|HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII — December 4, 2006 - Gary Mano,
General Manager of Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk™, is pleased to announce
the appointment of key management positions for Waikiki's newest vacation
ownership property. Located in the center of Waikiki Beach Walk™, Outrigger
Enterprises Group's $535 million redevelopment that is transforming nearly
eight acres in the heart of Waikiki into a new and vibrant pedestrian-friendly
gathering place, the Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk held a grand opening on
December 1, 2006.
The management team is comprised of new employees as well as veteran
members of Outrigger Enterprises Group, which is managing the property.
Joining Gary Mano are Neil Murakami, newly named Assistant General Manager;
Ismile “Smiley” Espaniola, Chief Engineer; Marsha Kapu, Hospitality Manager,
Sharon Pudiquet, Executive Housekeeper and Rie Burson, Guest Service Manager.
In his role as Assistant General Manager, Murakami is responsible for
managing the overall resort operations, including Front Office, Bell and
Housekeeping departments. Murakami is no stranger to Outrigger having previously
served as Front Office Manager for the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber hotel
where he worked since 1992. Murakami holds a bachelor's degree in Business
Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Ismile “Smiley” Espaniola
As Chief Engineer, Espaniola’s main responsibility is to ensure the
mechanics of the resort are in proper working order. Espaniola, originally
a Hawaii resident, has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years
and has recently relocated back from the mainland after a four-year absence.
He has held positions as chief engineer at several other resorts in California
and on the island of Hawaii. Most recently, he worked as Maintenance Supervisor/Acting
Director of Engineering for Fairfield Ocean Walk Resorts in Daytona, Florida.
As Hospitality Manager, Kapu is responsible for creating, developing,
leading and instructing the activities programs for the resort. In addition,
she also will plan all special events at the property and host the weekly
owners’ reception to enhance the overall experience of the Wyndham customer
service program and Outrigger’s very own Ke’Ano Wa’a process. Kapu is an
Outrigger veteran having served 11 years in the Human Resources department
and most recently held the position of Ho’okipa Consultant.
Ismile “Smiley” Espaniola
In her role as Executive Housekeeper, Pudiquet is responsible for overseeing
the entire operation of the resort’s Housekeeping department. Pudiquet
has spent the past 19 years in various positions at the former Waikiki
Beachcomber Hotel, now the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber. Her career began
as a PBX operator, with subsequent positions at front office agent, accounting
clerk, assistant director of housekeeping, and finally her most recent
position as assistant housekeeper before joining the Wyndham team.
As Guest Service Manager, Burson is responsible for all aspect of the
front desk, rooms control, and night audit procedures for the property.
Burson has over 13 years of hospitality experience from various distinguished
hotels and resorts all over the world, including Hilton Tokyo Bay, Urayasu-city,
Chiba, Japan; Munich City Hilton International, Munich, Germany; Caneel
Bay Resort, St. John, US Virgin Islands; and Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Honolulu,
Hawaii. Prior to joining the Wyndham team, Burson held the position of
front office manager/assistant manager at the Hilton Grand Vacations Company
in Honolulu, Hawaii. Burson obtained a bachelor’s degree from Aoyama Gakuin
University, Tokyo, Japan.
About Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk™
The Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk is situated in the heart of Waikiki’s
newest retail, entertainment and dining district – Waikiki Beach
Walk™. The property has 195 units, including 95 one-bedroom suites, 83
two-bedroom suites and 17 two-, three- and four-bedroom luxuriously appointed
Presidential suites. All are condominium-style units and are fully equipped
with a kitchen, washer/dryer, living and dining areas, whirlpool baths,
audio/video entertainment systems and more. In addition to being in the
center of the action at Waikiki Beach Walk, the resort offers guests a
spacious pool and sun deck, a fitness room, computer and Internet access
in the Library Lounge, wireless Internet access on the pool deck and a
kids club. The Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk™ is open to all members of its
vacation ownership program.
About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group 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 and Embassy Suites-Waikiki
Beach Walk *. Outrigger currently operates over 50 properties representing
more than 12,000 guest rooms in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti