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George Santoki

George Santoki

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer for Locations, George Santoki oversees the overall strategy and operations of the company, including the firm’s core brokerage operations, and institutional and developer client account relationships.

George Santoki began his career in real estate in 1978 as a sales associate at Locations. He earned the Rookie of the Year Award in his first year, and in 1982, he was named Associate Partner. Shortly after that, he was promoted to Managing Partner.

George has had many roles at Locations throughout his career, including: Principal Broker, Branch Manager, Regional Manager and Vice President of Sales. He is the author of many of company policies that are still in existence today. He also developed the Transaction Management program to serve sales agents and supervised the New Projects and Relocation Departments for the firm. He also served on the firm's Board of Directors when it transitioned to a corporation and oversaw a joint venture between Locations and CB Commercial. 

Prior to his tenure with Locations, George served as the general manager and vice president for a construction firm, Allied Builder System/RAM Corporation, where he was tasked with developing new systems and specialty services for the organization.

Born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii, George holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He served as an Air Force Captain and Navigator Bombardier, flying 187 missions in Vietnam. A “salt of the earth” leader, George is proud to represent the best interests of his employees, agents and clients. He resides in Aiea.

Chad Takesue

Chad Takesue

Chief Operating Officer

Chad Takesue is the Chief Operating Officer for RESCO, Locations' parent company. In this role, Chad provides leadership and strategic vision to the organization, bringing operational, managerial and administrative procedures, as well as reporting structures and operation controls, to the company.

Chad joined Locations in 2005 as a full-time agent and has successfully transitioned into many roles throughout his career at Locations, including Managing Partner, Senior Vice President of Sales and Senior Vice President of Property Management.

He earned his Broker's license in 2008 and was made a Partner in the firm in 2012. Chad is also a past president of the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm of Locations. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Locations Foundation. He is also the 2022 President of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®.

A graduate of Iolani School and a former math educator, and Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at the University Hawaii at Manoa.

Renee Dona

Renee Dona

Chief Administration Officer

As Chief Administration Officer, Renee Dona is responsible for the firm’s daily administrative operations and human resources functions, as well as facilities management, compensation and engagement and corporate communications.

Prior to joining Locations, Dona was director of corporate administration & human resources for Atlanta-based PEMCO, Ltd., a real estate services provider for the federal government. Dona has 21 years of corporate administration experience managing human resources, financial accounting, marketing and information technology functions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Strayer University.

John Chandler

Scott Choi

Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Strategy

Scott Choi joined Locations in 2022 to serve as Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Strategy. In this role, he oversees the firm’s finances and strategic planning initiatives.

Prior to joining Locations, Scott served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Hawaiian Host Group. He has extensive experience in senior leadership and finance that spans more than 30 years in both Hawaii and California. He has also worked for Hawaii-based development and homebuilding companies, including The Gentry Companies, Ko Olina Company, National Housing Corporation of Hawaii and Honsador Holdings, a building material and electric supply distribution company.

Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from New York University, as well as an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

John Chandler

John Chandler

Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation

As Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation 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.

Brian Benton

Brian Benton

Senior Vice President of Sales

Brian Benton is Senior Vice President of Sales at Locations, where he is responsible for agent productivity, retention and recruitment.

A Realtor®, sales coach and Broker-in-Charge with Locations for nearly 30 years, Brian is a seasoned professional with deep industry knowledge. He is a past president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, and has served on the board of directors for the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

John Connelley

John Connelley

Senior Vice President of Risk Management

John Connelley is the Senior Vice President of Risk Management at Locations. He also serves as the Principal Broker. 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.

John was the first recipient of the Marcus Nishikawa Education and Professional Achievement Award. He was also named REALTOR® of the Year in 2012 by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® and in 2017 by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame.

Arnold Ku

Arnold Ku

Corporate Treasurer

In his role as Corporate Treasurer, Arnold is responsible for all aspects of the firm's financials, including accounting, budgeting, strategic financial planning, risk analysis, job costing, assigned deal analysis and negotiations, investor relationships, partnership compliance, and private and institutional financing.

Arnold has 30 years of experience in financial management of real estate and service-oriented businesses and holds a degree in accounting from Chaminade University.