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February 2017

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Stephen Kagawa Named Chairman of the Board of Directors
Journalist David Ono Joins as Chairman of Board of Governors and Union Bank's George Tanaka Joins as Newest Board Member

Board updatesStephen Kagawa, President and CEO of The Pacific Bridge Companies, Inc., has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC). He succeeds Bill H. Seki, a partner at Seki Nishimura & Watase LLP, who continues to serve on the center's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Kagawa has actively supported GFBNEC in various capacities since 2002.

David Ono, broadcast journalist and co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News, has been named Chairman of GFBNEC's Board of Governors. He succeeds Chip R.Y. Mamiya, senior account executive with Michigan Mutual, Inc., who has joined GFBNEC's Board of Directors. Ono has produced several documentaries about the Nisei WWII soldiers and supported GFBNEC for many years.

Doug Goto, insurance consultant, has been named Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee. The Hon. Jeff Maloney, Alhambra City Councilmember, has been named Secretary of the Board. Michael Ozawa, Managing Principal, Enterprise Management Advisors LLC, has rejoined the Board of Directors and continues to serve as the Chief Financial Officer.

George Tanaka, Managing Director, Retail Specialized Services, MUFG Union Bank, has joined GFBNEC's Board of Directors. In addition to his banking expertise, Tanaka also serves as Chairman of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

Kagawa welcomes the new Board of Directors and Board of Governors members, and recognizes Seki for his ongoing contributions to GFBNEC. "Bill continues to bring his insight, passion and leadership to GFBNEC, for which we're extremely grateful," Kagawa said. "We extend a special welcome to George Tanaka of MUFG Union Bank and David Ono of ABC7, who are bringing fresh talent and experience to our governing boards at a time of growth and expansion. GFBNEC's messages are particularly relevant today, and we're working to reach new audiences with the Nisei soldiers' stories of loyalty and sacrifice."


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