Human Resources Director
Class of 1982
By Derrick Takase
Jackie De Luz is the Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management for David S. DeLuz Sr. Enterprises, Inc, which her entrepreneurial father established and operates along with his four children.† These businesses include the Big Island Toyota, Suzuki, Scion dealership, Kukaiau Ranch LLC, Hawaii Beef Producers, LLC. †She is responsible for the overall direction of all 180 employees hired by these companies as well as their retention and development, and discipline and firing. †She also is responsible for risk management, which involves securing proper insurance and practices whereby the companiesí risks, liabilities and injuries are minimized.††
††††††† Her father, David S. De Luz, Sr., has been a major influence and inspiration in her life.† She recalls that he was an entrepreneur even at a young age. †David Sr. sold tripe in the plantation camps, went on to sell cars at a Ford dealership, later owned his own used car lot and eventually became the owner of a new car dealership at age 35 (Big Island Rambler Jeep).† She has three siblings: eldest brother David Jr., who has been instrumental in developing new business interests for 25 years; Jan, who has owned her own automotive marketing company for 15 years; and Wayne, whose degree in automotive management has helped him run dealership operations for 25 years.† The entire De Luz family comprises the executive team for De Luz Enterprises.
††††††† Jackie says her business orientation goes back to both sets of grandparents who had real estate investments, a cattle ranch, slaughterhouse and a coffee and orange farm.† Her mother, Jean Katsuyoshi De Luz, a public school teacher and originally from Honolulu, died when she was just 12 years old.† Getting a college education was a priority for the De Luz family.† Jackie went to Waiakeawaena Elementary, Waiakea Intermediate and graduated in 1982 from Waiakea High as part of the third graduating class.† She went on to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for two years, then transferred and graduated from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu with a B.A. in Humanities and majored in English.† She is currently working on her Masterís of Business Administration with a certificate in Human Resources from the Keller Graduate School in Illinois.
While at Waiakea High, the class of 1982 helped form new sports teams, voted for the school mascot and school colors and discussed plans for new buildings including a gym and a swimming pool. †Her favorite teachers were Mr. Mackay Yamamoto, Mrs. Corliss Yamaki, Mrs. Arlene Yoshimura, Mrs. Millie Daikawa and Miss Patricia Richardson, now all retired, and Mrs. Shellie Naungayan, who is still teaching English.† She cherishes her high school experiences, saying faculty and staff cared about her and positively motivated her to do her best.
††††††† Jackie is an avid reader and at the time of this interview, was re-reading John Grishamís books.† She also likes to swim and is involved with her 8 year-old daughter, Graceís activities in Girl Scouts, soccer, track and swimming.† She also likes to travel and meet people from different walks of life.