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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Hires Lance Kawano


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

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has hired Lance Kawano as vice president of FICOH and president of First Risk Management Services (FiRMS). FiRMS is a FICOH subsidiary that delivers non-standard risk solutions, including excess & surplus and captive insurance arrangements.

Kawano has more than 25 years of experience in the financial and insurance sectors, including 12 years with Atlas Insurance Agency, where he served as executive vice president of operations. Prior to Atlas, he was a personal lines manager at FICOH for three years.

“Lance brings his skills as an experienced manager and insurance expert to our senior management team,” said Jeffrey Shonka, FICOH president and CEO. “His unique background will be a major asset to FICOH and FiRMS as we work to deliver the best possible solutions and service to our customers.”

Kawano graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a BS in Systems Engineering and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. He has also obtained the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii
Founded in 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $659.0 million, liabilities of $377.5 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $281.5 million as of December 31, 2017.

First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named Best Large Business by Pacific Business News in 2017 and has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2018.

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