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    Member Spotlight March 2014: Brian A. Moriki

    Mar 19, 2014

    Aloha to Brian A. Moriki

    Brian A. Moriki works as assistant vice president and manager, records management for First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu.  In nominating him for the member spotlight, fellow member Rachel Torres shared:

    “Brian has been a fantastic resource. He has come through with last minute speakers and endless ideas for our programs. He is also the leader behind the Asian-Pacific Information Management Conference that was held in Hawaii in 2012. Brian has continuously linked information and updates about ARMA to the Hawaii chapter. He supports and promotes all aspects of ARMA International.”

    Invited to attend a local chapter event by a vendor, Moriki joined ARMA 27 years ago. He liked the people he met in the chapter and their perspectives on records management. Brian says he was “hooked” because of the excellent networking opportunities. He has an extensive list of service to ARMA International and the Hawaii Chapter:

    At the international level, he served on the board of directors, as a region coordinator, on the Awards Committee, and on the Public Relations, Marketing, & Membership Committee, and he chaired the Marketing Advisory Committee. He’s also been very involved with his local chapter, holding the offices of president, vice president, program chair, and director, and serving on the Professional Development and Public Relations committees. 

    With decades of experience serving the association and the chapter in so many capacities, he is a great resource for anyone with questions about the association or volunteering. We encourage you to connect with Moriki on LinkedIn (hyperlink: 

    What do you enjoy most about the information governance industry?

    There is never a dull moment. Information and records management has changed dramatically through the years. We’ve gone from managing paper and utilizing micrographics to dealing with a paperless environment and using the cloud. I find it challenging and invigorating to keep up with innovation. We must renovate processes and practices to govern information effectively. To be effective in any profession, you have to be passionate about your work. I’ve never found a problem doing so. 

    What is your favorite ARMA memory? 

    My favorite ARMA memory is getting “goosed” by the Great Gander at the Montreal Conference in 2001.  I was fortunate to be on the Awards Committee for the conference, and we had a very memorable awards ceremony that included performances by Cirque du Soleil. This event occurred a few weeks after September 11, 2001. Everyone who was able to attend the Montreal Conference shared a common bond in gathering for the event.

    How has your activity with the local chapter helped prepare you to advance in your career?

    My ARMA chapter experiences have provided me with the opportunity to work with people in expanding the organization in Hawaii. In doing so, I’ve had the opportunity to be a “CEO” of an organization and develop leadership skills that have advanced my career.


    What would you consider to be your career highlight or greatest success (e.g., a project or designation)?

    I’ve been fortunate to have many career highlights. My most memorable one was earning the 1995 Distinguished Achievement Award in Records Management by the Olsten Company (aka the Olsten Award).

    In her nomination, Rachel mentioned that you teach a records management course at the local community college. What has this experience taught you about the future of the industry?

    Teaching an advanced records management course at Leeward Community College has shown me that we need to get more students interested in our profession. My experience is very few students truly recognize or are aware of the need for information governance. I often talk about “gazing into the rear-view mirror” whenever I do presentations, as I’m always looking for the new breed of information governance professionals to emerge. 

    Did you have any individuals who helped you in the information governance or records management fields? If so, how is this relationship important to you?

    • David Stephens: David was the ARMA International president for my first conference in New Orleans. David made it a point to encourage me and convince me that ARMA was an organization worthy of my time and participation. He has continued to be a mentor and friend throughout the years.
    • Alan Andolsen: The late Alan Andolsen was a very precious friend and colleague who always worked with me over the years. He was such a positive influence on my ARMA career, and I truly miss his camaraderie. 
    • William “Bill” Testerman: The late Bill Testerman was the Pacific Region manager during my early years and sold me on getting involved in region activities. He was an outstanding example of someone in region leadership who encouraged others to get involved.
    • Jim Booth: Jim is a former marketing director for ARMA International, who I had the pleasure of working with as a member of the Public Relations, Membership & Marketing and the Marketing Advisory committees. He was extremely influential in my ARMA involvement and gave me a great appreciation for members of ARMA HQ. 
    • Stuart Dunkel: Stuart was a fellow committee member on the old Public Relations, Marketing, & Membership and the Marketing Advisory committees. Although Stuart is retired, we’ve continued to be good friends over the years. He remains a sounding board for practical records management.
    • Past ARMA International presidents: I been around long enough to have met and worked with many past presidents of ARMA International. I truly appreciate the dedication, efforts, and positive attitudes they brought to the association.

    I am extremely blessed to have met all of the people listed and thankful for their influence on my life.

    Brian makes time for fun also. Here are some of his interests outside of work.

    Favorite place to visit?

    Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. I worked in Yellowstone for four summers in my younger days. It has always been a second home to me.

    What do you do for fun? 

    • Photography
    • Hiking
    • Bicycling
    • Backpacking
    • Camping

    Do you have a quote you live by?

    Play nice or get out of the sandbox.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The association and its members have the opportunity to lead the information governance industry. To achieve that goal, we need to be the best in providing professional methodology, education, and certification. I have a passion for excellence, and that is something I strive for and share with my colleagues. 


    I’ve been fortunate to work for the oldest and largest financial institution in Hawaii for over 26 years, and they have supported my time and commitment to ARMA. I’ve also been blessed with a tremendous support system of family, friends, and faith. My career in information governance and “ohana” (extended family) have provided me with a balanced and blessed life. 

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