The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, recently announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors, Gerald De Mello and Rodney "George" Kam, who began serving their term immediately following their confirmation by the Hawaii State Senate on May 5.
"Gerald and George have deep ties to the community and extensive experience that will help to guide the HTA during this transitional time," said Ronald Williams, HTA chief executive officer, in a written release. "We look forward to having them share their knowledge as we work to maintain the success of Hawaii's lead economic driver."
De Mello has more than 20 years of experience working at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he is currently the community liaison. De Mello is also a member of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii.
Kam has worked for Quiksilver for more than 20 years and is currently a vice president and senior director for the U.S. market. Kam also serves on the board of directors for the Waikiki Business Improvement District and was honored in 2014 as the retail employee of the year by the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.
Governor David Ige appointed De Mello as the Hawaii Island representative on the HTA board of directors and Kam as an at-large representative. Their terms will expire on June 30, 2018.