Who's Who of Top Executives

Robert L. Yates

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar
Location: Hilo, Hawaii, United States

Robert L. Yates, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership as an entrepreneur.

Since 2012, Mr. Yates has found success as the chief executive officer of Hawaiian Ukulele and Guitar, a musical instrument store for musicians of all skill levels and ages. At his business, he sells high-quality ukuleles and guitars, as well as instrument cases, tuners, capos, humidifiers, and picks. Alongside this venture, he has been the president of Big Island Maille since 2011 and Asian Antiquities since 1985. Mr. Yates is an expert in designing ukuleles, and in his current position, he manages the logistics of the business and runs the flagship store in Hilo, Hawaii.

Mr. Yates attributes his success to being a family-centered business. He treats his customers as family and takes a personal approach to each transaction, leading to repeat customers. As a musician for many years, he has worked on instruments since college and started building ukuleles full-time upon opening his store in 2011. In the coming years, Mr. Yates hopes to do more live performances and expand his company into a wholesale business. Dedicated to serving his community, he donates to schools and offers instruments to students at a discount. He is a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking.

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