Our Team


Art Sarkissian

Founder & CEO

Originally from Sydney, Australia Art graduated from The University of Western Sydney with a double degree Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Hospitality Management achieving honors in both degrees. His passion for Learning and Development led him to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, a career which spanned over 12 years and multiple roles around the world including Regional Director positions in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States. He created leadership and mentoring programs which were used around the world.

He founded Here and Now Consulting with a very unique vision, to help great leaders impact the lives of their team members. His philosophy takes a strength-based approach which allows leaders and team members to harness their greatest of strengths and take these to a new level.

Art has a proven record of expertise with instructional design and facilitation of Executive programs globally and across numerous industries including Finance, Hospitality, Aviation, Health Care, Retail, Entertainment and Sports. His Mentoring programs for high-potential leaders have been used across the world including the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe & Australia.  He has designed and facilitated over 250 Executive Retreats and Development programs targeting team dynamics within Executive Teams as well as creating strategies to shift organizational cultures. Art brings a customized approach for each client

His Convergence Executive Coaching experience is targeted at High Potential Senior leaders allowing them to unlock their potential, reduce their triggers and build highly effective teams using targeted, state of the art tools and methodology. He has coached countless C-Suite and Executive leaders to make an impact not only on their own behaviors, but impact the culture of the entire organization.

Art’s passions are his family, his friends, his fitness and wine.


Dr. Alina Gorgorian

Vice President, Organizational Learning

Dr. Gorgorian joined Here and Now Consulting as the Vice President of Organizational Learning. She has worked with Executive and Leadership Teams specializing in motivation and enhancing leadership behaviors. She has designed and delivered Service Culture programming and Executive Retreats across multiple industries, concentrating on behavioral change to deliver service excellence.

Dr. Gorgorian received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in New York. She completed her predoctoral clinical training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, an internship at the VA in Los Angeles, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received extensive training and thus specializes in the delivery of evidence-based behavioral therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

She has worked as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine and Alliant Universities and has also provided many trainings and workshops on a variety of mental health issues and evidence-based treatments, nationally and internationally.

Most recently she was the Executive Clinical Director at Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles, where she trained and managed clinical and executive team members. She has also been in private practice since 2008, where she continuously utilizes evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies to help her clients make behavioral changes and work toward values-driven behaviors in order to improve their moods and build and live their desired lives.

As an Executive Coach, what differentiates her coaching style from others is her ability to combine her knowledge, experience and tools she as a phycologist and apply these to the world of leadership, empowering individuals to break through and truly reach their greatest potential. She is able to assess individuals and teams, meet them where they are at, and guide them in their behavioral change with compassion and finesse to help them achieve their goals.

She is very passionate about her family, travel, cooking and baking.


Kelly Banks Hoen

Senior Vice President

For over two decades, Kelly has been leading Service Culture programs and Leadership development in the Hawaiian Islands and the mainland United States through her experience in the hospitality industry. She has held numerous Executive Leadership positions including Area General Manager, General Manager & Director of Sales & Marketing roles.

Prior to joining Here and Now Consulting, Kelly was the Area General Manager for Outrigger Hospitality Group in Waikiki at the company’s most significant ocean front resorts.  Leading each property, her focus has always been on developing the team first that leads to success in customer engagement and financial business results. She has always concentrated on innovation, technology, team training, and operational excellence.

Kelly’s past executive roles have taken her around the world connecting and engaging with corporate customers and travel partners developing successful business strategies. Those executive roles include prominent Hawai‘i hotels, including The MODERN HONOLULU and The Princeville Resort. Most notably, she successfully led the transition of the Service Culture for the Royal Hawaiian from a Sheraton Hotel to the Luxury Collection brand. Kelly brings an impressive track record of success in repositioning hotels in Hawai‘i.

Kelly grew up in Hawaii and has always been committed to giving back to the community. She has served on numerous boards involved in education, women’s leadership/development, and hospitality.  She earned a BFA in Theatre and Education from Stephens College in Colombia, MO.

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