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. 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 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.