Nathan Hokama, APR
With 25 years of corporate communication experience, Nathan Hokama seamlessly integrates into different teams to deliver results. He established Strategic Communication Solutions as an independent practitioner in April 2004.
Prior to Strategic Communication Solutions, he served as corporate communications manager for Tesoro Hawaii (now Par Hawaii [NYSE: PARR]), Hawaii’s leading transportation fuel provider, from 1991 to 2003. During his time with Tesoro [Now Andeavor NYSE:ANDV], he was involved with a number of high-profile issues, including the State’s anti-trust lawsuit against oil companies; neighborhood outrage over unplanned petroleum refinery emissions; a major oil spill impacting a neighbor island, underground storage tank remediation; public and legislative scrutiny over gasoline pricing, and organizational restructurings and divestitures. He also served as an “away team” coach for public information officers during emergency response exercises at Tesoro refineries or marine services facilities in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; and Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Texas.
He also served as media relations consultant and spokesperson, and assisted with Public Utilities Commission public hearings during the acquisition of Verizon Communication Inc.’s Hawaii assets by The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C.-based international private equity firm, a year-long process that concluded in May 2005.
Nathan also served as corporate communications manager at American Savings Bank, the state’s third largest financial institution, where he was responsible for developing annual meeting and financial analyst road show remarks for executives in conjunction with parent company Hawaiian Electric Industries [NYSE:HE]; content development for intranet communication; and researching and responding to media inquires as spokesperson or preparing and coaching executives for news interviews. He also served as community relations director for Shriners Hospital for Children, coordinating media relations, internal communications and volunteer recruitment and placement.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and philosophy from the University of Hawaii, and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and a member of the organization’s Counselors Academy and Independent Practitioners Alliance. He is past Chair of the Executive Committee for PRSA’s national Independent Practitioners Alliance. He is a past president of the Hawaii chapters of both PRSA and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). PRSA Hawaii professional peers named him the PRSA Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2008. He currently serves as board President of Kokua Mau, a hospice and palliative care organization.
Trinity Schwartz has created and implemented comprehensive branding, marketing, and public relations campaigns to help organizations achieve their business objectives. She manages national, regional, and local media relations; e-mail marketing; graphic design, branding, print, and digital newsletter development; marketing communications; develops social media programs that include content development and building a fan base; and special events management.
Prior to joining Strategic Communication Solutions, she had been working for nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara, California, for nearly 10 years. Most recently, she served as Manager of Development Administration for Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, contributing to a successful $17 million comprehensive capital campaign for a facility renovation, while also raising $2 million annually in operating funds. She interacted with community leaders, celebrities, and philanthropists who served on the Board of Directors, Development Committee, and Campaign Advisory Board.
She also served as the Communications Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and the Health & Wellness Division of Christie Communications, a marketing communications agency, based in Santa Barbara. Trinity holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She has studied abroad, spending time in both El Salvador and China.