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Hawaii Venture Capital Association gets new president

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Melialana James, program manager for the local Blue Startups technology accelerator, will take over as president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association.

Also joining James on the HVCA board is Chenoa Farnsworth, managing director of Blue Startups, according to the HVCA website. James and Farnsworth will be introduced in their new roles at the HVCA’s monthly luncheon April 24 at the Plaza Club.

“With new leadership, HVCA will revitalize its monthly speaker series to provide a venue to connect the entrepreneurial, business and investor communities of Hawaii,” according to the HVCA website.

James joined Blue Startups in January 2013 to lead the organization’s operations. Before that she launched Hawaii Apps LLC in 2012 to develop mobile apps for local businesses.

She also is the co-founder of mobile applications Nirvino and TuneTug and has more than 12 years of marketing, operations, research and event experience working with W Hotels and the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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