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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Appoints 3 New Vice Presidents

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has appointed three new vice presidents: Jeff Grimmer, Vice President, Finance Operations and Administration; Nina Ota, Vice President, Personal Lines; and Janis Kushimi, Vice President, Human Resources.


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

“Jeff, Nina and Janis have stepped up to the demands of their positions, proven flexible in the face of constant change, and become increasingly important members of our officer team on the strength of their critical thinking and technical skills,” said Jeff Shonka, President and CEO. “We look forward to the many contributions they will make to FICOH in their expanded leadership roles.”

Jeff Grimmer joined FICOH in 2006 as an Actuary. He was promoted to Managing Actuary in 2010 and to Assistant Vice President in 2013. In addition to serving as FICOH’s Treasurer, he oversees First Insurance’s actuarial services, financial analysis, enterprise risk management, and corporate accounting functions. Grimmer is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), regarded as one of the premier designations in the property and casualty insurance industry.

Nina Ota began her career at FICOH in 1998 as a career trainee and over the next 10 years held positions in several departments including Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, IT, and the Project Consulting Group. She was appointed Assistant Vice President of Agency Relations in 2013. In 2014 she assumed leadership responsibility for our Personal Lines department, which includes Underwriting, Billing and Customer Service units.

Janis Kushimi has more than 20 years of HR experience in Hawaii. Prior to joining FICOH in May 2013 as HR manager, she served as director of corporate human resources at The Queen’s Health Systems. She was appointed Assistant Vice President in 2014 in recognition of the solid relationships she built throughout the company and with our fellow Tokio Marine North America group companies. Kushimi is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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 $681.1 million, liabilities of $416.6 million and policyholdersí surplus of $264.5 million as of September 30, 2012. First Insurance, a member of the Japan-based Tokio Marine Group, enjoys an ìAî (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best Co., whose ratings are widely recognized as a benchmark of an insurerís financial strength. 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, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.