2012 Ambassador Bill Lane, Jr & Mrs. Jean Lane Lecture on Sustainable Tourism and the Environment
Topic: Hotel Trends with a Focus on a Sustainable Hawaiʻi
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) was proud to host the Ambassador Bill & Mrs. Jean Lane Jr. Lectureship in Sustainable Tourism and the Environment on April 4, 2012.
The speakers included three distinguished TIM alumni including Christina Gabriel (’92), General Manager of Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club and Marriott's Kauaʻi Lagoons Kalanipu‘u, Ren Hirose (’85), General Manager of the W Scottsdale, and Paul Tang (’70), Vice President and Managing Director of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort.
Paul Yokota (’79), TIM alumnus and President of FCH Enterprises served as the event's moderator.
Christina Gabriel (’92) is the General Manager of Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club and Marriott’s Kauaʻi Lagoons, Kalanipuʻu on the island of Kauaʻi. She oversees the successful operations of both properties ensuring satisfaction of timeshare visitors and owners.
Christina’s 17 years with Marriott started at the Kauaʻi Marriott as an assistant restaurant manager. She has held an array of management position in the food and beverage department, along with event planning and operations management. In 2010, Christina became the first female General Manager for Marriott in Hawaiʻi. In 2011, she acquired the newly completed Kalanipuʻu at Kauaʻi Lagoons, which includes Marriott’s Grand Residences, Marriott Vacation Club and Ritz Carlton Destinations Club.
Christina also enjoys serving on the Board for the Hawaiʻi Lodging and Tourisms Association - Kauaʻi Chapter, the Kauaʻi Visitor’s Bureau, American Resort Development Association and the Poʻipū Beach Resort Association.
Ren Hirose ('85) is the General Manager for the W Scottsdale in Arizona. Ren has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts for about 26 years. He began as an intern at the Sheraton Maui and became a management trainee at the Sheraton Royal Waikoloa hotel after graduating from the TIM School. He has held multiple managerial positions throughout the Pacific islands and on the Mainland including French Polynesia, California, Arizona, and Hawai‘i.
Since he began working at Starwood, Ren has earned multiple service, management, and personal achievement awards. He was inducted into the TIM School’s Alumni Hall of Honor in 2003.
He is very active in the community sitting on multiple community organizations including the West LA Community Police Advisory Board, Westwood Community Council, Hotel Association of LA, Westwood Village Improvement Association, and TIM International Alumni Association.
Paul Tang ('70) is the Vice President and Managing Director of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Paul has been working for Hyatt Hotels Corporation for 38 years. He started as a management trainee for the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Paul quickly distinguished himself and was promoted to assistant rooms executive at the Hyatt Los Angeles and Hyatt Regency Chicago. He later became a general manger for a multiple hotels in Seattle, Columbus, Orlando, and Hawai‘i.
Paul also serves on the Hyatt Diversity and Inclusion Board, is chairman of Visitor Orlando, the chair of Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) and for the CFHLA Foundation.
He also is a frequent guest speaker at the Rosen School of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida and the Hotel School at Florida State University.
Paul is also the recipient of the 1992 Hyatt Donald Pritzker General Manager Award. He holds an MBA degree from Michigan State University.