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Seven Executives Appointed to Management Team at Outrigger's
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 December 2006. 

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.

Lori Ortiz
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 managed property.

Daniel Nakasone
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.

Mark Burson
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. 

Reuben Nakagawa
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.

Colleen Tanioka
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. 

Carol Kahili
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.

Sandra Sakka
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.

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.


Nancy Daniels, APR
Public Relations Manager
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts / OHANA Hotels & Resorts
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu HI 96815-2992
PH 808-921-6839
FX 808-921-6901

Also See: Outrigger Renovating the OHANA Waikiki Village and OHANA Waikiki Tower into the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk; Robert H. Yeoman Appointed General Manager / March 2005
Outrigger's Waikiki Beach Walk Tops Out; Biggest Development in Waikiki's History to Feature Hotels, Restaurants, Premier Shops in Hawaiian-Style Setting / February 2006


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