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People Who Make Hawaii Work: Mark Glick

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Pacific Business News, State Energy Office

(Pacific Business News)  Mark Glick [Pacific Business News]

Mark Glick is the new administrator of the State Energy Office, part of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Before joining DBEDT, Glick, 53, headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Pittsburgh native holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lamar University and a master’s degree in public management and policy from Carnegie-Mellon University. He sits on the boards of the Washington Place Foundation and the Friends of Honouliuli and recently stepped down as chairman of the Sierra Club executive committee after three terms.

Why I took this job: Clean energy has the potential to revitalize and transform Hawaii’s economy. The State Energy Office plays an essential role in planning, guiding and facilitating Hawaii’s clean-energy agenda and working towards greater energy self-sufficiency that permits us to retain and reinvest the billions of dollars that now leave the state each year to import foreign oil. I want to use my experience and training to be part of the solution.

Like most about the job: There’s widespread agreement in the community to fulfill the state’s clean-energy agenda. It’s exciting when everyone is rooting for your success.

Long-term challenge: Building and retaining a team of nationally recognized clean-energy experts at the State Energy Office to carry out our mission to assist in deploying clean-energy infrastructure and RD&D projects.

Strategy to overcome the challenge: I hope to appeal to those seeking to make a transformative change in Hawaii’s energy and economic future by presenting a clear path for success that includes their critical participation and collaboration.

Five-year vision for the industry (vis-a-vis the vision of the State Energy Office): The SEO’s vision is to power Hawaii’s economy through clean energy and energy security. Our mission is to facilitate the deployment of clean-energy infrastructure as a catalyst for economic growth, innovation sector development, and energy security advancement.

Our mid-term goals and objectives (2015) are to: 1) implement the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s 70 percent clean-energy benchmarks, 2) grow Hawaii’s clean-energy innovation sector, and 3) expand upon Hawaii’s position as a national clean-energy leader.

Essential business philosophy: I like to follow the maxim of Sam Houston, [which] I learned … from a former boss and mentor, Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro: “Do right and risk the consequences.”

Smartest move taken in my career: Moving to Hawaii in 2000 to seek a more balanced and higher quality of life while pursuing the work I love.

Most overlooked secret to success: Taking the time to share your vision and game plan with all of the members of your team to ensure they’re fully vested in the plan.

Favorite stress reducer: Playing music and spending time with my wife, Hitomi, and daughter, Selena.