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The Hawaii Group Welcomes New CFO Scott Strimling

The Hawaii Group has named Scott A. Strimling Chief Financial Officer. In the past two and a half decades, Strimling has proven himself to be an astute financial executive with success in all facets of accounting and financial management. As a Certified Public Accountant, Strimling is adept at streamlining financial process, enhancing productivity levels, and introducing process improvements.

Strimling comes to The Hawaii Group from California-based digital courseware company Toolwire Inc., where he served as Vice President of Finance. Strimling provided leadership to the finance organization and management team in all aspects of accounting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, and budgeting. In his career at Toolwire, he was able to align the company's expenses consistent with a product pivot resulting in savings of ~$200K per month.

“I am looking forward to Scott joining the team and bringing his financial experience to our various companies,” said Matt Delaney, President and CEO. “Scott and I met in college at the University of Southern California twenty-seven years ago when we pledged our fraternity together as well as studied accounting and business together. So not only do I think he’s an asset for The Hawaii Group, his being here adds an extra sense of ‘ohana to the company.”

“The Hawaii Group is a dynamic company,” said Strimling. “The environment is both challenging and exciting because of its rapid growth. I’m looking forward to helping shape the company in the years ahead.”

Strimling has worked as a consultant for The Hawaii Group and its various subsidiaries over the last 6 months, and started full time on April 1st.

The Hawaii Group was recently named as one of Hawaii’s “Best Places to Work” for the 7th year in a row. It has been also recognized as one of the Top 250 companies in the state of Hawaii again for 2016.

The Hawaii Group Welcomes New CFO Scott Strimling

The Hawaii Group Named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for the Seventh Year in a Row!



The Hawaii Group Named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for the Seventh Year in a Row!

The Hawaii Group (HiGroup) is honored to be one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for seven years in a row! HiGroup received the award on March 30 at an event hosted by Hawaii Business Magazine at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Founded in 2009, HiGroup’s rapid growth can be attributed to not just exemplary professional services but also to its pervasive ‘ohana culture, which extends to clients and employees alike. Throughout HiEmployment (temporary and permanent placement), HiAccounting (accounting), and HiNursing (medical facility and homecare staffing) each individual is treated like family.

Since its inception, the HiGroup team has enjoyed exceptional benefit packages. Alongside traditional options, such as full medical, dental, vision, drug, disability, life insurance, 401K, and profit sharing, as well as a generous PTO and holiday leave program, The Hawaii Group also proudly offers its employees even more generous support at work, at home, and in the community. Offering paid time off for employees to volunteer as well as investing in learning and development opportunities company-wide, HiGroup enthusiastically encourages their team members’ desires to be good citizens on and off the job.

The aim is to provide a healthy balance in life, says Matthew Delaney, CEO. "An average person spends 1/3 to 1/2 of their day/week at work. We try to give some of those hours back with our flexible work hours." And when things might get out of balance over the course of a career? "We offer a sabbatical, where our employees take six weeks to recharge, develop, and recommit."

With regular lunches for staff in all offices (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island), monthly birthday celebrations, fitness reimbursements, parking and regular in-office massage therapy, HiGroup has fostered a healthy, happy and entirely unique daily experience for their employees.

"Our business will thrive if our employees flourish,” says Delaney. It seems that philosophy is proving effective—year after year!

Hawaii Group CEO Matt Delaney looks to expand accounting division

Matt Delaney, president and chief executive officer of The Hawaii Group, has plans to expand the professional employer organization’s accounting service, HiAccounting.

Delaney, who is back from California to head the Honolulu-based company after taking a two-year hiatus, told Pacific Business News he will be taking on the role of president of HiAccounting in addition to his duties as president and CEO of the company, whose subsidiaries include HiEmployment, HiNursing, HiHomeCare and HiHealthcare.

Scott Meichtry, who co-founded the company with Delaney in 2009, left the role in August to take some time off after stepping in to be the company’s chairman, president and CEO in 2014, during Delaney’s absence.

“We’re looking to expand with more tax services and advisory services,” Delaney said, adding that the company plans to close on a number of acquisitions within the next 60 days. “These acquisitions will provide added members to our team.”.

Hawaii Group CEO Matt Delaney looks to expand accounting division

Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii



Liana Murphy is corporate controller with The Hawaii Group. She also will serve as director of client services with HiAccounting, a subsidiary of The Hawaii Group. Murphy brings to the position a decade of experience in tax management and accounting services. She previously was a tax manager with Moss Adams, and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from University of Washington-Tacoma.

Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii

HiEmployment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

Honolulu – hi-employment.com - HiEmployment, one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Hawaii, will sponsor a blood drive on Monday, January 30th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The blood drive will be held at the Topa Financial Center, Fort Street Tower in Conference Rooms 301 and 302.

During the blood drive, light refreshments will be provided to all participants. To donate blood, you must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID with your birth date on it. Call the Blood Bank’s hotline, 808-848-4770 to sign up for a donation time.

Just one hour of someone’s time can save three lives... so donors truly are heroes. Statistics reveal that while only 2% of people donate blood, more than half of the population will have a critical need for donated blood at some point in their lives!

Leading the drive is Sean Knox, CEO & President of HiEmployment. A steady donor himself since 1999, Knox believes the effort is vital to supporting the Hawaii community. "You never know when you or someone you love may need an additional blood supply," stated Knox, who still donates whenever he can. "It’s easy to imagine how grateful you would be to those who helped save your life. This is one simple way we can all really make a difference and help others without even opening our wallets."

HiEmployment has worked hard to hardwire the spirit of giving into its culture, giving employees credit for volunteering and giving back to the community.

"HiEmployment is happy to host this life-saving event," Knox continues. "We invite everyone to come on over and donate if you can. And once you give – keep giving," he adds. "Remember, people are counting on you."

One of the major pillars at The Hawaii Group is to give back to the community by supporting those that are less fortunate. The Hawaii Group and its related companies remain engaged in ongoing charitable and community projects throughout the year by:

  • Encouraging staff members to take paid time off of work to volunteer their services to various charitable organizations, such as assisting those with disabilities, the elderly, helping children, cancer patients, animals, etc.
  • Knox and other company leaders sit on various non-profit boards throughout the state as well.
  • Sponsoring fundraising and other events with Blood Bank of Hawaii, Special Olympics Hawaii, and the Scott C. Craun Foundation, where all team members are encouraged to participate.

About Blood Bank of Hawaii:
Founded in 1941, Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) is a non-profit organization committed to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood, blood products and related transfusion services to Hawaii’s patients. BBH is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB, and a founding member of America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of community-based blood programs. Learn more at www.BBH.org

HiEmployment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

Pacific Business News: People on the Move - Liana Muphy



The Hawaii Group, one of the top 50 companies in Hawaii, announced that Liana Murphy joins the growing company as corporate controller. Liana will also serve as director of client services for subsidiary company HiAccounting.

Pacific Business News: People on the Move - Liana Muphy

KITV Island News: The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller



The Hawaii Group, one of the top 50 companies in Hawaii, announced that Liana Murphy joins the growing company as corporate controller. Liana will also serve as director of client services for subsidiary company HiAccounting.

KITV Island News: The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller

Hawaii Business: HiAccounting - Focus On Your Business

HiAccounting was founded in 2009 to cater to the growing needs of The Hawaii Group’s existing HR and payroll clientele. As a member of HiGroup, HiAccounting leverages talent and insight ranging far beyond market-leading accounting support. From marketing, benefits, and staffing to recruiting, safety, and strategy, HiAccounting pairs HiGroup’s holistic business perspectives with the capabilities of a fully functioning outsourced corporate accounting department - including CFO, Controller, bookkeepers and A/P and A/R clerks...

Hawaii Business: SmallBiz Lunch & Learn Series - Small Business Makeover

Hawaii Business: SmallBiz Lunch & Learn Series - Small Business Makeover

Join us NEXT TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the YWCA Fuller Hall for a special "Makeover" edition featuring the coaches and participants of the 2nd Annual SmallBiz Makeover program as part of the SmallBiz Lunch & Learn series presented by Hawaii National Bank & Hawaiian Telcom.

Are you looking to grow, refresh or totally overhaul your small business? Maybe your website is long overdue for an update, you have no idea where to start when it comes to social media, or perhaps you're drowning in bills and past due invoices. No matter what the case, it's time to seek help.

We've assembled a panel of experts to address common areas of concern for small business owners. They will share their advice and strategies as to how to overcome these challenges and help you 'makeover' your business.

Hawaii Business: SmallBiz Lunch & Learn Series - Small Business Makeover

MidWeek: Hawaii Human Resources’ Fifth Anniversary Photo Gallery

MidWeek was present at our fifth anniversary celebration last week, and took a bunch of great photos. Take a look at the whole gallery!

The Hawaii Group celebrated the fifth anniversary of its human resources administration division, Hawaii Human Resources Inc. (HiHR) Feb. 6 at the Topa Financial Center Penthouse. The evening included views of the sunset, pupus, refreshments and live music.

MidWeek: Hawaii Human Resources’ Fifth Anniversary Photo Gallery

The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Employment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

Hawaii Employment Services, Inc (HiEmployment) and its parent company, The Hawaii Group, will sponsor a blood drive on Friday, January 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Topa Financial Center in Conference Rooms 301 and 302. This drive comes at critical time when the downtown blood bank donation site, previously located across the street, recently closed its doors. As a result, the Blood Bank expects strong turnout from the business community.

Spearheading this drive is Sean Knox, President of HiEmployment. A steady donor himself since 1999, Knox believes the effort is vital to supporting the Hawaii community. “You never know when you or someone you love may need an additional blood supply,” stated Knox, who still donates whenever he can. “It’s easy to imagine how grateful you would be to those who helped save your life. This is one simple way we can all really make a difference and help others without even opening our wallets.”

HiEmployment has worked hard to hardwire the spirit of giving into its culture, giving employees credit for volunteering and giving back to the community.

Call (808) 848-4770 for more information and to schedule your blood donation.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles HiHR client base with PEO acquisitions

In a very exciting development, Hawaii Group has acquired both JS Services Inc. and OneSource Inc., nearly doubling our client base. The Hawaii Group and its Founder and President Matt Delaney were featured in the Pacific Business News talking about the expansion:

The Hawaii Group has almost doubled its professional employer organization client base with the acquisition of two local PEOs, JS Services Inc. and OneSource Inc.

The acquisitions add JS Services’ 337 clients and OneSource’s 75 clients to the existing portfolio of 467 clients at Hawaii Human Resources, a subsidiary of The Hawaii Group.

“We want to be the biggest and best [human resources] provider in the state of Hawaii,” said Matt Delaney, president and CEO of The Hawaii Group.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles HiHR client base with PEO acquisitions

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles ground-floor space in Downtown Honolulu

Hawaii Group CEO and President Matt Delaney was interviewed and quoted in the Pacific Business News regarding the company’s expansion of their office space in downtown Honolulu.

The Hawaii Group has renewed its 7,000-square-foot penthouse office space lease at the Topa Financial Center for another four years and will double its ground-floor office space to about 4,000-square-feet, The Hawaii Group President and CEO Matt Delaney told PBN.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles ground-floor space in Downtown Honolulu

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group Owners See Mainland Opportunities

Matt Delaney and Scott Meichtry, owners of The Hawaii Group, have been interviewed and featured in the Pacific Business News regarding the company’s expansion to the mainland and the way our business will be evolving to accommodate the change.

Delaney said the national expansion will also give the companies the ability to leverage each others’ back offices, and said it will be helpful to have staff working in different time zones available to clients.

Despite the plans for national expansion, Delaney said he is not shifting his focus out of Hawaii.

“We’re looking to continue with our rapid growth here in Hawaii in 2014, on all the islands,“ Delaney said, adding that Hawaii remains the priority, and is the engine that will help to fuel future opportunities.

Pacific Business News: Hawaii Group Restructures to Fund Growth, Boost Brand

The Hawaii Group’s restructuring and rebranding efforts were highlighted on the front page of the Pacific Business News, with a full-length article inside the issue. The article features an explanation of the restructuring and insight from HiGroup President and CEO Matt Delaney and Executive Vice President Scott Meichtry, as well as a diagram visually laying out the shift in the structure of the company.

Read the article in full by clicking on these thumbnail images:


PBN subscribers can read the article at Pacific Business News

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group steps up its social media game for Social Madness

PBN Social Madness

The Hawaii Group is hiring an intern to work on PBN’s Social Madness competition, a bracket-style social media challenge that measures engagement across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. The three winners selected from the nation-wide competition will each get $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Pacific Business News reports:

Director of Marketing and Communication Kellie Schmidtke told me The Hawaii Group is very excited about Social Madness. The company plans to take it seriously while having fun with it by having an intern help them out with this initiative, she said.


PBN subscribers can read the article at Pacific Business News

Pacific Edge: Matt Delaney One ‘5 to Watch’

Hawaii Group President and CEO Matt Delaney is featured on the cover of the January–March issue of Pacific Edge Magazine as one of 5 to Watch, a feature highlighting “Five community leaders sharing their successful business insights.” Inside the issue, a you’ll find a full-page profile of Matt Delaney.


Click here to see the feature in Pacific Edge Magazine online

Pacific Edge Features HiAccounting in their ‘Entrepreneur’s Toolbox’

The January–March issue of Pacific Edge puts a spotlight on HiAccounting in a full-page profile for their recurring section ‘The Entrepreneur’s Toolbox’. Calling HiAccounting “the firm of choice for local businesses,” the article highlights the spectacular service that HiAccounting provides to the businesses of Hawaii.

Pacific Business News: Matt Delaney Quoted on Payroll Tax and Economic Growth

HiHR CEO and President Matt Delaney was quoted in the Pacific Business News in an article that asks what effects we will see as a result of the end of the temporary payroll tax break expiring along with the new fiscal cliff deal.

Nearly every employee in Hawaii will see their take-home pay take a 2 percent cut, thanks to the payroll tax reductions that expired on Tuesday. The tax package passed by Congress prevents 99 percent of Americans from receiving income tax increases, but the temporary payroll tax breaks were omitted from the fiscal cliff resolution. […]

Hawaii Human Resources President and CEO Matt Delaney agreed the cuts will have an impact on local spending, with the average person earning about $1,000 less per year.

“They’re taking a little more out of their paychecks than they’ve been used to and naturally, I think people will spend less,” he said.

Read the article at Pacific Business News