Hawaii Tourism Authority leader resigns

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) said Thursday that Chief Operating Officer Randy Baldemor notified the state agency that he will be resigning his position on March 2.

“I’m so appreciative for the opportunity to have worked at the Hawaii Tourism Authority and to help our state in the area of tourism,” Baldemor said in a press release. “This was my decision and I’m doing this to allow myself the opportunity to continue growing as a person and to explore other ways of contributing to this community that I love.”

Baldemor’s work on behalf of HTA and Hawaii’s tourism industry was praised by George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO.

“Randy was the first person I hired at HTA and his vision and passion for improving tourism was instrumental in revitalizing the culture at HTA, and establishing policies and procedures that bolstered our operations in support of Hawaii’s most important industry,” Szigeti said.

Baldemor started at HTA on June 9, 2015. A lawyer by trade, who began his career as an attorney in private practice, Baldemor previously held leadership positions for the State of Hawaii in the Department of Human Resources Development, Office of the Governor, Office of Information Management and Technology, and Department of Taxation.