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.
By Guam Business Staff
Frank A. Cruz is the vice president and general manager of Guam Fast Foods Inc., which does business as KFC and Sbarro restaurants.
Cruz’s 40-year career in hospitality started in 1983 with McDonald’s Restaurants in Hagatna, as a team member. Cruz moved up the ranks at McDonald’s, achieving assistant manager role by the time he left in 1987.
After joining Guam Fast Foods, Cruz rose from assistant manager to restaurant general manager, to operations manager and to his current leadership position.
At Guam Fast Foods he has led the opening of seven KFC restaurants and two Sbarro restaurants, while also revolutionizing operations of the group and industry through updated food safety standards, adding social media and digital elements, such as WhatsApp and Facebook messenger online ordering to restaurant operations.
Cruz also initiated delivery services. In addition, under his tenure, KFC established a following in catering services, specifically chicken and trays of red rice.
Cruz is a board member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Guam Food Safety Task Force which works in partnership with the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services and is active with the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. He has also served with the Guam Visitors Bureau.
Cruz is the vice president and secretary general of the Guam Basketball Confederation and a board member for FIBA International Basketball Federation for Oceania. In addition, he is a certified referee instructor, tournament level director and involved with many youth leagues in Guam. As a member of GHRA, he served multiple years as the sports coordinator managing softball, beach volleyball, bowling and basketball for members.
He is a member of the Guam NUNU Golf Association, the Guam Mafuti Masters Basketball Club, the Guam National Olympic Committee, and president of the Marianas Sports Officials Association, Piti Pacers Basketball Club and the Central Mavericks Basketball Club.
Guam Fast Foods support includes Harvest House, Make-a-Wish Guam and CNMI, Toys for Tots, Catholic Social Services, Sanctuary Inc., the Guam Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Andersen Bomber Basketball Team (the KFC Bombers) and Kamalen Karidat.
Cruz is married to Erika S. Cruz, and their three children are Frankie C. Cruz, 33, Nikolas B. Cruz, 27, and Isabella F. Cruz, 11.
Jimmy T.C. Hau, who is from Leicester in the United Kingdom is the president of Mobil Oil Guam Inc., Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc., and Mobil Oil Micronesia Inc.
He was appointed to Guam in 2019, in time to see the successful completion of upgrades to Mobil service stations in Guam and Saipan.
During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Hau led proactive steps to keep employees working, serviced station personnel and customers safe while maintaining an uninterrupted supply of essential fuel to Guam and surrounding islands.
Hau holds a 1990 First Class bachelor’s of engineering (Hons) in chemical engineering from the University of Salford in the U.K.
Hau began his career in the petroleum industry in England as a chemical engineer with British Petroleum plc in London.
After two years at Stone & Webster Ltd. in Milton Keynes in England, he was appointed as an LPG Engineer in Hong Kong with Esso Hong Kong Ltd.
Hau joined ExxonMobil in 2000 as market support/retail territory manager with ExxonMobil Hong Kong Ltd. Hau has risen through a variety of appoints – which also included time in Singapore – and his most recent appointment before his present position was as Hong Kong retail sales manager for ExxonMobil Hong Kong Ltd.
While managing the Hong Kong retail business, he was able to turn it around, by improving the market share and business performance.
Hau serves on the board of the Guam Chapter of the American Red Cross and is also a board member for Kam Tsin Village Ho Tung Primary School in Hong Kong, and Kam Tsin Village Kindergarten, also in Hong Kong.
As part of a team, Hau was able to implement many changes in the local village primary school, enable it to continue to teach children skills to better themselves.
Mobil supports numerous organizations and community events in the islands where it does business. These include the chapters of the American Red Cross in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the University of Guam, the Salvation Army Guam, Rainbows for Children, the McDonald’s Trust, the Saipan Fishing Derby, and the Pacific Mini Games.
Jimmy’s spouse is Winnie Lee and their children are Jason and Emily.
Charles B. Hazzard III is the president, CEO and project director of DZSP 21 LLC, which provides the U.S. military’s significant Base Operations Support services in Guam.
Hazzard holds a 1987 bachelor’s of science from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, where he would also become certified as a project management professional at the Project Management Institute.
He joined the U.S. Army as a Corps of Engineers Officer. In 2003, he went into the private sector, joining Kellogg, Brown & Root, a global engineering, construction and services company. He started as an operations manager in Fallujah, Iraq, then became operations manager for another year before becoming project manager. In 2007 he moved to Satellite Services Inc., an operations and maintenance and housing refurbishment company where he served as vice president of operations. He then joined Kellog, Brown & Root in 2009 as a project manager for the global engineering, construction and services company.
He spent the next 10 years or so with Fluor, an international engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance corporation. There he served in multiple positions and was based in different parts of the world, including project manager and program quality manager based in Afghanistan, project site manager in Ghana and Senegal, and program manager in various areas of Africa, Europe and
In 2020, he worked as program manager for PAE, where he managed a short-term project for COVID-19 testing for Southeast Conference athletics. In that same year, he was also appointed to DZSP 21 and his current position. Both DZSP21 and PAE were companies that had been purchased by Amentum.
Among his community roles, Hazzard is the president of the Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, a member of the Guam Contractors Association, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, and the Project Management Institute, an organization that he is working to establish a local chapter for in Guam.
DZSP support for community organizations includes the Cal Ripken Rookie League,
the Charlie Corn Golf Tournament, the Guam Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Triple J Bubble Color Run, the Guam Cancer Association’s Relay for Life, Operation Christmas Drop, the Special Olympics Guam and Wreaths Across America.
Hazzard is married to Chong Suk Hazzard and they have two children, Charles Benjamin Hazzard IV, and Jesse Gordon Hazzard.
Charlie S. Hermosa is the general manager for Guam-Micronesia region for American President Lines.
Hermosa began his career and his academic studies by graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a 1999 bachelor’s of science in marine transportation.
Hermosa also attended Penn State University in 2003 through the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Program’s executive program, holds a 2004 master’s in transportation policy operations and logistics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and completed the executive leadership program at Cornell University in 2013.
Hermosa served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain.
His first appointment in the private sector was with Horizon Lines as a terminal development manager, then sales manager based in Puerto Rico. Hermosa became vice president of sales and market development at Islandwide Group in Puerto Rico but made his way back to Horizon Lines as the manager of government and military accounts for the western region in Oakland, Calif., where his oversight included the role of strategic development manager for Guam.
After moving to Triple B Forwarders as vice president of sales and market development in California, Hermosa was appointed general manager at Phasha Hawaii before moving to his current position at APL in 2016.
Hermosa’s entrepreneurial spirit resulted in Hermosa Ventures LLC, which does business as Guam Gift Baskets in 2018. In 2020, he co-founded Bella Wings Aviation LLC, which is at the forefront of the drone industry in the islands. Bella Wings received the Guam Product Seal for its locally manufactured drones – Guam’s first tech product.
In Guam, Hermosa has taken on numerous other community activities. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Guam’s Capstone program, the treasurer for the Guam Cancer Society’s Pink Ball, a director of the Wester Pacific Veterans Community Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club of Northern Guam.
In addition, Hermosa is a regional president and board member of the National Defense Transportation Association, since 2010, and president of the Kings Point Alumni Association since 2013.
APL and Hermosa’s community support includes the Guam APL Women’s Softball League, Harvest House, the VA Support Drive/ Western Pacific Veterans Community Foundation, the Guam Chapter of the American Red Cross, the HIT100 KidCare Program, and Women in Aviation.
Pearla Cordero is Hermosa’s partner in life and in business (in Bella Wings) and their four-year-old daughter is Charlie Bella Hermosa.
Siska S. Hutapea who hails originally from North Sumatra, Indonesia is the founder, president, and chief appraiser of Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc., establishing the company in April 2012.
Hutapea previously served as managing partner and chief appraiser for Captain, Hutapea & Associates from 2007 to 2012; chief appraiser for The Captain Company from 2004 to 2007; and from 1999 to 2004, was appraiser of The Captain Company. She also previously was the managing director of PT Graha Karya Reksatama Appraisal Co., in Jakarta, Indonesia; a part-time lecturer of Real Estate Finance at Tarumanagara University in Jakarta and structural engineer for PT Suradjin Sutjipto in Jakarta.
Hutapea is co-chairperson of the Office of the Governor of Guam’s Economic Diversification Working Group; director and secretary of the board of the Guam Economic Development Authority; a director of the Guam Chamber of Commerce; and a board of trustee of St. John’s School.
Additionally, as a founding board member of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce since 2013, Hutapea hosted and curated the first leadership conference with Katherine R. Calvo, the president and chief executive officer of Pay-Less Markets Inc., growing the annual event to Fanachu Famalaoan with more than 300 participants each year.
Hutapea completed the 2014 islandwide revaluation for property tax, the first in 20 years and the first to utilize Geographical Information System programming.
She also obtained six globally recognized professional designations and is the only appraiser in the Western Pacific to hold such appointments.
She is a Certified Commercial Investment Member, designated by the CCIM Institute in Chicago; an MAI, held by appraisers experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of properties, an SRA, held by real estate solution providers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property, an AI-GRS or appraisal institute general review specialist, all three conferred by Appraisal Institute in Chicago; a chartered member of Chartered Surveyors headquartered in London; and holds a Right of Way Appraisal Certification conferred by the International Right of Way Institute.
Hutapea holds a 1977 master’s of real estate, Faculty of Built Environment of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She also holds a 1994 bachelor’s of science in structural engineering from Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Cornerstone Valuation Guam supports the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s School, Junior Achievement Guam, University of Guam, Public Broadcasting Service Guam or PBS Guam, among other organizations.
Hutapea’s partner is Marion S. Lujan. She has five children with her late husband, Edward Hutapea, who are Faith, Grace, Timothy, Christian, and Hope.
Ken Yanagisawa is the general manager of The Tsubaki Tower, general manager of Hotel Nikko Guam, senior managing director of PHR Ken Micronesia Inc., president of PHR Management Inc., and managing director of Ken Real Estate Lease Ltd.
Living on Guam for about 18 years, Yanagisawa, who hails from Nagano, Japan, has been working with the group for more than 20 years.
He opened The Tsubaki Tower in April 2020 as its general manager, despite the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 27-story luxury hotel has 340 rooms, various lounges, and restaurants, and a chapel on the roof dedicated to weddings.
As president and director of PHR Management Inc., Yanagisawa manages two hotels in California, which are the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
Since June 20004, he has been the owner representative and secretary director of the Ken Aqua Hotel & Resort Inc., the holding and operating company of Aqua Resort Club in Saipan. The cottage type hotel has 91 rooms, and 140 employees.
At Ken Real Estate Lease Ltd. in Tokyo, Yanagisawa manages a real estate company specialized in the Kanto area with a focus on hotel business development. With Ken Real Estate Lease Ltd., he held various positions with the company throughout the years since 2003, roles such as department director, section manager, and assistant section manager.
Yanagisawa started his career in real estate in Tokyo in 2001, where he was an asset manager and property manager for RA Asset Management Inc., a company that dealt with $1 billion worth of real estate related assets.
Formerly, Yanagisawa was the president, director and general manager of Guam & Guam Inc., formerly known as InterPacific Resorts Corp., the holding company of Pacific Islands Club on Guam, which has 800 rooms in the hotel, and a huge waterpark, with 500 employees.
Yanagisawa serves as a board director of the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association.
He holds a bachelor’s of science in real estate from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies in New York, graduating in May 2001. In May 2000, Yanagisawa completed his Associate Degree in Science Business Management also from New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies in New York.
Community organizations, the companies Yanagisawa respectively manages, supports are the Guam Visitors Bureau, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Guam Contractors Association, Japan Club of Guam, and Korean Association of Guam.
Yanagisawa’s spouse is Yeon Hwa Moon. He has one son named Jin.