Horner, for his part, also holds nine board seats connected to his position at the bank.
"Don comes from a wonderful corporate culture that puts a high value on community services going back to the days of Johnny Bellinger," Dods said of his own predecessor as CEO. "So it's been ingrained in all of us as the CEOs at First Hawaiian to serve not just at profit-making functions, but serving our communities. It's ingrained in our DNA, but having said that, Don is extraordinary in the amount of community service and involvement that he participates in."
Horner, who serves only on nonpaying boards outside of his bank duties, said he's up to the challenge as he prepares for a new phase in his life.
"Both of these volunteer responsibilities are about having a competent management team, providing strategic direction and being a fiduciary to ensure our taxpayer money is invested wisely," Horner said.
"I am committed to provide the time necessary to work with my fellow board members to ensure that happens."
Horner said his latest two appointments are important for different reasons.
"The Department of Education is obviously critically important for the future of our state," he said. "I've always had a commitment to education both personally and corporately, and I have a lot of confidence in the governor and he asked me to serve.
"Equally, I've been a proponent of the rail. It's an important strategic investment for our city and could substantially enhance the quality of life for the people of Oahu while alleviating a challenge we have in traffic as well as making an opportunity for social change by creating a new avenue for transit-oriented development. It's something I have a keen interest in, and the mayor asked me to take some of the role on the financial side because of my background."
Horner said his rail position won't start realistically until August and that it likely will take several months before the board "is fully engaged." He called the Board of Education position the most challenging and said he expects his commitment to that position will be about one day a week even though the board meets twice a month.
"The reality is it will take one day per week, especially since we're reorganizing the board," Horner said. "I expect rail would take a similar amount of time, perhaps less."
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