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April 28, 2017

Hawaii Convention Center Announces New Hirings, Promotions




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AEG Facilities, the management company of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), has announced the promotion of Aaron Ichiki to client services manager and the hiring of Kelsey Kitagawa as sales manger – local sales.

In his new role as client services manager, Ichiki will be responsible for supporting the HCC sales team’s efforts and ensuring client service and satisfaction remains at high levels. He most recently served as HCC’s senior event manager and has been with the center for more than 17 years. He has also held the positions of event manager, event coordinator, interim IT manager and systems assistant manager at HCC. A graduate of Iolani School on Oahu, Ichiki also hold a bachelor’s degree in information technology and management from Washington State University.

Kitagawa joined HCC on April 10 as sales manager – local sales with the primary responsibility of helping identify and secure business across the Hawaiian Islands for the center. Prior to joining HCC, she served as corporate group sales manager at the San Mateo Marriott from September 2016, and also held the position of catering sales manager at the hotel from November 15. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in travel industry management, Kitagawa is also a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do.

“Aaron has been one of our most versatile and committed team members over the past 17 years and I’m excited to see him start this new career path with us in his new role,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “At the same time, I’m equally please to welcome Kelsey to our ohana as she is someone who brings a solid background in hospitality and fresh insights of the Hawaii market to our sales team.”

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