From left to right: Mike Kelly, president,
Capricorn Events; Tiffany Welch, treasurer,
Autism Bridges; John Jaskula, general
manager, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort &
Spa; and Rob Welch, general manager,
Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club.
The Wailea Beach Marriott, together with Capricorn Events and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, donated a total of $10,000 to Autism Bridges, a Maui organization providing support for families with autistic children.
During November, $1 of each admission to Honuaula, Wailea’s only luau dinner show, which takes place at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, was donated to Autism Bridges.
“We are fortunate to have generated ticket sales in order to make a sizable monetary contribution to Autism Bridges,” said John Jaskula, general manager of Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. “In keeping with our company’s philosophy of Marriott’s Spirit to Serve Our Communities, we wanted to reach out to families dealing with autism during this holiday season of giving.”
Marini Returns to Collette
Frank Marini has returned to Collette Vacations now as vice president of sales. He will oversee the inside sales team, focus on building collaborative relationships with Collette’s travel agency partners and work to provide superior service to travel counselors on a daily basis.
Marini has spent 14 years in the tourism industry. He began at Collette when still in high school. Later, he joined the marketing department before spending 10 years on Collette’s sales team in roles as district manager, regional manager and international sales manager. For the past four years, Marini has been president of the California-based Contiki Holidays.
“Frank’s professionalism, knowledge and commitment will only better our sales force and the company as a whole. He has proven to be a valuable asset to Collette in the past and we are excited to have him back on our team,” said Kevin Kramich, executive vice president of sales, Collette Vacations.
Clipper Appoints New CEO
Darrell E. Bryan is now president and CEO of Clipper Navigation, Inc., owners and operators of the Victoria Clipper vessels, Clipper Vacations and Destination Services NW.
Bryan has been with the privately and locally owned company since it began operation in 1986. He was most recently general manager and executive vice president and helped the company grow into a major marine transportation provider.
The company provides transportation to Seattle, Victoria and the San Juan Islands on three high-speed catamarans.
Prior to joining Clipper Navigation, Bryan spent 13 years with Amtrak.
Phoenician Selects Resort Manager
Todd Raessler has been named resort manager for The Phoenician. Raessler will oversee various operational departments for the luxury resort, including rooms, guest services, food and beverage, as well as the boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites.
With more than a decade of executive management experience as a resort/general manager, Raessler most recently served as resort manager for the 500-room Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Ariz., for two years. Previously, Raessler worked at the former Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa and the St. Regis Los Angeles as hotel manager.
“Todd is a respected leader whose progressive, strategic style will serve as the framework for several new initiatives and programs to be introduced this year,” said managing director Mark Vinciguerra. “We look forward to the creative vision he will bring to The Phoenician guest experience.”