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GINA MANGIERI - Owner of The Cole Academy and KHON2 News Anchor *** (3.5)
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GINA MANGIERI - Owner of The Cole Academy and KHON2 News Anchor
has achieved success at a very young age.
decided to open The Cole Academy
wrote the business plan in one weekend and in the next week she
obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in financing.
Before the doors were even opened for business, Gina
had filled between 70 to 80% of the student openings.
Eight months from writing her
business plan, she
doors and a year later is expanding.
Between both locations and her
business owned with her
will employ over 60 people and is a major employer in Hawaii.
The Cole Academy
will serve over 200 students between both locations.
As a community minded individual, Gina
helped raise over $20,000 in two days for UNICEF with the total nearing $50,000 in a very short amount of time.
tells how this came from her
heart and soon had a great positive impact on her
Gina Mangieri is the founder of The Cole Academy and is also a broadcast reporter on KHON2 News.
The Cole Academy
started as a downtown infant, toddler and preschool center educating 100 children - including her
Next year, it is planning a major expansion into West Oahu, where a new center will educate another 120 children.
The concept for the school came about when Gina - at the time the editor of Pacific Business News - came back from maternity leave and was in need of good childcare.
Other island centers had long waiting lists, and none met exactly what she
envisioned in care and education.
was going to wait months for entry into anything less than the "perfect school," she
figured, why not just make one herself?
gathered experts from the field to help bring her
vision to life, Gina
became more enthralled with the business and philosophy of early childhood education.
And as demand for enrollment doubled, tripled, even quadrupled compared to her
initial concept, Gina
found it was time for a transition so she
could focus on the demands of building what would come to be the largest infant, toddler and preschool center in Hawaii.
After 5 years at the helm of the PBN newsroom, Gina
full attention to bringing The Cole Academy
It was a change that seemed to mean leaving behind journalism - once the core of her
professional goals and experiences.
But it was a transformation that, ironically, would bring Gina closer to her
entrepreneurial roots, while opening a new door back into TV journalism after the school was up and running.
grew up in an entrepreneurial family, helping in just about every aspect of the businesses from an early age.
Whether it was handling accounts receivable for mom's store or shoveling sludge at dad's car wash, Gina
learned young that a business owner is neither above nor below any job that needs to get done.
Gina's mom was a journalist before herself changing careers, to raise kids and later go into real estate and retail.
chose to go into journalism like her
ended up gravitating toward business journalism - blending her
passion for news and storytelling with her
Gina came to Hawaii to join Pacific Business News, quickly identifying with the strong family-business and women-owned-business community in the islands, as well as the young businesspeople who all too rarely received recognition for their pursuits.
created the concept for the PBN Forty Under 40 event - (actually pitched as Thirty Under 30 at first!).
The news, sales and marketing teams at PBN
brought the concept to life and the event continues to celebrate the achievements of young businesspeople.
Also in Gina's first year with the paper, the PBN Women in Business event was ready grow into the premier recognition program for female businesspeople; news provided full support with new features and specials dedicated to women's business topics.
For these and other achievements as a business journalist, Gina
has been recognized as the top business journalist not only in Hawaii but in the entire Western region by the U.S. Small Business
also has received various industry awards and was a featured speaker at a national journalism convention on the topic of successful women in news.
stays involved in the local community through a variety of nonprofit boards, as well as civic service.
As a Pacific Century Fellow, Gina contributed to a book written by leaders from Hawaii or with island ties, outlining "101 ways to make Hawaii a great place.
After the devastating tsunami in South Asia in December 2004, Gina launched the South Asia Keiki Aloha fund drive - with The Cole Academy serving as a clearinghouse for Hawaii gifts to UNICEF, the U.N. agency for children.
In just the first 2 days, the fund raised more than $20,000.
Today, the total is near $50,000 - UNICEF
's largest school achievement in the nation.
It's a success for which the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
president will be paying a special visit to The Cole Academy
After taking a 6-month break to build the first downtown school, Gina got back into journalism as the Interactive News Director for KHON2 and KGMB9, handling the multimedia sites for both stations and is now an on air reporter for KHON2.
Prior to working in Hawaii television, Gina was editor of Pacific Business News for 5 years.
has been in print and broadcast journalism as a reporter and editor in New York, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
She has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.