Island Air Community Outreach – Best Buddies Hawaii

Best Buddies Hawaii pic Following a career as a pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces, David “Dave” Pflieger entered the private aviation industry in 2002, and has held a number of executive roles at leading airlines. Most recently, Dave Pflieger joined Hawaii-based Island Air as the company’s president and CEO to manage day-to-day operations and community outreach.

Island Air is an ongoing corporate sponsor of Best Buddies, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating a culture of inclusivity and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Maintaining a presence in Hawaii since 1995, Best Buddies has spread its roots to several elementary, middle, and high schools, and the organization most recently celebrated its accomplishments at the 2014 Friendship Jam fundraiser. Hosted at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, the event attracted entertainers from all over Hawaii, headlined by The Magic of Polynesia with John Hirokawa. Proceeds from admission and auctioned items went directly into supporting local programs throughout the islands.

Established in 1989, Best Buddies is the first unified social and professional development nonprofit with a presence in all 50 states and around the world. To learn more about Best Buddies Hawaii programs, visit

Corporate Social Responsibility is Growing

Dave Pflieger Social ResponsibilityCorporate social responsibility used to be an option for large corporations to express their intentions to give back to the communities that supports them, whether through the creation of educational programs, or through advocacy of a cause for social reform. Essentially, corporate social responsibility, or corporate sustainability is a company’s way of showing an understanding for the implications of its conduct, and how its operation affects the social, cultural, and environmental atmospheres of its clientele. A company with good self-awareness will see to it that tending to its present needs does not sacrifice its future potential. While CSR used to be an innovative symbol of a company’s pledge to its customers and environment, it is growing to become a crucial must-have policy for all major corporations.

With changing economic tides, fluctuations in the market, environmental pressures, and general uncertainty as to the future of corporate sustainability, a company has to prove itself a contributor to the public good, as much as it is interested in serving its own needs for revenue. Corporations can get in touch with their own needs by developing a sense for their resource management and waste production. Limiting waste, removing unnecessary costs and risks, and increasing employee happiness and productivity are all green approaches to a healthier foundation. As corporations become less single-mindedly involved in their own prosperity, and open up to their communities, they may find customers eager to support them. Wouldn’t you give to a company if you knew it would use your contribution thoughtfully and generously? Why should a corporation produce a product without contributing to its community if it can do both?

Because of ever growing competition, corporations see a new way to entice customers to support them through product purchase by appealing to societal and environmental needs. This allows a consumer to feel as though his purchase is as selfless as the corporation’s sale. In 2002, Peter Thum founded Ethos Water (purchased by Starbucks in 2005)  which has since raised over $6 million in funds donated to the development of water and hygiene education programs. Warby Parker followed similarly by pledging to only craft its sunglasses in-house and sell directly to customers, lowering the cost of production, allowing the company to give free and low-cost glasses to those in need. Corporations will suffer if they try to sell products without a greater-serving cause backing their commodities.


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How to Deal with Stress in the Workplace

Dave Pflieger Wellness in the WorkplaceThe stress Americans feel every day can be largely attributed to the pressures and demands of the workplace. Every company should ask itself if it doesnt enough for its employees to assure a positive work atmosphere. Labor itself, along with limited body movement (being sedentary for long periods of time), and a strenuous work environment are all factors that contribute to feelings of tension and general negativity. Of course, over time, stressors begin to take a toll on employee happiness and productivity. It is a company’s responsibility to provide a satisfying work environment for those who work for its success. So, doesn’t it make sense for a company to supply its employees with its own form of stress-reducing exercises and wellness plans?

Roughly one in ten companies, only, has spent time designing a comprehensive wellness program for its employees, offering employees methods for stress reduction including yoga classes, meditative techniques and exercise. Beyond this, companies can introduce educational seminars and more long-term programs to advocate healthy practices. A few companies offer weight-loss and cholesterol management programs, healthy meals in vending machines and cafeterias, and even classes to help quit smoking. This is an intelligent way of addressing the many facets of a single issue: many workers smoke and overeat directly because of the stress they feel. Lowering stress helps twofold. Many of these programs raise feelings of positivity, well-being, and belonging, and inspire group activities, which means group progress. Members of a group do well to inspire each other to work for and maintain good habits. Aspects of a program can be as simple as reiterating good sleep and hygiene patterns. Often, it takes only a reminder and some repetition to instill values pertinent to good health, and one advocate often contagiously affects others around him with good habits.

Healthier workers simply feel better about what they do, and are more likely to come to work with a smile on their face than workers who feel they must sacrifice their priority on health for the sake of their employer. One company, Draper Inc. exceeded any expectations by organizing a team-based weight-loss program and awarding the winning team a prize for its success. What’s more is Draper honors employees monthly who display and encourage healthy lifestyles. It’s no surprise, Drape saw increased worker satisfaction and productivity. Other examples of going beyond the base level would be offering classes that help workers develop new skill, for example, cooking, music appreciation, or learning new computer applications. These give employees a chance to communicate and share experiences with each other in a different light. Positive feelings between co-workers engenders a free and transparent workplace, which helps all to feel more comfortable, appreciated, and motivated to work.

A company’s care for its employees is evident in all aspects of its conduct. Companies must understand their own culture to know how employees feel belonging to them. Jason Lang of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that a company’s concern for its employees’ wellness should be evident in everything the company does. Wellness is, ultimately, a question of lifestyle choices not of occasional beneficial activity. A company truly succeeds if it can make its impact last outside of the workplace.


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Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development Recognition

The former chief executive officer at Air Pacific, Ltd., David “Dave” Pflieger led and managed operations for the airline, which is now known as Fiji Airways. Additionally, Dave Pflieger engaged in community relations and played a vital role in developing a partnership with the Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND).

A non-government organization geared toward social and economic empowerment in Fiji’s underserved communities, FRIEND is based in Tuvu, Kings Road, Lautoka. Established in 2001, the organization celebrated the opening of its first office within the first 12 months of its existence. Several programs, such as the handmade card project that benefits youth who are hearing impaired and a food product line that raises funds for senior citizens, launched soon after FRIEND’s office opened.

Recognized by the World Health Organization and Dish Magazine, FRIEND has received numerous accolades since its inception. Among its national awards are the Frank Hilton Community Service Award and the Fiji Development Bank New Initiatives Small Business Awards, which noted the achievements of three FRIEND projects in 2006. FRIEND is also the recipient of international recognition, including listing in the United Nations’ UN-HABITAT Best Practices Database as a Good Practice, which signifies FRIEND’s success in implementing a food product program that alleviates poverty.

Silver Airways Names New CEO

David “Dave” Pflieger is the former president and chief executive officer of Silver Airways, having presided over the airline during its first year of independent operations. In September 2014, Dave Pflieger stepped away from his position in order to join Hawaii Island Air as president and chief executive officer.

Silver Airways recently named Sami T. Teittinen to the board and as the company’s new chief executive officer. Teittinen assumed his position in September. He brings to his new position a proven track record of leadership and business growth, not to mention experience with the airline as the former chief financial officer. Moving forward, Teittinen and the rest of the Silver Airways board plan on improving the quality and quantity of offerings throughout Florida and the rest of the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Silver Airways is owned by Chicago-based investment firm Victory Park Capital. It has been named 2013 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World and one of the Top 10 Best U.S. Airlines in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Is Your Company Transparent Enough With Its Customers?

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Corporations are increasingly buying into the growing concern with public good and doubling up their efforts as an advertising campaign that raises awareness for both the charitable cause and the company. For a business, bridging the gap between a more self-serving business strategy and the altruistic concern for the customer’s satisfaction can be a very effective advertising campaign.

Whether it’s a business’s policy to only use local and grass-fed cows for meat, or it’s a donation to help build schools in underprivileged areas, consumers feel better buying a product knowing it plays a part in betterment elsewhere. Consumers want to see the in-person effect of efforts to help the community and want more direct communication between an organization and the society it serves. The bottom line is they want to see the companies they support actually giving back to the community.

One of the most important ways for a corporation to secure a sense of comfort and trust among its patrons is transparency. Buyers will always ask questions about the products that interest them, and businesses needs to be ready to inform its curious clientele. Especially for companies that serve food, it is imperative to maintain an honest relationship with individuals who support the company with patronage. People want to know what they put in their bodies, and murky evasive attitudes will surely damage integrity. On the other hand, being open about where you source your food will make consumers feel more engaged and trusting of your company.

Appreciating and considering feedback in future business plans also gives businesses an edge. Through customer responses, they reach the individual and the community as a whole by providing unmet needs as best as they can. Many are switching to choose-your-own advertising styles that allow for a consumer to select only the most pertinent messages for their engagement. Feedback can be as simple as directing users down a path of relevance, having them select what to view and what to ignore, or it can be allowing creativity on behalf of the consumer with guestbooks and “tell your story” posts. This enhances the importance of customer-based reviews and fosters better general communication between a company and its patrons, and among the patrons themselves.

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A Breakfast Worth Waking Up For

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We’ve all heard it: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It starts you off with high energy, an alert mind, and a general feeling of well-being. Starting your day on the right side of the bed makes adapting to daily demands much easier and you’ll be thankful you have the fuel to power you through a difficult morning.

But what’s the right thing to have for breakfast? How do put together the right meal? Is there something light enough to not bog us down for the hours after, but substantial enough to keep us energized?

Most experts agree that eliminating simple sugars and instead eating foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates is the way to go. This means no partaking in iconic traditions like pancakes and waffles, and you’ll want to skip that side of bacon with the omelette.

One classic combination that has become a recent trend is a bowl of greek yogurt with fruit and granola. Greek yogurt provides a substantial amount of protein while fruit adds a series of vitamins and minerals that are difficult to find elsewhere. They are also low in fat and do not add any extra cholesterol to your diet. (Certain fruit like avocado mimic the nutritional value of nuts—reputably high in protein, fiber, and good fats—and makes it easy to switch out certain fruits and nuts for others.) With the sheer number of granolas and nuts available on the market and the colorful variety of fruits, it’s easy to form a reliable and healthy habit that never becomes monotonous. Switch up your fruits, switch up your nuts. Just make sure to avoid nuts that are cooked in oils or are otherwise flavored as they often carry unwanted extras like sugars and saturated fat.

Another excellent option for protein is the egg. Eggs are a staple breakfast food ranking as one of the most nutritious foods out there. Authority Nutrition says it better than anyone: “A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.” Loaded with proteins, fats, and vitamins, the egg is indubitably the most well-rounded single contributor to a healthy breakfast. They also raise good cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The versatility and ease in preparing eggs also makes them one of the more fun foods to eat. Omelettes, for example, open up many options as they can be carriers of meats, vegetables, and cheeses, and healthy fats like avocados.

Breakfast starts every day so try and start your day with positivity. Establishing a good routine doesn’t mean leaning on a boring routine. The variety of fruits and nuts and egg preparations gives you endless options for creative cooking. Enjoy!


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Is Your Love for Coconut Hurting the Environment?

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The process of food cultivation and delivery altogether ranks as one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the craze over coconuts and all that they offer (milk, oils, water, meat) puts a great burden on the environment. From the cultivation, per se, to the transportation and commodification of coconuts a series of hazardous processes challenges the resilience of the planet.

As coconut is increasingly desired, farmers are forced to partake in monocultural farming, or restricting plots of land to growing one solitary crop. As part of this exploit, they use unnatural fertilizers to expedite growth and cut the number of diverse plant species that are indigenous to the biosphere in order to make room for the desired species. This reduces the flourishing diversity of an area, and reduces it to a perfunctory, monotonous farm.

Coconuts are well liked for their versatility. The oils are featured in cosmetics, the water is a favored source of hydration and replenishment, the meat is a tasty snack, and the milk is a culinary favorite and supports alternative diets for which animal products are not eaten. That being said, the wide use is responsible for its impact on the environment. The fruit often comes from foreign regions—tropical American and Asian areas—and its import requires a great deal of transportation. The Food and Agriculture Organization reported that Indonesia and the Philippines are leading producers of coconut (followed by India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil) whereas China, Malaysia, and the United States are among the leading importers.

One thing One Green Planet suggests is buying organic and fair trade certified products. Both ensure that the land was not exposed to unnatural chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The Fair Trade organization sees to it that fruits are grown safely, and that farmers are properly compensated for their labor. It’s a small step, but it’s one that needs to be taken in an age where so much risks environmental harm.

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Asian Aviation Industry Feels Growing Pains

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Over the last decade, the aviation industry in Asia has seen a huge explosion in growth. With dozens of new airline companies cropping up and passenger volume well above that of Europe or North America, Asia has concretely become the fastest-growing and most competitive air travel market in the world. The Asia-Pacific region is responsible for 1.1 billion people flying each year, and that number is projected to skyrocket over the next two decades.

But after years of incredible growth, Asia’s aviation industry is feeling a notable strain. Officials are no closer to finding an answer a year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which is only one of five fatal plane crashes from Asian airlines in the last 12 months. These accidents have highlighted a number of problems with regulatory oversight and safety, a problem which has put potential flyers on edge.

Airplane disasters in Asia are not the only concern. A recent theme of pilot shortages is potentially putting passengers at risk as under-trained pilots take to the skies to handle the recent growth spurt. Meanwhile, deficiencies in airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems were responsible for 27% of airplane accidents from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Of course, the primary worry is that infrastructure and regulations simply cannot keep up with the incredible growth rate Asian airlines have experienced over the last decade. The AirAsia flight famous for its crash in December wasn’t even authorized by authorities, which critics point to as a distinct laxness in oversight.

Even the IATA director general and former Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Tony Tyler agrees. “There is a safety problem here [that] is not going to solve itself,” Tyler said in a speech to Indonesian aviation officials last month.

Meanwhile, the airline industry has given significant pushback, arguing that the 12 airline disasters in 2014 is far below the five-year average of 19. This is true, but it’s hard to explain that to the families of the 939 people killed in those airplane disasters (actually up compared to the 210 the previous year).

Miscommunications also appear to be a big contributor to the disasters.The massive surge in Asian airplane traffic will only continue to rise over the next several years, so communications need to improve quickly. Airlines currently sit at a critical turning point where they must determine the most effective use of their resources to ensure safety standards and improve infrastructure.

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Silver Airways Increases Florida Routes

David (Dave) Pflieger became president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Island Air in October 2014. Previously serving in the same executive leadership roles with Silver Airways, Dave Pflieger has also worked with airlines such as Song and Delta.

Despite its standing as the country’s most comprehensive airline in terms of daily routes between Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways continues to expand its offerings to serve the needs of its passengers. In November 2014 alone, the airline increased flights between Florida locations by 40 percent. Dubbed the Sunshine State’s hometown airline, the carrier currently offers more than 560 flights to 10 cities throughout Florida every week, including a number of non-stop options. A route between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville is one of the airline’s newest offerings, while nine inter-airway partnerships allow passengers to travel to locations as remote as Alaska with little difficulty. Having initiated its expansion early in November, Silver Airways is already looking to the future and further expansion.