Meet the Team

The Pacific Resort Hotel Group team are dedicated to creating and nurturing progressive products that focus on delivering business success for all properties and their stakeholders, including the Pacific community.

Our passionate team draws on extensive knowledge and expertise in all areas of hotel and resort management, strategy, design, development, marketing, operations, information technology and finance in tourism and hospitality.

Greg Stanaway
Chief Executive Officer

Greg is a permanent resident of the Cook Islands and is an active member of the community. His hotel industry career includes periods with Lion Breweries, Flag Inn and Quality Hotels. Prior to joining PRHG in 2001, Greg was Managing Director and principal of Spectrum International in Auckland, an international recruiting company specialising in the hospitality sector. Greg’s influence on the continually improving standards of service delivery reflects both a strong personal commitment to guests and a similar commitment to leading, motivating and empowering the staff across the hotel group. With his special mix of enthusiasm, drive and patience, he has been quick to adapt to the changing dynamics of South Pacific tourism and the changing needs of his guests. ‘Best’ to Greg means ‘World Best’ and recent international tourism awards won by PRHG properties are testament to that commitment and determination.

Marcus Niszow
Deputy CEO

Marcus is a highly experienced and accomplished senior executive with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the tourism & hospitality industry. Marcus brings 20 years of hotel industry experience to PRHG with his depth of experience covering a wide range of functions including: executive management, senior management coaching and development, branding, sales & marketing, operational process reviews and optimisation, acquisitions & disposals, due diligence, financial management, forecasting, information systems, management reporting, performance analysis, project management, strategic planning and property valuation. Marcus is Cornell University and Harvard Business School educated and has built an enviable reputation as an astute strategic hotel management specialist with an unparalleled understanding of the regional Australasian and South Pacific markets.

Akshay Singh
General Manager - Sales, Marketing & Reservations

Akshay heads up Sales, Marketing & Reservations for PRHG and is passionate about providing strong vision, strategy and leadership for these high performing teams. With 5 plus years working at Flight Centre Limited in key Product and Marketing roles, Akshay shares a strong insight into the needs of wholesalers and travel agents along with an in depth understanding of travel dynamics and trends in the Australian market. He also brings a wealth of experience working with the South Pacific and specifically the Cook Islands. Akshay specialises in brand building, sales strategies, marketing communications, market research, data analysis and has a solid reputation for increasing revenues and profitability. In addition to extensive industry experience Akshay holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing complimenting his industry knowledge with solid expertise in marketing theory and best practice.

Maree Surrey
Group Sales Manager

Maree is an accomplished senior sales and marketing professional delivering over 20 years of experience with a proven track record underpinned by a passion and insight into the Travel and Tourism Hospitality sector in the South Pacific. Having held senior management roles with a range of companies such as ReserveGroup, Bayview International Hotels & Resorts, and New Idea Magazine, Maree has successfully managed to contribute to the market share growth and performance of each business. She is a forward thinker with the ability to implement new and innovative sales programs and methods to help drive the business towards success. Maree is key to supporting PRHG’s strategy to identify new trends, identify what performs and what doesn’t and adapting to ever changing market dynamics and strategies.


Greg Thomas
Director

Greg is the board member primarily responsible for the performance of the executive team.  An accountant by profession Greg trained with several New Zealand accountancy firms, then gained commercial experience as CFO of Trigon Plastics, a large international manufacturer. During the 1980’s Greg established his own accountancy practice, established and sold a national chain of retail stores and diversified into commercial property development. Greg worked closely with the founder and Chairman of Pacific Resort Hotel Group (Eden Hall) to bring together the agreements, people and finances necessary to establish Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa. He is a current member of the College of Chartered Accountants, New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Directors of New Zealand and the New Zealand Trustees Association.