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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Names Two New Members to Advisory Board


Kaela Wasnich, Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7388

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has announced the appointment of Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher and Susan Eichor to its Advisory Board.

Fletcher is the associate dean for academic affairs and professor, Department of Earth Sciences, at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. He also serves as the vice chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

Eichor is president and chief operating officer of aio, a Hawaii-based holding company. The aio portfolio includes companies in multimedia, radio and sports, including ESPN Honolulu, Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business magazine and Watermark Publishing.

“Having a formal body of local leaders who can help us spot emerging issues that could affect our business is critical to our long-term success in the islands,” said Jeff Shonka, First Insurance president and CEO. “With Chip and Susan’s contributions, FICOH’s ability to plan for the future and respond to changes in an effective manner will become even stronger.”

Dr. Fletcher and Eichor join existing Advisory Board members Faye Kurren, Wendell Pang, David McClain, Chris Dods, and Jeff Watanabe, as well as FICOH executives Jeff Shonka, Stephen Tabussi and Isaac Kosasa.

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 $677.8 million, liabilities of $387.6 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $280.1 million as of December 31, 2018.

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 350 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named 2018 Kupuna Advocate of the Year by Hawaii Meals on Wheels (HMOW) for its exemplary support of HMOW and other organizations that serve seniors. It was also awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2018.

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