Island Air has appointed Denise Blas-Phillips as director of human resources.
She will serve as a business partner to senior leadership overseeing the people functions of the company, focusing on workforce culture, recruiting, staffing and personnel development and training, as the company continues to expand its services with its new fleet of DHC 8 Q400 aircraft.
“Denise’s passion for helping people excel is evident; she is a proven leader and will be an invaluable asset to our company,” said David Uchiyama, president and CEO of Island Air.
“She will be critical in improving the quality of service we deliver to our customers, which starts with recruiting and training exceptional staff and providing the ongoing support they need to achieve their career goals.”
As director of human resources, Blas-Phillips will oversee the strategic human resource planning and impact workforce culture through various means including linking performance goals to the company’s mission and objectives. She will develop a robust recruitment strategy to staff Island Air with the most qualified and talented individuals. Additionally, Blas-Phillips will partner with senior leaders on personnel matters and supervise, coach, and provide technical advice and knowledge to those within the Human Resources department.
Blas-Phillips brings over 20 years of experience in human resources to Island Air, having held positions in both the public and private sectors throughout the state of Hawai‘i, including the local airline and travel and tourism industries.
Early in her career, Blas-Phillips gained valuable experience in the aviation industry serving as a human resources assistant at Hawaiian Airlines. She was involved in the recruitment of pilots, flight attendants, customer service and ramp agents, mechanics and engineers.
Most recently she worked as the senior human resources consultant at Kamehameha Schools, where she acted as a mentor and “thought leader” in developing accountable leaders within the organization. She worked for Kamehameha Schools previously as an employee relations administrator and human resources advisor. Blas-Phillips also led the human resources department for the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was responsible for the strategic and operational human resources needs of the command.
She was also an employee relations advisor for Hawai‘i Pacific Health, responsible for all aspects of employee relations and served as a member of the Pali Momi leadership team. Blas-Phillips was manager and administrator of staffing, employment, training and development for International Management Services supporting Trans Hawaiian Bus Company, Regal Travel, Rendezvous Tours and Sure Shot Hawaii. Blas-Phillips also served as the regional trainer, Hawai‘i and Asia with Budget Rent A Car.
Blas-Phillips attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she earned a Bachelor’s in Speech communication. She then went on to take graduate courses in human resources at Hawai‘i Pacific University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources and a trained mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific.