I. Michael Kasser founded Holualoa in 1985 when he moved to Hawaii after competing in the Ironman Triathlon. His previous experience includes positions as financial analyst with WR Grace & Co.; as President of Technopulp, Inc., a pulp and paper consultant and as CEO of Booher Lumber Company.
Mr. Kasser’s community activities have included: Chairman of the Salary Commission for the County of Hawaii; in addition, he has been a member of the board of the Kona Hawaii Family YMCA, the Aloha Performing Arts Center, the American Hungarian Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Kasser Art Foundation; and is presently a trustee or board member of the University of Arizona Foundation, the College of Science at the University of Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Departments of Scientific Research Visiting Committee. His outside business activities have included board memberships of: Cyracom, Inc., a language interpretation company; Protein Sciences, Inc., a biotech company; and West Maricopa Combine, Inc., a water company. He has also served as an Educational Counselor for M.I.T. Music and Theatre Arts Visiting Committee.
Mike has a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T., a Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Grenoble (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian. He has completed the Ironman Triathlon eight times.