Seven Executives Appointed to Management Team at
421-suite Embassy Suites Hotel - Waikiki Beach Walk
HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII - September 26, 2006 - Robert Yeoman, General
Manager of Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk(tm), is pleased to announce
the appointment of several key positions for the soon to open Embassy Suite
Hotel- Waikiki Beach Walk(tm). The all-suite hotel, which is owned and
operated by Outrigger Enterprises Group, is part of the company's $460
million Waikiki Beach Walk(tm) redevelopment and is scheduled to open in
Joining the management team are Lori Ortiz, newly named Assistant General
Manager-Back of House; Daniel Nakasone, Assistant General Manager-Front
of House; Mark Burson, Assistant General Manager-Food & Beverage; Reuben
Nakagawa, Chief Engineer; Colleen Tanioka, Human Resources Manager; Carol
Kahili, Executive Housekeeper; and Sandra Sakka, Controller.
In her role as Assistant General Manager-Back of House, Ortiz will
oversee the hotel's Housekeeping department while assisting with overall
hotel operations. Ortiz has over 15 years of experience with Outrigger
and has worked her way up from the bell department to her most recent position
as Assistant General Manager of The Best Western Plaza Hotel, an Outrigger
As Assistant General Manager-Front of House, Nakasone will be responsible
for the direct management of the Front Office, Bell and PBX departments
while assisting with overall hotel operations. Nakasone has over twenty
years of hotel operations and front office management experience. He joins
the Embassy management team from the Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki. Prior
to the Doubletree, Nakasone spent seven years managing an all suite hotel
in Los Angeles, California after completing Embassy Suites' Suite Management
Development Program. Nakasone earned a bachelors degree in Political Science
from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In his role as Assistant General Manager-Food & Beverage, Burson
will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all food and beverage
operations at the hotel, in addition to assisting with other hotel operations
as needed. Burson is no stranger to Outrigger having held the position
of Director of Food & Beverage at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort for
the past several years. Prior to joining Outrigger, Burson worked for various
distinguished hotels worldwide including Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville
Kauai, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Westin Resort St. John, US Virgin Islands,
Petaling Jaya Hilton International, Malaysia, Guam Hilton International,
and Dusseldorf Hilton International, Germany.
As Chief Engineer, Nakagawa will be responsible for the day-to-day
maintenance and engineering operations of the new Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki
Beach Walk. Nakagawa has an extensive background with Outrigger and OHANA
Hotels that spans 20 years. Seventeen years were spent in a variety of
engineering positions with the company's Lewers Street properties, including
the former OHANA Waikiki Tower and OHANA Waikiki Village hotels, which
have been redeveloped as the twin towers of the new Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki
Beach Walk. His most recent position was Renovations Manager for the Waikiki
Beach Walk project.
As Human Resources Manager, Tanioka will be responsible for all aspects
of the hotel's Human Resources activities, including staffing, employee
relations, employee training, and acting as liaison between the Embassy
Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk and the Human Resources Service Center
within the Outrigger Enterprises Group. Tanioka has been with Outrigger
for the past 20 years and began her career in the accounting department
at the OHANA Maile Sky Court.
In her role as Executive Housekeeper, Kahili will be responsible for
the cleanliness and upkeep of the 421-suite hotel. Kahili has been with
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts since 1986 and has worked most of her career
in the housekeeping department. Kahili moves to the Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki
Beach Walk from her most recnet position as Housekeeping Manager for the
OHANA East Hotel.
As Controller, Sakka will be responsible for overseeing the overall
financial aspect of the property. Sakka has previously held the position
of Assistant Controller in her 17 years of service for Outrigger. Most
recently, Sakka was the Controller for Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.
Prior to Outrigger, Sakka worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand,
now known as Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Sakka holds a Bachelor's degree in
Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting from the University
of Hawaii, Manoa.
About Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk(tm)
The Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk(tm) is the only all-new,
all-suite, nationally branded resort in the state of Hawaii. The resort
offers two towers of guest suites connected by a fourth floor Grand Lanai.
The Grand Lanai offers 1,965 square feet of meeting space, a sundeck, swimming
pool and a pool bar with nightly entertainment.
About Waikiki Beach Walk Project
Outrigger Enterprises' Waikiki Beach Walk(tm) is the largest private
development project ever to be undertaken in Waikiki. When complete, five
existing hotels and two smaller apartment hotel buildings will make way
for a new, low-rise 94,000 square foot retail entertainment complex featuring
a pedestrian-friendly gathering place with new accommodation choices, dining
options and a diverse selection of retail outlets. www.waikikibeachwalk.com
About Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.
Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest and fastest-growing
hospitality services companies in the Pacific. Outrigger is a family-owned
company with nearly 60 years of hospitality experience and runs a highly-successful,
multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation ownership resorts,
including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger
Condominium Collection, Outrigger Resort Club by Fairfield and Embassy
Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk.* Outrigger currently operates over 50
properties representing more than 12,000 guest rooms in Hawaii, Australia,
New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and Guam. www.outrigger.com