Leadership

Our leadership team has more than three decades of combined experience in hospitality, software development, and the management of buildings and construction projects. This in-depth and multi-faceted background has shaped the development of aXessPoint into a highly functional solution for properties throughout Hawaii and the mainland U.S.

Eric Taylor
Chief Executive Officer

Eric Taylor is a seasoned entrepreneur, operations, and project management professional with an array of skillsets in IT/Software Development, Construction, and Telecommunications. Mr. Taylor was a founder and CEO of IDC Joint Venture, a Hawaii-based company that provided network infrastructure services to the wireless telecommunications industry, which was acquired by Centerline Solutions in 2015.

Prior to that he served as the Director of IT/Operations at a global construction company that specialized in military contracts and served as a senior manager with an assortment of software and consulting companies on both the software development and the implementation side of their businesses.

Mr. Taylor has a AB degree from Princeton University.

 

Damian Pherigo
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Damian Pherigo holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California and is completing his MBA program at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He has worked across the entire technology product life cycle through his experience in Boeing's engineering leadership development program and through his support strategy and product operations experience at Google.

Mr. Pherigo has a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC).

Bello Silitshena
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Bello has nearly a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, previously working in restaurant and hotel-resort operations for high-volume organizations such as Disney World and celebrity chef Guy Fieri Signature Restaurants.

Bello also spent 10 years in software development, launching and overseeing software firms in California and Hawaii. He currently runs the day-to-day operations of aXess Point, including marketing, business development, finance and overall strategy. He is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, and has served as a featured speaker for the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA), among other “Island Innovators.” In 2018 Bello was a finalist in the Hawaii Venture Capital Association "Entrepreneur of the Year Awards."

 

Michael Harding
Co-Founder and Chief of Business Development

Michael has more than 15 years of experience in construction, construction project management and building management. He recently served as the managing partner at a Honolulu-based software company, where he maintained sales programs and built business relationships. In his current role, he develops aXess Point’s customer-support functions. He also oversees sales strategy.

Mahboud Zabetian
Chief Technical Advisor

Application development from idea to app store. Mahboud has worked with companies, small (startup) to large (ESPN, Google), and has a track record of successful app development and deployment, including user feedback and behavior analysis to feed rapid iteration. He has been invaluable as a software architect, team leader and experienced advisor on many projects from an app product strategy perspective, saving projects from a number of shortsighted decisions and positioning them for success.

Mahboud has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

 

Tefo Noke
Managing Partner - Botswana

Tefo has a very strong technical background, having worked as a consultant and advisor across a variety of notable institutions including Accenture, Debswana and Local Enterprise Authority (LEA). His strong sense of knowledge and intuition in the field has positioned him to be adept at the use of technology in business, monitoring utilisation of technology and suggesting ways to address productivity, quality and efficiency problems using technology.

Tefo has a MEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering from Cardiff University.

Timothy Schoenau
Customer Success Manager

Tim possesses a keen understanding of technology and how people interact with it on a daily basis. Tim’s experience includes 300+ hours of teaching people to use computers and technology in general at Microsoft and this only grows as more customers use and advise him on what features they value most.

When it was shown to him for the first time, Tim immediately saw the usefulness as well as the validity of aXessPoint in. Being a firm believer in communication Tim was impressed with aXessPoint as well as seeing its potential for growth on a multinational scale. Foreseeing problems that people would have when adapting and bringing on new software to a workplace and an attitude of understanding and patience made Customer Success Manager a natural fit.

 

Our Clients

From communities with just a few doors to landmark residential properties throughout Hawaii and the mainland U.S., our clients are using aXess Point to provide superior community living. Here’s what they have to say:

Kanani Kaopua, PCAM®
Vice President & Senior Property Manager
Hawaiian Properties

“We have used aXess Point’s software for 2 years in a Honolulu high-rise community with 330 units. It’s a highly effective way to disseminate information to everyone quickly. aXess Point helps us easily handle things like announcements, work orders, and contacts -- it is a one-stop hub for our communications. At first, our board thought it was too good to be true, but it makes everyone’s job so much easier -- from resident managers to administrators and board members.”

 

Jesse H. Johnasen, CPP®
Operations Manager
One Archer Lane AOAO, Inc., Honolulu

“We have used aXess Point since 2014 to help our management team better communicate with residents. More than 70 percent of our 331 condominium units in Honolulu have downloaded the app. It’s convenient to immediately send push notifications, including important community notices such as an emergency water shut off or scheduling changes for services like window washing. aXess Point works great for the small stuff, too – like letting a resident know we are holding a delivery for them while they are out of town.”