Ed Case to Join Outrigger Enterprises Group as Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President

Ed Case – a veteran Hawaii attorney and former US Congressman– is joining Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer starting July 22, 2013.

Ed Case

Ed Case

In his new role, Case will manage the multifaceted legal affairs for Outrigger Enterprises Group, including assisting with the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets, supporting the company’s hotel and condominium management business, and overseeing the full range of internal and external legal matters. Case replaces Donna Leong, who was tapped by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in May of this year to serve as Honolulu’s corporate counsel.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ed’s tremendous caliber and reputation join our Outrigger team,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “His extensive experience in real estate and property law, coupled with his insights gained as a former US congressman and Hawaii state representative and his deep understanding of our community, make for an outstanding addition to our executive team. Ed’s experience working with foreign companies is also a plus, given our continued expansion beyond Hawaii’s shores,” added Carey.

“I am truly honored to join such a legendary and dynamic company like Outrigger that is mounting a visionary expansion throughout the Pacific and Asia under David Carey’s leadership,” said Ed Case. “Like so many local residents, I practically grew up with Outrigger, so it is especially gratifying for me to now be part of a company that is synonymous with Hawaii and a team that’s helping to take this iconic company into an exciting new era,” he added.

Case was most recently an attorney with Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma, focusing on real property transactions and development since 2007. He previously practiced law at Carlsmith Ball for 20 years, where he rose from associate, to partner, to managing partner.

In addition to his law background, Case served as a Hawaii state representative for the Manoa/Makiki/Punahou district from 1994 to 2002, and also served as a United States congressman for Hawaii’s second district from 2002 to 2007. Case also served on the Manoa Neighborhood Board for four years beginning in 1985.

Case has served as an adjunct professor at the Hawaii Pacific University, is on the Hawaii District Export Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is on the board of directors for Smart Business Hawaii. Case also co-authored the Hawaii Supreme Court Hawaii Appellate Handbook. Case earned a law degree from the University of California/Hastings College of Law, and a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Williams College in Massachusetts.

 

Outrigger Opens Luxury Property on Phi Phi Island, Thailand

The Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa officially opens this weekend in southern Thailand. As of November 3, the stunning 156-key 70-acre property, formerly known as the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa, will be run by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, the 65-year old Hawaii-based company that continues to expand throughout Asia-Pacific from its regional headquarters in Phuket, Thailand.

Outrigger took over the sales and marketing of the property in October of last year. Since then, extensive improvements have been made, including the addition of 44 new Deluxe Garden Bungalows. Food and beverage venues have been enhanced, and the gym has been improved.

“We have started to implement Outrigger international standards across facilities, food and beverage and human resource services,” said Darren Edmonstone, Managing Director Asia-Pacific for Outrigger. “It’s a completely new era for one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Thailand,” he said.

The new 571 sqf (53 sqm) Deluxe Garden Bungalows are the highlight of the changes. They are located in clusters giving the atmosphere of a traditional Thai village. Inside, the interiors are contemporary with Thai touches. Each one features a walk-in wardrobe, a flat screen television, and iPod/iPhone docking station.

“The new Deluxe Garden Bungalows now give our guests superlative comfort and amenities on a par with the idyllic standards set by Mother Nature all around,” said the property’s General Manager, Marc Landgraf, who was appointed in July.

A new executive chef with extensive luxury hotel experience has also been hired to implement a completely refreshed food and beverage offering. He will bring acclaimed culinary expertise in Thai, French, Italian and Japanese cuisine to the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa. His new creations will be available in the resort very soon.

The property already wins consistent accolades on TripAdvisor. The unique location in a quiet peninsula of northeast Phi Phi allows guests to step from the resort right on to a nearly half-mile (800-metre) white sand beach with translucent sea water. Outrigger guests can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, private boat excursions, fishing and a full spa facility.

“Guests seeking a wonderfully unique beach setting in Thailand with high quality international standards of service and comfort, should take a new look at what we offer on Phi Phi Island with Outrigger,” said Landgraf.

A 360-degree virtual tour of the new Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa is available here.