Meet The Executive Team
- Matt Bailey, President & COO
- Elizabeth Churchill, Chief Revenue Officer
- Bart Santiago, Vice President of Finance
Matt Bailey, President & COO
As Chief Operating Officer of Aston Hotels & Resorts and Aqua Hospitality, Matt Bailey is responsible for all daily operations based out of the company’s Honolulu headquarters.
Bailey has more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as managing director at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui, where he was responsible for overseeing over 1,500 employees. He previously worked for three years at Aston as senior vice president of operations, and has held key management positions at hotels and resorts throughout Hawaii, Utah, California, Texas and Nevada.
Bailey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He has held numerous professional memberships, currently serving on the board of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. He has also recently served as chairman of the Maui Visitors Bureau and on the board of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association. He was recognized as the “Hotelier of the Year” by the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association during his time as vice president and general manager at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah.
ELIZABETH CHURCHILL, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
Beth Churchill is the Chief Revenue Offer for Aqua Hospitality, LLC and Aston Hotels & Resorts. Under her guidance, Aqua and Aston have expanded to become the largest hospitality operator in the region with 53 hotels and resorts on four major Hawaiian Islands, Guam and the continental United States.
Churchill started with Aqua in 2005 as the Vice President of Marketing & Guest Services. In 2006, she was promoted to the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing where she orchestrated a rebranding of the company creating Aqua Boutique Hotels which led to an unprecedented expansion of inventory. Under her leadership the company completely rebranded the hotel group, tripled the number of rooms it oversees, multiplied Aqua’s earnings and created job security for over 1,500 employees. Some of her other accomplishments include transforming the former W hotel into the Lotus Honolulu, renaming and rebranding of the Waikiki Edition Hotel to The Modern Hotel, rescuing the iconic Ilikai Hotel & Suites, transitioning Wailea’s Diamond Resort into the hip Hotel Wailea Maui, and reopening the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Churchill’s extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s hospitality and tourism industry as well as progressive marketing and revenue management techniques made her a natural choice to become the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for both Aqua and Aston. In her current position she is charged with developing and executing a holistic approach to customers, and driving customer acquisition, retention and profitability for both companies. She currently serves as the lead for the marketing, sales, revenue management and reservations teams. Her ultimate goal – creating successful hotel ownership groups confident in Aqua and Aston’s ability to deliver an exciting product to guests while boosting occupancy, revenue and profitability.
Churchill’s commitment to the overall success of both Aqua and Aston shows in today’s chain of more than 50 hotels which includes the recent acquisition of the Split Rock Resort and Mountain Laurel Resort and Spa in Lake, Harmony Pennsylvania. She has also expanded the company’s vision to include meaningful partnerships with the Waikiki Aquarium, Merrie Monarch Festival, IGLTA, Hawaii Humane Society and Honolulu Museum of Art. She has also spearheaded the commitment to Green/Conservation efforts, Host Culture, the LGBT market, pet friendly accommodations and the Arts.
Churchill specializes in property transitions, renovations, re-launching, rebranding and repositioning. Her marketing strengths span the gamut of effective marketing strategies and 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. Combined with these skills, her creativity, transparency, and flexibility instill a strong level of trust in both owners and employees alike.
A Syracuse University graduate with a B.S. Degree in Advertising, Churchill started her career in New York City at advertising agencies Chiat/Day and Grey prior to moving to Honolulu to work for Peck Sims Mueller on the Maui Visitors Bureau and Prince Resorts Hawaii accounts. She then joined Reed Travel Group, the world’s largest travel publishing company, as regional director overseeing all sales and marketing activities for Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. She currently sits on the Board of Waikiki Health and is a member of the Oahu Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee. Having made significant contributions to the overall success of Aqua, Churchill continuously demonstrates what it means to go above and beyond, demonstrating strong leadership and an outstanding work ethic. As such, she was recently honored by Hawaii Business as one of the “20 For The Next 20” Hawaii’s People to Watch and by Pacific Business News as one of the “Women to Watch” in its Women Who Mean Business awards. She has also been instrumental in Aqua receiving honors by Hawaii Business as “A Top 250 Company” and “Best Places to Work”; Pacific Business News as one of “Hawaii’s Fastest 50″ and “Healthiest Employers”; Northstar Travel Media “Magellan Awards”; and American Advertising Federation Hawaii “Pele Awards.”
BART SANTIAGO, VICE PRESIDENT of FINANCE
Bart Santiago is the Vice President of Finance for Aqua Hospitality, LLC an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG). Hired in early 2014, Santiago is tasked with maximizing the return on financial assets as well as ensuring legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions. In the short time he has been with the company, Santiago has seen overseen the renovations of several different properties including the transition of the former Kauai Sands Hotel to Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel.
A hospitality industry veteran, Santiago spent the past fourteen years with Hilton Hotels, most recently as Director of Finance at the Grand Wailea on the island of Maui. Prior to that, he held finance positions with several other hotel companies including Hyatt Hotels, Adam’s Mark Hotel and Interstate Hotels, as well as the Skipper’s restaurant chain in the Pacific Northwest.
Santiago earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Seattle University. He was born and raised on the island of Maui but now resides on Oahu with his wife Jane and their two children Patricio and Isabel.