Highgate, a leading real estate and hospitality management company, announced today that Mike Kass has been appointed as Area Managing Director for the Hawai’i region. In his new role, Kass will serve as General Manager at the award-winning ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach and support Royal Lahaina Resort & Bungalows, located on Maui’s world-renowned Ka’anapali Beach.
“Mike’s passion for curating incredible guest experiences and providing warm, high-quality service makes him an ideal fit for Highgate,” said Kelly Sanders, Executive Vice President of Operations for Highgate. “We’re confident that his expertise in hotel operations and his impressive track record of success take these beloved properties to new heights.”
An experienced hospitality industry executive with over 25 years of experience, Kass joins Highgate from Marriott International. He most recently served as General Manager for The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, where he led the resort to achieve record-setting revenue figures in 2022. Prior, Kass served as General Manager of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the largest Marriott hotel on the west coast, where he oversaw a $140 million hotel refurbishment. Kass has also held hotel management positions with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
An avid student of the Japanese language, Kass holds a proficiency certification from the Japan Foundation. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management and is proud to call Hawai’i home.