This truly is a family (or”ohana”) project. Under the guidance of our dedicated team, the Pono Project has become a reality. It is a joy to work with your family, as well as the talented and driven business owners and conservationists we support.
SARAH MCLANE BRYAN
I have been so fortunate to work and play with many dedicated conservationists across the state and this project is really for them and because of them.
My childhood in the South and my family’s values have taught me that you can always do more and if you start to expect more from people, they are often willing to live up to that higher standard. My experiences in Hawaii over the last 8 years (whether it was working a telescope on the tallest summit in the world – Mauna Kea on Hawaii island, mapping ancient lava flows using the deepest island drill in the world, trekking through the rugged West Maui Mountains – the 3rd wettest place on Earth, restoring native forest habitat with local Wind Farm companies, mapping populations of the migrating endangered Hawaiian Humpback Whales, and co-creating a Data Hui (or group) to facilitate data sharing across agencies) I continue to grow and learn everyday.
As a dear friend told me, its all about attitude. My attitude is to change the world, one island at a time. What’s yours?
Bill literally brings the “creative” spark to the Pono Project, offering guidance and vision to our business structure.
Growing up in the beautiful south Florida Gulf shores, Bill developed an appreciation for the natural environment at an early age, even water-skiing to school in his early years! Bill went for an Art degree at Mercer University where he was also fortunate enough to be located in the mecca for the growing genre of southern rock, frequently hearing the Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard and others performers from Macon based Capricorn Records perform in small local venues in the area. His deep appreciation for music and art (Bill has played lead guitar for over 45 years and continues to play in multiple bands) brings a true artistic side to our family of scientists.
Bill’s work background features a variety of artistically challenging and professionally stimulating assignments in advertising, exhibit services, art direction, computer graphics, automation technology, lighting system design, installation and programming. He has a unique blend of education (degree in liberal arts), artistic talent, technical knowledge, system programming, marketing, sales, communication and customer service skills. His achievements include 20 years of Advertising, as a Production Manager, Art Director, Copy Writer and Creative Director. He then moved into Exhibit and Trade show Management, and later Home Automation and Lighting Control systems, including business development and outside sales and marketing.
His interests are: meeting new people, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, boating, playing guitar, plein air and studio painting (check out his new work on glass! – www.billmclane.com), traveling, astronomy, geology, history, reading, good food and tennis.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Paula has a long history in community service and project management. Born in Cherryville, NC, she attended Lenoir Rhyne University where she double majored in Sociology and Secondary Education. She then worked as a Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines, traveling the world for 13 years and learning about the tourism industry during its hey day.
Paula and Bill married in May of 1980 and built one of the first passive solar homes in Atlanta GA. It is here that she got her start as an actor and producer for TV and film. The family moved to Charleston, SC in the 1990s where Paula founded a talent agency, Coastal Talent, that managed actors, models and artists in New York, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana for 8 years.
Paula’s resume is so extensive that it really cannot all be summed up here, but some highlights include serving on the board for the Charleston (SC) County School of the Arts and founder of multiple community associations, youth counselor for a local church where her and Bill mentored 200+ teenagers, Assistant for the Psychology Department at the College of Charleston, and she is currently the manager of a Maui oceanfront condominium complex.
Paula is a true believer in preserving the beautiful places that she has seen and she considers Hawaii to be a unique and special place in the world – and she has seen a lot of it! Paula brings over 30 years of successful business experience to the Pono Project, along with her rare enthusiasm and go-get them attitude.
We all know that if Paula is involved, any thing can happen!
GLOBAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR
Mallory brings her skills in management to the Pono Project as the Global Projects Manager. She is the Operations Manager at a visual effects studio based out of Los Angeles, California. With a background in Stage Management she is accustom to keeping projects on track and ensuring a timely delivery. Her love for environmental protection has led her to work on numerous efforts in the Los Angeles area, ranging from beach sweeps and tree planting to demanding better recycling options for apartment buildings. In her time off she enjoys hiking, surfing and cooking.
Mallory is very excited to be a part of the Pono Project and to see the help that Pono will be able to provide!