Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa today announces the appointment of Jerry Gibson as general manager of their imagined oceanfront resort, which last year completed a multi-million-dollar transformation. Gibson joins the team at an exciting time as the resort prepares to debut its newly rebranded Crown Suite collection and accompanying experiences that will invite guests to rediscover the landmark Oahu property in 2023.
“As a veteran of Hawaii’s unique hospitality industry with over four decades of experience, Jerry is an invaluable addition to our team who understands Hawaiian culture and its role and influence on the guest experience,” said Jon Kimball, market vice president, Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii & French Polynesia.“Our team–as well as our guests–are already reaping the benefits of Jerry’sleadership. We are honored to welcome him to our ohana.”
Joining the Waikiki Beach Marriott team is a homecoming for Gibson, who began his hospitality careerwithMarriottHotelsover 40 years ago. Gibson quickly ascended through the company ranks and eventually became one of the youngest general managers in Marriott history before accepting a position with Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Gibsons served as general manager for several Hyatt hotels and resorts in major destinations around the United States, including Las Vegas, New York, Columbus, Chicago, and Kauai. After spending 28 years with the company during which he became area vice president for Hyatt hotels in Chicago, Gibson returned to Hawaii to accept the role of area vice president for Hilton Hotels in Honolulu. While working for Hilton, Gibson was responsible for all 23 Hilton and 12 timeshare properties in Hawaii, Arizona, Las Vegas, and North West Passageincluding two of the largest properties in the Hilton portfolio: Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hilton Waikoloa. Gibson later transitioned to spearhead the redevelopment of Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shores of Oahu, where he served as vice president with BRE Hotels & Resorts.
Since moving to Honolulu in 2008, Gibson has been a prominentleaderinHawaii’s tourism sector, serving Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, Hawai‘i Hotel Owners Roundtable, Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau, Honolulu Festival Foundation, and UH Hotel School Advisory Board. Most recently Gibson founded and is now CEO of the Hawaii Hotel Alliance featuring the largest hotel association in Hawaii with over 30,000 rooms. Gibson is devoted to serving his local community and has helped fund raise millions of dollars for Oahu’s homeless population and survivors of natural disasters. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He is also currently serving as the vice chairperson of the Honolulu Police Commission.
Located steps from the famed Waikiki Beach, the reimagined beachfront Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers unparalleled service, thoughtful amenities, and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Spanning5.2 acres of picturesque beauty and splendor, the newly renovated resort features 1,310 refreshed guest rooms and suites, a newly modernized open-air Nanea Lobby, Royal Kaila Spa, and a one-acre Queensbreak pool and amenity deck offering two luxurious pools, kids play area with water features, entertainment area, poolside bar and a spectacular new open-air restaurant concept featuring expansive views of Waikiki Beach. Nightly rates start at $415 for guestrooms and $700 for suites.