It was an honor to hear from Mr. David Tumilowicz, Vice President of Public Relations, Communications, and Brand Management at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.
Mr. Tumilowicz began his presentation with some personal stories and shared important lessons he learned throughout his career. He has a wide range of experience in different areas of business which includes working as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University, and Vice President at PacificBasin Communications. Here are some lessons that stood out to me:
1. Work ethic—after working as an adjunct professor, Mr. Tumilowicz shifted careers and worked for Hawaii Designs by John Martin where he built boats. It is with this company where he learned the importance of work ethic. “The more boats he produces, the more money he makes.”
2. Team work—at some point, Mr. Tumilowicz worked as a Sales Manager/Marketing Director at Broadband Interactive Television. Here, he learned the value of teamwork. “Behind every successful company is a team that communicates and works together as one.”
3. Believe in your employees—during his time as a publisher for Hawaii Business and Hawaii magazines, Mr. Tumilowicz was faced with obstacles while dealing with limited staff to work with. He knew firing people wasn’t an option, so he took a different approach instead. He created an environment where people can express their true and absolute potential.
4. Trust—in his current position at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Mr. Tumilowicz focuses on the word “trust.” Learn how to trust others because at a certain point, you are not the expert anymore. “Be best friends with the CFO!”
Mr. Tumilowicz ended his presentation with a talk on the greatest attribute of a good leader. He says, “All leaders are influencers, but it is how you choose to influence others that makes you a good leader. How do you influence in a positive way?”
Written by: Hogan Entrepreneurs Program student, Kaleen Terayama
Speaker Session with David Tumilowicz 3/21/18