Deakos joins Rotary Club of Lahaina
LAHAINA – Mark Deakos is the Rotary Club of Lahaina’s newest Rotarian.
Deakos is the chief sustainability officer with 3-P Consulting, building business cases for sustainable solutions to improve social, environmental and financial capital.
The company also provides the tools needed to benchmark and track progress toward becoming a fully sustainable business or agency. Visit www.3-pconsulting.com for more information.
“Joe Pluta invited me as a guest speaker, and I realized that Rotary was a group of people with similar values as my own, just with a variety of backgrounds. I was looking to connect with influential folks looking to make the world and our communities a better place. Rotary is a great opportunity to build that network,” Deakos explained.
“I grew up in Canada, always in the water – swimming, water polo, kayaking. Did my undergrad in biology and immediately began working with wildlife, which quickly transitioned to marine mammals. Canada was too cold to do marine biology. I got an internship in Hawaii and continued with my graduate work at UH, earning a Master’s Degree with humpback whales and a PhD studying manta rays,” he explained.
Throughout his graduate studies, Deakos worked on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ships as a marine mammal observer and managed the University of Hawaii Humpback Whale Research Program every year between 1998 and 2004.
In 2004, he founded the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, a 501(c)(3) that focuses on protecting our precious marine resources.
In 2014, Deakos began working as a project manager for HDR, an architectural/engineering firm overseeing the Navy’s Marine Species Monitoring Program for Hawaii and the Marianas Islands.
In 2019, he and his wife started 3-P Consulting, advising businesses and government agencies on how to apply sustainable solutions to heal and regenerate communities on a social and environmental level while saving money and dramatically increasing profit.
“I love all things ocean: scuba diving, free-diving, kayaking, surfing. I love all things nature: hiking, wildlife, permaculture. I love sustainable living: permaculture, growing your own food, catching and treating your own water, using only clean energy, healthy living and building healthy communities,” Deakos concluded.