Phil Tufano, Partner & Chief Operating Officer at Kokua Hospitality is a 30 year hospitality veteran who has been heading up Kokua since 2007. Tufano is responsible for all areas of hotel operations, sales & marketing, human resources, finance and development. Prior to Kokua, Tufano spent 21 years working for Global Hyatt Corporation at 12 locations in the United States and Caribbean. He has been General Manager of several Hyatt Hotels with experience working at luxury resorts, suburban, urban and convention hotels and all suite properties. Mr. Tufano’s experience includes: renovating, reengineering, repositioning and re-flagging Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, Choice and independent properties. Prior to Hyatt, he worked three years for ITT Sheraton in New York City. Tufano is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson Universities School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and has taught hospitality management college courses. Mr. Tufano has served as President of the Jacksonville Hotel/Motel Association and the Montgomery County, MD Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also served on the Board of Advisors for Virginia Techs, Pamplin College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and on numerous CVB and Chamber Boards.