Michael Elam (Guest Panelist)
Michael Elam, singer and keyboard player, first began piano lessons at age 8. Michael’s extensive lifetime adventures have brought him to Maui, Hawaii where he currently resides. Since moving to Maui in 2002, Michael has been involved in a variety of musical projects crossing musical spectrum including Rock, Jazz, Folk, and R&B/Soul. Currently Michael is playing with the eclectic Soul/Blues/Pop/Jazz/Rock/Zydeco ensemble, "Soul Kitchen". In this musical project, Michael performs regularly at a variety of locations on Maui.
Teri Freitas Gorman (Guest Panelist)
Teri Freitas Gorman is a seasoned communications and community engagement professional with more than two decades of executive experience in the arts. A Maui native, Teri served as the first Director of Marketing for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center during the fundraising phase, construction and first two years of operations. She was recruited in 1997 by New Zealand's largest performing arts center, the Aotea Centre, in Auckland. In 2000 the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida hired her as Vice President, External Affairs. During her six-year tenure there she oversaw experiential branding, marketing, public relations, government affairs, new audience development, and education. In 2005 she received the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award for her work with South Florida's large Brazilian community. Teri returned to Maui in 2006 to serve as Vice President, Corporate Communication for Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Today she is self-employed as a community relations advisor. In 2012 she became a guest lecturer and advisor to the graduate-level Janklow Arts Leadership program at Syracuse University in New York. She is featured in the book, Running Theaters: Best Practices for Leaders & Managers by Duncan Webb. Teri is a UCLA graduate and a former Maui commissioner to the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She is a Kula resident and serves as Vice President of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne Wong (Guest Panelist)
Wayne Wong is a recovering “business technologist” with over 30 years of Information Technology experience including several senior management positions during the heyday of the “dot com” era. As a Music Producer, Mr Wong enabled and guided artists into commercially viable projects that provide a sustainable living. His notable accomplishments include: the co-founding and establishment of the longest running live Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar concert series in the state and, four Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album. (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) Mr Wong currently is the Director of the Maui Small Business Development Center providing no-cost small business counseling, advice and information; whether the need is on starting, improving operations or expanding a small business. He also conducts small business training events throughout the County. Mr. Wong holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Puget Sound and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington.
Steve Pearson (Guest Moderator)
Music has allowed Steve Pearson to travel the world and play with a myriad of musical artists in various genres. In America, Steve played with groups such as The Hollywood Hitmen, Cast In Bronze, Randy Bernsen (Joe Zawinul), Mantovani Orchestra, Mo’Rockin and in Italy with Pino Daniele and Grammar School. Steve also spent almost 10 years as a staff musician at the Walt Disney company playing for production shows and atmosphere groups. Steve is also the current president and treasurer of Musicians' Association of Hawai'i (MAH). MAH represents professional musicians in the State of Hawai'i and belongs to the greater family known as the American Federation of Musicians, uniting music professionals from all of the United States and Canada.