Shawn N. Anderson was reappointed interim United States attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands by attorney general of the United States Jefferson B. Sessions III for 120 days starting Jan. 5.
Anderson has served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice since 2003. He previously held the positions of first assistant United States attorney and criminal chief for the districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, branch office supervisor in the Eastern District of Washington and resident legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training in Baghdad and Karbala, Iraq.
Anderson earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in psychology from Oregon State University.
Tasi Scanlon was appointed country head of ANZ American Samoa in Pago Pago. Scanlon has worked at ANZ since 2007 in senior roles that include commercial relationship manager, retail banking manager, chief operating officer, head of commercial loans and acting country manager.
Scanlon holds a bachelor’s in business management from the Sacred Heart College, N.C. and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle.
Scanlon will report to John Wade, CEO American Territories, who is based in Guam.
Giana U. Pangelinan returned to Sanford Technology Group LLC as accounting and tax manager in November. Previously, Pangelinan worked as treasury manager for Docomoc Pacific Inc.
Pangelinan sits on the board of Mercy Action Marianas LTD and is treasurer for the University of Guam Alumni Association and treasurer for Guam Young Professionals, where she also served as vice chairwoman in 2017 and 2016.
Pangelinan received a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of San Francisco in 2012 and a professional master’s of business administration from the University of Guam in 2015.
Gloria C. Cavanaugh joined Pacific Islands Club Saipan as general manager on Feb. 1. Prior to this, Cavanaugh was general manager of the Marianas Resort & Spa for seven years and general manager of Guam International Country Club for five years.
She was elected chairperson for Marianas Visitors Authority in September, has been chairperson for the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands since January 2015 and was elected secretary for the Northern Marianas Business Alliance in September 2016.
Cavanaugh received a bachelor’s in mathematics from Gonzaga University in 1988.
Retired United States Navy Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao was named as director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Gumataotao joined the Navy in 1976 and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. He is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned his master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1994.
As a surface warfare officer, Gumataotao’s assignments have included assistant surface operations officer and surface systems analysis officer for commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; current operations officer for commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and chief of division for current operations for the commander, U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters. He also commanded the USS Curtis Wilbur, USS Decatur and Destroyer Squadron 31.
Gumataotao’s assignments in the region were commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea for U.S. Pacific Fleet; commander, Task Force 78 for U.S. 7th Fleet; naval component commander of United Nations Command; deputy naval component commander for Combined Forces Command, Korea; and commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. Prior to his retirement on Nov. 1, Gumataotao served as deputy chief of staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Va.
The DKI APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues.
Gumataotao will replace James Hartsell at the center, who has served as interim director since November 2016.
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce named Ivan Quichocho, vice president of Tan Holdings and president of Let’s Go tour company, as Business Person of the Year on Jan. 27 at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.
The other three nominees were Velma Palacios, head of network operations, IT&E CNMI; Tyrell Pauling, director of food and beverage, Hyatt Regency Saipan and Yoshihito Shibahata, general manager, Pacific Islands Club Saipan.
Guam Young Professionals announced Jon Nathan P. Denight, president and CEO of Guam Visitors Bureau, as winner of the 2017 Reina A. Leddy Guam Young Professional of the Year award on Jan. 26 at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. The other three nominees were:
- Dr. Luan P. Nguyen, physician, American Medical Center and CEO and founder, Newgen Physical Therapy & Peak Performance
- Anthony Quenga, assistant vice president and business development officer, Bank of Guam
- Jesse Rosario, owner and proprietor, Boka Box and head instructor, Crossfit Jumpstart
Wings Football Club Inc. announced the election of a new board of directors on Jan. 9. The six newly-elected individuals are Marvin “Ike” Iseke, president; Rodney Webb, secretary and treasurer; James Okuhama, head coach; Duane C. Pahl, director; Miyuki Atsuta, communications director and Roseanne Jones, assistant to communications director.
Wings FC is a youth soccer organization established in 1985 to provide children from the ages of 4 to 17 the opportunity to learn and play soccer.
The Marianas Visitors Authority was awarded the Best Island Destination Award for the Northern Mariana Islands at the 2017 National Tourism Awards on Jan. 22 in Beijing. Every year the National Tourism Awards attracts tourism leaders from both domestic and international markets in order to recognize official tourism authorities, travel agencies and airlines.
First Hawaiian Bank was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 9th largest bank in the United States in the 2018 edition of its annual list of America’s 100 Largest Banks, according to a Jan. 11 release. First Hawaiian Bank is the only Hawaii-headquartered bank to be included in the list’s top 10 rankings. This is the first year that First Hawaiian Bank has been eligible to be included in the Forbes bank ranking since it became a public company in August 2016.
Paluma, the Junior Achievement Company sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, is the JA Guam 2017 Company of the Year. Other award-winners include:
- 2nd place Company of the Year — Fulfill, representing Simon Sanchez High School
- President of the Year — Rachel Lin, St. John’s High School
- Finance VP of the Year — Jose Hernandez, FDMS
- Production VP of the Year — Bradley Bautista, SHS
- Marketing VP of the Year — TJ Ngitong, SSHS
- Highest Return on Investment — Fulfill, representing Simon Sanchez High School
- Product of the Year — Paluma, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii
- Best in Show — Paluma, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii
- Best Annual Report — Paluma, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii
- Best Commercial — Fulfill, representing Simon Sanchez High School
- Best in Technology — Shoa Co, sponsored by ASC Trust Corp.
Both Paluma and Fulfill will go on to represent JA Guam at the JA Asia Pacific Company of the year competition in Beijing in March.
John O’Connor was awarded 2017 Employee of the Year for the editorial department by the Guam Daily Post. O’Connor has worked for the Post since July 2015. Prior to the Post, O’Connor worked for the Guam Department of Education as a limited term teacher.
O’Connor graduated from the University of Guam in 2014 with a bachelor’s in computer science.
The Guam Healthy Relationship Education Program was rebranded as Spark. Spark, a program under WestCare Pacific Islands, is designed to teach young couples relationship skills such as effective communication, time management and how to negotiate difficult moments in their relationship. Spark features events such as couples retreats, date nights and family centered activities at no cost to the couples.
Japan Airlines was named Best Trans-Pacific Airline and Best Airline to Japan in Global Traveler Magazine’s 14th annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards. More than 20,000 readers responded to Global Traveler’s Tested Reader survey which was conducted from January to August 2017. JAL is the first Japanese airline to win Best Trans-Pacific Airline.
Delta Air Lines promoted promoted Rahul Samant from chief information officer to executive vice president effective Jan. 1. Samant will report directly to Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian.
Prior to joining Delta, Samant served as AIG’s chief digital officer.
Delta Air Lines won the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards for Best Domestic Airline, Top Airline Overall and Best Sales and Service for the seventh, fourth and second straight years respectively. Delta also won the Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award for the first time at the Heart of Travel Awards reception, which was organized by Tourism Cares.
Judges for the Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award cited Delta’s commitment to giving back 1% to communities around the globe. In 2016, Delta gave $38 million to charities worldwide.
Delta Air Lines was ranked the number one most admired airline and 31 most admired company overall on Fortune Magazine’s list of Most Admired Companies 2017.
Delta was also named the Wall Street Journal’s top U.S. airline, 2017’s Most On-Time Global Airline, a Fortune Blue Ribbon Company and Glassdoor Employees Choice employer.
The Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association swore in its newly elected officers on Dec. 5 at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. The newly elected officers are Joyce Crisostomo, president; Annabel Dancel, vice president; Bea Guerrero, recording secretary; Amanda Shelton, corresponding secretary; Rita Cruz Pedan, assistant treasurer; Toni Pecon, treasurer; Lucy Evangelista, director at large and Carn Amparo, director at large.
The GMHVA was founded in 1965 to support Guam Memorial Hospital through volunteer service and raising funds for medical equipment.
Patrick Villagomez Reyes was confirmed as a member of the Northern Marianas Commonwealth Zoning Board by the Third Senatorial District Legislative Delegation on Jan. 22 and was sworn in by acting Gov. Victor B. Hocog on Jan. 23. Reyes, a systems administrator for the NMI Women, Infants and Children program, was nominated to the board by Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres on Nov. 1.
Reyes, who holds an associate’s in electronics engineering from ITT Technical Institute in Las Vegas, Nev., has worked for the NMI WIC program since 2015 and prior to that was a network specialist for the NMI public school system.
James S. Herbert III, general manager of Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods Inc., was elected chairman for the Guam Chamber of Commerce according to a Jan. 17 release. Other newly-elected board members are Joe M. Arnett, tax advisor of Deloitte & Touche LLP, who was elected vice chairman; and Mark Tokito, senior vice president of Bank of Hawaii, who was elected secretary-treasurer.
Immediate past chairman Bobby Shringi, sales and marketing manager of Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters Inc.; special executive committee member Jonathan Kriegel, CEO of Docomo Pacific; and Guam Chamber of Commerce president Catherine S. Castro joined Herbert, Arnett and Tokito on the Executive Committee effective Jan. 17.