How the 2022 “Empower Your Dreams Competition” helped the Polynesian Cultural Center achieve goals
One of the outlined goals of the Polynesian Cultural Center is to “contribute to the educational development and growth of all people at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.”
This is not an idle statement. Every department in the Center utilizes and supports student workers who are working hard to achieve their personal goal to achieve a higher education in order to improve their lives, the lives of their families and their beloved communities. We provide salaries, mentorships and professional growth. Our student workers are the heart of Center, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring them into our family.
Announcing the winners OF THE 2022 Empower Your Dreams Competition
It is therefore with great pride that we share that four student workers from our Marketing Department were announced at the First Place Winners of the 2022 Empower Your Dreams competition. Their submitted program, entitled Convrsion Marketing presented an exciting proposal to support local businesses following the two difficult years during the COVID-19 shutdown.
A Winning Submission that supports local businesses
They described their program proposal as follows: Our mission is to revitalize mom-and-pop shops through e-commerce. When COVID-19 hit last 2020, many of these shops were forced to close due to local and state requirements. It’s almost impossible for them to transition immediately due to a lack of experience and knowledge in e-commerce. Our company is focused on helping them create, maintain, and grow their e-commerce stores and digital presence through services like online store development, product photo and video assets creation, e-commerce management, and other marketing campaigns.
Meet the winning team
The four members and their positions in our department are:
- Team Leader Shazer Llanera, Coordinator, TheHawaiiStore, E-Commerce Dept, Ecommerce Supervisor, Marketing.
- Karizza Llanera, Assistant Digital Commerce Coordinator, TheHawaiiStore, E-Commerce Dept. Assistant Ecommerce Specialist, Marketing
- Ephraim Tacuban, E-commerce Web Designer, E-Commerce Dept, Marketing
- Harold Pedroso, Videographer, Marketing
“The future is bright”
“We are proud of our students’ achievements,” states Nephi Setoki, Ecommerce Manager. “We are excited to support the development and growth of our students. The work they do at the PCC supplements and reinforces their classroom learning at BYU. Our student employees are an important part of our team. It is through their hard work, passion, commitment and dedication that our department has achieved its growth objectives and success. It is exciting to see them rewarded for their creativity, talent and vision. The future is bright for these up-and-coming leaders, Harold, Ephraim, Karizza and Shazer.”