KAHUKU, Hawaii

Turtle Bay Resort appointed Jerry Gibson as vice president and managing director. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property is located on the North Shore of Oahu.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jerry to Benchmark and to Turtle Bay Resort,” said Greg Champion, Benchmark president. “I can’t think of anyone more qualified to lead this magnificent property to even greater levels of success, and to continue the resort’s active involvement with Oahu’s North Shore community.”

Gibson brings 38 years of exemplary hospitality leadership experience to his new position, including 25 invested in the Hawaii market.

He most recently was the highly successful area vice president for Hilton Hawaii, overseeing the operations of Hilton-managed properties throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including two of Hilton’s largest campuses, Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hilton Waikoloa Village. On the mainland, Gibson was also responsible for properties in the Northwest, Arizona and Las Vegas.

Gibson has served in leadership roles in operations and food & beverage with leading brands such as Hyatt and Marriott, in addition to his tenure with Hilton.

Upon returning to Hawaii in 2008, Gibson immersed himself within the community, serving on boards for the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association where he was elected president, the Hawaii Hotel Owners Roundtable, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, Honolulu Festival Foundation, Japanese-American Society of Hawaii, Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association, among others.  

Gibson is the recipient of the Pineapple Award that honors the Best of the Best in Hawaii’s Tourism and Hospitality, and will be honored this April by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Travel Industry Management’s Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism event.

The 850-acre Turtle Bay Resort offers 410 all ocean-view guest rooms and suites plus 42 newly-designed oceanfront beach cottages, as well as a recently upgraded lobby and cultural gallery, seven restaurants and bars, spa and expanded fitness center and two swimming pools. The resort boasts 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting space as well as outdoor venues, including oceanfront event space.