PRESIDENT AND CEOOverseeing all aspects of Kohanaiki, including development, operations, sales and administration, Joe’s passion is to create a special place and experiences for future generations to enjoy. With nearly 20 years at notable Hawai‘i luxury golf resorts, including Mauna Kea Resort and Waikoloa Land Company, Joe most recently managed the development, startup, and operations of CordeValle, a private club and boutique hotel in California’s Silicon Valley. Joe’s focus now is Kohanaiki—its core values of taking care of the place and its people, including the world-class team assembled to create and deliver the Kohanaiki experience.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Chris brings a solid public accounting background, and more than 10 years in luxury real estate development and the private club industry, to his position at Kohanaiki. A former Chief Financial Officer at both Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club and The Cliffs, Chris is a board member for Hospitality Finance Technology Professionals and serves on the advisory boards for two international, industry leading technology and solutions oriented companies. Outside of work, he and his family enjoy activities on the water, in the outdoors and sports.
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCEDerrick joined Kohanaiki in 2012, bringing 28 years of financial experience, most recently as Controller at Waikoloa Land Company. He provides leadership and guidance in the essential day-to-day functions of the accounting department, including key tasks of budgeting, forecasting, and business plan updates. In addition, as Vice President of Finance, his responsibilities include all financial reporting as well as strategic guidance in achieving Kohanaiki’s financial goals.
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERDavid brings 17 years of luxury resort and private club experience to Kohanaiki. A member of the PGA for 13 years, David most recently served as general manager of Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club in Sonoma County; he was involved early on at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista, CA; and managed golf operations at CordeValle, a private club and Five-Star boutique hotel in San Martin, CA. David’s focus is to assist with overseeing all areas of operation at Kohanaiki, and delivering the highest level of personal service imaginable on a consistent basis.
VICE PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION
Since joining Kohanaiki in 2008, Allison’s day-to-day priority is to assist President and CEO, Joe Root, in ensuring the administrative responsibilities of Kohanaiki are handled with professionalism. She also oversees the organization’s human resources, managing employee relations as well as the process of hiring and training new team members. Prior to joining Kohanaiki, Allison served for nine years as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTIONWith more than 35 years of industry experience, Scott is a key member of Kohanaiki’s leadership team. His depth of experience has been critical to the design, development, and construction of the community’s facilities and home products. Prior to joining Kohanaiki, he was President of Knudson Development, and has held key management positions in development at the luxury resorts along the Kona and Kohala Coasts.
GENERAL MANAGERGeneral Manager George Punoose’s 18 years of luxury hospitality experience has taken him across the country and around the globe. George has opened and worked at numerous high-end private communities, including Mirabel in Scottsdale, Spanish Oaks in Austin, The Hideaway & The Madison Club in La Quinta, and most recently, Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Bahamas. A personal passion for the many facets of luxury communities, including great food and wine, golf, and tennis, makes George an ideal General Manager and enables him to oversee all areas of operation for Kohanaiki with an insider’s perspective.
SPA MANAGERAs Spa Manager, Karen Cosgrove’s goal for Kohanaiki is to create an unparalleled spa experience that allows members to connect with and benefit from a healing environment, ingredients, and practices that are an integral part of their surroundings. Prior to joining Kohanaiki, Karen’s career included overseeing the opening and renovation of 10 ultra-luxury spas throughout the Middle East, Caribbean and United States, including such notable properties as Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel in the British Virgin Islands, Miraval Resort in Tucson, and Four Seasons Resort Hualālai in Hawai‘i.