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Aqua-Aston Executive Team

Meet the passionate, professionals behind Aqua-Aston’s success. Each member of our dynamic team brings unique talents, leadership, experience, and unyielding commitment to their fields in the hospitality industry.


Kelvin Bloom, CEO

Bloom has over 30 years experience in the hotel and condominium resort industry. At Aqua-Aston, he oversees all new business developments and the company’s expanding management portfolio. He has garnered numerous accolades including being recognized as Industry “Brand Leader” by American Hotel & Lodging Association and Lodging Magazine, receiving the “State Leadership Award” from American Hotel & Lodging Association, and being named “Hotel Executive of the Year” by Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. Bloom sits on the Board of Directors for Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, and Waikiki Improvement Association. Prior to joining Aqua-Aston, Bloom was the founding president of Castle Resorts & Hotels and COO of The Castle Group.

Matt Bailey, President and COO

Bailey oversees Aqua-Aston’s daily operations and is also responsible for the company’s growth strategy. Prior to Aqua-Aston, Bailey was the managing director at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa and was responsible for overseeing over 1,500 employees and $250MM in revenue. Bailey previously worked for three years at Aston as Senior Vice President of Operations, and has held key management positions at hotels and resorts throughout Hawaii, Utah, California, Texas, and Nevada. During his time as Vice President and General Manager at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association recognized him as “Hotelier of the Year.” Bailey is a board member of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Ed Skapinok, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue

Skapinok leads the marketing, sales, revenue management, and reservations initiatives for Aqua-Aston. Prior to joining Aqua-Aston, he spent six years as Vice President of sales and marketing at Hostmark Hospitality Group in Schaumburg, IL, where he oversaw a portfolio of 50 full- and select-service hotels, resorts, restaurants, and spas. Skapinok currently serves as chairman on the sales advisory board for Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Liane Kelly, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Kelly is Aqua-Aston’s in-house counsel who is responsible for reviewing all contracts as well as tracking changes in statutory requirements for operators of transient rental properties to assure Aqua-Aston is in full compliance.

Janice Wakatsuki, Senior Vice President Human Resources

Wakatsuki provides human resources leadership and oversight relating to employee/labor relations, compensation and benefits, and recruitment/hiring for managed properties of Aqua-Aston and its corporate office. Prior to this, Wakatsuki was the corporate director of human resources for Outrigger Enterprises Group.

Shari Fujita, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Fujita oversees the company’s accounting and finance departments and has an exceptional background in hospitality finance. Prior to joining Aqua-Aston, Fujita was Vice President of Accounting at Outrigger Enterprises Group and previously worked at the State of Hawaii’s House Committee on Finance (1997 Legislative Session) and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Chris Port, Chief Development Officer

Widely recognized as a seasoned leader in the global hospitality industry, Port has more than 30 years of corporate investment, acquisition, finance, and real estate development experience. He is responsible for new business development and the expansion of Aqua-Aston Hospitality, in both existing and new markets, and the optimization of our current portfolio of hotels and resorts found in Hawaii, the Continental U.S., and Costa Rica

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