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Kavanagh named Kealakekua Ranch COO


The Board of Directors of Kealakekua Ranch, as well as Meg and Nick Greenwell, have announce that after a lengthy search, Rhonda Kavanagh has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Kavanagh began in her new position Jan. 16.

Rhonda Kavanagh

Rhonda Kavanagh

Diane Quitiquit who has been serving temporarily in that position, will continue on a part- time basis through the end of January to help with the transition.

“The Board of Directors and the Greenwell family extend their sincere appreciation to Diane for postponing her retirement to guide the Company through a successful restructuring” Board Chair Lou Lambert said.

Kavanagh’s career began in finance and evolved to executive level leadership roles with broad spans of responsibility within high growth, entrepreneurial organizations and complex Fortune 500 enterprises. She has experience in industries ranging from manufacturing to investment and wealth management and brings strong leadership, strategic development, and financial expertise to the role.

Prior to joining KRL, Rhonda led strategic growth, sales, and service operations at an independent advisory firm serving a nation wide client base with assets under advisement of nearly $3 billion.

She also spent 12 years at Fortune 500 Fiserv, Inc. where she held various executive roles and led successful growth initiatives generating more than $150 million in annual revenues.

Most recently Rhonda served as Executive Vice President for an independent advisory firm with locations on the mainland and Kahului, Maui where she led strategic growth initiatives for Hawaii. She is a member of the Kona Historical Society, Rotary Club of Honolulu and the Pacific Club.

“I feel honored to join Kealakekua Ranch, Ltd. It is truly a dream come true for me to work with such a great kamaaina company with deep roots and a strong commitment to our community. Kealakekua Ranch Center has long been a gathering place for residents and visitors alike” Kavanagh said. “I look forward to partnering with the team and community to realize the full potential of the Ranch and further develop the shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities at the Center.”

Lambert said, “We are very pleased to welcome Rhonda Kavanagh to the KRL team and will rely on her vision and leadership to guide the organization into the future.”

Kealakekua Ranch, Ltd. is a kamaaina-owned company that began in 1880 when Henry Nicholas Greenwell first purchased the Kealakekua ranch lands. Today, under the careful guidance of fourth generation Meg and Nick Greenwell and their Kealakekua Ranch, Ltd. Board of Directors, the Ranch includes the 52,616 sq ft Kealakekua Ranch Center, ChoiceMART Supermarket and 218 acres of leased agricultural and residential lands.

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