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 & Associates 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 InterCommunications in Los Angeles and McCaffrey and McCall in New York, as well as Peck Sims Mueller in Honolulu.
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.
Navigating through the data-driven digital world requires a unique set of talents. Leah is an innovative thinker who brings financial discipline, IT experience and innate creativity to our digital marketing initiatives. Leah has a masters in accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and worked at a large public accounting firm prior to joining Core Group One. She plays tennis to hone her speed and agility.
Jared’s marketing philosophy is to be as transparent as possible, know your audience and be willing to adapt. His media and digital experience includes SEO strategy and implementation, managing social media and digital campaigns, as well as email marketing. Jared holds degrees in marketing and management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A believer in life balance, he finds time to coach high school soccer.
Alex is the perfect creative leader for Core Group One’s digital team. He designs breakthrough content for digital and social media platforms, and is also fluent in video editing and web animation. Alex is a graduate of the Communication Arts program at Honolulu Community College, where he won a national ADDY Student Gold in 2014. He’s also a board member of AIGA Honolulu.
Core Group One, Inc.
928 Nuuanu Avenue, No 100
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 440-9421