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Meet the Turtle Bay Team

Jerry Gibson

VICE PRESIDENT

Jerry Gibson brings 38 years of exemplary hospitality leadership experience to his position at Turtle Bay Resort, 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.

Mr. Gibson’s hospitality experience spans the Continental United States, offshore, and also includes positions in Europe.  He 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.  He is the recipient of the Pineapple Award that honors the Best of the Best in Hawaii’s Tourism and Hospitality.

 

 

BRIAN HUNNINGS

RESORT MANAGER

Brian is a hospitality professional with over 25 years of experience.  He credits his success to building strong teams through hands-on leadership and high expectations.  He was most recently executive assistant manager at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in charge of all operations including the rooms division, food and beverage, engineering, spa and security.  For 4 years, Brian was area director of food and beverage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts overseeing F&B operations in Starwood’s Hawaii and French Polynesia resorts.  Earlier in his career he held management positions at the Grand Wailea, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

Brian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland.  He holds a certificate level certification from the British Guild of Master Sommeliers. In 2011, he received national recognition for  “Manager of the Year” by the American Hotel & Lodging Associationand in 2011, the Na Poe Pa’ahana Award for “Outstanding Hospitality Manager of the Year” by the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association.   Brian enjoys traveling and creating new beverage recipes.  He is dedicated to enhancingsustainability and supporting local farmers, fishermen and artisans.

Brian describes himself as a huge geek who loves sci-fi movies and comic books.  

KENI SUMPTER

DIRECTOR OF SALES

For twelve years Keni Sumpter served as Director of Sales for Doubletree by Hilton Alana in Waikiki. Most recently he performed as Regional Group Sales Manager representing The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Makena Beach & Golf Resort on Maui. Prior to both of these positions he progressed over seventeen years in various capacities at the then Hilton Turtle Bay Golf & Tennis Resort eventually attaining Assistant Director of Sales.

TIARE TIPOTI

DIRECTOR OF CATERING & CONFERENCE SERVICES

Tiare was raised on the North Shore of O‘ahu and is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School, home of the Red Raiders.  Shortly after graduation, she left Hawai‘i for 5 years living and working in New Zealand and Seattle before returning in 2005.  Upon her return, she joined the TBR Ohana thus starting her career in hospitality. 

Her journey began in Food and Beverage when she started out as a Private Dining Captain and F&B Cashier before transitioning into Conference Services and Administration where she was a Conference Concierge, the Administrative Assistant to the F&B Director/Resort Manager Tom Cross, Catering Manager, Conference Services Manager and Banquet Manager.  After a year in Banquets, she returned to Conference Services yet continued to support and be greatly involved in Banquet Services. 

MIKILANI IKALANI

CATERING SALES MANAGER

Mikilani was raised on the North Shore of O'ahu and grew up playing on the shores of Turtle Bay. Now Mikilani has returned to her childhood playground helping couples make their wedding dreams a reality. Mikilani received her Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University Of Hawaii, Manoa and has amassed over twenty years of experience in the food service industry serving in all capacities from service line staff through Store Manager at the famous local eatery, Zippy’s Restaurants. Mikilani originally joined the team at Turtle Bay as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and while observing all of the weddings on property she quickly developed an interest in becoming a Catering Event Manager. When a position opened up she submitted her application and prayed for the best…the rest as they say is history. Mikilani services numerous weddings annually from elopements to large three to four hundred guest events. Mikilani shares, “It is truly rewarding to be able to meet my clients and their guests as strangers and embrace them as my ‘Ohana. It brings me great joy to be able to share with them the spirit of not just Aloha, but the true spirit of Hawai’i.”

SHERI CHANG

CATERING SALES MANAGER

For more than 15 years Sheri has been in the wedding business. Sheri has shared and demonstrated her extraordinary talent at Turtle Bay since 2006. Sheri loves meeting new people and making people happy, finding her position at Turtle Bay to be the perfect fit for her. She has successfully made clients' dreams reality, including a bride's wish to be married by a Rastafarian Pastor. Sheri contributed to the success of countless events at the resort with her diverse experience, skills and talent. Her first marketing skills and relationship with Turtle Bay began when she obtained a contract with the Hotel to sell her creations in the hotel lobby as well as teach Hawaiiana crafting to hotel guests.

MELINA PATRICK

CATERING & CONFERENCE SERVICE MANAGER

Melina has over seven years of event management expertise from various sectors within the events industry. In 2006, during her college years in California, Melina began her love for events by starting her own event planning company called Sweet M Events as a side business while working at a restaurant, going to school at CSU Long Beach, and finishing her internship experience at travel agency. Just before graduating with a Bachelor’s in Recreation & Leisure Studies in 2008, Melina took a full time position at CTC Destination & Meeting Management in Long Beach, where her sales and event planning skills could really shine as a Meeting & Event Manager. Here Melina oversaw the sales and execution for all types events, from small corporate retreats to city-wide annual conferences. Three years later, Melina moved to Honolulu where she became the Events Coordinator for the Hawaiian Humane Society. It was here that she could merge her love for animals and events while helping a great local non-profit. Melina planned an average of 75 special events per year at the Humane Society, ranging from pet-adoption events with 20 guests to high-profile fundraisers with 4,000 attendees. But after two successful years of helping the animals, she decided to make her way back to the hospitality industry.Melina has now joined the Turtle Bay team as a Conference Services Manager, where she services numerous events annually from intimate ceremonies on the beach to large corporate conferences. With over seven years, and a wide variety of event management experience under her belt, Melina is excited and eager to help you plan your dream wedding or the perfect company retreat here on Oahu’s North Shore.

Darcie Patlidzanov

GROUP SALES MANAGER

Darcie is a local girl born and raised in Mililani on Oahu. She has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting her career in Front Office as a Guest Service Agent and progressed over the years in various roles eventually attaining Assistant Front Office Manager for the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Darcie then transitioned to Sales and was promoted to Group Sales Manager representing four Starwood Waikiki Resorts including Luxury Collection, Westin and Sheraton Brands. She is excited to now be part of the Turtle Bay Ohana and enjoys the beach and traveling to indulge in cultures around the world. 

Joe Rose

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Rose has honed his skills at many luxury hotels and restaurants throughout his culinary career, spanning 5 Star, 5 Diamond, and 1 Michelin Star establishments. A Chicago native, Chef came to Hawaii to lend his talents to Hyatt Regency Waikiki before joining Turtle Bay Resort as the Executive Chef.