(Honolulu, Hawai‘i—September 27, 2010)—Christine H. H. Camp, founder, president and CEO of Avalon Group, a Hawai‘i-based real estate development and consulting firm, has been named the 2010 Korean Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawai‘i Korean Chamber of Commerce (HKCC). The nonprofit organization, producer of the annual Korean Festival, honors local business owners of Korean descent who demonstrate excellence in both business growth and community involvement.
Camp’s recognition comes on the 11th anniversary of her one-woman-owned real estate development consulting office. Despite daunting economic conditions, the firm today boasts three operating divisions—Avalon Commercial, Avalon Realty and Avalon Development & Consulting, with diverse portfolios on all Hawaiian Islands.
“Christine is an inspiration to the Korean community as she has distinguished herself as one of the few women who have been successful in Hawai‘i’s real estate development, an industry typically dominated by men,” said Gina Kim Nakamura, president of the HKCC. “Like Christine, I believe all Koreans are entrepreneurs at heart and Christine has proved what an individual can do with a dream, a plan and hard work. We are proud to recognize her as our 2010 Korean Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Camp was also chosen for her significant leadership, industry and civic contributions.
As an entrepreneur in tough times, Camp says she is acutely aware of the value of community.
“The results of Camp’s hard work and leadership are found throughout the community. She certainly has made Hawai‘i a better place to live,” said Daniel Pyun, a director of HKCC.
Camp has a degree in business and finance from Hawai‘i Pacific University. She was the first female operating vice president at A&B Properties Inc. and served a five-year stint at Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, where she helped develop 950 single- and multifamily projects.
She launched Avalon Development Company LLC in 1999 with one person—herself. Today, the Avalon Group provides an array of real estate advisory and management services. Current projects include planning for the Kapolei Pacific Center on O‘ahu. She’s also an activist at the Hawai‘i State Legislature on business issues.
HKCC initiated the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997. Eligible nominees must have conducted business for at least three years, be at least 50 percent Korean ethnicity and their companies must demonstrate a pattern of business and employee growth under the nominee’s direction and leadership. Nominees must also be active in community projects and organizations.
Hawai‘i Korean Chamber of Commerce, established in 1940, is one of the oldest Korean organizations in Hawai‘i. The Chamber’s mission is to perpetuate goodwill among members of the Korean community. Each year in July, the HKCC produces the annual Korean Festival held at Kapi‘olani Park & Bandstand. The proceeds are used to improve the Korean and larger community in Hawai‘i. These activities include trade and tourism missions, support of business-friendly legislation, student scholarships, free seminars about personal finance for senior citizens and immigrants and about taxation and business regulations, and other community outreach and service projects. For more information, please visit www.hkccweb.org