Kelly Sanders
EVP of Operations

Kelly joined Highgate in 2018 as the Vice President of Operations and brought with him over 30 years of hospitality experience, including 21 years with Marriott/Starwood. At Highgate, Kelly oversees the management of the expanding Highgate portfolio in Hawaii – currently comprised of eleven properties throughout the Hawaii region. In 2014, former Governor David Ige appointed Sanders as a board member of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) board where he served as a board member for two years. An accomplished industry expert, Sanders is active in numerous philanthropic endeavors including a board member of the Diamond Head Theatre, Creative Entertainment Director for the Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association of Hawaii and works with Adult Friends for Youth, Make-A-Wish Hawaii and March of Dimes, among others. He is a supporter of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), a non-profit organization committed to returning indigenous koa, milo and sandalwood trees back to the Hawaiian Islands.

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