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Hawaiian Telcom Executive Team

Hawaiian Telcom is led by a strong, seasoned team with a wealth of communication, entertainment and other specialized expertise.

Scott K. Barber, President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott K. Barber was named President and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom in June 2015. He joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013, overseeing Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Customer Care, Technology and Business Development.

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Mr. Barber has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he entered as a Construction – Line Worker at Kerman Telephone Company in California. Over his 12-year career at Kerman Telephone, he oversaw various areas of operations, including engineering, network operations, construction, installation and repair, fleet, safety and building management. 

Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Barber served as Vice President of Operations for Consolidated Communications in Roseville, California. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for SureWest Communications, which was acquired by Consolidated Communications in July 2012. Mr. Barber began his career at SureWest in 1994, starting as an Engineering Manager. Over the years he was promoted to executive-level positions in Outside Plant and Network Operations before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2011.

At SureWest, Mr. Barber was instrumental in launching the Internet Protocol (IP) triple play (voice, video and data) over fiber. He spearheaded efforts to roll out new products, including Metro Ethernet, Session Initiation Protocol, Data Center, IP Private Branch Exchange, IP Long Distance, Voice-over-IP, high-definition TV, Whole Home DVR, Caller ID on TV, and 50 megabits-per-second residential high-speed Internet service. He also secured long-term contracts with multiple wireless carriers for data backhaul service to 540 sites.

Mr. Barber earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Regis University. 

Committed to giving back to the community, Mr. Barber currently serves on the non-profit boards for Aloha United Way and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi. A former Mayor of the City of Kerman, he previously served on numerous community and industry boards including as President of the Kerman Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman and CEO of the California Communications Association. 


Dan T. Bessey, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dan T. Bessey joined Hawaiian Telcom as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2015. In addition to overseeing all financial operations, including Treasury, Financial Planning and Analysis, Corporate and Regulatory Accounting, Tax and Investor Relations, he is also responsible for developing and implementing financial systems and reporting structures to ensure Hawaiian Telcom is a highly efficient service provider and model of financial integrity.

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Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Bessey served as Chief Financial Officer for Cesca Therapeutics, a publicly traded bio-technology company based in Rancho Cordova, California, where he managed the Finance and Accounting, Business Planning and Forecasting, Corporate Development, Investor Relations and Human Resources functions.

Previously, Mr. Bessey served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for SureWest Communications (now part of Consolidated Communications), where he was responsible for multiple functions including Finance and Accounting, Business Planning and Forecasting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury Management, Investor Relations, Human Resources and Information Systems. Over his 17-year career at SureWest, he served as Vice President of Finance, Controller, and Director of Corporate Finance, and successfully developed and implemented long-term business and financial strategies that increased profitability and shareholder return.

He began his career in the technology and communications group of Ernst and Young LLP.

Mr. Bessey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accountancy from California State University, Sacramento where he graduated magna cum laude.

John T. Komeiji, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

In his role as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, John Komeiji is responsible for Hawaiian Telcom’s day-to-day business operations. His Administrative Services Organization includes the External Affairs, Government Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology Systems & Order Management Systems, Legal, Project Management & Delivery, and Support Services teams. He joined the company in July 2008.  

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Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Komeiji served as senior partner at Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP. His practice focused on the litigation of complex commercial, personal injury and professional liability matters.

Mr. Komeiji is a past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association and has served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence. A member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, he is also a Bencher and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Inns of Court, Aloha Chapter. 

He was presented the University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. A former Adjunct Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Mr. Komeiji taught Pretrial Litigation and received the Co-Adjunct Professor of the Year Award in 2002. 

He earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of Law.

Mr. Komeiji serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific where he is Board Chair, the Hawaii Medical Service Association where he is Board Vice Chair, and Blood Bank of Hawaii, where he is Board Vice Chair.

Kevin Paul, Senior Vice President – Technology

Kevin Paul joined Hawaiian Telcom as Senior Vice President – Technology in August 2011.  Mr. Paul is responsible for the architecture, planning, engineering, security and support of Hawaiian Telcom’s network. He also oversees the company’s Business Development, Customer Care and Network Reliability functions.

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Mr. Paul has held leadership technology roles for more than 25 years.  Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, he served as Vice President of Content Engineering & Development for Level 3 Communications where he managed architecture, engineering, development, test and tier IV support of Level 3’s Content Delivery Network and Vyvx video broadcast network.  

He joined Level 3 as Vice President, Softswitch Engineering, Development and Deployment in 2000, and also served as Vice President of Network Integration.

Prior to this, Mr. Paul was Director of MCI Worldcom’s (now Verizon Business) Call Processing Infrastructure, and also held numerous positions in Systems Engineering including Intelligent Call Center Application Development and Data Network Application Development.

Mr. Paul holds eight patents: six in the area of Fraud Detection and Neural Network technology and two in the area of Content Delivery Networks with Deep Caching Infrastructure.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Paul currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Amy Aapala, Vice President – Information Technology Systems & Order Management Systems

Amy Aapala was named Hawaiian Telcom’s Vice President - Information Technology Systems & Order Management Systems in February 2016. She is responsible for the company’s Desktop Services, Data Center Operations, Product Management & Delivery teams, and Order Management Systems (OMS), which includes Order Entry, Provisioning, Billing and Revenue Assurance.

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She previously served as Vice President - Customer Service, responsible for OMS and Network Operations (Field Operations, Central Office, Construction and Dispatch). She has held several leadership roles in these areas over the past 13 years.  

Ms. Aapala is an accomplished operations professional with more than 23 years in the telecommunications industry. Her entire career has been focused on driving organizational and customer service improvement by refining and enhancing operational management, with a keen focus on process management and service delivery by improving customer experience and employee satisfaction. 

Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Ms. Aapala worked as a consultant for The Carlyle Group in Washington, DC, and in senior management positions in billing and customer service with telecommunications companies including Expanets, Western Integrated Networks (now part of Consolidated Communications) and Qwest Communications (now CenturyLink).

In 2001, Ms. Aapala was an invited presenter on Wholesale Billing Operations at Billing & OSS World Conference & Expo. She is a 2009 recipient of Hawaiian Telcom’s quarterly Hui Lanakila Award for exemplifying the company’s FAST values -- Fierce Resolve, Aloha Spirit, Superior Service, and Trustworthiness.

Ms. Aapala earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northern Michigan University.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

Greg Chamberlain, Vice President – Network Operations

Greg Chamberlain was named Vice President – Network Operations in February 2016. He is responsible for Hawaiian Telcom’s Central Office, Dispatch and Field Operations (installation, repair and construction technicians) teams, and the company’s Network Support Services Operations Center.

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He joined Hawaiian Telcom in June 2013 as Executive Director – Service Architecture and Engineering where his responsibilities included inside and outside plant engineering, network build program and network change management.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Chamberlain served as Executive Director – Network Engineering for SureWest Broadband (now part of Consolidated Communications). He spent more than 10 years with SureWest where he was instrumental in the company’s successful deployment of IPTV over fiber. He also held management positions in network operations and engineering at WINfirst (now part of Consolidated Communications) and SBC Communications (now part of AT&T).

Mr. Chamberlain began his career in telecommunications 35 years ago as a service technician for Pacific Bell in Oakland, California. He moved on to become a splicer, then a supervisor and worked his way up the organization into outside plant engineering, focusing on high capacity management and wireless network build-outs, and later network system design and fiber deployment.

Born and raised in California, Mr. Chamberlain earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jason Fujita, Vice President - Consumer Sales and Product Marketing

Jason Fujita was named Vice President – Consumer Sales in August 2012. He currently serves as Vice President – Consumer Sales and Product Marketing. His responsibilities include Hawaiian Telcom’s Consumer Sales and Service Center for residential customers, Public Communications (pay phones), Wireless, Hawaiian Telcom TV Sales and Multi-Dwelling Unit Sales organizations, and Product Marketing.  

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He joined Hawaiian Telcom (then GTE Hawaiian Tel) in 1997 as a Major Account Executive for business sales. He spent nearly 10 years in sales, gaining significant product knowledge of key systems, PBX’s, ISDN, frame relay, routers, switches, Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP), and wiring. He specialized in developing strong relationships within Hawaii’s growing small-to-medium-business market.  

In 2006, he was promoted to Business Sales Manager where he created strategic partnerships with service vendors such as Cisco and Nortel to improve service and reduce costs, and developed a new hire training program for business account managers.

From 2008 – 2010, he served as Senior Manager – Business Sales Center and Small Business Sales, overseeing the business call center and account managers for small business sales. 

In 2010, Mr. Fujita was an invited presenter on call center analytics at the Computerworld BI & Analytics Perspective Conference. He is a 2012 recipient of Hawaiian Telcom’s quarterly Hui Lanakila Award for exemplifying the company’s FAST values -- Fierce Resolve, Aloha Spirit, Superior Service, and Trustworthiness.

An Iolani School graduate, Mr. Fujita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University. He is also a graduate of the 2014 class of the Pacific Century Fellows.  

Mr. Fujita currently serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Hawaii Employer’s Council and Hawaii Literacy. He also serves as a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. 

Paul Krueger, Vice President – Business Sales and Product Marketing

As Vice President – Business Sales and Product Marketing, Paul Krueger is responsible for Hawaiian Telcom’s Business Sales, Solutions Engineering, Wholesale Markets, Business Product Marketing and Business Solutions Center. He joined the company in October 2012.

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Under his leadership, Hawaiian Telcom’s portfolio has expanded to include Managed Security, Data Center and a growing number of cloud-enabled services such as Microsoft Office 365, Desktop as a Service and Premium Support.

With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Krueger has focused on sales of PBX, IP-PBX and Hosted Business Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) solutions as well as SONET and Ethernet Wide Area Networks, Internet and Data Center services.

Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Krueger served as Executive Director of Business Sales for SureWest (now part of Consolidated Communications) in Sacramento where he was responsible for managing its Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier and Competitive Local Exchange Carrier business sales organizations, product development and marketing. He also managed Carrier-Wholesale sales, product development and network solutions for the company’s California and Kansas City markets. 

Mr. Krueger earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Illinois State University with minor degrees in Economics and Business Administration.

Ben Morgan, Vice President – Customer Care and Network Reliability

Ben Morgan was named Hawaiian Telcom’s Vice President – Customer Care and Network Reliability in March 2014. He is responsible for Hawaiian Telcom’s  24-Hour Customer Care Service Center, Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction, 911 Operations and Managed Services Operations teams, and the Network Reliability department, which includes the Network Operations Center (eNOC), Tier 2 Technical Support, and TV Head End Operations.

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Mr. Morgan joined Hawaiian Telcom in October 2011 as Director of Customer Care, bringing with him more than a decade of technology and telecommunications experience. In March 2012, he took on an expanded role as Executive Director – Customer Care. 

Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Morgan served as Vice President – Voice Services for MegaPath, Inc. in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that he held management and senior management positions at Speakeasy Inc. (now part of MegaPath Corporation). Mr. Morgan began his professional career at Amazon.com in 1999.

Mr. Morgan earned professional certification in call center management from the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI).

Sunshine Pualani Walker Topping, Vice President – Human Resources

Sunshine Pualani Walker Topping joined Hawaiian Telcom as Vice President of Human Resources in June 2015. A seasoned strategic HR executive with nearly two decades of experience, she oversees the company’s HR, benefits, employment and HR information systems (HRIS), labor relations, and organizational development and training functions.

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Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, Ms. Topping served as Chief Human Resources Strategy Officer for ‘ike (formerly known as DataHouse Holdings Company), a Hawaii-based technology company. At ‘ike she was responsible for guiding HR within the family of companies, including strategic staffing, benefits alignment, employee engagement activities, and leading the rebranding initiative for the parent company.

Prior to this, Ms. Topping served as Senior Director of Recruitment for Hawaiian Airlines. Among other accomplishments, she launched their recruitment department, conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and created innovative workforce development plans.

In 2010, Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Ms. Topping to serve on his cabinet as the State’s Director of the Department of Human Resource Development, where she managed labor and employee relations, recruitment, training, workers compensation, organizational development, legislation and the departmental budget. 

Ms. Topping also has extensive HR experience at telecommunications and technology companies both in Hawaii and on the mainland, including at Sandwich Isles Communications, Adtech/Spirent Communications, and The Boeing Company.

Born and raised in Hilo, Ms. Topping graduated from Hilo High School before receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also a certified Senior Professional Human Resources.

Committed to giving back the HR industry and to the community, Ms. Topping currently serves as an appointed member of the State Workforce Development Board, the Membership chair of the Society of Human Resource Management, and is a member of Halau Kupukupu Kealoha.