Kevin K. Eckert – President
President of Smart Trees Pacific, former Chairman of the Hawaii State Urban and Community Forestry Program, Director on the Arborist Certification Board of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Western Chapter Arborist Certification Liaison to the ISA, and past President of the ISA Utility Arborist Association.
Kevin has provided many presentations and published numerous articles on various technical arboriculture topics and has received numerous awards from professional, government and private organizations for his extensive education work and leadership in arboriculture.
Kevin’s mission with Smart Trees Pacific to expand his ability to provide technically correct arboricultural support to use the urban forest to leave a legacy of safe, healthy and productive trees that will most cost-effectively provide the multitude of environmental, human and community health, and financial benefits.
Recognized as an international authority on arboricultural standards and practices, Kevin is also principal lecturer in the arboriculture program at the Windward Community College campus of the University of Hawaii. He has continually remained current by designing and conducting research projects covering a multitude of tree and vegetation management issues.
As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (WE-1785 BU) Kevin has been a practicing, climbing arborist and consultant for over 30 years. Currently, Kevin K. Eckert is President and Principal Consultant of Arbor Global USA and Arbor Global Hong Kong Ltd. (AG). AG provides arboriculture and vegetation management consulting, education, training and tree management services to government agencies, environmental organizations, electric utilities, municipalities, corporate and private clients throughout Hawaii, the Mainland United States, Hong Kong, China, Costa Rica, and throughout the tropical Pacific Rim.
Lisa A. Bail – Vice President
Board member of Smart Trees Pacific and Partner, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in 1878, Ms. Bail concentrates her practice in environmental law, land use and commercial litigation. Her contributions in the area of environmental law include providing expertise as a contributing author to the Hawai‘i Environmental Law Handbook (published by Government Institutes, 3rd Edition, 2000). This Handbook is designed to provide a guide to Hawai‘i’s environmental laws that affect the private sector, including businesses and real property owners. She is also a co-author of the Hawai‘i Chapter, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (American Bar Association, 1998) and the Hawai‘i Chapter of an upcoming American Bar Association publication regarding environmental taxes.
Ms. Bail is frequently a speaker at environmental law seminars. She is the current Chair of the Litigation Section and the former Chair of the Natural Resources Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, and an arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program. She was named lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2005-2008 by Chief Judge Ezra, USDC Hawai‘i. She is also a member of Kaulunani, an advisory council to the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources regarding urban forestry issues.
Elizabeth O’Sullivan – Secretary
Elizabeth O’Sullivan is the in-house environmental attorney for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. She has practiced environmental law for almost 20 years. Elizabeth started her career as an enforcement attorney at US EPA in Atlanta, rising to become a senior air attorney managing a team of twelve attorneys. She left EPA to become in-house environmental counsel at Walmart and eventually served as the head of the compliance legal team there, managing a team of attorneys responsible for Walmart’s national compliance with US law. She has spoken on panels regarding compliance with environmental laws across the country, including American Bar Association annual meetings and various law schools, industry and nonprofit groups.
At Hawaiian Electric, Elizabeth defends the company from enforcement actions and counsels her clients on environmental issues and land use matters across all media. She also advises the company about compliance with the Hawaii State Greenhouse Gas rule and the State Renewable Portfolio Standard. Elizabeth is also a Board Member of The Outdoor Circle.
Rob Salas – Treasurer
Rob Salas was admitted to the California Bar in 2009 and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California in 2012. Rob Salas recently joined Landscape Management Systems, Inc. (“LMS”) as the Director of Operations and CFO in 2015. Rob oversees the LMS grounds maintenance and tree trimming contract for NAVFAC Marianas which is the largest landscaping contract in the Marianas Islands. He also oversees Guam’s newest cemetery, Guam Windward Memorial, which was recently developed in 2014. Under his leadership the companies have received the 2015 national safety excellence award and several excellences in construction awards by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Prior to joining LMS, Rob was a State and Local Tax manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). Rob had a group of 10 staff attorneys and CPAs. His group managed various projects involving both income/franchise and sales/use tax for large Fortune 100 clients. Rob is an active member of the local Guam community. He is member of the Tumon Rotary Club of Guam and an endowment board member of his alma mater, Father Duenas Memorial School.