A LOOK AT WHO’S ON THE MOVE ON OAHU
CHRIS PORT of Aqua-Aston Hospitality has been appointed new chief development officer. He will be responsible for the expansion of Aqua-Aston Hospitality by optimizing the potential of its existing portfolio of hotels and resorts, and focusing on the company’s growth in the markets it currently serves, as well as identifying new markets. Prior to joining Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Port served as the development leader for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where he headed up expansion efforts across the western U.S., Canada and Mexico.
PRISCILLA LUONG joins CommPac as an account supervisor. She will be responsible for supervising various accounts and providing strategic counsel, planning and execution for the company’s clients. Luong, who has an extensive journalism background, will also provide media training and work to secure media coverage for client news and events. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications and dramatic arts from the University of California Davis.
LORI BETTENCOURT moves in as vice president and director of the customer service center for Central Pacific Bank (CPB). In this new position, she will be in charge of ensuring the seamless delivery of an exceptional experience to both internal and external customers. Bettencourt has more than two decades of customer service experience in the hospitality and financial industries, previously serving as director of the call center for American Savings Bank before joining CPB.
WILLIAM HARSTAD now is the chair of litigation and alternative dispute resolution group for Carlsmith Ball LLP. From Honolulu, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Grin-nell College in Iowa and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Harstad was named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2018 for Litigation — Real Estate.
NEILL CHAR advances to executive vice president and manager of the private banking and the wealthy advisory divisions for First Hawaiian Bank. In this role, he will lead a team of bankers and wealth advisers in providing clients with comprehensive private banking, wealth planning and investment management. Char brings more than 24 years of experience in the financial industry to the position.
ANGELA GOSLING is now DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach’s director of catering and events. She will oversee all aspects of sales, planning and serving for company meetings, social functions, weddings and kamaaina events. Previously, Gosling was the account and program manager for Kathy Clarke Hawaii and owned her own company, Eventig LLC, working with company meetings, convention and corporate incentive programs. Gosling attended Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis and holds a certified meeting professional certification