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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.

Denis Ebrill, Managing Director

Ebrill oversees all aspects of the business and directs the expansion of the current portfolio comprising nearly 40 hotels and resorts in Hawaii, the continental United States, and Central America, including international hotel brands Hilton Inc., and Marriott International. Previously, Ebrill led the acquisition, development, and construction team for ILG’s vacation ownership segment, where he had responsibility for overseeing the development and growth of the company’s resorts. He also oversaw all aspects of the vacation club business at Meliá Hotels International, and held senior leadership positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and ITT Sheraton Corporation. A highly respected hospitality and leisure real estate executive, Ebrill brings the experience of a career spanning five decades and three continents to this role.

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

Andrea Mue, Chief Financial Executive SVP

Mue is responsible for directing the company’s financial strategy, overseeing all internal and external accounting and financial operations, including preparation of corporate budgets, financial reporting, and audit functions. Committed to continuously strengthening her expertise in the field, she is an active member of the Financial Management Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Lesli Reynolds, Senior Vice President Operations

Reynolds is responsible for global operations across five owned brands, as well as the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Curio Collection by Hilton; developing strategic plans, brand standards, and standard operating procedures that require enterprise-wide coordination; and supporting new business development, including the implementation of growth strategies.

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.

Rhonda Khabir, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Khabir is responsible for business and market expansion, strategic direction for promotions and advertising, sales success, customer satisfaction, and leadership of the sales and marketing department. With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oahu Visitors Bureau.

Cheyne Manalo, Vice President, Information Technology

Manalo is responsible for overseeing implementation of the IT strategy for the company. In this role, he manages senior staff in the delivery of IT services, including application services, telecommunications, desktop technology, and help desk services. Manalo is also responsible for directing the development, implementation, and maintenance of all application systems for the company.