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Saipan Chamber of Commerce Announces nominees for 2017 Business Person of the Year

(Press Release) — The Business Person of the Year Gala (formerly known as the Installation Dinner), is the signature fundraising event for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce.

Business managers and owners, government officials, and young professionals gather for a fabulous evening. The focus of this year is to celebrate our nominees while leading up to the official announcement of the 2017 Business Person of the Year. Each nominee must be a member of the chamber and must reside in Saipan. Qualifying criteria includes active personal participation in the chamber’s committees, events, programs, and general membership meetings; active community involvement and contributions; and being widely recognized for his/her area of expertise. We are pleased to acknowledge the following nominees for this year: Velma Palacios (IT&E), Tyrell Pauling (Hyatt Regency), Ivan Quichocho (Let’s Go Tours), and Yoshihito Shibahata (Pacific Islands Club).

The nominations will be judged by the prior recipients of this prestigious award and by the four officers of the Chamber Board. Prior awardees include: Mike Sablan of Triple J (2016), Alex Youn of AC Pacific (2015), Vicky Benavente of Pacific Islands Club (2014), Marcie Tomokane of Bank of Guam (2013), Marcia E. Ayuyu of RJ Corporation (2012) and Anthony Pellegrino † of Saipan Sea Ventures (2012), James Arenovski of Delta Management Corp (2011), Robert “Bob” Jones of Triple J Corporation (2010), Vicente “Ben” Babauta of DFS Saipan (2009), Kathryn H. Barry of KB Communications (2008), K.J. Kim of Asiana Airlines (2007), Juan T. Guerrero of Herman’s Bakery/MITA Travel (2006), David M. Sablan Sr. of Century Insurance (2005), Mark Erwin of Continental Airlines (2004), Jerry Tan of Tan Holdings (2003), Alex A Sablan of Saipan Shipping Company (2002), Jay B. Jones of Triple J Motors (2001), Wendi S. Herring of Pacific Islands Club (2000), Marian Aldan-Pierce of DFS Saipan (1999), Joe C. Ayuyu of McDonalds of Saipan (1998), Edward Camacho † of Pacific Financial Corp (1997) and Efrain F. Camacho of EFC Engineers and Architects (1996).

The winner will remain secret until the official announcement on Jan. 27 at the chamber’s annual Business Person of the Year Gala.

Another highlight of our event is the installation of the 2018 board of directors. They will be sworn in by Judge Theresa Kim-Tenorio. The event will be held in the Hibiscus Hall of Fiesta Resort from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy fabulous food and entertainment. Each guest will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive silent auction which will feature a large variety of valuable prizes, generously donated by our member businesses. Proceeds of the auction will directly support the programs and activities of the chamber such as our annual scholarships, educational workshops, employment training seminars, military vessel welcomes, and Saipan Young Professionals activities.

Seating is limited. Seats are available by advance purchase only at $75 per person. The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization consisting of private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Please call us at 234-7150 or visit us on the third floor of the Marianas Business Plaza in Susupe for more information.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101650-saipan-chamber-of-commerce-announces-nominees-for-2017-business-person-of-the-year

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