Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ryan MacLaughlin, R(B) has been named a board member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.
Last week, MacLaughlin became a member of the chamber’s board, which works to promote and sustain Hawaiian culture by nurturing Hawaiian values and enhancing business and education opportunities. The group also focuses on boosting benefits available for Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community and housing.
"I wanted to be apart of what they were doing, as they seemed to be a resource for Maui residents in support of business and education efforts," said MacLaughlin. "Being Native Hawaiian myself, and being born and raised here on Maui, it really made sense."
From left to right: Ryan MacLaughlin, his mother, Cordy MacLaughlin, Island Sotheby's International Realty President Georgie Tamayose and Ron Silva, Broker in Charge.
A fifth-generation Hawaii resident, MacLaughlin went to school at Seabury Hall and the University of Hawaii at Manoa before returning to Maui. A third-generation realtor, MacLaughlin has been consistently named one of Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s top 10 agents.
MacLaughlin said he joined the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce to learn how to nurture a successful company - and community - on Maui. For MacLaughlin, the chamber seemed like the perfect opportunity to seek advice from other business owners and professionals on island, in addition to working to improve the lives of Maui residents.
"It was my Kuleana to serve this community in any way I could. I grew up as a Hapa kid from Kula, and this island and community gave me what I feel I didn’t deserve," said MacLaughlin. "Giving back and helping business and education for our people on the island and in the Native Hawaiian community is literally the least I could do."
Georgie Tamayose, president of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, said she is aware of how important it is to give back to the community who supports her business. She and MacLaughlin’s peers are proud of his new position as a board member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.
“He is the next generation of great leaders on Maui and for the Native Hawaiian community,” said Tamayose. “He will add a lot of value to this group and to Maui in turn.”