Francis Jung, Esq., President
Mr. Jung has 30 years of experience in Washington, D.C. and Hawaii as a practicing attorney in the fields of real estate development, public and private international law, corporate law and civil litigation. Mr. Jung has been admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton; his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the New England School of Law in Boston where he also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the New England Law Review; and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School.
In 1980, Mr. Jung was nominated by President Carter to serve as a Member of the United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (“USFCSC”). While serving as a USFCSC Commissioner under both Presidents Carter and Reagan, Mr. Jung adjudicated over 1500 claims filed by U.S. citizens and corporations against both the Peoples Republic of China and the German Democratic Republic involving unlawful physical and regulatory takings by those countries. In 1992, as counsel to a U.S. Claimant, Mr. Jung successfully sued the Islamic Republic of Iran in The Hague, Netherlands for the wrongful taking of property owned by a citizen of the United States during the overthrow of the Shah.
Kay Sides, Vice President
Ms. Sides is a fashion innovator fueled by her passion of fashion, art, and philanthropy. Over the last 30 years, she has fueled her passion through HATCh Showroom, a progressive and multi-dimensional environment that includes contemporary jewelry, fine jewelry, footwear, and large commercial projects based in Los Angeles, NYC, and Dallas.
Branding and innovation is Ms. Sides’ forté. Through HATCh, she has had the great privilege of launching, building, and managing brands like James Perse, Rick Owens, Katayone Adeli, Victoria Beckham, Giles and Brother, Kelly Wearstler, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen MCQ, Yohji Yamamoto – Coming Soon, Aviator Nation, Madeworn, Woolrich, JRB, PRPS, to name a few.
Similarly, Ms. Sides’ passion for a better and safer world has included significant contributions to clean water development around the world, in addition to funding annual events to lift the spirits of children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. Her steadfast belief in equal rights for all, including access to safe water, food, and accountability anchors her commitment to PEJ.
David N. Clarke, CPA, Treasurer
Mr. Clarke is a certified public accountant licensed in Massachusetts and Hawaii and the managing member of Clarke & Associates, LLC. He has been servicing the Kona community for over 20 years. Previously, he worked in Boston for a medium-sized regional organization. He has experience in all facets of the accounting profession with an emphasis in audits for both for-profit and nonprofit entities. In addition to sitting on the board of PEJ, he sits on the boards of the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary and Christ Church Episcopal as the acting treasurer. He graduated from Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, New Hampshire in 1989 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants. In 1995, he received his certificate of achievement from Massachusetts Society of CPA’s.
Padmini Pandya, Secretary
Ms. Pandya sits at the intersection of organisational psychology, business strategy, and digital transformation.
She holds four degrees marrying her experience as a corporate strategist, management consultant, and entrepreneur with organizational behaviour, industrial psychology, corporate innovation, M&A, post-merger integration, change management, partnership building, and strategic expansion of multinational corporations.
Ms. Pandya has spoken at South by Southwest and regularly speaks at regional conferences, professional events, and universities regarding digital and organizational transformation, business strategy, talent development, and organizational design.
In her free time, she mentors start-ups in Singapore, works with Female Founders to promote female entrepreneurship and funding, is a Talent Trust charity advisor, a member of Singapore Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising (SWIMMA), Lean In Singapore | Women in Tech, INSEAD, and Boston University alumni organizations.
Mr. Allen has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience, including Sales Vice-President of a Fortune 100 Company. A chemist by schooling, he successfully developed two patents. Mr. Allen shares a personal interest and is strongly motivated towards upholding human rights and supporting accountability.
Jennifer Busch, CPA
Ms. Busch is a certified public accountant licensed in Hawaii and the principal of her own firm offering business advisory and accounting services to a broad range of industries. Highlights of her 25 years of accounting experience include serving as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the restaurant division of Craft Brew Alliance, Controller of Kona Brewing Company, Internal Audit Manager for the Information Technology Audit Group at Tosco Corporation and as Audit Manager for the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. Clients at Ernst & Young included a broad range of industries such as high-tech, financial services, health care and school districts. Ms. Busch has prior non-profit experience working with Hawaii Montessori Schools and volunteering with a number of philanthropic organizations.
Ravic Huso, U.S. Ambassador (Retired)
Retired Ambassador Huso served most recently as the U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, directing all aspects of the U.S.-Lao bilateral relations. Prior to his service in Laos, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Ambassador Huso’s previous assignments were to the U.S. Embassies in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malaysia, and Niger. He also served as the State Department’s Deputy Director and then Director for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs.