Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts Announces Restructuring(1)

New “Dream Team” Filled With Familiar Names

By: Dawna Robertson

Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts (HHR) has announced the restructuring of its executive team, which is responsible for managing the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui and the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island. Ed Hogan, founder of Pleasant Holidays, and chairman and CEO of Pleasant Travel Service, owns the two resorts.

The newly restructured executive management team is led by the next generation of Hogans. Gary Hogan is the executive vice president of operations working in Hawaii. Prior to rejoining the family business and focusing on its remaining resorts, the younger Hogan served as president of Pleasant Holidays Hawaii division for 14 years. Glenn Hogan has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing at corporate headquarters in Newbury Park, Calif.

Currently working closely with Gary Hogan on plans for the revitalization of the Royal Lahaina Resort is Matt Delaney. Delaney was most recently CEO and president of Marc Hotels and Resorts, a hotel and condominium resort management company located in Hawaii. He was responsible for acquisitions and development in Hawaii for Marc Resorts and internationally for its parent company, Sunterra Corporation.

“Working with Matt Delaney on our new project is an incredible opportunity,” said Ed Hogan. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, financial background and enthusiasm to the table, and he will be key to developing and repositioning our two resorts.”

The senior Hogan has also announced the selection of Bob Froio as vice president of sales and marketing for HHR. During his two-year stint at HHR, Froio was most recently vice president of hotel operations, product development and incentive departments.

“Bob’s in depth experience in many arenas make him ideally suited to help increase HHR’s business, “ remarked Gary Hogan. “His knowledge of the travel and hotel industries specific to Hawaii make him a tremendous asset and we are thrilled to have him on board”, he continued.

Froio will also be responsible for overseeing the Central Reservation Call Center located at the corporate headquarters.

Also onboard is Thomas Bell as the new managing director of the Royal Lahaina Resort. Formerly hotel manager for Starwood Hotels & Resort’s Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Bell was also the general manager at the W Honolulu Hotel.

“With more than ten years of restaurant and hotel experience primarily in Hawaii, Tom is well qualified to make a contribution to the operations of our major redevelopment plan,” said Gary Hogan. “He has a passion for the business and guest service, which are key attributes to HHR’s repositioning of the Royal Lahaina Resort into the luxury market.”

Other new HHR appointments include Braulio F. Andaluz as Royal Lahaina Resort’s food and beverage director, and Lalo Fernandez as general manger for the Royal Kona Resort.

“We are thrilled to announce the members of our new dream team,” stated Ed Hogan. “We have some very exciting plans in the works for our resorts happening in the immediate future, and this is the next generation of leaders that will make it all happen.”