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Takahashi retires as president of Prince Resorts Hawaii


He took over as president in 2004 after former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi left the role. During his 14-year tenure as president, Takahashi oversaw hotel and golf course operations, real estate and other subsidiary companies, and $250 million in hotel ...


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Kisan Jo, vice president of finance and administration for Prince Resorts, will be promoted to presidentFor a smoother transition, Takahashi will serve in a senior advisory role through March 2019 Takahashi has spent 46 years in the hospitality industry, previously serving as vice president of sales and marketing for Prince ResortsHe took over as president in 2004 after former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi left the role During his 14-year tenure as president, Takahashi oversaw hotel and golf course operations, real estate and other subsidiary companies, and $250 million in hotel renovations "There are two things that showcase success and a great leader," Ariyoshi said in a statement"One is the numbers  they tell the storyIn this instance, numbers include higher hotel earnings and occupancyThe other is how you begin that effort  the importance of the people who work for youDonn understands and excels in both of theseHe makes everyone feel important, because they areHe knows and teaches that one must always cherish relationships, because the feel-good emotion is what will keep people coming backThe Prince Hawaii Resorts team has been very fortunate to have Donn as their leader."Takahashi began his career as a bellman at The Westin StFrancis in San Francisco after graduating from University of California, Los AngelesHe worked his way up to senior assistant manager, and eventually transferred to be executive assistant manager at The Westin Ilikai Hotel in HonoluluPrior to joining Prince Resorts, Takahashi was general manager at the Stouffer Wailea Beach Resort on Maui for six years.  "It has been an enormous privilege to lead Prince Resorts Hawaii during an important period of transformation," said Takahashi  Jo began his career at Deloitte, an international public accounting firm in Seoul, before moving to Deloitte's Honolulu officeDuring his eight years at Prince Resorts Hawaii, he was responsible for the development of financial management strategies and supervised the finance and operations units."This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I look forward leading a team that is so focused on continually reimagining and improving the visitor experience," Jo said in the statement"Prince Resorts Hawaii is positioned for incredible opportunities aheadMy goal is to continue cementing each hotel as a leader in the industry." 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