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Since 1998, Destination Marketing Hawaii's goal of representing top U.S. and international publications for advertising sales throughout the state of Hawaii has grown from handling three publications to a portfolio of 30+ media partners around the world, including Forbes, Los Angeles Magazine, and the largest travel trade title, Travel Weekly.
Justin Nakaahiki, Managing Director
Most recently Justin was at the marketing department of Aqua-Aston Hospitality for the past 10 years successfully directing the branding, customer marketing programs and advertising strategy for both consumer and trade media outlets. During his tenure at Aqua-Aston, he was charged with developing successful marketing strategies and programs that positively impacted revenue generating distribution channels at property locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands, continental U.S. and Central America.
Prior to the hospitality industry Justin held several account service roles at a Honolulu-based advertising agency, as well as an advertising production and graphics design role for a national retailer's Hawaii division. Justin is a graduate from the University of Hawaii with a BBA in Marketing.
In his free time, Justin enjoys great food and good company at Oahu's fantastic dining options or spending time with family back home on Kauai.
Debbie Anderson, Founder
Prior to launching Destination Marketing Hawaii, Debbie Anderson worked for ten years as Executive VP of Publicitas Globe Media running the Hawaii office and representing publications such as Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, Brides, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post.
Debbie has an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Hawaii, and got her feet wet in Hawaii's advertising community as the Media Director of Fawcett, McDermott Cavanagh working primarily on the Sheraton Hotels in Asia/Pacific account. Debbie was recognized as the Hawaii Media Person of the Year by AAAH in 2004.
When not at work, Debbie can be found running, biking, swimming, kayaking, hiking in fact, any sport that involves Hawaii's outdoor adventures.
Carlee Hirano, Sales & Marketing Specialist
Carlee is a graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BBA in Marketing and International Business and a minor in Japanese. During her undergrad, she interned at Destination Marketing Hawaii and was a member of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Dancers. She is currently earning her Master of Science in Marketing Management.
In her free time, Carlee enjoys relaxing at the beach or spending quality time with friends and family.