School, Sang got involved with a variety of companies including the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, MediaWill Technology, MediaWill Telematics, and was also the owner of Asian Marketing Consulting Group. He credits the TIM School for teaching him the practical skills and knowledge that has helped him get to where he is today. Sang also credits Professor Cox for teaching him the "fundamental ingredients of business practice, which is knowing and respecting the value of human relationship."

Mac Nguyen ('77) began his career working as Front Office Supervisor at the Sheraton Waikīkī. Over the years, Mac worked as an F&B Controller, Director of Purchasing, and Corporate Purchasing Officer. He was also a member of the opening team for three properties including the Monterey Plaza Hotel ('85), the Doubletree Hotel Santa Clara ('86), and the San Jose Hilton and Towers ('92). He is currently working as the Director of Finance at the Westin St. Francis and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association.

Clifford Reynolds ('87) currently lives in Tehachapi, California and is working as the Managing Director for the Silver Saddle Ranch & Club. Cliff began his career in the industry working for the Hilton Hawaiian Village as an Assistant Executive Housekeeper and was later promoted to Assistant General Manager. His career later took him to Texas then to California. Cliff attributes his success to his education at the TIM School as well as the relationship he built in school and after graduating through TIM International, Inc., the TIM School's alumni association. He currently spends most of his spare time playing baseball or wrestling with his 9 year old son.

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2011 Calendar of Events:

TIM Alumni Gathering in Singapore
Barossa @ Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue #01-11
Wed, 15th June at 7:00 pm.
Will be able to order off the menu and settle on own.
If you can join the gathering, please RSVP to Hilda Min by Monday, 13th June at
Look forward to seeing  you!

March 2011

  • 2011 TIM Na Kukui Mentorship Event

April 2011

  • Ambassador L.W. “Bill” and Mrs. Jean Lane Lecture Series on Sustainable Tourism – Date TBD
  • TIM Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism Event – Date TBD

May 2011

  • 2011 Spring & Summer Graduation Reception – Date TBD




 For more information, please contact:
TIM International, Inc.
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 346
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
fax: (808)956-5378