In 2011, Maki graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration – Specialization Marketing from Lynn University, FL. Originally, he began his studies at Emerson College with a major in Marketing Communication, but soon realized that Business & Management is what really motivated him. Coming from a family who owns and manages their own business, Aruba Adventures taught him about hard work, consequences of failure, benefits of success, and the importance of leadership at a very early stage in his life.
Being an Aruba native, it’s a place that Maki has always been proud to call home. Post-graduation he happily moved back and began running the sales & marketing for a year at Aruba Adventures, a company that operates excursions such as sailing, sightseeing trips, and land tours/transportation. Aside from managing the company’s marketing efforts, Maki assisted in coordinating most of the daily operations.
Once he was offered placement at Rollins College, he moved back to Florida to complete a 2-year, Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Crummer Graduate School of Business. The MBA program at Rollins is ranked #1 in Florida by both Forbes and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Maki’s objective is to strengthen his core management, marketing, and business development skills while attending this MBA program. Crummer Graduate School’s Center for Leadership Development is also ranked #1 in Florida and 19th in the Nation for leadership development education by Leadership Excellence magazine. The Center has awarded Maki with a “Recognition of Leadership” award, while attending Rollins, for his dedication to community service and personal leadership growth.
During the first year of Maki’s full-time MBA program, he took on an operations internship at the Marriott Ocean Club in Aruba over the winter break. During the second year of his studies, Maki became a vital part of the grand opening management team for an upscale, 112 room, boutique hotel. The Alfond Inn is the name of the property and it is managed by The Olympia Companies. Recently, Maki was awarded Manager of the Year for his leadership and dedication to the successful opening and operation of The Alfond Inn and its restaurant, Hamilton’s Kitchen.
Maki’s favorite pastime is kiteboarding and he has placed in the top 3 for many professional competitions in Aruba. One of his proudest moments in this sport was making history in an open-ocean race from Venezuela to Aruba. He was only 16 years old at the time and placed 2nd.
Some of the places he has been fortunate enough to perform in leadership roles or internships over the past couple years are: The Alfond Inn, Marriott Vacation Club, ESPN Winter X Games, Best Kiteboarding and The Center For Instructional Innovation at Lynn University.
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