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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Stephen Keller
as Corporate Controller

– Aqua Hotels & Resorts ( hired Stephen Keller as Corporate Controller.

For the past six years, Keller was Chief Financial Officer and Administrative Director for the Marimed Foundation.  Prior to that position, Keller worked for eight years as Controller for Dream Cruises, Inc. where he was responsible for Accounting, Finance, M.I.S. and Human Resources.

“We are excited to welcome Stephen back into the hospitality industry as a key addition to our accounting team,” said Ben Rafter, Aqua’s President and CEO.  “His experience in Finance is vital as we continue to grow the company.”

As Corporate Controller, Keller directs all accounting functions for the company to include internal controls and audit relationships.

Keller received his M.B.A. in Finance at the University of Denver, as well as his B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Hotel / Restaurant Management.

About Aqua Hotels & Resorts

Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001.  The company provides independent hoteliers and individual owners with full-service administration including revenue management, Internet distribution, sales, reservations, as well as individualized and brand advertising and marketing for maximum profitability.

Currently representing 19 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai, Aqua offers luxury lifestyle full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels and comfortable budget properties.

Headquartered in Waikiki, Aqua is Hawaii’s first employee-owned hotel company since executing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2008.  For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit or call 1-808-943-9291.

Sandi Yara
Phone: 808-221-2759


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