- Ricardo Finney, retired Veteran and Professional Photographer
Ricardo A. Finney is CEO of Precision Photography Of Honolulu, a commercial firm specializing in professional photography for business marketing. Ricardo’s imaging specialties include product and food advertising, business portraiture and architectural documentation. Precision Photography also provides best imaging consultation services for corporate advertising.
Ricardo is a 27-year U.S. Air Force veteran with extensive managerial leadership, serving two back-to-back tours as a military commander at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom and Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio.
Ricardo later served as the Visual Information Officer at U.S. Pacific Command, where he managed over 150 imaging laboratories throughout the Pacific Theater and the Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies, a federal government educational institution.
Ricardo is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and is married to the former Clara Domena of Onieda, New York. They now reside in Makakilo, Hawaii since 1998.
- Bernie Fuller, General Contractor, South Pacific Builders (sustainable construction)
Bernie and Ellen came to Hawaii in 1967 when Bernie acquired his Hawaii certification and became the first Industrial Arts Automotive and Metals Technology teacher at Kahuku High School. He taught until 1971 while also coaching Varsity Baseball.
In 1972 he completed his Masters Degree in Industrial Arts at Oswego State University in New York. He became a Professor at Oswego until 1979 and for 5 years during his tenure also assumed a role as Director of Driver and Traffic Safety Education. He later transferred to Texas A&M University to complete Doctoral Studies in Highway Safety.
Bernie began his career as a General Contractor in New York, building up extensive expertise in the Construction industry. He spent 17 years on numerous residential, subdivision and commercial projects which ultimately led him to concentrate on “affordable, sustainable and net-zero” construction.
Bernie and Ellen returned to Hawaii in 1997 to open CBA West through his New York partnership firm. In 2004, Bernie opened South Pacific Builders, LTD. His expertise in affordable housing, sustainable building and a passion for his “home town” of Kahuku, keep him striving for transformation in Hawaii’s building industry,
Bernie’s drive to build Hawaii’s first truly “Green Village” stems from his commitment to energy efficiency through renewable resources. He advocates a paradigm shift in education, awareness and a migration away from archaic construction methods and materials that have not changed for the past 100 years!
Throughout his career, Ellen has stood by her husband’s side, offering the support, encouragement and devotion that keeps him moving forward.
Bernie’s compassion for our military service members and Veterans is obvious in the “Fallen Soldier” Memorial he built at 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Oahu.
- John “Duke” Curcio, Lead Ramp Serviceman, United Airlines
A lifelong fellow horse lover, Duke Curcio is Executive Director, Patricia Ulloa-Curcio’s #1 supporter and spouse.
By his own admission, he has “old fashioned values” – works hard, mows his own yard and likes dinner at the table with his family (he’s the cook!). Born and raised in Chicago to an Italian father and Irish mother, Duke came to Hawaii in 1986 through a job transfer with United Airlines. His long standing career began in 1978, opening the door to venture far from his roots and move to Denver! A year later, a leap of faith landed him in Hawaii and he was here to stay.
Currently working in a role he thoroughly enjoys, Duke is a Lead Ramp Serviceman and one of 3 in United’s Operations Control Center at Honolulu International Airport who oversee the weight and balance of every daily departure.
Duke’s passion is volunteering with his wife at Equine 808 Horse Rescue, taking rigorous hikes with his kids (he’s conquered Mt. Kaala, the highest point on Oahu) and enjoying the beautiful swimming beaches at Kalaeloa, Ko Olina and North Shore. His love of horses is combined with a deep appreciation and above average knowledge of Native American history.
Duke and Patricia have 4 grown children, Cecilia, twins Nicholas and Trulen and Aryanne. They consider them their greatest “achievement” in life.