Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to participate in an array of different associations — both as a member and on the board. While the majority of the associations directly related to tourism, I do find incredible value in the time I have spent volunteering, fostering relationships and ultimately making positive change for the community. No matter the organization — whether directly related to the hospitality field or towards a social platform of interest — it’s important to get involved, volunteer your expertise and time and, most of all, get “on board.”
I’m currently involved with multiple boards and associations, both on Lana’i and in the state of Hawaii. Whenever possible, I do my best to designate time and help where I can to take an active role in the industry and within the community. Not only is it gratifying to know that you can contribute, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to network, foster relationships and stay on the pulse of your industry.
A particular board that I have played an active role in over the past year is the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). PATA has served and continues to serve as a valuable investment for its members, fostering relationships, keeping pace with tourism growth and, most importantly, keeping businesses top of mind among industry professionals in the Asia Pacific region. As with anything, you get out of it what you put in.
A great example of such involvement was a recent PATA program on Oahu. Last month, Lana’i had the unique opportunity to headline a destination-themed event that focused on the past, present and future of the island. There have been many reports and rumors as to what is taking place on Lana’i, so it was important to be able to tell our story and share our updates — straight from the source — with industry professionals that rely on this information.
PATA’s Hawaii chapter’s efforts brought together business and community leaders to hear the exciting initiatives taking place on the island. Topics included resort updates, air access, new activity offerings, increased employment and enhancements at Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i. The event also included a themed “Taste of Lana’i” lunch prepared by Four Seasons’ Executive Chef Kevin Erving.
Throughout your professional career, it’s important to identify areas where you can contribute to your industry and community through various organizations. When you are passionate about something, get “on board” and share your expertise outside of your workplace.