The U.S. Small Business Administration honored six Guam professionals at its annual Small Business Awards ceremony on April 5 at the Guam Museum.
Photo by Jackie Hanson
(From left) Monito S. Co, general manager of Benson Guam Enterprises Inc., Minority Small Business Champion of the Year; Kathleen T. Benavente, founder and president of The Occasion, Home-based Business Champion of the Year; Gyongyi P. “Pika” Fejeran, president of Hot Concepts Inc., partner of Guahan Eats, which does business as Pika’s Café, and secretary and treasurer of In the Kitchen Inc., which does business as Kitchen Lingo, Women in Business Champion of the Year; Derrick Muña Quinata, CEO and dealer principal, Monster Auto Corp., which does business as Guam AutoSpot, Small Business Person of the Year; Jacinta B. Elm, assistant vice president – Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud Division of the Bank of Guam, Financial Services Champion of the Year; Albert T. Yanger, president and co-founder of Galaide Professional Services Inc., Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year; and Kenneth Q. Lujan, branch manager, Small Business Administration Guam.
The Small Business Committees of the Guam Chamber of Commerce and Guam Contractors Association, along with the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Guam Society of Professional Engineers, National Association of Women in Construction and the Society of American Military Engineers held a joint mixer on April 6 at BankPacific.
Photos by Jessica Rohr
(From left) Jedidiah Mora, driller, Allied Pacific Environmental Consulting Inc.; Margaret “Peggy” J. Denney, administrator, I Recycle; and Vanessa L. Williams, attorney of the Law Office of Vanessa Williams and secretary of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
(From left) Gabi Mesa, executive assistant; Patti Murer, executive assistant; Veronica Evaristo, vice president and manager of the loan support division; and Byron Evaristo, senior vice president of credit administration, all with BankPacific.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam, Saipan Chamber of Commerce and Chinese Association o f Saipan got together for a mixer on March 18 at Kanoa Resort Saipan.
Photos courtesy of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam
(From left) Tiffany Tam McCarroll, media director of Tropical Productions and chairwoman of the Membership Committee, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam; Charles McCarroll, director of entertainment, Baldyga Group; Tyrell Pauling, director of food and beverage, Hyatt Regency Saipan; and Charles V. Cepeda, general manager, Pacific Trading Co. Ltd.
(From left) Peter Lai, vice president of Quality Distributors, and board director; Peter Chui, manager of Far Eastern Furnishings (Guam) Ltd. and executive vice president, both of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam; and Ivan Ilmov, owner of Island Bath and Ceramics Saipan, and outgoing president of Rotary Club of Saipan.
The Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association held its annual gala and Golden Latte Award ceremony on March 11 at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
Photos by Justin Green
(From left) Mohamed K. Jiffrey, director of property services, Outrigger Guam Beach Resort; and Shahajahan Jiffrey.
(From left) David B. Tydingco, managing director, Valley of the Latte LLC; Mary T. Rhodes, president, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association; Joann G. Camacho, director of market development, DFS Guam; and Felix P. Camacho, consultant, Rhema Consulting, and husband of Joann.
Local small-business owners participated as Pop-up Shop vendors at the Hightide Women’s Summit, hosted by the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Guam-raised, now L.A.-based public relations expert Stacie Krajchir-Tom on Feb. 17 at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
Photos by Jackie Hanson
(From left) Ronna Tuituu and Perinne Obrien, independent fashion consultants, LuLaRoe.
(From left) Flora-Rose P. Weakley, owner, Neni & Me; and Amanda Gima, financial adviser, First Command Financial Services.
Nominees of the 2017 First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year award met with past winners of the award, sponsors, members of the community and the media at a press conference and luncheon on March 24 at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
Photos by Jackie Hanson
(Standing, from left) Irene S. Mafnas, vice president of Guam and CNMI office; Barbie Jane G. Agahan, marketing director, both of First Hawaiian Bank; Jayne T. Flores, assistant director of communications; Rowena Perez, assistant director of continuing education and workforce development, both with Guam Community College; Madeleine Cosico, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Regency Guam; Joyce Q. Crisostomo, executive director of Cars Plus, president of Payless Car Rental, 2011 Businesswoman of the Year; Maureen N. Maratita, publisher, Glimpses Publications; Jennifer Shen, operations manager, Prestige Automobiles; Katherine C. Sgro, executive vice president and chairwoman of the board, Pay-Less Markets Inc., 2006 Businesswoman of the Year; Anita Borja Enriquez, senior vice president of academic and student affairs, University of Guam; Joann G. Camacho, director of market development, DFS Guam, 2015 Businesswoman of the Year; Marie Calvo-Monge, chief operating officer and executive producer of Pacific Telestations Inc., which operates the stations of KUAM, 2013 Businesswoman of the Year; Marissa Tinsay, sales account manager, United Airlines; Kristine Lujan, vice president of marketing and public relations, Triple J Enterprises Inc.; Annette Santos, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, University of Guam; Narlin C. Manalo, vice president and private banking officer, First Hawaiian Bank. (Seated, from left) Pika P. Fejeran, president of Hot Concepts Inc., partner of Guahan Eats, which does business as Pika’s Café, and secretary and treasurer of In the Kitchen Inc., which does business as Kitchen Lingo; Glendalyn C. Carolino, president and controller of Polyphase System Inc. and Guam Electrical Material Supply; Kanae S. Quinn, owner of Quinn Consulting LLC and co-owner of Marianas Fitness Ltd., which does business as Gold’s Gym Saipan; Velma Ann M. Palacios, director of network operations, head of network for CNMI, manager of engineering and manager of plant technical services of IT&E; and Ramona Jones, CEO of Jones & Guerrero Co. Inc., all five nominees of the 2017 Businesswoman of the Year.