Founder/CEO Aaron Placourakis was raised around great food. And like all Greeks, he was instilled with the belief that family isn’t just limited to close relatives but to anyone who’s gathered around the table. It’s an approach that’s been perfected by his team who greet you at the door as a friend, not as a customer. This uncompromising style has been the key to the success of his restaurants for 35 years.
Executive Chef, Geno Sarmiento, began his career with Nicholas Nickolas in 1995 in the kitchen pantry. He quickly worked his way up to head line cook. In 1998, Chef Geno relocated to Maui to open Nick’s Fishmarket. Under the leadership of Chef George Gomes, Jr., Chef Geno then opened Sarento’s on the Beach followed by Son’z Steakhouse. Chef Geno oversees all three Tri-Star restaurants. He is married to Kim with whom he has three daughters.
Don has spent his entire restaurant career with Tri-Star Restaurant Group, beginning at an entry level position in Honolulu in 1993. He worked his way up to captain before accepting a position as dining room manager for Nick’s Fishmarket Maui, and was eventually promoted to director of operations in 2004. Don is married and has twin girls and a son. When not in the restaurants, Don spends his time surfing with the family and paddling Hawaii’s beautiful waters.
Doug joined Tri Star Restaurant Group in 1991 and worked his way up through the ranks at Nicholas Nickolas Restaurant in Honolulu. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, he re-located to Maui in 2001 and became Dining Room Manager of Nick’s Fishmarket and Wine Director for Tri Star Restaurant Group. Doug was named General Manager of Nick’s Fishmarket Maui in 2004. Doug is married to his wife Jacqui and is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He is also a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers as of 2006.