Surfing in Hawaii Goes High Tech

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This week I talked with one of the best kept secrets in Hawaii.


Jimmy Freese of AKUShaper has a dominate presence in the Surfing industry in the world! He and his CAD shaping machines produce about 40% of the surfboards worldwide. Based in Kailua but producing surfboards around the globe he is clearly one of the best kept secrets in Hawaii. A quiet and very modest guy, Jimmy has a very exciting and impressive story to tell.

Please enjoy but listen carefully. He is a soft-spoken and very modest kind of guy.



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Reg Baker, CPA PFS, is a nationally recognized expert, advocate and writer for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB’s). He serves on the national board of directors for the Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board and is the Chairman of Region IX which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Baker also served on the Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board which reviews all small business rules and regulations at the State and County level and makes recommendations to the Governor and respective Mayors. He Co-Chaired the combined Small Business and Entrepreneur & Economic Development and Invocation Committees of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosted the weekly TV show Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has been named twice as the SBA's Financial Advocate for the state of Hawaii. He has over 35 years’ experience both owning small businesses and advocating for SMB’s and their owners. He focuses on taking companies to the next level with higher profitability and sales and provides Wealth Management services to the SMB owners.

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