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2013 Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award Finalists

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Accommodations / Hospitality

Elizabeth Churchill

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing

Aqua Hospitality

Since joining Aqua Hospitality in 2005, Beth has been instrumental in growing the company’s collection of hotels from five when she started, to the current 24 properties across all six major visitor islands. In addition to devising all brand standards and guest services initiatives, Beth’s responsibilities include oversight of all top line revenue generating divisions: Sales, Online and Offline Marketing, Revenue Management and Reservations. Beth’s extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s hospitality and tourism industry as well as progressive marketing and revenue management techniques has led to incredible growth over the last eight years. Her commitment to the overall success of Aqua shows in the expansion of Aqua Hospitality into three distinct brands targeting a range of consumer demographics: Monogram Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels & Resorts and Lite Hotels. Beth is one of the original members of Aqua’s Executive Committee and a 21 year resident of Hawaii.



Real Estate

Margaret Murchie

Realtor, CRS, Vice President

International President’s Premier,
Previews Elite Property Specialist

Coldwell Banker Previews International

The Power of Market Knowledge! A Realtor’s Realtor, Margaret represents several active Agents & Attorneys, who trust her to list & sell their personal properties, getting the best price possible.  Ranked top 10 on Oahu, 1% Internationally & currently 2012 Kahala Office Top Producer & Listor with 25+ years of Award Winning Accolades. Results oriented, she enthusiastically delivers, beyond expectations, unrivaled networking skills, creative marketing expertise, a strong background in contracts together with intuitive problem solving & “people skills”. A true professional, she enjoys her business & endeavors to make every sale a “win/win,” no matter the size. Margaret is grateful for each and every experience!




CEO / Senior Level Sales

Cheryl Williams

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing,
Hawaii & French Polynesia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Cheryl Williams, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, for Hawaii & French Polynesia, has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts for 23 years. She started as the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and then went on to hold a variety of leadership roles within the company. She held corporate, regional and property level positions within her tenure. Cheryl has been recognized by many industry organizations for her work in Leisure Sales and Sales & Marketing. Namely, she was awarded as one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality” by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.




Clifford Yuen

Engine Business Manager

Hawthorne Pacific Corporation
(Hawthorne cat)

Clifford has been a member of the Hawaii construction industry, for over 17 years.  Heading up Hawthorne Pacific Corporation’s Power Systems division, Clifford exemplifies integrity, client understanding, client needs analysis, and overall corporation health. Clifford travels all over the Pacific region taking care of customers both here in Hawaii and internationally. Clifford’s co-workers say he is a model employee, with a “can do” attitude and a drive for success. Clifford received his Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his Master’s degree from UC, Berkeley.  He is Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the state of California.



Accomodations / Hospitality

Tom Wakita

Corporate Director of Sales

Outrigger Enterprises Group

Tom oversees a multitude of sales efforts, for Outrigger® Enterprises Group, including OHANA® Hotels and Resorts, oversight of the company’s U.S. and Canadian field sales staff, as well as leading groups and sports sales in Hawaii. Tom also is the primary contact for tour operators and travel agents in the company’s Korea and China offices and is the corporate sales contact for Outrigger properties in Australia, Thailand, Fiji, Guam and Mauritius. In 2007, he developed the “Travel Like a Local” advertising campaign concept, which won a prestigious TravelAge West Wave Award for the “Most Effective Hotel Advertising Campaign”. Prior to joining Outrigger 24 years ago, Tom worked for five years in the sales & marketing department for Hawaiian Airlines.



Real Estate

Julianna Garris

R, CRS, CCHMS, SRES, Broker-in-Charge

Choi International

Julianna’s ranking among Honolulu’s top 2 percent of realtors, and this prestigious nomination, are the result of a simple quality: she thrives on selling real estate and remaining current with industry markets. The beneficiaries of this passion and drive are her clients with whom she develops close relationships and a comprehensive understanding of their real estate goals.  Julianna combines this with the extensive marketing efforts and international affiliations at Choi International Realty, ensuring consistently successful property transactions.


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