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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Welcomes Back Ben Shank as New GM

July 13, 2021, 7:31 AM HST
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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Courtesy photo.

Maui’s Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ushers in a new chapter with the return of Ben Shank as the resort’s new General Manager in July 2021.

Most recently serving as the General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia for the past five years where he led the property opening, Shank marks his return to Maui with over two decades of experience with the leading luxury hospitality brand.

General Manager Ben Shank. PC: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Shank launched his career with a part-time summer position as a busser at the original Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia in 1999 where he fell in love with hospitality and ultimately made the decision to switch his major, earning a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Penn State University in 2001.

Having worked his way across the country and up the ranks with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts since 1999, Shank ventured to Maui in 2010, where he served as the Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Maui for two years. During his time at the property, Shank also dreamed up the idea of the FS Taste Truck, which went on to celebrate regional cuisines, visiting sixteen Four Seasons hotels across the continental United States.

Other notable career highlights include the opening Resort Manager at the company’s address at Walt Disney World in Orlando, the city’s first luxury property, and the Resort Manager of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. In his most recent stint as General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, Shank oversaw a landmark of innovation and a bold new stroke of luxury hospitality within the highest situated hotel in North America, earning the city’s first-ever coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for the hotel and its spa.

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“This is a truly special homecoming to return not only to Maui but also to Four Seasons Resort Maui in this esteemed new role and capacity. I look forward to diving back in and embracing the culture and unique experiences that the island and resort have to offer. I am proud to be back, working side by side with a dedicated team of the best and brightest hospitality professionals, and look forward to supporting and honoring the vision that they have created,” said Shank.

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Shank returns to Maui with his wife, Jen, and children by his side. He said, “We’ve been blessed to have lived in so many wonderful destinations throughout my career, but I can’t think of a better place for our kids to grow up.”

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