Dublin Villager

Hidaka is chamber's Business Person of the Year

Yoshihiro Hidaka has been named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Dublin Area Chamber of Commerce. He is president and CEO of Hidaka USA Inc.

The honor recognizes a person who has positively contributed to Dublin's business community.

"The recipient demonstrates superior leadership and service to Dublin and helps to make this community a better place to live and work," a news release from the chamber said.

"Yoshihiro Hidaka's leadership can be seen in his involvement in Dublin's business community and in his commitment to bridge the cultural boundaries between the Japanese and American communities," Virgil Temple, president of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, said in the release.

In 1989, Hidaka moved to central Ohio and Hidaka USA was incorporated in Dublin. The sheet metal fabrication company employs 50 people who work in design, engineering and production for the automotive, railcar and motorcycle industries.

Hidaka USA holds an annual Cherry Tree Luncheon to mark the coming of spring. "The Cherry Tree Luncheon is an opportunity for us to thank the community and to bring Japanese and American business associates together to share part of our culture," Hidaka said in the release.

Hidaka, who grew up in Tokyo, acts as an ambassador of Dublin, facilitating discussions between the Consul General of Japan and area businesses.

He is a member of the board of directors of the development board for OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital and is on the board of directors of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio.

Hidaka lives in Upper Arlington with his wife, Keiko. He has two sons, Hirobumi, who lives in New York, and Akihiro, who is operations director at Hidaka USA.