Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaii Tourism Authority: 3 new executives wanted

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is actively seeking applicants to be considered for the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Vice President of Marketing and Product Development.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is the State of Hawaii agency responsible for managing tourism, and today it initiated the process to identify and appoint executives to fill 3 key leadership positions.

On June 29, the Hawaii Tourism Authority board voted unanimously to fire its current President and CEO George Szigeti without cause. Its Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, Leslie Dance, previously resigned from her position on May 15 citing that she wanted to return to the mainland and be closer to her family. The Chief Operating Officer, Randy Baldemor, resigned from his position on March 2 saying that he wanted “to allow myself the opportunity to continue growing as a person.”

A complete job description for each position, including responsibilities and qualifications, is available for review online at HTA’s website.

Applications are being accepted and reviewed by Inkinen & Associates, a Honolulu-based executive search and consulting firm, that was retained by HTA through a request for quotation bid process to support the filling of each position. Three sub-committees, led by selected members of HTA’s Board of Directors, have been appointed to review the applicants who are deemed as viable, qualified candidates to be considered as finalists for each position.

Interested applicants for each position should submit their resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Inkinen & Associates via email at Executives@inkinen.com by August 24, 2018.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawaii’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawaii, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawaii’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.

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