By Guam Business Staff
The following executives were nominated this year for Guam Business Magazine’s Executive of the Year. We are proud to recognize these individuals, who have made an impact on their colleagues, companies and community through notable achievements in their businesses and institutions in the past year.
William D. Beery, 71, is vice president and general manager for Tutujan Hill Group Ltd. Beery was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1968 from Iowa State University.
Beery began his career as an officer for the Civil Engineer Corps with the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1968. He has more than 50 years of professional experience in the construction industry and has worked on numerous projects for Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the private sector. In addition to his role at THG, Beery owns Construction Management Services, a professional project management company he started in 1994. He previously worked as general manager at Watts Constructors from 2005 to 2008 and at JA Jones Management Services from 1998 to 2005. From 1986 to 1994, Beery owned Beery Construction Co. in Hawaii, a role he assumed after working as general superintendent and project manager at LUSK Hawaii from 1978 to 1986 and as project manager and engineer at Pacific Construction from 1973 to 1978.
In the course of his 20 years in management, Beery has managed approximately $387 million in projects.
Beery serves as the national fellow and past president of the Guam Society of Professional Engineers. He is a member of the Guam Building Code Council and member and past chairman of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee National Contract Committee and a board member and past chairman of the Guam Contractors Association. He teaches a project management course at the Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy, where he serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees. THG supports the Guam Contractors Association, the Guam Contractors Association Trade Academy and the Guam Society of Professional Engineers.
Beery’s partner of 19 years is Sun T. Jobham. He has two children: Scot, 48, and Matt, 45.
William D. Beery
Vice president and general manager
Tutujan Hill Group Ltd.
Sanjay R. Dewan, 44, is founder, president and CEO of Dewan Enterprises Inc., which does business as Port of Mocha Coffee House. Dewan was born in Hong Kong during the period which Hong Kong was under British Crown rule. His family moved to Guam after Dewan finished third grade. After beginning to work by choice at the young age of 11, Dewan went on to receive his associate’s in business management in 1992 from International Business College, and his bachelor’s in business management with an emphasis on marketing in 1997 from the University of Guam.
With Port of Mocha, Dewan has developed a specialty coffee chain and is currently working to open the company’s eighth location on island.
Through Dewan Enterprises, Dewan also founded and served as president and CEO of Leila’s Lingerie from 2005 to 2012. The retail boutiques were located in Micronesia Mall and Guam Premier Outlets and carried women’s lingerie from Europe, South America and mainland United States.
In 2005, Dewan founded and still serves as president and CEO of Classic Rides, an importer of classic automobiles to Guam.
Dewan continues to serve as a director of Bonanza Corp., which does business as The Sun Tees, a screen printing and embroidery company, and as director of Dewan Property Development. Having worked with the company since 1990, he oversees production, sales, graphics and logistics.
Dewan has been instrumental in organizing a variety of charity events for the community. He sits on the boards for the Salvation Army and the Department of Labor and Work Force Development, and is an active member of the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. His companies support Erica’s House, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Guam Medical Association and the Indian Temple of Guam, among others.
Dewan has one son: Aryan Xaius Perez, 5.
Sanjay R. Dewan
Founder, president and CEO
Dewan Enterprises Inc., which does business as Port of Mocha Coffee House
Felix has completed numerous real estate courses and received several professional designations, including Certified Property Manager, Certified International Property Specialist and Certified Commercial Investment Manager.
He has been recognized as Realtor of the Year by the Guam Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors on six different occasions, received the Realtors Choice Award on three different occasions and the was recognized with the Governor’s Guahan Award. Felix has accumulated more than 30 years of real estate and property management experience.
Felix has a variety of international experience in real estate sales to Asian investors and developers. His firm currently manages more than 45 condominium complexes, plus commercial properties.
Felix has served as the director of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, director of Catholic Social Services, president of the Guam March of Dimes, president of the Guam Rotary Club and disaster chairman of the Guam Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He has been a member of the Guam Board of Realtors since 1973 — serving on many of its committees and as its president for several years — and is the board’s president-elect for 2018.
He was also a member of the Territorial Planning Council for five years, a member of the Guam Real Estate Commission for more than 16 years and has served as the director for the National Association of Realtors for more than 30 years. Felix is an appointed regent of the University of Guam.
Felix is married to Rosario T. Felix, and they have three children: Mary, 35; Dominique, 26; and Amanda, 21.
Christopher K. Felix
President and principal broker
Century 21 Realty Management Co. Inc.
Siska S. Hutapea, 46, is the president of Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc. She was born in Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra, Indonesia and graduated from Trisakti University with a 1994 bachelor’s in civil engineering. She holds a 1997 master’s in real estate from the University of New South Wales. She has 18 years of experience in Guam real estate appraisal and consulting.
Hutapea got her first job as a structural engineer and began engaging in real estate research, valuation and consulting in 1992 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She moved to Guam as an appraiser and was chief appraiser at The Captain Co. from 1999 to 2007. She became a managing partner and chief appraiser at Captain, Hutapea & Associates before establishing her own company in 2012. Her company completed a mass revaluation and reappraisal of all real property on Guam in 2015 — the first in more than 20 years.
Since moving to Guam, Hutapea has been involved in a number of organizations. She served as a member of the Guam Workforce Investment Board, past director of the Guam Association of Realtors, past council member of the Lutheran Church of Guam, chairman of Tender Shepherd Preschool and president of Soroptimist International of the Marianas. She also organized the first women leadership conference in 2012. Hutapea was one of the founding members of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and served as its president in 2016. She is a trustee of Pacific Islands University and a board member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. Her company supports the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International of the Marianas, Pacific Islands University and PBS Guam.
Hutapea is married to Edward B. Hutapea, and they have five children: Faith, 16; Grace, 14; Timothy, 12; Christian, 10; and Hope, 8.
Siska S. Hutapea
Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc.
James I. Oehlerking, 60, is CEO and director of Pacific Telecom Inc., which does business as IT&E. Oehlerking was born in Chicago. He studied computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Oehlerking’s first job was at Motorola as a systems engineer.
Since then, he has held multiple international roles in sales, operations, strategy and portfolio ownership for cellular and Wi-Fi technologies, systems integration and professional services including senior director of global operations for Motorola Cellular Networks and vice president of Asia Pacific Operations for Black Box Network Services.
His experience spans Asia, India, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He arrived on Guam in 2015 when he joined IT&E in his current position and has been fulfilling both the CEO and the chief technical officer position for the majority of his time with the company.
He is an active member and supporter of the Guam National Tennis Federation, and supports other organizations and activities in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. His company supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Pink Ball Organization, the Filipino Community of Guam, the Rigalu Foundation and the Korean Women’s Association. IT&E has also provided multiple community parks through the Mayors Counsel in Sinajana, Asan Maina, Mangilau and Barrigada in Guam, with one in progress in Rota.
Oehlerking is married to Jung Hee “Sue” Oehlerking, and has three children: James, 27; MaryAnn, 25; and Alexa, 23.
James I. Oehlerking
Pacific Telecom Inc., which does business as IT&E
She holds a 1994 bachelor’s in psychology and a 1999 master’s in business administration, both from the University of Guam. She then earned a doctorate in business administration with a focus in strategic management from U.S. International University/Alliant International University in 2004.
In her educational career, Santos has worked as adjunct faculty at the U.S. International University, College of Business; associate professor of management in the College of Professional Studies, School of Business and Public Administration at UOG and chairperson of the Professional Master of Business Administration program at UOG.
Santos served as president of the first Rotary e-Club in the Pacific Basin region. She also serves as chairperson of the Notre Dame High School Advisory Board and member of the Notre Dame High School Strategic Planning Steering Committee and president of Local First! Guam. As president of Local First! Guam, she helped create the Localist Directory of local businesses on Guam.
Santos also served as a past consultant for Guam Power Authority, Guam Waterworks Authority and Consolidated Commission on Utilities.
She was selected as a judge for a variety of awards for the Soroptimist International of the Americas Founder Region, Guam History Day and the Guam Chamber of Commerce, and as a speaker for the 2014 Rotaract Youth Leadership Conference and Guam Adventist Academy 2013 Career Day.
Santos is married to Roland James Santos. They have three children: Chareen, 31; Jaedene, 30; and Gianna, 28.
Annette T. Santos
Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration
University of Guam
Steven M. Solberg is the general manager of Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. Born in Manistee, Mich., Solberg aspired to work in the automotive industry in his youth and, later, hospital administration, but became interested in the hospitality industry after working as a bellman in college. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Northwood University, Midland, Mich.
Solberg began his career in hospitality at Marriott Hotels and Resorts in 1977 as resident manager, and has continued in the industry for more than 40 years. He has held multiple management positions as general manager of properties at Promus Hotels; Sir Francis Drake Hotel of the Kimpton Hotel Group, Doubletree Hotel, Embassy Suites properties, hotels of Marriott International Inc. and Hilton Worldwide.
Solberg has managed hotels in various locations throughout the United States, to include California, Ohio, Alabama, Colorado and New York, before becoming general manager of the Outrigger Guam in December 2014.
Solberg served as board member of the Employers Council of Guam and the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. He is a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce and its Armed Forces Committee, the U.S. Navy League, the Andersen Civilian Advisory Council, the SKAL Club of Guam and Rotary International. He has managed fundraising for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
His company supports the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, the Guam USO, the Armed Forces Committee, Guam Women’s Clubs and the SKAL Club of Guam.
Solberg is married to Crispen A. Solberg. Their children are Jacqueline, Sadie and John.
Steven M. Solberg
Outrigger Guam Beach Resort
Keith J. Stewart, 49, is president of the Pacific Rim Group of Companies, which includes Pacific Rim Constructors Inc., Pacific Rim Land Development Inc., Pacific Rim Land Development LLC (Saipan), Pacific Rim Constructors Inc. (Hawaii) and Paradise Holdings Inc. He is also managing member of Isa Villas Partners LLC.
Stewart holds a bachelor’s in architecture from Arizona State University and a master’s of business administration in international business from the Institute Superieur De Gestion in France.
Stewart has 26 years of experience in the building industry with a variety of construction, development and program management projects in the United States, Caribbean and Guam. Among notable projects are the $347 million Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel and the $85.4 million Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
His experience spans all facets of a project’s development from site selection, proformas, budgeting, team formation, financing, design, through construction. Stewart has worked with a variety of corporate clients on a wide range of project types under various contracting methods including design-build, construction manager general contractor, program management and fixed price.
On Guam, he has also worked on the $93 million Mamizu utilities and site improvements phase one with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific; the $56 million Naval bachelor enlisted quarters; the $6.1 million island-wide water well rehabilitation project, the $2.3 million Asan emergency sewer repairs and replacement and $1.4 million high water level alarms for Guam Waterworks Authority.
Stewart supports the Guam Contractors Association, the Guam Rugby Club, the Contractors Basketball League, various Christian organizations, the Festival of the Pacific Arts and the Firefighters Organization, among others.
Stewart is married to Sandrine M.A.C. Stewart.
Keith J. Stewart
Pacific Rim Group of Companies
Isa Villas Partners LLC