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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Appoints 2 New Assistant Vice Presidents

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has appointed Misty Wayne Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Solutions and Marie Weite Assistant Vice President, Claims.


Steve Tabussi, Vice President
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7695

Wayne has more than 25 years of client services, system support and project management experience. Prior to joining FICOH in 2008 as Manager of the Project Consulting Group, she served as Program Manager at HMSA for six years. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute, an important industry-recognized certification for project managers. As Assistant Vice President, she will play a larger role in overall IT operations while continuing to oversee FICOH’s Project Consulting Group.

“Misty’s leadership and project management skills have been instrumental to several system platform and change initiatives at First Insurance,” said Jeff Shonka, President and CEO. “We will continue to rely on her input and expertise as we move forward with strategic initiatives focused on updating our systems, aligning our processes with industry best practices and continually improving our service.”

Weite joined FICOH in 2000 as a Senior Adjuster following 20 years of claims experience in Hawaii’s local insurance industry. In 2013, she was promoted to Manager, Claims. As Assistant Vice President, she will oversee several units in the Claims department, including Litigation, Liability Field, General Liability, and Auto Resources. A passionate highway safety advocate, Weite has collaborated with several local agencies to improve safety laws in Hawaii. Two years ago, she spearheaded FICOH’s child car-seat safety program, which provides free child seat safety checks to the public on a monthly basis.

“Marie has been a valued contributor to our Claims team from day one, at first as a claim expert with years of industry experience, and more recently as a manager and mentor whose responsibilities have expanded significantly in a short amount of time,” said Shonka. “Her technical skills, levelheadedness, and fresh perspective are all major assets she brings to our officer team.”

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii
Founded on August 11, 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $652.8 million, liabilities of $346.1 million and policyholders’ surplus of $306.7 million as of September 30, 2014. First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. and Standard & Poor’s, and has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies for six consecutive years. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 29 independent general agencies. It has claims personnel on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.