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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Welcomes Michael Jokovich as Area Vice President and General Manager

MAUI, HI. March 27, 2017 – Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Jokovich to the position of Area Vice President and General Manager where he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 15-acre award-winning beachfront resort. Responsible for the vision and development of Andaz Maui and managing all operational aspects at the property including sales, marketing, revenue management, food and beverage and future growth efforts. As an Area Vice President, Jokovich will also support other Hyatt properties in Hawaii as well as properties in Texas and Minneapolis.

Joining Hyatt Hotels in 1984, Jokovich brings more than three decades of valued brand and hospitality experience. Most recently as Area Vice President and General Manager of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, TX, Jokovich oversaw Hyatt branded properties throughout the central United States. Prior to that, he was Area Vice President and General Manager to the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

With an extensive resume and deep roots within Hyatt Hotels, Jokovich is a true asset to the Andaz Maui team. Jokovich’s vast experience and intel spans from overseeing executive housekeeping responsibilities, managing general operations and guest experiences to overseeing numerous hotel and restaurant launches, re-openings, renovations and complete rebrands.

Throughout his career, Jokovich has also lived in Hawaii numerous times, previously serving as General Manager of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. On a personal note, Jokovich first traveled to the island as newlyweds with his wife Debbie where they welcomed their first son.

“I’m excited to be back in Hawaii for the fourth time while continuing my journey with Hyatt Hotels at this incredible luxury resort,” said Jokovich. “I’m honored to work at such an innovative hotel that places a huge emphasis on its guest programming, culinary and wellness offerings while staying true to its Hawaiian roots.”

When not at work, Jokovich enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, two sons and grandchildren.

About Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Situated on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort features 300 guestrooms and suites, including 10 luxurious two- to four-bedroom residential villas along with cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 14,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space and two highly acclaimed full service restaurants, including Morimoto Maui by acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Designed by world-renowned architects, Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea captures the spirit of today’s Hawaii and is a certified LEED® Silver resort.

About Andaz

Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz creates a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the community. Twelve Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. Head to Andaz Salon to see evocative content from Cultural Insiders, unique events and stunning photos that bring to life the creative spirit and local influences of Andaz. For more information, please visit www.andaz.com.

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