Robert Yamane, professor of business technology at Hawai‘i Community College, was presented the Hawai‘i Business Education Association Outstanding Postsecondary Business Educator of the Year Award at its annual conference held on January 26, 2013.
According to Yamane’s nominators, he demonstrates integrity and dedication to the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges system. He serves as president of the Hawai‘i Community College Alumni and Friends organization. Yamane is chair of the Business Technology Program Coordinating Council for the UH community colleges where he guides the system of UH business technology programs forward in a systematic and articulated fashion.
At the campus level, Yamane serves as the Business Education and Technology Division Chair and has a talent for getting colleagues to work well together. He works with the Business Technology Advisory Council and facilitates meetings with business people who clearly respect his efforts at the college. Yamane has coordinated and facilitated meetings resulting in articulation agreements between the Department of Education and Hawai‘i Community College to facilitate ease of transition for students who are interested in attending Hawai‘i Community College.
Joni Onishi, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, states, “Bobby is conscientious in all his undertakings and gives it his 110 percent. He has deservingly earned the respect of students and colleagues.”
Hawai‘i Business Education Association is a non-profit, professional organization for teachers of business and information technology as well as those businesses and organizations interested in the quality and training of Hawai’i's workforce. The purpose of HBEA is to promote Business Education in the State of Hawai`i and to provide opportunity for business educators, students, or friends of business education to interact. The ultimate goal of HBEA and its affiliates is to prepare students to use information technology and business skills in our global society. HBEA strives to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers in business and industry.