Great minds join Honolulu Cookie Company

Sept. 20, 2018

Great minds join Honolulu Cookie Company
Financial Analyst, eCommerce Manager boost business

Ecommerce and Financial Analyst


(Honolulu, Hawai‘i) — Honolulu Cookie Company announces the appointment of Lisa Bankston as eCommerce Manager as well as the promotion of Toma Provenza to Senior Financial Planning Analyst.


E-commerce industry veteran Lisa Bankston is responsible for Honolulu Cookie Company’s robust online revenue-generating website and customer service division, designing front-end functionality and best-in-class standards for superior customer experience and operational efficiencies for the company.


Lisa graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N. Carolina and began a career as a tax accountant for Johnson & Johnson. “After four years I decided I really wanted to go into marketing rather than financial services,” she said, and completed her MBA at George Washington University in Wash., D.C.


Her marketing career has led her on a path through international brick-and-mortar and online companies in the U.S., UK, and Asia including IBM, Men’s Wearhouse, J.C. Penney, Amazon, Harry & David and the Missouri Star Quilt Co., whose online growth  and reputation earned the company the very first Forbes Main Street Award for Best Usage of eCommerce by a Brick and Mortar.


Lisa previously worked in Hawai‘i at Aqua Aston Hospitality and returned to the islands by “unanimous” family decision. “All three of us missed Hawai‘i,” she said. Lisa lives in Makiki with her husband and school-aged daughter and enjoys gourmet cooking, reading, meditation and travel.


Toma is responsible for price analysis for company undertakings. Her work assists the Senior Director of Finance and Accounting and the executive team in decision-making. Additionally, Toma generates daily sales reports for Honolulu Cookie Company retail stores as well as wholesale and corporate accounts, among other responsibilities.


Born and raised in Kyrgyzstan, Toma came to the United States and attended the University of Portland, in Oregon. There, she met people from Hawai‘i, visited and fell in love with the islands “and after I graduated, I moved here,” she said. She earned a master’s degree at Hawaii Pacific University and previously worked at Hawaiian Telcom, Amazon, The Vitamin Shoppe.


Fluent in Russian and Kyrgyz, Toma lives in Pauoa with her husband and infant son and enjoys going to the beach, reading, working out and training for this year’s Honolulu Marathon.


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