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Haleakaka Ranch announces new leadership

By Staff | Sep 24, 2021

John Kreag has been the company’s chief financial officer since 2007. As senior vice president/CFO, he will report to Scott Meidell with overall responsibility for finance and accounting activities of Haleakala Ranch.

MAKAWAO — Haleakala Ranch Company announced the following organizational changes as part of a succession plan for Don Young, president and chief executive officer, who will be retiring at the end of this year.

Effective Sept. 15, Scott Meidell was promoted to chief operating officer, and John Kreag was promoted to senior vice president/chief financial officer.

Rounding out the new leadership at Haleakala Ranch is the addition of Luke Estes, who will join the company as senior vice president/real estate on Oct. 4.

Meidell joined the company in 2003, most recently serving as senior vice president/real estate. Over the years, he has assisted in developing the ranch’s land management activities, including the forestry operation, land planning and entitlements, and oversight of all commercial leases on the ranch.

As chief operating officer, Meidell will have overall responsibility for all of Haleakala Ranch Company’s operations during the transition period, which will be completed with Young’s retirement and the planned promotion at that time for Meidell to assume the position of president and CEO.

Born and raised in Kula, Estes has been president and COO of Pono Pacific on Oahu for the past 12 years. As senior vice president/real estate, Estes will also report to Meidell.

With strong management experience in real estate, commercial leasing and conservation/land stewardship, Estes will now take responsibility for all the company’s real estate activity, including the commercial real estate investment portfolio.

Completing the management team, reporting to Meidell, are Jordan Jokiel (VP/Land Manager), Greg Friel (VP/Livestock) and Corporate Secretary Karyn Arakawa.

Haleakala Ranch is Maui’s largest and oldest family-owned ranch. Saddling the leeward slope of the volcano Haleakala, the ranch was founded in 1888.

Ranch lands encompass 29,000 acres of a diverse ecosystem that rises from the southern shoreline to over 9,500 feet in elevation — from rocky coastlines to rainforest; from green pastureland to native forest.

The ranch’s cattle operations create the open space that is priceless to the Maui community and lies at the heart of the company’s stewardship.

The historic legacy created by co-founders and brothers Sam and Harry Baldwin thrives today in Haleakala Ranch’s lasting commitment to preserving the island’s land, water and other precious resources.