The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will be electing its officers and directors for 2010 tomorrow, Nov. 4, at the general membership meeting, which will be held at Saipan Grand Hotel's Seaside Hall.
Officers serve one-year terms. All four positions are open. The following eligible individuals accepted nomination:
- Doug Brennan - President
- Jim Arenovski - Vice President
- Mike Johnson - Treasurer
- Kathryn Barry - Secretary
Directors at large serve two-year terms. This year, the terms of directors Jay Santos and Alex Sablan expire. Accordingly, two positions are open. The following eligible individuals accepted nomination:
- Alex Sablan
- Vince Seman
Nominations of qualified individuals will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting. Voting forms will only be given to individuals listed as authorized company representatives on the Chamber's roster.
The meeting's guest speaker will be Gerald Aevermann of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is the DHS component agency responsible for the on-the-ground security of the nation's borders. Aevermann will discuss CBP's mission on and following the Nov. 28 implementation of the INA in the Commonwealth.
Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30am, and the meeting will begin at noon. The meeting is $15 for members, $20 for guests of members, and $25 for the public.
Doug is Vice President and General Manager of Microl Corporation. He received his BFA degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Doug started with Microl Corporation in June 1984 and has held the following positions within the company: Assistant Manager Commercial Division; Manager Toyota Parts Department; Manager Toyota Service Department; After Sales Manager (Parts, Service, Body Repair); and Vice President / Assistant General Manager.
As the representative for Microl, Doug has been a Chamber member since 2003. Doug is Co-Chair of the Chamber's Armed Forces Committee, as well as the Chamber representative to the Governor's Civilian-Military Task Force.
FOR VICE PRESIDENT
Delta Management Corporation
Jim has lived in the Marianas since 1987. Originally from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Jim holds a Master's Degree in Administration from Georgia Southern University. In 1987, Jim left ITT Sheraton in Savannah, Georgia and started his career in the Marianas with The Inter-Pacifica Group as Special Projects Manager for Pacific Islands Club and then became the Area Manager for Domino's Pizza Group in Guam in 1989.
Initially hired by Shell Guam in 1991 as a Commercial Area Manager, Jim spent six years with Shell. He was promoted to the position of Saipan Area Manager and eventually became Regional Manager for Shell North Pacific, which includes Guam, Saipan, and Palau.
In 1998, Jim, with his two partners, formed Delta Management Corporation, a management company, which currently operates seven Shell Service Stations (four in Guam and three on Saipan). Delta Management also owns Prime Group, Inc., which is the authorized distributor of prepaid telecommunications products, including pre-paid cellular phones and cards and long distance calling cards for PTI in the NMI and Guam.
Jim currently serves on the board of NMI Crime Stoppers and has been active in this program for many years and also sits on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers International.
Kathryn is the Marketing Manager for IT&E, where she manages all marketing and promotional activities for the company. Prior to working for IT&E, Kathryn was the Sales and Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Micronesia and an instructor at Northern Marianas Academy.
Prior to moving to the CNMI, Kathryn was with Coca-Cola Enterprises, in Baltimore, MD, managing customer service for national and regional wholesale Coca-Cola customers. She also worked in Coca-Cola North America Operations Marketing for four years.
After college, Kathryn accepted a position at the University of South Florida as the Coordinator of Public Functions, planning and coordinating campus events and managing a 2,000 seat multi-purpose events center. During her tenure with the university, she also was the Program Advisor/Coordinator for a nationally recognized honors program in the College of Education for current and future teachers.
Kathryn is a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, serves on the Selection Panel for CNMI Teacher of the Year, is active in the Rotary Club of Saipan and volunteers her time with the WWII veteran groups that visit Saipan. In 2007, Kathryn was a CNMI nominee for the Guam Business 2007 Businesswoman of the Year and a nominee for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year.
Originally from Florida, she studied Marketing Education at the University of South Florida and Business Management at the University of Phoenix, Maryland Campus.
Kathryn and her husband Jim have two boys, Chris and Bo.
Michael S. Johnson
Mike is the Managing Partner of Deloitte on Saipan and in Palau and is a long-time resident of Saipan. Mike held the position of Chamber Treasurer for three consecutive terms in the early 1990's and has been the treasurer of the Chamber since 2005.
Mike came to Saipan in 1982 after earning his Masters of Business Administration (emphasis in accounting) and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a certified public accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the CNMI Society of Certified Public Accountants and past President of the CNMI Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. Additionally, Mike was selected by Bishop Camacho to serve on the financial advisory committee of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and is a past Chairman of the CNMI Board of Accountancy.
Mike is married to Betty Hamilton Johnson. They have three children, Kathleen, Sarah and Andrew. Mike participates in various sports including golf, kayaking, biking and triathlon. Mike is the current president of the Saipan Swim Club and treasurer of the Northern Mariana Islands Triathlon Federation and the Over the Reef Yacht Club.
Candidates for 2010 board of directors
Alex S. Sablan
Saipan Shipping Company
Alex has been involved with the Chamber for nearly 20 years. Alex was the Chamber Representative for the regional Exclusive Economic Zone forum with Guam delegates and has served as Chairman of both the Government Relations and Economic Development Committee (GREL) and the Events Committee.
Alex is or has served as a Chairman or Board Member for the following organizations: member, Commonwealth Cancer Association; member, Guam Chamber of Commerce Maritime Affairs Committee; member, Board of Directors for the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands (HANMI); member, Advisory Board for the CNMI Public Radio KRNM 88/89.1 FM; Chairman for the Past Presidents Council of the Rotary Club of Saipan; President for the Association of Seaport Tenants and Operators of Saipan, Inc. (ASTOSI); and board member of the CNMI Contractors Association. He also previously served as the CNMI representative to the American Cancer Society Guam/CNMI Presence Unit Board of Directors; Chairman, 2000 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event; President, Rotary Club of Saipan; board member, Rotary Club of Saipan; and Member of the Kagman Komunidat Association.
For the past fifteen years, Alex has held management positions in the transportation industry in Saipan and Guam. He currently works at the Saipan Shipping Company as its Marketing/Administration Manager. Prior to this, he was an owner's representative for a multi-diversified transportation company: heading Seabridge Micronesia as Managing Director; Pacific Air Inc., General Sales Agent for Northwest Airlines Passenger and Cargo Sales, as General Manager-Saipan and Micronesia; and Saipan Crew Boats and Saipan Pilots, as General Manager. Alex has also been the General Manager of Ambyth Shipping in Saipan.
Alex is married to Nora Mae Reyes Sablan and has children Amanda, Kanani, and Sean.
Vincent J. Seman
Carlsmith Ball LLP
Vincent J. Seman is an attorney with Carlsmith Ball in his fourth year of practice. He first obtained his license with the Hawaii bar where he worked for one year at Carlsmith's main office before transferring to its Saipan office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment, civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, banking, insurance, trust and estate, and real property.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Vince gained valuable business experience holding simultaneous management positions for Mita Travel, GTS Construction, GTS Security, Paras Enterprises Saipan, and Herman's Modern Bakery for over 10 years. His other work experience includes filling the role of the CNMI's Alcohol and Drug Policy Coordinator at the Office of Personnel Management, where he initiated the random drug test program for government employees. Vince also served as member of the board of regents for the Northern Marianas College for over five years, with his last year as its chairman. He has been a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross and other non-profit organizations. Vince was a pioneer of the outrigger canoe sport on Saipan, including bringing the annual Micronesia Outrigger Cup to Saipan in 2000 and 2003.
Vince received his B.S. in Management from Bentley College in 1994. He earned his law degree from Whittier Law School in May 2006. While in law school, Vincent clerked for the Honorable U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands Chief Judge Alex Munson and served as research assistant to Whittier Law School Professor Christine Kelton. (SCC)