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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Makes Several Sales & Marketing Appointments
to Support the Company's Growth

AIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii - May 7, 2012 – Aqua Hotels & Resorts ( is pleased to announce recent sales and marketing appointments.

“As our company continues to grow, we’re adding smart, enthusiastic individuals to the team while promoting deserving team members into new positions,” said Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua’s Sr. VP Sales & Marketing.  “It’s an exciting time for Aqua and for all of us who have been fortunate enough to experience Aqua’s incredible growth over the last several years.”

L-R John Dailey, Christopher Ching, Napua Leong, Laci Terry, Angela Byun

John Dailey, Director of Sales – Domestic & International
Most recently, John was Director of Sales & Marketing for Hilo Hattie’s, responsible for overseeing all market segments.  He has over fifteen years of sales experience which includes management positions at Outrigger Hotels, Kona Surf and Pacific Beach Hotel.

Born and raised in Okinawa, John was educated at the University of Maryland Asia Pacific and is bi-lingual in English and Japanese.  He is located at the Home Office and can be reached at

Christopher Ching, Marketing Coordinator – Offline Marketing
Chris assists and coordinates traditional offline marketing initiatives including public relations, print advertising, promotions, sponsorships and partnerships.

An Iolani School graduate, Chris received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Marketing (advertising & promotions strategy, product & brand management).  He can be reached

Napua Leong, Online Marketing Manager
Napua was promoted from Online Marketing Coordinator to Online Marketing Manager.  In this new position, Napua manages online marketing initiatives and content for the Aqua and stand alone property websites.

Prior to joining Aqua, Napua was a multimedia consultant developing strategic and creative communications in various media for clients. She also worked at Starwood as regional communications coordinator.

Napua received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.  She can be reached at

Lacianne Terry, Contract Sales Manager
In this position, Laci is responsible for overseeing all wholesale and group contracting within Aqua as well as providing additional sales support for Aqua’s Home Office.

Laci comes to Aqua from the Pacific Beach Hotel where she was Sales Manager for the Domestic and International markets.  She also worked in the Contracting department for Hilton Hotels Corporation and in the Honolulu office for Fun Sun Vacations (Canadian wholesaler).

Laci graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.B.A in Business Management with a minor in Speech Communications.  She can be reached at

Angela Byun, Director of Reservations
Angela has been promoted to Director of Reservations for Aqua’s central reservations department.  She has done an incredible job working with her team to not only provide prompt and courteous service to prospective guests, but increase revenue to Aqua overall.  Angela continues to oversee the entire department as well as provide reservations training to front desk and reservation staff at all Aqua properties.

Most recently, Angela was Reservations Manager.  Prior to joining Aqua, Angela was Front Office Manager and Director of Housekeeping at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.  She has also held management positions at the Four Seasons Hotel New York and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Angela received her B.S. in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii.  She can be reached at

About Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a Hawaii-based management company founded 2001. The company provides independent hoteliers and individual owners with full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations as well as revenue management to maximize profitability.

Currently representing 22 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii, the Big Island, Aqua offers luxury lifestyle full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

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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