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Ann Teranishi Recognized as a Women Who Means Business

ASB March 16, 2018 | 5 min read N/A

March 16, 2018

In 2006 Ann Teranishi developed and implemented an enterprise-wide bank regulatory compliance program that is still used today.

What is the proudest moment of your career, so far?

My recent promotion to executive vice president at American Savings Bank marked a big milestone in my career. I’ve had many people guiding me to this point, including two phenomenal leaders: Beth Whitehead and Dani Aiu, both previous Women Who Mean Business recipients. 

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I love to dance, and I don’t need to be tipsy to get up on the dance floor!

How do you start your day? 

On my good days, I start off at a 4:30 a.m. class at CrossFit East Oahu. I’ve met inspiring friends and coaches who are always so supportive and encouraging, even to total non-athletic types like me.

What is your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?

I truly love working with people and seeing them grow and develop, but I don’t always enjoy having to give difficult feedback. However, in my experience it usually goes better than expected and over time, I’ve realized it’s better to dive into those challenging discussions as they usually lead to great growth opportunities.


Pacific Business News celebrated its 2018 Women Who Mean Business honorees at a gala event Thursday night in the Monarch Ballroom of The Royal Hawaiian hotel in Hawaii.

Click here for a slideshow of Thursday night's gala.

The event marked the 20th anniversary of PBN's Women Who Mean Business awards. The sold-out gala featured 38 of the most accomplished businesswomen in the state, led by this year's WWMB Career Achievement Award recipient Vicky Cayetano. The former Hawaii first lady was honored for her business success as CEO of United Laundry as well as her philanthropic work with the Hawaiian Humane Society, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Washington Place Foundation.

Executives from the event's four gold sponsors — American Savings Bank, Hawaii Pacific Health, Saks Fifth Avenue Hawaii and Alaska Airlines – presented the awards to the Women to Watch and Industry Leaders honorees.

Other sponsors included Sacred Hearts Academy, Bishop & Co., American and the Joyful Heart Foundation as the event's featured nonprofit.

Images of each honoree on stage during the event can be found here.

Pacific Business News