Mike Kasser

President,
Holualoa Companies

Mike Kasser is the President of Holualoa Companies, a real estate investment company with approximately $500 million in residential and commercial real estate in the Southwest, Hawaii and France.

Mr. Kasser started Holualoa in 1985 when he moved to Hawaii with his wife, Beth, after they competed in the Ironman Triathlon. His previous experience includes positions as financial analyst with WR Grace & Co., as President of Technopulp, Inc., a pulp and paper consultant, and as CEO of Booher Lumber Company. As Holualoa grew, the Kassers left Hawaii in 1994 for Tucson.

In addition to his membership in SALC, Mr. Kasser’s community activities have included: Three years as Chairman of the Salary Commission for the County of Hawaii. In addition, he has been a trustee or board member of the University of Arizona Foundation, the University of Arizona College of Science, C-Path Institute, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art, American Hungarian Foundation, Kona Hawaii Family YMCA, Aloha Performing Arts Center and the Kasser Art Foundation. His outside business activities have included board memberships of: CyraCom, Inc., a language interpretation company, Protein Sciences, Inc., a biotech company, and West Maricopa Combine, Inc., a water company. He has also served as an Educational Counselor for M.I.T. and as a member of its Corporation Development Committee, and is presently a member of the M.I.T. Music and Theatre Arts Visiting Committee.

Mike has a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T., a Doctorate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Grenoble (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian. In the past, Mike has completed the Ironman Triathlon eight times. His present hobby is Pre-Columbian Art. The Kassers have two children.