Colbert Matsumoto has truly come a long way from being a small island kid to chairman and CEO of Island Insurance Co., part of the state’s largest locally owned and managed property and casualty insurance carrier. Prior to becoming a company executive, Matsumoto worked for 20 years as member of the Hawaii Bar.
He graduated magna cum laude in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of San Francisco. Four years later, he received his from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. To add to his portfolio of academic and corporate achievements is his unrelenting support for various community-based causes. In 2004, Matsumoto received the Outstanding Community Service Award from JACL for leading the $9 million campaign to save the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii from foreclosure.
Greater Good Radio brings Colbert Matsumoto with his endless list of for-profit and non-profit involvement. Colbert talks to Evan and Kari about how he manages to organize himself during the long hours spent communicating with different groups of people during the day, and how his former teachers in the island of Lanai have set a positive influence in him to dream of becoming an advocate of education himself.
He also shares how he has become big boss of Island Insurance Co., it being his client for over 20 years.
This interview is specially catered for the big dreamers, filled with insights on how luck and perseverance play a tandem and why community-involvement is still the best way to achieve success.
So listen now and find out more about Colbert Matsumoto; lawyer, corporate executive, philanthropist.
Colbert M. Matsumoto is the Chairman and CEO of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., Hawaii’s only locally owned and managed property and casualty insurance company. Prior to joining Island Insurance in 1999, he was engaged in the practice of law as a member of the Hawaii Bar for over 20 years.
Born and raised in a plantation community on the island of Lanai, Matsumoto attended the University of San Francisco where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1974 and then proceeded to obtain his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1978.
Matsumoto serves as a director on various corporate boards, including Island Holdings, Inc., Central Pacific Financial Corporation, Hawaiian Host, Inc., Oahu Publications, Inc. (Star Bulletin & Midweek), Hawaii Pacific Health (Straub Hospital & Clinic, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi, and Wilcox Hospital); and Sutter Insurance Services Corporation.
Matsumoto is active with various community non-profit organizations and has been involved with numerous fundraising efforts on behalf of several non-profit entities. He is a director and past chairman of the board of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Matsumoto also serves as a trustee of the Employees Retirement System of the State of Hawaii and is a director of the Hawaii Institute for Pubic Affairs. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Japanese American National Museum and is a member and past president of the Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Matsumoto received JACL’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2004 for his leadership in connection with the $9 million campaign to save the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii from foreclosure. He is also a member and founding president of the Hawaii Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). In 1994, Matsumoto was awarded NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award for his leadership in the Asian-American legal community. Matsumoto previously served as the at-large member of the Board of Land & Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii from 1995 to 2001.
For a five year period beginning in 1996, he served as the court-appointed master charged with reviewing the annual accounts of the Trustees of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate. During that time he was also appointed by the Probate Court to serve as a member of the Trustee Compensation Committee and the Trustee Screening Committee for Kamehameha Schools.
Matsumoto is married with two children.
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