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Ms. Churchill

Elizabeth Churchill

Chief Revenue Officer, Aqua-Aston Hospitality

Elizabeth Churchill is Chief Revenue Officer of Aqua-Aston Hospitality, a premier hotel management group with an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland. Ms. Churchill oversees the marketing, sales, revenue management and reservations functions. She is a veteran marketer and sales leader with expertise in hotel rebranding and repositioning and extensive knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industries. Ms. Churchill's marketing strengths include: setting strategic plans, executing on strategy to grow a business and drive profitability, turnaround strategies, building effective teams, driving ROI, branding and identity, analysis, technology vetting, e-Commerce and digital strategies, sales and sales leadership, revenue optimization and distribution, niche marketing and public relations. Ms. Churchill’s progressive marketing and revenue management techniques led to growth for Aqua Hospitality over the last ten years. Her tenure as part of the Aqua family began in 2005, during which she orchestrated a rebranding of the company which helped to triple the number of rooms it oversees. Ms. Churchill’s accomplishments include transforming the former W Honolulu Hotel into the Lotus Honolulu, rescuing the iconic Ilikai Hotel & Suites on Oahu, transitioning Wailea’s Diamond Resort into the trendy Hotel Wailea Maui, and reopening the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Ms. Churchill is focused on developing and executing a holistic approach to Aqua-Aston Hospitality customers across all of its brands, and driving customer acquisition, retention and profitability.

Please visit www.aquahospitalityllc.com for more information.

Ms. Churchill can be contacted at 808-943-9291 or echurchill@aquahospitality.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.