A LOOK AT WHO’S ON THE MOVE ON OAHU
JOY TOMITA of Queen Kapiolani Hotel is the newly appointed director of sales and marketing. In this role, she will serve as an executive on the team leading the $35 million charge to transform the hotel into a four-star, full-service hotel. She also will be in charge of the development of the marketing, public relations and sales programs, ensuring that each facet is working together to grow market share, increase awareness and maximize profitability. Previously, Tomita was the director of sales at The Modern Honolulu, where she was instrumental in the property’s grand opening.
JACQUELINE CO steps in as director of guest experience with Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach. She will be responsible for building relationships with the hotels’ guests and World of Hyatt members. Co brings 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the position, previously working in food and beverage operations at Hotel Renew, as well as serving as the housekeeping manager at VIVE Hotel Waikiki and assistant general manager/operations manager at Polynesian Residences.
RON MIZUTANI now is president and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank. He brings more than three decades of media communications experience into this position, previously working as a news reporter and anchor for KHON2, as well as vice president of corporate communications with Hawaiian Telcom and senior vice president with CommPac. Mizutani, also a MidWeek columnist, has served as a community volunteer with several nonprofit organizations, such as Special Olympics Hawaii, Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, Legacy of Life and Hawaii Meth Project.
NATHAN NAKANISHI is the technology services manager for DTRIC Insurance. He will direct and design information technology-related activities for the company, including security compliance and response, process improvement practices, and ensure mission-critical business operations. Nakanishi has extensive experience with a wide-range of network environments, computer systems and software packages; and received his undergraduate degree from Chaminade University. Prior to joining DTRIC, he was the information technology operations manager at Pacific Guardian Life.
DAN EPSTEIN advances to chief operating officer for Special Olympics Hawaii. He will be in charge of all sports and health initiatives, as well as fundraising for games, events and corporate giving. Epstein takes on this new position after spending 25 years with the organization, most recently serving as the vice president of Sports & Sports Marketing.
AMY HIGA joins iQ 360 as a senior account coordinator in its Honolulu office. She will apply her experience managing a variety of public relations and marketing initiatives to B2B and B2C clients across a number of industries. Most recently, Higa spearheaded marketing efforts at Inkinen & Associates and Remedy Intelligent Staffing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies with an English minor in journalism from Loyola Marymount University in California.