President and Executive Director
Julie’s passion for the hospitality industry started at the age of 7 years old while dancing hula on cruise ships and in Hawaii hotels. After she graduated from Punahou School, Julie struggled to find local resources to support her career search. That experience would lay the foundation for ClimbHI. She holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University – globally recognized for its hospitality programs. Julie also served as the President of the Cornell Hotel Society in Hawaii.
In addition to her work with ClimbHI, Julie serves in hands-on roles on the advisory boards for Kapiolani Community College and Kapolei High School. She also lectures for several post-secondary institutions, where students receive course credit for their execution of ClimbHI events. This includes Hawaii Pacific University, Kauai Community College and Maui College.
Julie was recognized as a 2022 Hawaii Business magazine 20 for the Next 20 honoree, as well as the 2021 Woman of the Year by the Hawaii Chapter of Women in Lodging and Tourism. She was also named to the 2021 Women Who Mean Business cohort by Pacific Business News.
Mr. Anderson has a wide background as an active leader to different associations and bureaus. Some of the associations he has affiliated with were: Maui Visitor’s Bureau: Chair (2005, 2009-2010) and Vice Chair (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008); Ka`anapali Beach Resort Association: Board of Directors 2002-2009, Treasurer 2010-2011; Ka`anapali Operators Association: Board of Directors 2006-present; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Corporate fundraising Chair for the Island of Maui 2003, delivered record breaking results; Kauai Hotel Association: Treasurer 1999, 2000, 2001 (Vice President); and many more.
Mr. Anderson has extensive experience in Food and Beverage. He started as a Chef with Four Season’s hotels after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. He paid for his culinary school using the GI Bill after being in the Navy for 4 years. While in the Navy, he lived in Italy for 2 years. Mr. Anderson loves to travel (he visited 24 countries) and even opened a hotel in Russia. He takes very seriously his responsibility to help others grow their careers and strive to balance candor with compassion and encouragement. Mr. Anderson likes to work hard and have FUN.