B.J. Kobayashi Bio
CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & A FOUNDER
B.J. Kobayashi has devoted his 25-year career to real estate investment, lending and property development in Hawaii. He is the Chairman and CEO of BlackSand Capital and co-founder and a senior partner at Kobayashi Group.
Mr. Kobayashi served on the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Company, board of trustees of the Hawaiian Tax Free Trust, and is a council leader member of the U.S. Japan Council. He also serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University.
B.J. dedicates time and resources to a variety of non-profit work including affordable housing and education.
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.