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About CAA

Commercial Asset Advisors is a dynamic and cutting-edge full service commercial real estate firm, with a focus on office leasing and sales, and multi-family (apartment) building sales in the state of Hawaii. Founded by three high-profile leaders in the industry, CAA provides its clients with a personalized and seamless experience from start to finish.

CAA’s founders, David Asakura and Sean Tadaki have deep roots in the community as well as the real estate industry. Having worked closely together on numerous real estate transactions and projects over the years, the partners formed a very close bond and friendship based on the mutual respect for their individual business practices and ideals. They take pride in their personal and professional relationships and community involvement and founded their company based on these principles. The partners ensure the highest level of professional attention to produce results that lead to long-lasting relationships in the endeavor to create a strong, caring and vibrant community.


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SEAN G. TADAKI (S), CCIM – Managing Partner

Sean has built deep roots in the business community and the non-profit sectors in efforts to better Hawaii. He volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including Mental Health Kokua (vice chair), Institute for Human Services (vice chair), The Gift Foundation and the Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders, amongst others. Sean is also a designee and served seven years on the Board of Directors for CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), which is recognized as the PhD. of commercial real estate.

Over the past decade Sean has been a top producer in the commercial real estate market in Hawaii. He was included in the Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 For The Next 20 – Hawaii’s People to Watch which selects 20 emerging leaders who have already made big contributions to Hawaii and are expected to have an even greater impact over the next two decades and the Pacific Business News’ “Top Forty Under 40”, which is an exclusive list of the state’s most influential business and civic leaders under the age of 40. He was also voted on by his peers and was named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s Commercial Real Estate All-Stars and CCIM of the Year.

Sean specializes in corporate office leasing and investment sales. His professional experience includes landlord and tenant representation assignments with local, national, and international corporations. Prior to founding CAA, Sean was one of the youngest to achieve the position of Vice President at the largest commercial real estate firm in Hawaii. He joined the company in early 2000 and earned the title of Top Producer in the office division every year since 2001.

 

Over the past eight years, and in addition to his corporate real estate efforts, Sean has created a niche for himself in the healthcare commercial real estate sector. Representing hospital and clinical clients such as: Kaiser Permanente Hawaii; Hawaii Pacific Health (a merger between Straub Hospitals, Pali Momi, Kapiolani Women’s and Children and Wilcox Hospital); private practice groups, and surgery and imaging centers, he is a leading force in this definitive category of commercial real estate.

 

Conversant in Japanese, Sean is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the states of Hawaii and Massachusetts.

DAVID ASAKURA (B), CCIM – Partner & Principal Broker

David Asakura has a very diverse background that brings a one-of-a-kind perspective to the clients with whom he works. His experience in commercial real estate includes the leasing and management of office and retail properties, tenant representation for lease transactions and construction management. He has also acted as the exclusive leasing agent for multiple properties in Honolulu.

David previously held the position of Account Manager with Colliers Monroe Friedlander, where he supervised a portfolio of 45 properties totaling over 2 million square feet of retail, office, industrial and multi-family assets for Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii’s largest landowner. In this unique role, David supervised the leasing, property management and accounting teams and also worked closely with Kamehameha Schools’ asset management team to develop and implement strategic plans. David’s strength lies with understanding clients’ goals and then guiding them towards success.

Prior to entering the real estate sector, David held the position of Manager of Information Systems and Facilities for one of the nation’s leading engineering and architecture design firms. In this role, he managed offices throughout California, Hawaii and Asia. This diverse experience allows David to bring a distinctive perspective to his clients, allowing him to find real estate solutions that suit the various facets of their business needs.

David holds the highly-desirable designation of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), held by just over 100 real estate professionals in the State of Hawaii.

David is also an active member and President of the board of directors for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

MICHAEL H. TAYLOR (B) – Senior Vice President

For over a decade Michael has been providing brokerage, management and commercial real estate advisory services to some of the leading companies in Hawaii and Massachusetts. Michael’s years of experience as a commercial real estate broker, together with his recent role at Bank of Hawaii, provides him with a unique perspective on commercial real estate from which his clients have greatly benefited. He also understands the demands of property ownership and the level of service which owners require.

Prior to CAA, Michael held the position of Vice President and Real Estate Asset Manager at Bank of Hawaii. His responsibilities included the oversight and management of more than 75 locations, 400 ATM’s and 1.3 million square feet, at an estimated value of over $700 million. Michael was responsible for negotiating all leases, procuring new property, repositioning and monetizing the real estate portfolio and executing the bank’s long term strategic real estate plan.

Before moving to Hawaii Michael spent nearly a decade working as a commercial real estate broker in Boston, Massachusetts where he held the position of Vice President at a large regional firm and subsequently founded his own commercial real estate brokerage firm, The Taylor Group. His firm represented hundreds of corporate clients and provided transactional and advisory services and investment analysis to developers and investment groups.

Michael is actively involved in NAIOP, ULI and is currently pursuing his CCIM designation. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Hawaii and Massachusetts.

Mike is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.

GARRICK L. H. GOO (S) – Vice President

For almost two decades, Garrick has worked in the Hawaii commercial real property industry assisting in the development, financing, and acquisition and sale of properties throughout Hawaii. His work in Hawaii’s hospitality, office, health care, industrial, and alternative energy properties range from small projects to some of the largest resort projects in Hawaii and in other states. As a practicing real estate attorney working with real estate developers, investors, lenders, and governmental agencies, Garrick is intimately familiar with the finer details of the commercial real estate industry. His knowledge in these areas has proven useful to our clients seeking direction in navigating the acquisition, sale, and development of Hawaii commercial properties.

Garrick is a former active-duty and reserve United States Air Force officer, having served in operational and planning roles. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc., one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations in Hawaii that provides social services to the Oahu community.