OLS Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company of 22 hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., is proud to announce the appointments of three key management positions within the company’s Honolulu headquarters: Nicole Darity as director of sales, Hawaii, Alyson Wee as revenue manager and Steve Keller as controller. With their extensive knowledge and experience in the Hawaii market, the new team members will play an integral role in OLS Hotels & Resorts’ expansion in Hawaii. The management company currently operates three hotels in Hawaii, Hotel Renew in Waikiki, Oahu, Plantation Hale Suites in Kapaa, Kauai, and Banyan Harbor Resort in Lihue, Kauai, with plans to develop and manage additional boutique properties throughout the islands. With its new Hawaii team in place, OLS Hotels & Resorts will focus on filling the consumer demand for unique, independent properties while bringing a fresh, local perspective to its hotel operations.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nicole, Alyson and Steve as part of OLS’ all-star team in Hawaii,” said Ben Rafter, chief executive officer of OLS Hotels & Resorts. “This team has experience managing thousands of rooms throughout Hawaii, so we are confident they will be valuable assets in achieving new goals and continuing our growth as a market leader.”
Darity joins OLS Hotels & Resorts as director of sales, Hawaii, with a focus on military, government, international and domestic wholesale. Prior to OLS, Darity was the director of sales for more than five years at Aqua-Aston Hospitality where she focused on the military and government markets. Previously, Darity was the director of a private school, St. Philomena Early Learning Center, where she successfully brought it from nearly closing to one of the most sought-after schools on Oahu. Darity also has experience as the director and programs manager at USO Hawaii. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information technology from Colorado Technical University.
As the new revenue manager, Wee is responsible for developing, enhancing and leading revenue management strategies and best practices for OLS’ Hawaii properties. She also focuses on rate building, connectivity and distribution. Prior to joining OLS, she served as a revenue manager for Aqua-Aston Hospitality where she focused on several Hawaii properties, ranging from budget to upscale boutique, and successfully increased and impacted important revenue metrics and key performance indicators. Prior to the hospitality industry, she worked at a family law firm and a real estate law firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In his new role as controller, Keller is responsible for all financial operations to increase revenue of the company’s Hawaii properties. He brings more than 21 years of experience in finance and operations to OLS and is delighted to be rejoining the hospitality industry after three years as controller for Marathon Group, the largest agriculture and industrial chemical supplier in the state of Hawaii. Previously, Keller was corporate controller for Aqua Hotels and Resorts where he oversaw 28 hotel and resort properties throughout six Hawaiian Islands and Guam. He holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and Bachelor of Science in business administration, hotel and restaurant management from University of Denver.