first_imgIMAGE: L-R – Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Sean Dee, Senior VP & Chief People Officer Ms. Ruthann Yamanaka, Mr. Ben Johnson, President & CEO Mr. Jeff Wagoner. (Photographer Jeff Chung)At the Outrigger Hospitality Group’s ‘The Outrigger Way’ annual awards ceremony held in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ben Johnson, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji, was named ‘2018 Director of the Year – Sales and Marketing’.Well known for his distinctive beard, unique sense of humour and his infectious laugh, Ben joined Outrigger in November 2015, and it was his connection with key wholesalers, airline and industry partners, and his own team, that led to his nomination as an excellent ambassador for the two Fiji properties and the Outrigger Hospitality Group in general.Castaway Island General Manager, Mr. Steven Andrews said that the Outrigger Group and specifically Castaway Island were extremely lucky to have such a loyal and committed advocate and one who certainly deserves recognition for his dedication and hard work.“We have had our challenges in Fiji but Ben has established excellent relationships within the industry and works with them to deliver the best experiences for our guests. He is all about showing the world what Fiji has to offer,” he said.Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s acting resort General Manager, Mr. Russell Blaik, said that as a leader Ben was very accommodating and believed in the process of consultation and the soliciting of input from his team.“He encourages his team to freely share their thoughts and contribute towards discussions aimed at achieving growth,” Russell said.Chief Executive Officer and President, Mr. Jeff Wagoner, personally congratulated Ben and expressed his sincere gratitude for sharing the Outrigger vision and for providing outstanding leadership and inspiration to others.“Hosts like you are the foundation to the success of Outrigger, now and in the future,” Mr. Wagoner said. Castaway IslandhotelsOutrigger Fiji Beach ResortOutrigger Hospitality Groupresortslast_img