Inkinen & Associates is an International Executive Search and Consulting Firm. With a complement of eight (8) Executive Search and Human Resources Consultants, we place executives and management personnel with companies in Asia, Hawaii, and the mainland U.S.
Inkinen & Associates acts as a catalyst in bringing new talent to Hawaii businesses. With a growing reputation of quality service, Inkinen & Associates fulfills your needs for a variety of positions. We have assisted firms with executive through middle management placements in all industries.
We also provide a range of Human Resources support services to corporate and individual clients, including Career Transition Services. Collectively, our firm represents over seventy years of professional, senior level human resources management experience.
In 1992, Kathryn Inkinen parlayed years of professional experience in the field of human resources management into the formation of Inkinen & Associates. In July, 2018 Kathy turned over the helm of Inkinen & Associates to Ben Ancheta, who is now President. She will remain active in the company as Founder/Advisor and continue to employ her impressive credentials and exceptional skill set to ensure the delivery of superior services to clients of all sizes. Her professional background includes serving as the top human resource executive for a bank and at a five-star resort hotel. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a major in Travel Industry Management and is a past inductee to the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Hall of Honor. Kathy’s commitment to the success of her clients has resulted in a loyal and expanding base of clients who count on her to carry out executive placement services effectively and discreetly.
Throughout her career, Kathy has made giving back to our community a top priority, serving on boards of several community organizations. Past and present Board appointments: Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter, the University of Hawaii’s Travel Industry Management Alumni Association, the American Lung Association’s Lung Force, Women Corporate Directors, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, HEMIC, School to Work Executive Council, UCERA and the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. She is a lifetime member of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association, the YWCA of Hawaii and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. In 2017, Kathy was awarded Alumni of the Year from Farrington High School and Small Business of the Year Award from Hawaii Business Magazine.
Ben joined Inkinen & Associates in 2018 as president.
A graduate of Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama, Ben attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he earned a BA in Economics. Ben worked for Deloitte as a management consultant in the US, Europe and Asia, before attending The Anderson School at UCLA and graduating with an MBA. After working for a variety of startup and high-growth companies, he returned to Hawaii in 2007. Since then, he has served in a variety of executive roles at ProService Hawaii, ‘ike, and ‘Ekahi Health System, and was president and founder of Huliau Capital.
Ben has been recognized for leadership and commitment to his community. He was named a Pacific Century Fellow in 2010, an Omidyar Fellow in 2012, and one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20 in 2013. Ben invests a great deal of time volunteering for community organizations. Ben sits on the boards of Hospice Hawaii and KCAA Preschools, and serves as a member of the State of Hawaii’s Information Technology Steering Committee.
As a senior consultant of the firm, Ann Katekaru’s vast experience in executive recruitment and human resources benefits clients on a daily basis. She joined Inkinen & Associates in 1998 and has more than 30 years of Human Resources management experience in the financial, real estate and health care industries. Prior to joining the firm, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Bank of America in Hawaii. Ann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned a professional designation as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is a Certified Representative in the use and administration of the Professional Dynametrics Program™, a personal styles profiling tool supporting employee development applications.
Ann is an active member of the community and re-joined the Board of Directors for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Hawaii Chapter. Previously, Ann served for more than 10 years on this Board. She co-chairs the Workforce Development Committee and is also a member of the SHRM National organization. Ann is also involved as a member of the Human Resources and Education Committee for the Retail Merchants of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Alumni Association. She has been a past Director of the University Clinical Education and Research Associates, past Trustee of the Oceanic Institute, and past Examiner for the Hawaii State Award of Excellence. Ann’s own passion for excellence continues to help to advance the field of human resources in Hawaii.
Having a passion for people and helping them find their calling is what Melody calls, “Aces in their Places”. With nearly 20 years of Human Resources management experience, Melody brings an enthusiasm for executive search and placement to the team. Melody has extensive HR generalist experience at both large and small firms, both locally and nationally. Her core expertise includes employee relations, on-boarding/recruiting, benefits management, payroll/HRIS, project management and coaching & development. Additionally, a trained analyst in the use of the Predictive Index (PI) System; a science based assessment tool which provides managers with accurate, actionable data quantifying the drive of employees.
Prior to joining Inkinen & Associates, Melody held the position of Executive Team Leader, Team Relations for Target Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. She was also the Director of Human Resources for TeamPraxis, LLC and most recently the Director of Human Resources at Roberts Hawaii Inc. Melody earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Sales & Marketing and Speech Communication. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources. In her spare time, Melody enjoys volunteering with her children’s school and sports teams, is active with the PFA and enjoys traveling.
The opportunity of living and working overseas, as well as in several U.S. cities, has greatly influenced Hilda Min’s career. Hilda brings over 15 years of direct executive recruitment experience for a variety of positions in a wide range of industries. She returned home to Hawaii a few years ago after working for several executive search companies in Singapore, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. By working in different locales, Hilda has gained expertise to understand varied company cultures and environments which has further enhanced her search capabilities. Earlier in her career, Hilda worked for Westin Ilikai Hotel, Hotel Hana-Maui, and the National Restaurant Association (Chicago), and also possesses direct hotel operations experience.
Hilda received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii, with emphasis in Travel Industry Management and Human Resources. Since her return, her community activities have focused on professional organizations, alumni association, and church.
Christine Otto Zaa brings to Inkinen & Associates a strong foundation in human resources having worked in various industries including retail, insurance and a human resources consulting firm. Working with great care and integrity has guided Christine throughout her career. And, she takes pride in providing exceptional support and service to her clients. Having owned her own graphic design business for ten years, Christine incorporates a creative approach to problem solving and strategy. Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and considers herself a life-long learner.
Christine is active in the community including doing pro bono design work for a local non-profit organization. She is a founding member of HI Good Neighbor, a grassroots group of residents across Oahu who champion causes that enrich our communities. When Christine is not making career matches or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and three fur-babies.
Lori Makiya brings more than 25 years of diverse experience in marketing, business development, operations, and human resources to her role as executive consultant at Inkinen & Associates. Prior to joining the executive search firm, she held positions at the University of Hawaii – Kapiolani Community College, Elemental Excelerator, and Altres.
As she progressed into management roles within the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Lori was always drawn towards developing others and encouraging them to seek work that they enjoy and are passionate about. She finds it serendipitous to now have this career opportunity to helping companies and business professionals grow to their full potential with work they find rewarding.
Lori earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in marketing. When she is not in the office, you might find her boogieboarding in Waikiki or practicing yoga.
Inkinen & Associates partners with Remedy Intelligent Staffing to provide the advantage of full-service staffing to employers. Remedy is a staffing company with close to 25 years of experience conducting business in Hawaii. The local franchise was re-established in 2001 by Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara. The Honolulu office employs six additional internal staff to assist clients and associates. With Inkinen & Associates at the helm of your executive and management searches, Remedy stands ready to assist with your remaining employee staffing needs.