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Bill Chee founded Locations LLC in 1969 at the age of 24 with two partners. He launched Hawaii’s first database of real estate sales information as a sales tool and the business grew exponentially. By the late 1970s, Locations acquired the first computer system in the business and began creating an even larger database.
As president of the National Association of REALTORS® in 1993, he gave an iconic, prophetic speech that sounded a national alarm about how Internet companies and technology would radically change the real estate business – “The Hungry Lions Are Coming Over the Hill.” His forward- thinking strategy and vision allowed Locations to thrive at a time when many real estate businesses were struggling to adjust to the Internet age.
As Executive Advisor, Bill remains a driving force behind the company’s continued success. He continues to inspire a new generation of leaders that will carry on the company’s legacy of innovation.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hawaii National Bank. Bill has also served as the president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® and Hawaii Association of REALTORS® in 1976. In 1993, Bill was elected the youngest president of the National Association of REALTORS®. His past community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for Home Financial Services and CB Commercial Group Hawaii and as a trustee for the University of Hawaii Foundation.
Scott Higashi is the second President & CEO of Locations and currently oversees the overall strategy and operations of the company, notably the firm’s core brokerage operations, and institutional and developer client account relationships.
A versatile business professional, his career experience includes leadership roles in both operations and sales at Colliers Monroe Friedlander, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Hawaii Cruises. Scott’s dynamic skill set and history of driving forward thinking programs has made him an irreplaceable leader at Locations.
Scott has served on a number of community boards and committees during his professional career, and is currently a board member of the American Red Cross, including its executive committee.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Puget Sound and is a graduate of Punahou School.
Brian Stewart is Chief Financial Officer for RESCO, Inc. (parent company of Locations, LLC). Mr. Stewart is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, accounting and financial reporting of the company.
Prior to joining RESCO in March of 2015, Brian held a number of executive positions in the accounting & finance field at PEMCO, LTD, Coral Wireless LLC, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., and the Bank of Hawaii Corp. He was also first vice president and controller for Pacific Century Bank in California before moving to Hawaii in 2001.
Brian currently sits on the board of directors of Easter Seals of Hawaii serving as chair of the finance committee. He previously served on the boards of Housing Solutions, Inc. (Honolulu), the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and the Hawaii chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Brian holds a master’s in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from California State University Dominguez Hills. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California.
Chad Takesue is Senior Vice President of Sales at Locations, where he is responsible for establishing sales targets, managing agent productivity, and developing strategic sales plans to promote growth and agent retention.
A former math educator, Chad joined Locations a full-time REALTOR® and 2005. He earned his Broker's license in 2008, and became a Partner at the firm in 2012. Chad is a past president of the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm of Locations. He also serves on the board of the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® and as Alumni Class Representative for Iolani School.
A graduate of Iolani School, and Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master's of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at the University Hawaii at Manoa.
Michelle Cheung is Senior Vice President of Technology, Marketing and Research for Locations. Her responsibilities include overseeing the strategic operations of the Technology and Marketing departments as well as data integrity for the Research department.
Prior to joining Locations in 2010, Michelle held a number of technology leadership positions in the banking industry with Bank of Tokyo and Citigroup. Her proven areas of expertise include risk management, process improvement, business analysis, cross-functional team leadership, vendor management, data warehousing, IT strategy and project planning.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm of Locations.
As Vice President of Technology at Locations, John Chandler is responsible for the architecture and implementation of all operational and business support systems, including the design and development of unique, proprietary software that defines Locations as a global leader in real estate technology.
John joined Locations in 2016, after more than a decade of technology experience in Silicon Valley's high-frequency trading industry with Pacific Rim Markets.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from Chaminade University.
John Connelly is the Principal Broker at Locations. He also serves as a Sales Coach.
After a 21-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, John earned his real estate license in 1989 and his brokers license in 1991.
John has previously served as president of the Hawaii Aloha Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists and president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. He has also taught the State of Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson and Broker courses, the Graduate, REALTORS® Institute (GRI) and continuing education for real estate licensees.
He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 2012 by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS®.
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