New KKCC Board Member Hobbs Lowson
Pledging his commitment at the recent Membership & Installation Luncheon, Bank of Hawaii’s Hobbs Lowson joins the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) Board of Directors.
After nearly 20 years in the Bank of Hawaii’s West Pacific Region, Senior Vice President Hobbs Lowson returned to Hawaiʻi to become the North and West Hawaiʻi Market Manager. He is responsible for five branches on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island: Kona, Kamuela, Hamakua, Kealakekua and In-Store KTA Keauhou, as well as the Territory of American Samoa.
Hobbs joined Bank of Hawaii (BOH) in 1996 as a management associate. In 1998, he accepted his first West Pacific posting managing the commercial, small business, and consumer loan portfolios for Pohnpei and Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia. Over the years, Hobbs moved on to increasing roles of responsibility in Saipan, Palau, American Samoa, and finally as the West Pacific regional manager based in Guam before making the decision to bring his family home in July of 2017.
“Hobbs joined our Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee when he first arrived to West Hawaiʻi,” states KKCC Executive Director Wendy Laros. “This committee drafts our legislative agenda, assists with candidate forums and also dives into the key economic issues of our business community. Hobbs is also a member of our Homelessness Task Force, a group working to find solutions to this complicated problem.”
“Having grown up in Maui and spent decades in the Pacific, I hope to bring a perspective that is fresh and unique to the organization,” states Lowson. "I was very involved with the local chambers in my various postings in the West Pacific and find that chambers of commerce are extremely important in connecting the business community with government.” He continues, “I’m honored to serve on the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and look forward to working with this talented team of community leaders.”
Lowson currently serves as treasurer on the board of Hawaiʻi Island-Habitat for Humanity and in the Rotary Club of Kailua-Kona.