The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) board of directors announced today that L. Richard “Rick” Fried, Jr. has been appointed as its new chairperson. Craig Nakamura and Lorrie Stone will continue as co-vice chairs.
“This is an exciting time for the HTA as we begin a new chapter for the agency, and I am pleased that Rick will be our chairperson for the board of directors and Craig and Lorrie will continue as our vice chairs,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “As a well-established member of the community, Rick will provide a different perspective for our organization and help us to better gauge the community at-large as we continue to balance the needs of the state and the visitor industry.”
Fried has served on the HTA board of directors since 2012 and this will be his first term as board chair. A founding member of well-established law firm Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Fried has been practicing law for more than forty years. Fried was also the past president of the Hawaii Association for Justice (formerly the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii) and has been named in “Best Lawyers in America” for more than 25 years. He has also served with local organizations, including the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Theatre, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Fried succeeds Aaron Sala who served as the board chair from 2014 and as a board member since 2011.
“On behalf of the HTA board of directors, I would like to also extend a sincere aloha and mahalo to Aaron Sala for his service to the HTA, our visitor industry, community and the state,” 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