Appointed Vice President
At OLS Hotels in Encino - CA, USA
OLS Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company of 22 hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Robinson to vice president. In his new role, Robinson will oversee OLS Hotels & Resorts' Hawaii operations while working with Chief Executive Officer Ben Rafter and team to expand the company's footprint in the Hawaiian market. The partnership between Robinson and Rafter marks an exciting new era for Hawaii's hospitality industry, as both leaders will use their extensive experience in Hawaii to develop and manage boutique properties across Hawaii's tourism islands while bringing a fresh, local perspective to the market.
Prior to joining OLS Hotels & Resorts, Robinson worked for Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company. Most recently, he served as managing director, overseeing hotels in Highgate's Waikiki portfolio. During his tenure in Hawaii, Highgate grew to nearly 3,000 rooms in the Waikiki market. Prior to this role, Robinson served as general manager of the 839-room Pacific Beach Hotel, which he led through a $115 million redevelopment, repositioning and rebranding the property to 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Previously he held several executive leadership roles with both Highgate and Kimpton Hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area in properties ranging from 200 to over 1,000 rooms. Before entering the hotel business, Robinson was a successful restaurateur owning and operating restaurants and bars in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Currently, Robinson sits on the executive board of directors as vice chairman for the Waikiki Improvement Association and holds board positions with the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association and is a founding board member of the Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association.