About Us

Our Team

HEMIC has built a first-class reputation through a passion for superior service, a commitment to technical expertise and professionalism, and a spirit of excellence. Our leadership team is dedicated to developing and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders, to best serve our policyholders and to support our Hawai`i community.

Martin J. Welch Chief Executive Officer

Marty Welch was appointed CEO of HEMIC in August of 2012, bringing over 30 years of Workers’ Compensation and Commercial Property & Casualty insurance experience to his position. Marty previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Employers Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded, multi-state, Workers’ Compensation specialty carrier based in Reno, NV.

Prior to Employers Holdings, Marty spent 25 years with the former Wausau Insurance Companies, a national multi-line insurer, serving in various underwriting, marketing, management, and executive roles. Marty currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Property Casualty Insurers Association, the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i and is the Chairman of the Local Leadership Board for the Arthritis Foundation of Hawai`i.

Marty earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and he is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter. Marty and his wife Jennifer reside in Honolulu and they have three grown sons.

Jason Yoshimi President, Chief Financial Officer

Jason Yoshimi has over 20 years of successful experience in the insurance and accounting profession, and has spent the last 17 years as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. His current responsibilities focus on the direction, oversight and management of HEMIC’s Finance and Accounting, Investments, Compliance and Information Services staff.

A graduate of Chaminade University of Honolulu, he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting in 1992, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  Upon graduating, Jason worked at several Hawai`i CPA firms with concentrated work in financial auditing and compliance, and systems and internal controls consulting. Jason is a board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawai`i.

Tammy Teixeira Senior Vice President, Business Development

Tammy Teixeira joined HEMIC in March of 2013, bringing 27 years of Workers’ Compensation and Commercial P&C insurance experience with her. Tammy is responsible for Agency Relations, Customer Service, Claims, Corporate Marketing and Communications functions, and is responsible for achieving top-line revenue goals for the organization through the development of new markets, customers and products, as well as through the sale of additional products to existing customers. She serves as President of HEMIC’s wholly owned subsidiaries, HEMIC Insurance Managers, Inc. (HIMI) and Employers’ Protective Insurance Company (EPIC). Prior to HEMIC, Tammy was the Business Development Manager for SeaBright Insurance Company, a publicly traded workers’ compensation specialty carrier.

Tammy has served as the Chairperson of the Hawai`i Insurers Council and is a Founding Officer for Kids’ Chance of Hawai`i. She was born and raised in Hawai`i, studied at Hawai`i Pacific University, and has dedicated her career to the Hawai`i insurance market.

Regina Harris Vice President, Underwriting, Premium Audit, Safety & Risk Management

Regina Harris joined the HEMIC organization in January 2014 and leads Underwriting and Premium Audit. Regina has over 26 years of experience  in the workers’ compensation insurance industry, most recently providing process improvement consulting services to industry clients.

From May 1999 to November 2011, Regina served with EMPLOYERS in various executive management positions, most recently as Vice President, Underwriting and Product Management, from November 2008 to November 2011.  Prior to that time, she served as Vice President, Project Management Office and other various underwriting leadership positions.  Regina was Assistant Vice President with AmGRIP, Inc. from March 1992 to May 1999, providing underwriting and process improvement consulting services to clients.

Regina holds a certification as a Project Management Professional.

Milia Leong Vice President, Claim & Medical Management Services

Milia Leong joined HEMIC’s leadership team, bringing over 20 years of workers’ compensation claims and leadership experience to her role as Vice President of Claim and Medical Management Services. Prior to HEMIC, she was the Vice President of Claim and Medical Management Services at John Mullen and Company, an independent multi-line adjusting firm that handles claims for companies both locally and nationwide. Milia has also worked for Inter Island Adjusting Company, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and Kailua Physical Therapy.

Milia is Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Hawai`i Insurers Council. She is also President of Kids’ Chance of Hawai`i, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children affected by a catastrophic workplace injury to achieve their higher educational goals. Born and raised in Hawai`i, Milia has also served as past-President of the Hawai`i Claims Association. She attended Kapiolani Community College studying nursing and is a Kailua High School graduate.

Faye Bueno Vice President, Administration

Faye Bueno has been a member of HEMIC’s staff since its inception in 1996. Hired as Administration Manager, she currently serves as the organization’s Vice President of Administration and serves as the Executive Secretary to HEMIC’s Board of Directors.

Faye’s prior work experience includes Human Resources at both Hawaiian Grocery Stores and Host Marriott. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai`i, and attained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation in 2005.

Faye is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management at both the national and local levels.

Paul Naso General Counsel

Paul Naso oversees all HEMIC legal matters, including but not limited to Litigation Management, Corporate and Regulatory Compliance, In-house Employment-related issues, and a wide variety of transactional issues involving Contract Drafting and Negotiation. Paul also advises HEMIC’s Executive Management Team on all company-related matters.

In addition to his General Counsel role, Paul leads HEMIC’s Government Affairs effort.

Paul brings to HEMIC over 20 years of legal experience in the insurance area in both litigation and transactional capacities. He also acquired extensive business experience prior to his legal career, serving in key management positions with several start-up companies in the textile industry.

Paul is a board member of the Hawai`i Employers Council. He also acts as the Treasurer of the Hawai`i State Bar Association as well as the President of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Hawai`i State Bar Association. Paul earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.