“Troy is the type of leader that people want on their team,“ explains Creighton Arita, CEO and founder of TeamPraxis. “Especially if they’re going into a gnarly battle. Troy has grit, discipline, leads by example, has an infectious ‘can do’ attitude, and is a one team player. I am so proud of this young man.”
Troy Tamashiro currently serves as the Vice President of Program Innovation for TeamPraxis. But the journey into his current leadership role began at the starting line.
“They hired me as an intern,” explains Troy. “First, I started in the administration department. Shortly after that I started to help with the vantage med-acquisition and then moved to sales. It was during this time that Creighton really began to mentor and invest in me—we put together a branch of TeamPraxis called TP Direct. Creighton used to say it was my ‘sandbox’ to test out new ideas, gain new experiences, and learn how to be an entrepreneur.”
LOCAL BOY DREAM RELEASER
Troy graduated from Pearl City High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He then attended Hawaii Pacific University where he earned his MBA in organizational change and development. Today, with roughly 10 years of experience in the technology and health care industry, Troy has become a key player in his executive role as Vice President of Program Innovation.
“Becoming an executive in the ‘ike family of companies doesn’t just mean you’re able to do a great job,” says Dean Hirata, president of `ike, the parent company of TeamPraxis, ”it also means you have a great heart and are committed to living the values of the company.”
`ike is driven by five core values: Spirit of Excellence, Courage, Dream Releasing, Humility, and Greater Good. These values—as expressed through the company’s employees—create a culture where innovation is the primary tool for creating a positive impact and experience for patients, physicians, and organizations alike.
For Troy, Dream Releasing is the core value he identifies with the most—no hesitation.
“This is the only job I’ve had where it provides flexibility and control to do things the way you want to do it,” Troy explains. “In a lot of other organizations, you have really tight boundaries; there’s not much you can control or change. But here, there is a lot of autonomy. And that autonomy and creative empowerment has allowed my dreams to flourish.”
“Troy is living proof of the value of Dream Releasing because he started off as an intern and is now operating at a VP level,” says Dean. “You control your own destiny here. You are able to realize your dreams as long as you’re willing to put in the hard work.”
“For example,” Troy says, “take the story of TP Direct. I didn’t expect all that much from myself first starting out. I never thought I would get the chance to be in that type of role. But it meant a lot to me to have that opportunity and it really opened me up, allowing me to believe in myself to reach my full potential.”
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
“In my position now, I’m able to work with people in a way where we can focus on their strengths,” Troy explains. “I love to see people exceed their own expectations for
themselves, which really makes me happy. This is what I’m passionate about! Here we are getting people out of their comfort zones to improve, grow, and excel, not only in work, but also as an individual. I love doing this because I’ve always appreciated people who did that for me. I’m so grateful to be in a position where I can pass this on.”
Creighton agrees. “I am so proud of Troy and feel he embraces all of our values. But especially Dream Releasing. He is one of our most exciting emerging leaders at `ike. It’s like Christmas for Troy whenever he sees people grow beyond their own expectations. And that’s what it’s all about.”