Original HLTA EAC Board Members

 Dennis Maher – Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk® – Chairman

Currently the Director of Facilities and Security for Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki, Maher has over 20 years in Facilities and Security Management, is President and CEO of Genus Hospitality Group Hawaii (Consulting), a member of the Board of Directors for the Home Owners Association at Trump Waikiki, Chairman of the Board of the Engineers Advisory Council for the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and Vice President for the “Hawaii Hotel Visitor Industry Security Association” (HHVISA).

Maher is also very active in the community, serving as President of the Autism Society of Hawaii, is a board member of Surfers Healing Hawaii and gives time to other organizations for those with intellectual disabilities.

Eric Au – Starwood Hotels and Resorts – Vice Chairman

As the Area Director of Engineering at Marriott International – Hawaii & French Polynesia, Eric Au provides the direction and leadership in the field of engineering and construction at Marriott branded Hotels and Resort’s 20 properties throughout the state of Hawaii and in French Polynesia. Throughout his tenure at Marriott, Eric has guided his teams toward building consistency through the Marriott brands, and is very passionate about bringing a higher level of sustainability to the hotel properties through Marriott’s corporate sustainability initiative (reduce water intensity by 15%, carbon intensity by 30%, and waste to landfill by 45% by the year 2025) throughout the region. In all, Eric has worked for 28 years in the field with 12 years of experience in the petrochemical and energy industry designing and implementing process control systems, managing large capital projects, and driving productivity and efficiencies within operations. Locally born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Eric received his Bachelors of Science degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics from Oregon State University. Additionally, Eric has achieved Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Demand-Side Management Professional (CDSM) status to help further promote energy efficiencies and educational support throughout our Hawaiian Islands.

Eric currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Hawaii Chapter as the Executive Vice President and Vice President of Oahu. Additionally he is an active member serving on the following boards: Board of directors of the Hawaii Lodging Tourism Association (HLTA), Engineering Advisory Committee as the Vice Chairman, Honolulu Board of Water Supply Stakeholder Advisory Group and member of the Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) Statewide Measures Group for the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard.

Harzali Hashim – Sheraton Waikiki – Treasurer

Stephen Weldon – Hyatt Place – Director

Bert Takahashi – Sheraton Waikiki – Director

Craig Matsuura – Aqua/Aston Hotels – Director


Chris Spencer – Starwood Hotels and Resorts – Director

Chairperson– Eric Au, Marriott International
Vice Chair – Harzali Hashim, Sheraton Waikiki Resort
Treasurer – Stephen Weldon, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Secretary – Karen Mashiba, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
At Large Director – Bert Takahashi, Sheraton Waikiki Resort
At Large Director – Craig Matsuura, Aqua Aloha Surf
At Large Director – Chris Spencer, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
At Large Director – Derek Bacigal, Hale Koa Hotel
At Large Director – Dennis Maher, Trump International Waikiki