Locally owned and operated in Honolulu, Hawaii, Core Group One, Inc. was established in July 2005 by Emi Anamizu and Jim Horiuchi to acquire Ogilvy & Mather Hawaii, Inc. Wanting to divest itself of the advertising business in Hawaii, WPP Group (the London-based parent company of Ogilvy & Mather) offered Emi and Jim the opportunity to purchase the company. Emi was the CEO and Jim was Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather before the transition. Core Group One opened its doors on September 1, 2005. In January 2013, Hendrix Miyasaki Shin joined Core Group One, bringing together best practices in branding strategy, creative services, account management, new/social and traditional media and marketing.
Core Group One’s affiliated companies include CGO Digital (Core Group One’s in-house video editing facility), CGO Green (a sustainable ideas company), CGO Talent Group (Core Group One’s consortium of design partners, copywriters, account managers, public relations consultants, video directors, technology geeks and other contractors) and CGO Investments (a holding company for real estate investment).
Emi Anamizu - Chief Executive Officer
Emi worked in San Francisco and Los Angeles before moving back to Hawaii for positions with Martin & Associations Advertising and Ogilvy & Mather Hawaii. She has over 25 years of business and strategic marketing experience. She has a graduate degree in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.
Jim Horiuchi - President
Jim has over 30 years of marketing experience as Writer, Creative Director, Account Director and Director of Strategy at advertising agencies from coast to coast: McCann-Erickson and InterCommnications in Los Angeles and McCaffrey and McCall in New York, as well as Peck Sims Mueller in Honolulu.
Lisa Furuta - Vice President
Lisa is Core Group One's in-house "mechanic," constantly looking for new ways to improve on 'perfected' solutions and seeking out alternative communication strategies. Working on the firm's operations and select client initiatives, she believes anything can be reinvented–from the wheels on up. Lisa graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Advertising and serves on the board of the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and other non-profit organizations.
Jeff Hendrix - Vice President
Jeff provides clients 25 years of marketing and advertising experience, having served on both the client and agency side. He is known for his warmth, integrity and wizardly way of bringing together marketing partners. He was previously with Peck Sims Mueller and a partner with HMS Advertising. Jeff was named Ad Man of the year in 2001.
Brad Shin - Creative Director
Brad combines creativity with a strong marketing background, resulting in ad campaigns that are ‘on target.’ He is known for his high creative standards, team spirit and ability to lead the creative charge. He was previously with Ogilvy & Mather Hawaii, Peck Sims Mueller and a partner with HMS Advertising. Brad has received numerous awards and honors, including Ad Man of the Year in 2003.
Grant Miyasaki - Creative Director
Grant can be counted on for developing ideas that are innovative and out-of-the-box, yet is finely targeted. The result is advertising that is striking, memorable and relevant. He was previously with Ogilvy & Mather Hawaii, Peck Sims Mueller and a partner with HMS Advertising. Grant has received numerous awards and honors, including Ad Man of the Year in 2006.
Core Group One, Inc.
928 Nuuanu Avenue, No 100
Honolulu, HI 96817