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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 22, 2003

Trade Winds

Advertiser Staff

• Aloha Airlines has named JAMES C. CLARKE vice president and chief financial officer for Aloha Airlines Inc., and its parent company, Aloha Airgroup Inc. Prior to joining Aloha, Clark held the same titles with Wisconsin Airlines, regional marketing partner of United Airlines and AirTran Airways. Clarke participated in administration of Air Wisconsin's marketing contract with United, and assisted in designing the 2002 marketing agreement with AirTran. Following the World Trade Center attacks, he was responsible for securing the carrier's share of federal subsidy payments. Clarke also held a similar position with Indigo, the Chicago-based corporate jet airline company. The more than 18-year veteran has also held positions with Merrill Lynch & Co., GE Capital Aviation Services Inc., and United and American airlines.

• THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I FOUNDATION, the private fund-raising and alumni relations organization for all 10 UH campuses, has announced several new hires, including two new directors of development:

  • SHARON AOKI returns home to Hawai'i as director of development for both Leeward Community College and the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu. She most recently held the same position with the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University Los Angeles, and before that, positions with California radio stations and Hawai'i Public Radio, KHPR-FM. Aoki has also served locally as managing director of Kumu Kahua Theatre.
  • Named director of development for the UH College of Business Administration (CBA) and the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) is former Waikiki Improvement Association president, TERRY WELLS. Wells started with the foundation last year as director of advancement U.S., managing fund-raising prospects for the UH president, including Mainland prospect visits and alumni functions.
  • With a focus on helping build relationships with UH alumni, many of whom will become UH supporters and donors, the foundation has hired KEVIN TAKAMORI as associate vice president of alumni relations. He was previously acting director of continuing education at the Harvard (University) Alumni Association, and oversaw the group's travel program of more than 50 Harvard alumni study tours annually.

JAY TALWAR, director of account service for Milici Valenti Ng Pack advertising agency, has been named president of the group, SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVES OF HONOLULU. Other board officers include vice president/strategic planning chair, MALIA LAGEMAN, president, Cardinal Services Ltd.; treasurer, JAY HIGA, retail advertising director, The Honolulu Advertiser; and secretary, JAN R. OSHIRO, general manager, Hawaiian Islands Freight Association Inc.

• Several appointments have been announced in the hotel industry:

  • HEATHER CHONG has been promoted to sales manager at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa. Chong, who began with the hotel in 1992, has held various positions, including catering secretary, sales secretary and catering/convention services manager.
  • DAVID OLIVER, a more than 10-year veteran of management roles with The Pebble Beach Co.'s club and lodging operations, has been named vice president of operations for the Hualalai Resort on the Big Island's Kona-Kohala Coast. Oliver has served as general manager of The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Inn at Spanish Bay, and in food and beverage management roles for Loews Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The Hualalai master-planned residential resort community is a mix of single-family homes, villas, 18-hole golf courses, spa and fitness center, and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
  • GREGG LUNDBERG has been named general manager of the 280-room Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, the first Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO) time-share property in Hawai'i. Previously, Lundberg was Hawai'i director of project management, responsible for operational planning and development for the Ka'anapali, Maui, property, and all future SVO projects in the state. Before returning to Hawai'i — he had worked with Hyatt Resorts Hawaii — Lundberg was general manager of The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Starwood's first mixed-use Westin-branded resort.
  • Two sales executives have been hired for Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, scheduled to reopen late next summer following a $45 million renovation. REVELL NEWTON, former director of sales and marketing at Maui's Kapalua Bay Hotel, assumes the same position with the Big Island Sheraton property. He has, as well, held positions at Hyatt Regency properties on O'ahu and Kaua'i, and with Marriott on Maui. PAULA DIRKS will serve as director of group sales. She was most recently in the same job at the St. Regis Los Angeles hotel.

Announcements of promotions and job changes can be sent to: Trade Winds, Business Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; faxed to 525-6763, or e-mailed to business@honoluluadvertiser.com. Photographs may be included, but must be identified on the back.