Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & a Founder
B.J. Kobayashi is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a Founder of BlackSand Capital. Mr. Kobayashi oversees the investment and operational activities of the company and is also a member of the firm's investment committee. In addition, Mr. Kobayashi is a Founding Partner of the Kobayashi Group, a property development and real estate investment firm based in Honolulu, which he co-founded in 1996. Mr. Kobayashi has 25 years of experience in real estate investment. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kobayashi has been involved in approximately $5 billion worth of real estate investments in hotels, residential, retail, land and mixed-use developments.
Mr. Kobayashi graduated from Punahou School, Georgetown University’s School of Business with a major in International Business, and Georgetown University’s Law Center, where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. He is also a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Mr. Kobayashi served on the board of directors of the Hawaiian Electric Company and was a Trustee of the Hawaiian Tax-Free Trust, Hawaii’s largest municipal bond fund. In 2011, the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye appointed Mr. Kobayashi to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Committee, where he served as co-chair of the Budget and Finance sub-committee.
Mr. Kobayashi is active in community service where he serves as the President of the Georgetown Club of Hawaii, serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University, co-founder of the GIFT Foundation of Hawaii, Board member of the Shane Victorino Foundation and Director for Inspire the Keiki Foundation. Mr. Kobayashi is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.