Vice President, Feasibility
Helene Okabe oversees Concord’s feasibility team, driving future growth by leading the due diligence and investment underwriting team on prospective hotel acquisitions, developments and new management contracts. Helene has a strong passion for the travel and hospitality industries, having worked in hotels since she was 15 years old. She joined the Concord team in 2008, holding various executive positions within the company including Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Corporate Director of Sales and Area Director of Sales & Marketing. Prior to Concord, Helene held leadership positions in Sales & Marketing and Accounting & Finance with Marriott International at properties including the New York Marriott Marquis, New York Marriott East Side, New York Marriott Downtown, and the Newark Airport hotels. Helene has experience with independent hotels and a range of brands including Marriott, Hilton, Choice, IHG, and Hyatt. She is a founding co-chair of the Concord affinity group C-Women, focused on bringing together female associates and women in leadership to share their experiences and celebrate the richness of diversity on the Concord team. Helene has served as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University Feliciano School of Business and been a guest lecturer at Cornell University. Helene currently serves on the Americas Board for Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and is on the Advisory Board of Castell@College. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and her MBA at Rutgers University.