Warren Villagomez is officially a member of the Marianas Visitors Authority board of directors after being sworn in by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres last Monday on Capital Hill.
MVA managing director Chris Concepcion said the board is excited to work with Villagomez as he would bring to the table new ideas, most especially with his background in the medical field.
Villagomez, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program/Hospital and Public Health Preparedness Program director, was nominated by Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas to be the island’s representative on the MVA board.
“We’re very excited and we haven’t had a board member representing Tinian in over a year. We have a lot of projects lined up for the island of Tinian as part of [MVA’s] destination enhancement,” said Concepcion. “We’re excited to get his perspective for Tinian. Of course, he has a different background—the healthcare industry where he works today. We’re excited to have that kind of perspective in the industry.”
He added that health safety is also a concern. “When tourists choose places to go and visit, the safety and health standards of their destination are always considered. So we’re happy to have him on board in that sense.”
Villagomez said he’s excited to join the board and share ideas. “I’m looking forward to attend my first [board] meeting and working with my colleagues in carrying forward MVA’s goals and objectives, especially for the CNMI, but more on being the Tinian representative.”
He aims to come up with new ways to ramp up the island of Tinian as a tourist destination, “to come up with new ideas on how we can be more successful in attracting tourists to Tinian.”