Kirk Pederson, President of Kokua Hospitality, joined The Chartres Lodging Group in 2011 with 15+ years of experience in the lodging industry and was responsible for all new acquisitions, operations and asset management. In 2016, Kirk assumed his current role of President at Kokua Hospitality, overseeing all corporate initiatives with a specific focus on growth and owner relations. His diverse background in both the public and private sectors has resulted in the direct oversight of over $5 billion of independent and branded hotels & resorts throughout the United States and Mexico. Prior to joining Kokua Hospitality and The Chartres Lodging Group, Kirk spearheaded acquisitions and asset management for West Coast and Hawaii lodging investments on behalf of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, Prime Property Fund and Morgan Stanley separate accounts. He also spent 10 years in various development and asset management roles with American General Hospitality, MeriStar Hospitality Corp. and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Kirk is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association. He received a BS from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at The University of Nevada Las Vegas.