Dr. Michael Kasser is the CEO and President of Holualoa Companies, a real estate investment company with interests in residential and commercial real estate in the Northeast, Southwest, Hawaii and Europe. Dr. Kasser started at Holualoa in 1985. His previous experience includes positions as financial analyst with WR Grace & Co.; as President of Technopulp, Inc., a pulp and paper consultant, and as CEO of Booher Lumber Company. Dr. Kasser’s community activities have included: Chairman of the Salary Commission for the County of Hawaii; in addition, he has been a member of the board of the Kona Hawaii Family MCA, the Aloha Performing Arts Center, the American Hungarian Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Kasser Art Foundation; and is presently a trustee and/or board member of the University of Arizona Foundation, the College of Science at the University of Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Scientific Research Visiting Committee.
His outside business activities have included board memberships of: CyraCom, Inc., a language interpretation company; Protein Sciences, Inc., a biotech company; and West Maricopa Combine, Inc., a water company. He has also served as an Educational Counselor for M.I.T. and as a member of its Corporation Development Committee, and is presently a member of the M.I.T. Music and Theatre Arts Visiting Committee. Dr. Kasser has a bachelor of science degree and master’s of science in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T., a doctorate of Engineering from the University of Grenoble (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian.