Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach Announces New General Manager

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John Taffin was recently named to the position of general manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach. 

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach recently announced several hospitality veterans as members of its executive team, including John Taffin to the position of general manager. 

Taffin will oversee day to day operations of the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, including coordinating the work of all associates and every aspect of the guest experience.  

Prior to joining the property, Taffin was chief operating officer with CoHo Services, where he managed 12 hotels ranging from small, high-end boutique properties to large convention and meeting properties. 

Stacy Manzo joins the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach team as director of sales and marketing, where she will oversee sales and marketing efforts for the property.

Manzo contributes considerable experience in the Hawaii market to the executive team. A 31-year veteran in the travel industry, Manzo’s sales and marketing expertise in the wholesale and online travel agency markets was an important contributing factor to the success and repositioning of several Hawaii hotels and resorts including Turtle Bay Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu following multi-million dollar investments in product redevelopment and renovations. 

Terri Racine joins the executive team as director of revenue where she will be responsible for inventory control, pricing tactics and developing strategies along with the rest of the executive team. 

Racine is a seasoned industry executive with experience in independent luxury resorts, as well as four- and five-star franchise properties and has more than 26 years of experience in operations, sales and marketing and revenue management. Her position at Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach marks her fourth pre-opening experience, and the second with a Hilton property.

Thushara Perera joins Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach as director of finance where he will be responsible for producing financial statements, budgeting, forecasting, ensuring the highest financial standards and providing leadership to the finance team. 

Most recently, Perera was director of finance at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore

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