ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT AND SPA NAMES MICHAEL STEPHENS, GENERAL MANAGER AND ANITA RAHMAN, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
Hotel is set to be the brand’s first Andaz resort debuting Spring 2013
MAUI, HI (JUNE 18, 2012)- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa has named Michael Stephens, General Manager and Anita Rahman, Director of Sales and Marketing, respectively. Andaz Maui at Wailea is set to be the brand’s first Andaz resort with its debut scheduled in Spring 2013.
Stephens’ 26-year career with Hyatt started in 1986 as an Assistant Restaurant Manager at Hyatt Regency Miami. He later went on to hold various operations positions throughout the country including Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency O’Hare and later Executive Assistant Manager positions at the former Hyatt Regency Wilshire (Los Angeles), Hyatt Regency Alicante (Orange County, CA), Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and Hyatt Regency San Antonio. In 2002, Stephens was named General Manager, Hyatt Regency Lexington (Kentucky) and in 2004, moved to Grand Hyatt DFW as General Manager. Prior to his new assignment in Maui, Stephens was the General Manager of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Throughout his career, Stephens has served as a community leader in the cities he has worked and lived in. While in Scottsdale, Stephens served on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Partner Council for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Board for Hospitality and Management Studies at Northern Arizona University; and the Arizona State University Hotel & Resort Leadership & Management Board. In addition, Stephens played a key role in partnering with Scottsdale’s Yavapai Elementary School, engaging students and teachers in special program initiatives as well as fundraising to support families in need.
In 2009, Stephens received the “General Manager of the Year” award by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Arizona chapter; and Where magazine’s Silver Plum award naming Stephens “General Manager of the Year.” In 2005 and 2009, Stephens was nominated for Hyatt’s prestigious “General Manager of the Year” award.
Stephens, a Cuban-American and South Florida native, attended Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University. Stephens and his wife currently reside in Scottsdale, AZ and his three children work and attend college in Dallas, Texas.
Anita Rahman started her career with Hyatt in 2000, as a Catering and Conference Service Manager at Park Hyatt San Francisco. In 2005, Rahman moved to the sales operation where she was a sales manager at both Park Hyatt San Francisco and later Grand Hyatt Seattle. In 2008, Rahman was promoted to Associate Director of Sales for Grand Hyatt Seattle and the LEED certified Hyatt at Olive 8, guiding the Olive 8 property through its pre-opening and first year of operation. In 2010, Rahman was named Director of Sales and Catering at Andaz San Diego, a role she held for two years and where she led her department to receive Hyatt’s 2011 Catering and Conference Service Team of the Year award.
A graduate of University of Wisconsin with a degree in International Relations and Political Science, Rahman enjoys international travel and exploring local cuisine in her community. Rahman is also involved with Chaya, a non-profit organization that assists Asian women in times of crisis and need.
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About Andaz Maui at Wailea
The LEED certified Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa is situated on Mokapu Beach in the distinguished community of Wailea on Maui. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa, which is slated to debut in 2013, will offer 290 guestrooms and 35 suites. The 15 acre resort designed by world renowned architecture firm, The Rockwell Group, will feature cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 15,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adult pool; apothecary retail; a state-of-the-art fitness facility; two highly acclaimed full service restaurants; an on site water activity center; and access to championship golf and tennis, and Maui experiential tours. For events and small meetings, there will be 12,000 square feet of indoor studio concept meeting space, plus three additional outdoor venues for weddings, events and receptions. In keeping with the Andaz brand, guests will be met by an Andaz host upon arrival to the property, and can experience the local neighborhood culture through food, wine, music, fashion and art.
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