John M. Quinata was named deputy executive manager by the Guam International Airport Authority. The appointment was effective April 25. Quinata previously served as a senator in the 27th Guam Legislature, as well as the director of the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency.
Glen Hunter graduated from the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses education and mentorship initiative. Hunter is the first from the CNMI to achieve this honor. He is the owner or co-owner of three Saipan businesses: The Shack, GoHydro LLC and the Airstream, Saipan.
Hunter originally enrolled with the 10KSB@Babson’s Fall 2018 batch, selected from a group of more than 800 applicants. However, he could not complete the program on time due to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yutu. Hunter got a second chance, though, when he received an invitation to re-enter the program as part of the Spring 2019 batch.
Nelson H.V. Pegarido will succeed Michael A. Camacho as president and CEO of Personal Finance Center, according to a press release from the PFC. Pegarido is a 25-year veteran of the center, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Camacho is relocating to Hawaii and will serve as a consultant on strategic matters to the board of directors while spending more time with his two school-aged children.
Frank Camacho will continue in his current position as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Yale Kramer took second place as runner up in the “Pacific Take a Stand” Competition. For his award, he addressed the Pacific Resilience Meeting, held in Suva, Fiji, on May 3. Kramer, who is 15 years old and from the Marshall Islands, is the creator of a short film on the effects of global warming on the Pacific and on his home in the Marshalls. He is the son of Daniel and Barbara Kramer and the grandson of Jerry and Merced Kramer.
James Oehlerking, CEO of IT&E, was sworn in as a member of the Guam Solid Waste Authority’s Board of Directors during a ceremony on May 2 at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex. Oehlerking has over 25 years experience in program management and implementation.
Trina Cruz was promoted to director of marketing and brand development at the Pacific Islands Club Guam. Cruz has worked for PIC for over 10 years, first as a sales manager, then as a marketing and promotions manager. Cruz has a bachelors in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and a master’s in business administration from the University of Guam.
Monique Boyer Sablan was appointed to serve as the special assistant for the CNMI Office of Youth Affairs. Sablan previously served as the workforce program coordinator and public information officer for the CNMI Scholarship Office. Sablan has a bachelor’s in english with a minor in humanities and law from the University of California, Irvine.
Stanley Iakopo was appointed as the executive director of the CNMI Veterans Affairs Office. In addition to serving in the United States Air Force for the last 18 years in several capacities, Iakopo also served as executive director for the Civil Military Liaison Office and as an environmental health officer and procurement and supply director for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
Nico Fujikawa was promoted to director of Tourism Research in the marketing and research departments at the Guam Visitors Bureau. Fujikawa has a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics from the University of Guam.
Nadine Leon Guerrero was promoted to director of Global Marketing for the Guam Visitors Bureau. Leon Guerrero joined GVB in January 1994 and has taken on many progressive roles and managerial positions in her marketing career. She also played key roles in several promotional campaigns and initiatives for Guam’s source markets of Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, North America and the Philippines. She was the marketing manager of the greater China market prior to her promotion.
Leon Guerrero has a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis on marketing and management from the University of Guam.
United Airlines was recognized by IDG CIO with its 2019 CIO 100 award for its innovative volunteer solicitation program. United is the first airline to implement a fully automated tool that enables customers to volunteer their seat, confirm a new flight itinerary and receive compensation without additional steps at the gate which also helps make boarding more streamlined and less stressful for customers and employees alike. With this tool — available during check-in at united.com, the mobile app and at airport kiosks — customers can elect from options including free schedule changes or bid to exchange a confirmed seat, all at the time of check-in.
This is the airline’s third consecutive year receiving the award, recognizing United as exemplifying the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
The KFC Guam team won the award for Best Manager at the KFC Asia Pacific Competition from April 23 to April 24 in Kuala Lampur. Keaolani Sewell acted as team leader.
The competition — against KFC Teams from 10 countries in Asia — was for fastest speed, hospitality, accuracy, product quality and customer service. In 2018, KFC Guam won the award for Most Customers Served.
Jean Chabanne (left), protocol officer for Marine Corps Activity Guam, was trained and licensed by the Protocol School of Washington, an accredited school, from April 25 to April 30. She received her certificate from Pamela Eyring, president of the Protocol School. Chabanne has 10 years of experience in protocol and cultural liaison and will provide etiquette and protocol services to government agencies in her work with the Marine Corps.
The Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors elected new officers, Committee Chairpersons and its twelfth member. Ada’s Trust and Investment Inc. President Pedro “Sonny” Ada was elected as chairman. Other new officers include Milton K. Morinaga, managing director of PHR Ken Micronesia, as vice chairman; Samuel V. Shinohara, managing director of airport operations for the Asia Pacific region for United Airlines, as treasurer; and Theresa Arriola, director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, as secretary. Derrick Muna Quinata, president of Guam Auto Spot, was elected as the twelfth member. Other members of the GVB board of directors include Paul S.N. Shimizu, Mayor Robert Hofmann, Flori-Anne DelaCruz, Shun Matsumoto, Bradley D. Kloppenburg, Satoru Murata, Joann G. Camacho and Stephen Gatewood.