Fact: She attended Asahi Gakuen Japanese School on Saturdays for 11 years and is fluent in Japanese.
If you could coordinate any event, what would it be? My current dream event would have to be coordinating and executing a large multivendor, multifaceted, shopping-charity auction-concert festival benefiting Ronda’s Dream Center, a local nonprofit project that I have been working closely with as a community involvement manager.
While earning her degree in psychology at UC San Diego, Janet Hamada discovered a secondary education working the sales floor at Nordstrom, watching fashion trends shift and styles emerge. And she soon noticed a talent for trend forecasting.
She launched her online store, ShopModerne.com, last year. Initially working as the sole employee, buyer, customer service representative and packing-shipping department, she now has more than 30 employees. Her success is the result of persistence and hard work. When she faced problems with brand exposure and market penetration, she coordinated shopping events to gain recognition and generate sales.
But Hamada’s business is one with heart. In everything that she does, she believes that it’s important to give back to her community. Every event she participates in contributes to a community or nonprofit organization: “Philanthropy and giving back to the community are key philosophies at Moderne.”
– Caitlin Adams
OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:
Toby Bost | Mike Gillespie | Anil Puri | Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan | Dr. Jason Knight | Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen | Tina Aldatz | Sukhee Kang | Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau | Tim McFerran | Tallia Hart
Bill Sanderson | Henrik Fisker | Janet Hamada | Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps | Michael Ruane | Carl St.Clair
Pretend City | Phil Willms | Sheryl Bourgeois | Steve Nichols
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.
Doug Rankin | Erich Vollmer | Dennis Aigner | Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier | Carol Stogsdill | Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom | Christopher Cox | Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade | Thomas Mays | Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois | Rudy Castruita | Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown | Mossimo Giannulli | Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner | Kathryn Braun Lewis | David Wilhelm
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