Hawaii Highgate names new Hawaii operations VP By Tovin Lapan / March 09, 2018 Share 1 -- Highgate, a New York-based real estate investment and hospitality management company, has named Kelly Sanders as its new vice president of operations for Hawaii.Sanders will supervise the management of Highgate's roster of properties in the Aloha State, including the recently rebranded Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Courtyard Waikiki Beach and Ambassador Hotel Waikiki. Real estate investment and hospitality management company Highgate has named Kelly Sanders as its new vice president of operations for Hawaii. "I am thrilled to join Highgate and be a part of its robust expansion plans in Hawaii," Sanders said in a statement. "I am confident we will continue to create unparalleled experiences that support the culture and vitality of Hawaii and also sustain the communities and ohana who call Hawaii home."Sanders joins Highgate after more than two decades with Starwood/Marriott. Most recently, he served as area general manager overseeing five properties in Hawaii: the Sheraton Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui. Sanders was also recently appointed to the board of the Hawaii Tourism Authority by Gov. David Ige.