Haas quits as chief of tourism marketing
Frank Haas, vice president of marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said yesterday he is resigning from the state's tourism marketing arm.
Haas is taking a job as an instructor at the University of Hawaii's School of Travel Industry Management and will help the school develop new projects, he said.
Haas oversees marketing contracts for leisure, sports and the Hawaii Convention Center at the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
He has not decided on an end date with the tourism agency, which is hiring headhunter Inkinen & Associates to immediately launch a search for a replacement.
Rex Johnson, HTA executive director, said he hopes to have a replacement by mid-March.
Haas been teaching part-time at Hawaii Pacific University since 1996. He joined HTA in 2002. Before that, he worked at the now-defunct Ohana Learning, a high-tech company that developed Web-based learning materials.
He also was CEO of advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather from 1993 to 1999.