by Down to Earth

Down to Earth's success was the topic of a presentation by Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth Chief Organic Officer (CEO/CFO) during a panel discussion held by the Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) and Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku on Feb. 27th. The panel discussion, "Masters of Retail Success," provided an audience of some 50 Maui business entrepreneurs with the rare opportunity to hear from four executives who created highly successful retail businesses on Maui. Fergusson explained challenges the company faced over time, provided insights to the company's success and explained its vision. "Inspired by Hawaii’s state motto, 'The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness' (Ua Mau ke Ea o ka `Āina i ka Pono), we envision a Hawaii where all people 'Cherish the land and live in health and harmony' (E Mālama I Ka `Āina, E Ola Pono)."

Photo: Masters of Retail Success Panel Group

(L-R) Annette Lynch, Master of Ceremonies of "Masters of Retail Success"; Robert Wintner, owner of Snorkel Bob’s; Mark Fergusson, Down to Earth Chief Organic Officer (CEO/CFO); Debra Finkiewicz, owner of The Maui Closet Company; and Tricia Morris, owner of Hawaii’s Premier Mortgage Company.