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Hawai’i Life Names Robinson as Conservation Director

May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated May 3, 5:12 PM
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Beth Thoma Robinson has been appointed conservation director at Hawai‘i Life Real Estate. Courtesy photo.

Hawai’i Life has appointment Beth Thoma Robinson R(B) as director of conservation and legacy lands. According to Hawai‘i Life, the company is the first Hawai‘i brokerage to hire a conservation director.

In her new position, Robison will report directly to Hawai‘i Life CEO and principal broker, Matt Beall, and lead the firm’s efforts to preserve natural and cultural resources in Hawai‘i. Her responsibilities will include identifying and tracking conservation priorities across Hawaiʻi, particularly properties that are for sale or have the potential to come to market. She will also be tasked with the development of a larger committed pool of buyers and donors for conservation properties.

“Land is a zero-sum game in Hawai‘i, and it is among our most precious natural and cultural resources,” said Hawai‘i Life CEO Matt Beall. “Creating this position, a Director of Conservation and Legacy Lands, enables us to use our reach and influence to further conserve land, both for future generations and also for its own sake. And Beth is so clearly the right person for this role.”

Robinson will also lead the firmʻs efforts as a resource for owners and sellers of properties with conservation values. Their goal is to raise awareness around conservation and how it impacts Hawai’i’s future.

“I’m honored and humbled to be appointed to this new role as Conservation Director, a way to combine my real estate knowledge with my passion for protecting this special part of the world,” said Robinson.

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Robinson was among the first agents to join Hawai‘i Life on Hawai‘i Island in 2009 and was named broker-in-charge in 2015. She formerly worked as a Wall Street banker and in consulting and leadership development businesses before beginning her Hawai‘i real estate career in 2006. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a doctorate in economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

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“As a practicing real estate broker, she has been representing sellers of conservation and legacy properties since joining Hawai’i Life, and has worked closely with her community in North Kohala to protect hundreds of acres. Now she will share this expertise in legacy properties with our brokers, agents and clients across the state,” said Beall.

Hawai‘i Life has been actively working for land conservation in Hawai‘i in partnership with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). In 2012, the firm joined the top level of membership with HILT and became a member of the Na Koa Aina Fellowship in 2015.

HILT was founded in 2011 through the merger of four island land trusts. Both Beall and Hawai’i LIfeʻs director of corporate services, Sarah Bakewell, serve on the HILT board of directors. Beall is a former chair.

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