Born in Trinidad and a citizen of The United States, Kashmie Ali has honed his skill set over the past 28 years in pre-openings, brand management, sales and marketing, hotel operations, repositioning, and asset management at hotels and resorts located throughout the Caribbean and the US.
Ali began his career as a Front Office Manager and worked his way up to General Manager with American General Hospitality in Dallas, Texas and was eventually responsible for various hotel brands throughout Florida, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia. From there Ali became Vice President of Operations for Virginia-based Shamin Hotels which owns and manages various branded hotels.
In 2001 Ali’s career-path took him to the Caribbean where he joined Sandals Resorts International as Director of Operations for their properties in St. Lucia, Antigua, and Barbados. After his award-winning tenure at Sandals, Ali was appointed the Director of Operations for two of St. Lucia’s high-end boutique resorts: Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet and also held the position of Vice President for the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.
By 2009 Ali had been appointed the new Managing Director at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas where he oversaw the transition of the Wyndham-managed property to an independently run and operated hotel. As performance levels increased exponentially under his guidance, Ali earned himself the moniker ‘Manager of Change,’ and was also elected Director of the US Virgin Islands Hotel Association.
After a five year stint in the US Virgin Islands, Ali took the helm at The Landings, St. Lucia, where in just one year he led a turnaround of fortunes at the premier Caribbean resort. The challenges were met and The Landings, St. Lucia, now positioned for continued financial success.
With the success of The Landings, Ali was brought on as a consultant for Shamin Hotels’ Hilton brands where he repositioned several properties. After the successful competition of that project he is currently leading a rebranding initiative at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina in the Bahamas and from there has gone on to the position of Managing Director at one of the top luxury resorts in the Turks & Caicos Islands: Sailrock Resort.
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