Turtle Bay Resort makes additions to its executive team

Turtle Bay Resort is undergoing an extensive renovation and is expected to reopen this summer.
Turtle Bay Resort is undergoing an extensive renovation and is expected to reopen this summer. Photo Credit: Shane Nelson

Turtle Bay Resort has named two new executives who will help lead the property on Oahu's North Shore as it completes a major renovation and emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tom Donovan
Tom Donovan

Tom Donovan is the new vice president and managing director, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including serving most recently as managing director at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, Calif. He also previously held the roles of managing director at the Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort and vice president and general manager at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kapalua.

"I am so pleased to welcome Tom to our company and to Turtle Bay Resort," Greg Champion, president and COO for Benchmark, the resort's parent company, said in a statement. "Tom brings vast operational and marketing experience to his new position and a keen understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by luxury resorts in the Hawaiian Islands."

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Robert Marusi
Robert Marusi

Robert Marusi was appointed chief commercial officer in early February, joining Donovan in moving over from the Resort at Pelican Hill, where he served as director of sales and marketing. Prior to Pelican Hill, Marusi was a global account executive for Marriott International and also served in several positions of sales leadership for Marriott.

"[Marusi] brings extensive sales leadership experience and business acumen to his new role with us, having served in director-level positions for major properties and leading luxury brands coast to coast and offshore," Ted Davis, chief marketing officer of Benchmark Hospitality, said in a statement announcing the hire.

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Turtle Bay Resort is currently in the midst of a sweeping renovation, including new programming, new food and beverage options, and an updated design. It is scheduled to reopen in summer 2021.

Turtle Bay Resort encompasses nearly 1,300 acres with five miles of coastline and seven beaches. The resort offers 410 guest rooms and suites plus 42 oceanfront bungalows, in addition to a variety of restaurants and bars, an 11,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and four swimming pools, on-property helicopter pad, horse stables, tennis and pickleball courts, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and 12 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.


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