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NATIONAL TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS * Guy Nakashima and Milani Pimental Promoted to Director Positions * Kaleheo, Kaua`i (March 14, 2008) ­ National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is pleased to announce the following promotions: Guy M. Nakashima has been promoted to director of foundation and government relations, where he will be responsible for securing grant funding for the non-profit institution. Most recently, he served as assistant director of development ­ foundation and government relations. His prior experience includes work with the Hawai`i State Legislature as a committee clerk and legislative intern within the House of Representatives. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Milani Pimental has been promoted from assistant director of development to director of annual giving. In this newly created position, she will be responsible for increasing annual and major gift support, managing the Hawai`i membership campaign, overseeing development office operations and coordinating fundraising events. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration at Loyola University Chicago. In addition, she is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Aloha Chapter.

The recent promotions come on the heels of Director of Development Donna Howard's departure to head the capital campaign at the University of California at Berkley School of Public Health. NTBG is dedicated to saving tropical plants through conservation, scientific research, and education. Its network of gardens and preserves include McBryde Garden, Allerton Garden, and Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island of Kaua`i; Kahanu Garden on Maui; The Kampong in Florida; and two preserves on the Big Island of Hawai`i. With nearly 1,800 acres encompassing various tropical ecosystems, extensive living collections of endangered or at-risk species, and precious cultural and historical features, NTBG plays an important role in the complex web of life. For more information or to become a member of NTBG, please call (808) 332-7324 x246 or visit ourgardenourworld.com/join_today.

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