The Acker Family
The Acker Family as of 2019
Bill, came to Yap from Texas in 1976. In 1986, he founded Yap Divers and the beginning of the modern tourism industry of Yap. A PADI, SSI, NAUI and TDI SCUBA instructor, Bill has over 17,500 dives in Yap, Palau, Truk Lagoon, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Patricia, birthday 3/17/1963, has been involved with the resort from the beginning. She was head of housekeeping for a number of months, did the books for over a year, started and ran Yap’s Planet Blue Kayak Tours for a number of years and started and ran the Taro Leaf Spa for a number of years. She also was Purchasing Manager, which included receiving and inventory control. Patricia learned to dive in 1984 and has more that 2,500 dives in Yap, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Numie, birthday 7/9/1981, has worked at the hotel since she was 12 years old. She worked in housekeeping every summer until she turned 16. She then worked in the gift shop until she graduated high school. She then went to Cairns, Australia where she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the Australian International Hotel School which was affiliated with Cornell University in New York. Upon graduation, Numie returned to serve as Bill Acker’s Personal Assistant and head of Human Resources for 4 years. She then moved to the Food and Beverage department as Manager for several years. Then she moved to the Front Desk and worked her way up to her current position of Hotel Manager. She learned to dive in 1992 and has more than 1,000 dives in Yap and the Philippines. Numie is married to Francis Gilmoon and has 2 children – Jeremy and Bubu.
Nathan, 9/4/1985, has worked at the resort since he was 12 years old. He started out helping build the facility and its many additions. After high school, he attended the University of Auckland to study engineering. He also attended the University of Hawaii-Hilo as well as the University of Hawaii-Manoa. After college, he returned home to be our executive chef for 3 years. From there, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent 8 years as an active duty Marine, reaching the rank of Sergeant. Nathan helped bring Popou, our 38 foot dive boat from drydock in Palau. He was also with Bill Acker when we brought Mnuw from Indonesia to Yap in September 2001. Nathan learned to dive in 1992 at the age of 7 years old. He has over 1,000 dives in Yap, Palau and the Philippines. Nathan is married to Lola McWilliams and they have just purchased their first house in Southern California.
Valerie, birthday 11/22/87 began working at the resort at the age of 12 years old. She began in housekeeping and then moved to the accounting office until she was accepted to Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. After 2 years at TCU, she was accepted to the prestigious business school at TCU. Val dropped out of school to marry Eric Sullivan and they have 2 children – Thaddeus and Moses.
Oliver “OP” Acker, birthday 7/6/89 has worked at the hotel since he was 12 years old. He mostly worked on the construction of the hotel and its many additions. OP graduated from the College of Micronesia and went on the study computer programming at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. OP came home 3 years ago to work in the dive shop as an instructor. Today he is not only an instructor but also the Dive Operations Manager. OP is married to Patie Latman and they have 2 children – Orion and Taliyah Taylor.