Supported by a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Keio University, which he earned in 1957 in his native Tokyo, Kiyoshi Hamada desired to fulfill his passion for electronics and technological applications. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, he joined the Toshiba Corporation, where he first served the Lamp and Tube Division and, later, in the area of overseas operations.
Upon encouragement from Toshiba, Mr. Hamada immigrated to the United States in 1962 to fulfill new, fulfilling roles with the corporation, serving as a brand representative to international audiences in New York City. While there, he was a liaison from 1962 to 1965, manager from 1968 to 1970 and director of electronic data processing from 1970 to 1985. From 1985 until his retirement in 1998, he was the vice president of information systems. During his tenure with Toshiba, Mr. Hamada introduced computer systems to the company for the very first time, which was translated into his excellent work ethic and roles with Toshiba America, Inc., and then Toshiba American Consumer Products, Inc. Through his work, he dealt primarily with online operation with dial-up, packet networks, frame-relay, internet/client server with application programs and system implementation.
Alongside his primary work appointments, Mr. Hamada was elected a fellow of the Society for Information Management and, further, served as a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the Japan-U.S. Communications Association and the American Management Association. Likewise, he is a graduate of the Institute for Information Studies at the Aspen Institute.
Civically engaged as well, Mr. Hamada served as a trustee through the parliamentarian, chairmanship of administration and finance committees for the Sussex County Historical Society in New Jersey. During this time, he developed the Sussex County Historic Sites map, which was the very first comprehensive map of all historic sites and descriptions of 24 municipalities in Sussex County, New Jersey. He also authored the book “KH in Seven Decades.” Notably, his book and maps are registered through the Library of Congress. He is currently a member of the Vernon Township Rotary Club.