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Hilton Waikoloa Village Adds New Marketing Executives

Frank Menchen Appointed Director of Sales and Marketing

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – June 22, 2009 - HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE -- a premier meeting and conventions resort located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island proudly announces the addition of three new members to its senior leadership team, effective June 15. Frank Manchen joins the team as director of sales and marketing; Jacques Monteil will serve as director of catering and events, and Russ Kembel transitions to director of national accounts in Seattle, Wash. 

Frank Manchen will oversee and lead the development and execution of strategic sales and marketing plans and initiatives as the new director of sales and marketing.  Manchen comes from La Quinta Resort and PGA West, part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection, located in the Palm Springs area of California where he served as director of sales.  Manchen has been with Hilton for 12 years and has a comprehensive expertise and depth in the sales and marketing disciplines. Originally from South Africa and having completed international studies in Africa, Germany and Switzerland, Manchen’s well-rounded experience in international markets, food and beverage and team building will help him effectively work with a broad range of sales clients at the resort.

Jacques Monteil has been named director of catering and events at Hilton Waikoloa Village, where he will lead the event management and catering teams in creating world-class events and social functions. Monteil also hails from La Quinta Resort and PGA West, part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection, where he most recently held the position of assistant director of events. His diverse background includes key senior leadership positions in catering, conference services and event management at Embassy Suites and Gaylord Hotels in Dallas, Texas.

Russ Kembel has transitioned to a new position on the sales team as the director of national accounts, and will be based in Seattle, Wash. In his new role, Kembel will be Hilton Waikoloa Village’s primary sales executive covering key accounts in both the national insurance and incentive meetings & travel markets.

Frank Manchen
Director of Sales & Marketing

Jaques Monteil
Director of Catering & Events

Russ Kembel
 Director of National Accounts

“It will be exciting to have each one of these seasoned professionals working with our team,” says Debi Bishop, general manager. “Their hands-on approach, passion for guest satisfaction and extensive hospitality backgrounds will contribute to our mantra of ‘One Team One Dream’ here at Hilton Waikoloa Village.”

Winner of more than 100 leisure, meeting and culinary awards, Hilton Waikoloa Village boasts the largest and most flexible meeting space in the outer islands with more than 235,000 square feet of meeting, convention and outdoor function space. As a pioneer among world-class resorts, Hilton Waikoloa Village has successfully mixed business and pleasure and beckons with warm Hawaiian hospitality and the Aloha Spirit.

For more information about Waikoloa Beach Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village, visit or or call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). 


Andrea Moreno


Also See: Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island Appoints Five New Executive Members / February 2009



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