Richard O. Rowland
Richard O. Rowland, President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Board of Directors, a "graduate of Texas A&M University (BS) and Columbia University (MA), came to Hawaii in 1971 as a key officer on the PACOM staff. Retiring as a Colonel in 1975, he was a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual for 26 years before co-founding Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He is a former life member of the MDRT, former President of the Hawaii Society of CLU, twice candidate for US Senate and once for Honolulu City Council, current member of the Small Business Hawaii Board of Directors, was SBH Small Business Person of the Year (1997), and serves on the Aiea Neighborhood Board and the Board of Directors of the Aiea-Pearl City Business Association." 
- Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "Staff", accessed February 2005.