The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, is pleased to announce that Randy Baldemor will join the HTA as its chief operating officer (COO) and Marc Togashi has been promoted to vice president of finance. Baldemor will join the HTA on June 9, 2015 and Togashi’s promotion is effective immediately.
“I am pleased to welcome Randy to the HTA. His experience in state government and within the private sector will be a great addition to the agency. In addition, I am also pleased to announce the promotion of Marc, who has demonstrated his leadership and knowledge over the last four years,” said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Baldemor has served in numerous leadership positions with the State of Hawaii, including deputy director at the Department of Human Resources Development, director of strategic initiatives at the Governor’s office, deputy director with the Department of Taxation, and deputy chief information officer for the Office of Information Management & Technology. He also spent time in the private sector as the president of DiscoveryBox, Inc., assistant vice president of claims at Island Insurance Companies and was a partner at the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. Baldemor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in political science and his juris doctorate with a graduate certificate in global trade, transportation and logistics from the University of Washington.
Togashi joined the HTA in 2011 as its fiscal manager. Previously, he spent seven years with public accounting firm KPMG LLC. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, Togashi received his bachelor of business administration in accounting and finance and a master’s degree in accounting.
In addition, the HTA also announced that David Uchiyama will be leaving his position as vice president of brand management.
“In addition to welcoming Randy to the HTA and congratulating Marc, I would like to extend a sincere mahalo to David who will be leaving the HTA after more than eight years of dedicated service. David’s experience and knowledge of Hawaii’s visitor industry was invaluable to the HTA and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” added Szigeti.
Established in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, is responsible for strategically managing tourism to optimize benefits for Hawaii that integrate the interest of visitors, the community and visitor industry. Tourism is the state’s leading economic driver and largest employer and the HTA continually works to ensure its sustainability well into the future. For more information on the HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org