Makoto Earnie Yasuhara has been named the new general manager of the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Yasuhara brings to Guam more than 30 years of international hotelier experience and was to assume his new position April 15. Yasuhara replaces Nicolaus Priesnitz, who will be relocating to China. Priesnitz, who has been general manager of the Hilton Guam for the past three years, has been appointed general manager of the Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach set to open in May 2013.
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa has appointed Yoshihito Shibahata as assistant general manager for the hotel. Shibahata, is former director of rooms of the Hyatt Regency Guam.
Sandra McKeever is president of Asia Pacific Financial Management Group. McKeever is a financial advisor and was formerly the company's vice president. She is a graduate of the University of Guam with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. McKeever joined the company in 1999 as a financial advisor.
Jon C. Ulloa joined Asia Pacific Financial Management Group as a financial advisor. Ulloa began his investment career at H&R Block Financial Advisors. He has more than 11 years combined experience as a financial advisor and in sales and sales management. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor's in marketing.
Joanne Paragas is now a licensed agent selling insurance at Asia Pacific Financial Management Group. She joined the company in July 2007 as a customer service specialist. She has a bachelor's in computer science and information systems from Centro Escolar University, Manila.
John Wigsten has been named general manager of the Outrigger Guam Resort. For the past five years, he has held the position of hotel manager. Wigsten has been part of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts since 1998, during which he was a member of the team that opened the Guam property. At the time, he was director of food and beverage, and four years later, he was promoted to assistant hotel manager. He became hotel manager of the Ohana Bayview Guam before he moved back to Outrigger Guam Resort, where he has been since 2007.
Hyatt Regency Guam has promoted Chef Jo Ong to executive sous chef. Ong has been chef de cuisine of Al Dente Ristorante since 2008. Ong graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley in 2003. In 2006, Ong was hired as Chef de Cuisine of Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila's signature restaurant, The Fireplace, where she remained until she came to Guam to join Al Dente Ristorante.
Nihng Reyes is named financial controller at Pacific Islands Club Saipan. Previously, she served as audit manager at Ernst & Young in Saipan for 13 years. She is a graduate of the Polytechnic College of the Philippines.
Naomi Boone has been named the marketing coordinator for Docomo Pacific Saipan. She has a 2010 bachelor's in sales and marketing and international communications from Arizona State University. Boone moved to Saipan in 2010, and began work at the Pacific Islands Club as a supervisor in the Sports, Entertainment, and Activities Department. She was later promoted to guest relations supervisor.
John Morris joins EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. to expand the company's capacity to support ocean science projects throughout North America. A graduate of Richard Stockton College in New Jersey with a bachelor's in marine sciences and coastal resource management, Morris brings 20 years of experience in the performance of complex marine environmental projects.
Market Wholesale Distributors announced the following promotion and hires on March 23.
Vince Taitano was promoted to key account sales. He has moved up through the ranks at Market Wholesale during the past seven years, starting in the warehouse and moving to the sales team after one year with the company.
Michelle Davis joins Market Wholesale as the sales and marketing director. Davis brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience to Market Wholesale, having spent the majority of her career in wholesale and retail. She holds a bachelor's in business management from the University of Maryland University College, and a master's in business administration in global management from the University of Phoenix. Previously, Davis was a business accounts executive at GTA Teleguam.
Logan Reyes joins the Market Wholesale team as the marketing manager. Previously, Reyes was a media consultant at Sorensen Media Group, and formerly was a special projects coordinator — Peace Project at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Reyes holds a degree in psychology from Miami University of Ohio.
Jack Orelup has joined the management team at the Hard Rock Cafe Guam and Saipan as regional director of operations. Previously, Orelup was senior director of franchise operations, Asia Pacific for Hard Rock Cafe international, the parent company of the brand. He held a similar position with Sbarro Inc. and has been visiting Guam in these roles since 1998. Orelup is a 38-year veteran of the hospitality business. He holds a bachelor's from Michigan State University in hotel, restaurant and institutional management.
Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam's delegate to Congress, has nominated Daniel J. Tydingco, chairman of the board of directors of the Port Authority of Guam, to the advisory board for the Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security Caucus on Feb. 23. Tydingco is also the executive vice president of external and legal affairs for GTA TeleGuam. He previously served as the director of policy, planning, and community relations for the Unified Courts of Guam; executive director of the Supreme Court of Guam; and chief of staff for the Committee on Water, Utilities and Telecommunications of the 22nd Guam Legislature; and congressional aide to Antonio B. Won Pat, Guam's former delegate to Congress.
Philippine Consul General to Guam Bayani V. Mangibin made his first call on Gov. Edward B. "Eddie" Calvo on Feb. 17 at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex at Adelup. During his visit, Mangibin reaffirmed the existing strong friendship between Guam and the Philippines, which is due in part to the fact that almost a third of Guam's population is comprised of Filipinos. Calvo said that the Philippines and Guam share a common history and have similarities in culture. Mangibin arrived in Guam and assumed his post on Feb. 15.
Guam Girl Scouts announced Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood as a "Girl Scout Great" on March 8 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Tydingco-Gatewood became one of the first Girl Scout Greats in honor of the national Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary. Every Girl Scout council including Guam chose one Girl Scout Great totaling 113 women. This is a one-time national honor.
Jacob Fathal, a sophomore at Guam Community College, is one of 50 community college students from the United States and Canada to be named 2012 New Century Scholars. The award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges, recognizes students' grades, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Each New Century Scholar wins a $2,000 scholarship. Fathal is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, and a GCC Ecowarrior. He represented GCC at the second annual Islands of Opportunity Alliance – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Partnerships conference at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in August 2009 with a service learning project that highlighted fish populations affected by local fishing habits.
Fathal will graduate from GCC in May with an associate degree in computer science. He then plans to enter the pre-engineering program at the University of Guam.
The Guam Economic Development Authority Board selected the architectural firm of Laguana & Cristobal as architectural and engineering firm for the construction of the Guam and Chamorro Educational Facility, also known as the Guam Museum, on March 23.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Guam won the Outstanding Flotilla award announced March 23. The local U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla placed first in the district-wide competition for Outstanding Flotilla of the Year out of the 14 flotillas in Coast Guard District 14, which covers Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. The award is based on outstanding performance in all areas of the auxiliary's programs in 2011 which include public education, vessel safety checks, marine dealer visits and operations.
Seven individuals from Guam were among 25 regional attendees who were awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies prior to the Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies' 11th Annual Pacific Region Investment Conference in Manila in October 2011. They were Donald Clark, executive vice president, ASC Trust Corp.; Gerard A. Cruz, president and chief executive officer, Community First Guam Federal Credit Union, and member, Government of Guam Employees Retirement Fund board of trustees; Gabrielle L.G. Bamba, business development manager, ASC Trust Corp., N. Oscar Miyashita, managing partner of the Far East area, Ernst & Young LLP; Sandra McKeever, president, Asia Pacific Financial Management Group; Brian Matanane, investment advisor, ASC Trust Corp.; and Mark Mendiola, executive director, University of Guam Endowment Foundation.