6 nominees for Saipan Chamber’s 2014 Business Person of the Year


The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will announce its 2014 Business Person of the Year this Saturday, Jan. 24, during its Installation Dinner at the Hibiscus Hall of the Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan.

Chamber executive director Jill Arenovski said six are nominated for the prestigious plum for 2014.

They are Maureen Maratita, Glimpses Publications publisher; Michael S. Sablan, vice president of Finance and Administration at Triple J Saipan; Charles Cepeda, Pacific Trading general manager; James Nelson, Docomo Pacific general manager; Vicky Benavente, Pacific Islands Club Saipan executive assistant; and Ron Smith, Angil Design, Inc. owner.

“They are nominated by Chamber members and judged by past Chamber Business Person of the Year winners,” said Arenovski.

Aside from the announcement of the winner of the 2014 Business Person of the Year, Best Sunshine International Ltd. CEO Mark A. Brown will also serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

Also speaking before the estimated 180 in attendance is Michael Sablan Coleman, who was recently promoted to the position of CEO of an investment brokerage firm in Glendale, California.

Coleman is the grandson of the late Peter Tali Coleman, the former Deputy High Commissioner of the Trust Territory, and David M. Sablan, corporate consultant for Century Insurance Co., who is also a former president of the Chamber.

As far as the installation of officers during the Chamber’s Installation Dinner is concerned, the business organization would be swearing in new board of directors members Donna Krum, C.E. “Bud” White, Christopher Concepcion of Delta Air Lines, Mabel Ayuyu of Re/Max, and Wayne Gillepsie of The Salvation Army.

Ayuyu, Gillespie, Krum, and White will replace outgoing secretary Greg Moretti, Kevin McCale, Rosemond B. Santos, and Nola K. Hix as directors.

The four will also join current directors led by Chamber president Alex A. Sablan, vice president Velma Palacios, and director Ron Smith.

Arenovski also reminded that a silent auction would be held during the Installation Dinner that will offer fabulous prizes. Tickets are $50/person, and tables of eight persons are available.

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
Mark Rabago is the Associate Editor of Saipan Tribune. Contact him at Mark_Rabago@saipantribune.com

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