Island Air announced Richard Oshiro has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing and Dean Kida has been hired as a sales representative.
The new appointments are part of Island Air’s ongoing efforts to grow the airline’s commercial and group business, as well as expand into new and emerging markets on the mainland and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
“Richard and Dean are outstanding additions to Island Air’s sales and marketing team as we continue to focus on increasing our presence in key markets and providing the best interisland travel experience for our customers,” said David Uchiyama, Island Air’s president and chief executive officer.
Oshiro has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, with a focus on developing, managing and expanding business accounts in new and existing markets. Most recently, Oshiro served as director of sales and marketing for Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger where he oversaw the coordination of sales and marketing functions for 15 vacation condo rental programs on the four major Hawaiian Islands. He also served as area director of leisure sales for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, executive assistant manager and director of sales and marketing for Miramar at Waikiki, regional director of sales for West Coast Hotels and director of sales for Waikiki Parkside Hotel.
Kida brings 16 years of customer service and sales experience to Island Air. He previously served as material expediter for Electricians, Inc., a developer of pre-fabricated electrical materials. His responsibilities entailed assisting in the training of apprentice electricians and providing customer service through the delivery of the company’s products to job sites around the state. Kida also served as senior membership representative for the Honolulu Club, where he was recognized as the top sales representative for membership sales. He also was SpaHalekulani coordinator at the Halekulani Hotel and was recognized as employee of the year for his contributions to selling spa treatments and services.