Guam Business Magazine hosted the 2022 Guam Business Magazine Executive of the Year gala on Feb. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Photos by Colin Kirk
For the champagne toast to 2022 Guam Business Magazine Executive of the Year Thomas G. Shimizu, general manager, Ambros Inc., Marianas Pacific Distributors Inc., Shimbros International Inc., South Pacific Distributors Inc. were (from left) Ken Yanagisawa, general manager, The Tsubaki Tower; general manager, Hotel Nikko Guam; General manager for Guam-Micronesia region for American President Lines; CEO and co-founder Bella Wings Aviation LLC; CEO and founder, Guam Gift Baskets; Jimmy T.C. Hau, president, Mobil Oil Guam Inc.; president, Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc.; president, Mobil Oil Micronesia Inc., Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio; Lynn C. Shimizu, Thomas G. Shimizu; Maureen N. Maratita, publisher, Guam Business Magazine; Frank A. Cruz, vice president and general manager of Guam Fast Foods Inc. which does business as KFC and Sbarro; and Siska S. Hutapea, president and chief appraiser, Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc.
(left rear) Camilo Lorenzo, account executive with Matson Navigation Co.; Nominee Frank A. Cruz, vice president and general manager; Mark Corcuera, Guam training manager, both with Guam Fast Foods Inc. which does business as KFC; and (from left front) Isabella F. Cruz; Erika S. Cruz, deputy superintendent of operations for the Guam Department of Education and wife of Frank; and Frankie C. Cruz.
(From left) Mark H. Tokito, senior vice president and manager of the Guam Commercial Banking Center for Bank of Hawaii; and Patrick Bulaon, vice president and general manager, Guam & Micronesia for Matson Navigation Co.
(From left) Jeffrey Hsiao, CEO, Alpha Insurers; Kieron Ward vice president and team leader, Commercial Banking Group, First Hawaiian Bank; Lillian Hsiao, operations manager, Alpha Insurers, Siska S. Hutapea, president and chief appraiser, Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc. and Nominee; Tae S. Oh, president of Precision Systems Inc.; and Charles Huang, general manager, Honolulu Coffee Co.
(From left) Floreann Perez, project manager, E&PS; Liberty Manglona, accounts manager, Anthony Wenceslao, marketing communications advisor, Nominee Jimmy T.C. Hau, president, Mobil Oil Guam Inc. Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc. and Mobil Oil Micronesia Inc.; Analista Mercado, regulatory advisor and Alicia Martinez, Guam supply coordinator, all with Mobil Oil Guam Inc.
Japanese Ambassador Hiroyuki Orikasa hosted a reception on Feb. 21 at the Palau Royal Resort for the birthday of the Emperor of Japan. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President of Palau
(From left) President Surangel S. Whipps Jr., first lady Valerie Whipps, Ambassador Hiroyuki Orikasa and his wife, Pauline Orikasa.
The Japanese Ambassador to the Marshall Islands hosted a reception for the birthday of the Emperor of Japan on Feb. 23 at the Marshall Islands Resort. Contributed photo
(From left), Robert J. Marks, president, Hagatna Bay Consulting LLC; Miki Yokozeki Marks, wife of Robert; Ambassador Tanaka Kazunari and Mrs. Hiromi Kazunari; and Joseph “Jerry” Kramer, CEO of Pacific International Inc.
USO celebrated its 82nd birthday and USO Tumon Bay’s 1st year anniversary at its Tumon headquarters on Feb. 4. Photo courtesy of USO
(From left) Capt. Nicholas Simmons, Coast Guard Sector Guam; August Hibbs, USO Tumon Bay; Command Sgt. Maj. Celso Leonen, Guam National Guard; Maj. Gen. Esther J.C. Aguigui, Guam National Guard; Command Master Chief David Fedison, Coast Guard Sector Guam; Lt. Gov. Joshua F. Tenorio; Phillip Santos, USO Guam Advisory Council; Ron Young, USO Guam Advisory Council; Leigh L.Graham, USO Guam Area; Brig. Gen. Paul Birch, 36th Wing; Rear Adm. Benjamin R. Nicholson, Joint Region Marianas; Col. Christopher Bopp, Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz; Command Master Chief William Webster, Joint Region Marianas; Capt. Michael Luckett, Naval Base Guam.
The Guam Association of Realtors held its 2023 Leadership Inaugural Event, a sneaker ball themed gala, on Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Photos by Isaiah John Aguon
(From left) Jodee C. Duenas, 2023 president of Guam Association of Realtors, and principal broker and realtor of Hafa Adai Realty; Peggy A. Llagas, CEO, Guam Association of Realtors; Karen Pan, 2023 vice president and treasurer of Guam Association of Realtors, and principal broker, Ideal Realty Guam; Shawn R.S. Blas, principal broker and realtor, Remax Pacific Alliance Realty; and Bobby Sachdev, president, co-owner, and principal broker, Landmark Realty Group & Services LLC.
(From left) John P. Duenas, principal broker, Remax Diamond Realty;, Elizabeth Duenas, associate broker and realtor of Remax Diamond Realty, regional director for Remax Micronesia and the Philippines, and 2022 president of Guam Association of Realtors; Peggy A. Llagas, CEO, Guam Association of Realtors; Nenita B. Muna, owner of White House Realty, and 2024 president-elect of Guam Association of Realtors; and Coleen Blas, realtor, Remax Diamond Realty.
(From left) Tonya Charfauros, realtor; Cindy Talai, realtor; Shalyn Allen, president and principal broker; and Momoko Hill, realtor; all with Welcome Home Realty Guam.
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement held an opening ceremony Feb. 13 opening ceremony for the new PNA headquarters. Photo by Hilary Hosia
(from left) U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires Jeremiah Knight; Joseph “Jerry” Kramer Pacific CEO of Pacific International Inc.; PNA Office CEO Sangaa Clark, CEO of the PNA Office; and Les Clark, husband to Sangaa. The group are shown with a specially made Palauan storyboard, depicting the PNA story.
(From left) Japan Ambassador Kazunari Tanaka, Taiwan Ambassador Steve C.C. Hsia and his spouse, Les Clark; Dr. Sangaa Clark, CEO of the PNA Office, and wife of Les; Joseph “Jerry Kramer,” CEO of Pacific International Inc.; US Embassy Chargé Affaires Jeremiah Knight, Fred Nysta, grants manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior at the U.S. Embassy; Fred Nysta, and Australian Ambassador Brek Batley.
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce held its Inaugural Economic Forum on Feb. 22 at the Kensington Hotel Saipan.
(From left) Thomas Basa, consumer sales manager; Roderick Zandueta, sales representative; Guy Pudney, resident manager; and James Lee, manager, beverage and tobacco sales; all with Marianas Pacific Distributors Inc.
(From left) Merlie Tolentino, executive director, Tan Siu Lin Foundation; Hannah Santos, administrative assistant to the CEO, Tan Holdings; Patrick Tenorio, terminal safety, training and security manager, Pacific Oriental Inc.; Dindo Pablo, assistant to the CEO; and Jerry Tan, CEO, both with Tan Holdings.
The Saira 2.0 LLC, which does business as The IoT Solutions held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of its GU-YOYO electric scooter shared mobility on Feb. 23 at the parking lot between The Tsubaki Tower and Hotel Nikko Guam in Tumon. Photo by Isaiah John Aguon
(From left) John Acuna, general manager, GU-YOYO; Lt. James Cruz, Guam Police Department; Ken Yanagisawa, general manager, The Tsubaki Tower and general manager, Hotel Nikko Guam; Sabitha Parangusam; Raj K. Parangusam, president and owner, The IoT Solutions and husband of Sabitha; Mary P. Rhodes, president, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association; Vincent P. Arriola, director, Department of Public Works; AJ Rosario, web and IT coordinator, Guam Visitors Bureau; and Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Mayor Louise C. Rivera.
The Japan Consul to Saipan hosted a reception for the Birthday of the Emperor of Japan on Feb. 24 at the Grandvrio Resort Saipan. Photos by Mark Rabago
(From left) Sachiko Gerrard, general manager, and Yukari Hayashi, front office manager, both with the Aqua Resort Club; Japanese school principal Kiyomi Mafnas, principal of the Japanese School, and Furusato Restaurant owner Hideaki Sawada, owner of Furusato Restaurant.
From left, Philippine Consulate core volunteer coordinator, United Filipino president Bong Martinez with wife Birhen, Martinez, and Philippine Consulate core volunteer coordinators Annamae Adaza and Mario Mayuga
Sun Energy Motors on Feb. 4 held its grand opening at its store in Tamuning. Photos courtesy of Sun Energy Motors
(From left) John J. Cruz Jr., assistant general manager of engineering and technical services, Guam Power Authority; Sen. Joanne M. Brown, 37th Guam Legislature; Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Vice Mayor Albert M. Toves; Sen. Dwayne San Nicolas, 37th Guam Legislature; Sen. Therese M. Terlaje, speaker of the 37th Guam Legislature; Sen. William A. Parkinson, 37th Guam Legislature; Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero; Sen. Roy A.B. Quinata; Sen. Jesse A. Lujan; and Sen. Joe S. San Agustin; all with the 37th Guam Legislature.
Celebrations were held across Micronesia in honor of the 63rd birthday of Emperor Naruhito of Japan. Photos by Justin Green
Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi is accompanied by his wife at the celebration of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the Hotel Nikko Guam in Tumon on Feb. 23
(From left) David Rosenfeld, Melissa Bopp, Col. Christopher L. Bopp, commanding officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Blas, Maj. Diann M. Rosenfeld, with Marine Corps Base Camp Blas communications strategy and operations.