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Chamber Leadership

Elections are held every November for Officers and Directors of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. Member votes are apportioned to their annual dues contribution. Members of the Chamber who have served on the Board of Directors for at least one year are eligible to run for the position of President. A nine member Board of Directors governs the Chamber. The membership elects members to the Board annually to serve for terms of one calendar year for officers, and staggered two calendar year terms for directors.

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is managed by an Executive Director and a Chamber Coodinator.

 

Alex SablanPresident: Mr. Alexander A. Sablan
CTSI 
Vice President, Tan Holdings Corporation
Contact Alexander A. Sablan

Alex has been involved with the Chamber for nearly 20 years.

Alex was the Chamber Representative for the regional Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) 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 has three children Amanda, Kanani, and Sean.

 

Vincent J. SemanVice President: Natalie Mable E. Ayuyu 
Re/Max
Re/Max Paradise Realty Manager 
Contact Natalie Mable E. Ayuyu

Natalie Mable Ayuyu is the Office Manager and Real Estate Assistant for RE/MAX Paradise Realty, an independently owned and operated office in Saipan. She is a graduate from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.  She began her career as an Administrative Assistant for American Insurance and Investments in Honolulu. She later returned to her home island of Saipan and became the Executive Assistant to the President for McDonald’s of Saipan. Simultaneously, she became the Office Manager for the RE/MAX Saipan office in April 2012.

Natalie is the President for the Saipan Enrichment Foundation and a Board Member for Karidat Social Services and Mount Carmel School. She is also a former Board Member of the Saipan Zoning Board. In 2015, she was elected as Vice President for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving on various boards, she has been an active participant in various community events to motivate and inspire young leaders in the CNMI to make a positive difference. In September 2014, she was featured in Guam Business Magazine’s “40 under 40” issue, showcasing forty young business professionals within the CNMI and Guam. In 2013, she was also featured in Beach Road Magazine’s “Six Young Professionals” article. Currently, she is a member of the Saipan Young Professionals Committee. 

 

Treasurer: Michael S. Johnson
Deloitte and Touche
Office Managing Partner, Saipan
Contact Michael S. Johnson

Mike is the Office Managing Partner of Deloitte in Saipan and is a long-time resident of Saipan.

Mike came to Saipan in 1982 after earning 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 current 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, is a past Chairman of the CNMI Board of Accountancy and a past Treasurer of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce.

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 treasurer of the Northern Mariana Islands Triathlon Federation and the Over the Reef Yacht Club.

 

Jolene G. TorresSecretary: Donna Krum
Island Smiles Dental Plan
President, Friends Marketing, Inc.
Contact Donna Krum

Donna Krum is the President of Friends First Marketing, Inc.  The company's expertise  is in bringing new patients to the dental community. 

"Dental Donna" is full of enthusiasm when promoting membership in the Saipan Chamber of Commerce!   She became involved with the Chamber in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2009 and experienced record growth of her dental company in just one year because of her Chamber relationships.  She never missed a meeting or a training, and was selected to be a Chamber Ambassador because of her involvement in the Chamber Community.  She is a huge cheerleader for Chamber membership and believes that any business that is serious about its success needs to join the Chamber and keep "showing up"!  She believes that people want to do business with those they "know, like and trust", and Chamber involvement really helps businesses in that arena.

Donna has enjoyed two very separate career paths.  She spent fifteen years climbing the corporate ladder, becoming a Vice President with one of the top 10 insurance brokerage firms in the world, Aon Insurance.  Along that path, she earned  the coveted CPCU designation, which is the highest educational degree in the Property/Casualty insurance industry.   

Upon meeting her dentist husband, Nelson, she left the insurance world and learned everything she could about managing and marketing for dental practices.  In her Regional Marketing position with a national dental management company, she was recognized nationally for her marketing skills and putting "butts in the seat" to grow dental practices.  Because of her involvement with the Chamber, one of her offices became the first $ 1,000,000  dental practice in the region.  Quality dentistry changed Donna's life  many years ago, and she is passionate about promoting the profession.  She believes that dental health and a beautiful smile are very important in a business person's life.

In addition to being Secretary of the Saipan Chamber's Board of Directors, Donna is also the Co-leader of the Saipan Compassionate Friends group, Vice President of the NMI Soroptomist Group, and serves on two of the Chamber's Committees.

Donna loves Saipan,  its history and people, traveling, visiting her son in Dubai and family in Arizona, and learning new things every day.  She is happily married to Dr. Nelson Krum, and they are both crazy about their Boonie dog, Spencer!

Donna's motto:  "Join the Chamber, Show Up and Play Nice!"

 

Directors:

 

Vincent J. SemanDirector: Velma Ann M. Palacios 
IT&E
Manager of Engineering and Plant Technical Services 
Contact Velma Ann M. Palacios

Velma Ann Palacios is the Manager, Engineering/Plant Technical Services and Head of Network, CNMI at IT&E.  Velma began her career at IT&E in 1999 when it was known as Verizon.  Throughout the years, she has held various positions in the company and has been the Engineering Manager since 2006.  Prior to joining IT&E, Velma was employed by the CNMI Government as an Engineer.  She also taught math for NMC’s Adult Basic Education Program as an adjunct faculty member.
 
Velma has served the community in various capacities:  judging forensics competitions, debates, science fairs, and other educational events and mentoring high school students.  She served as a member of different organizations and boards, such as the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Kagman Komunidat Association, Mount Carmel School to name a few.  She is presently President of the Kagman Community Health Center Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Brilliant Star School. 
 
Velma graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin with a B.S. in Engineering.  She also graduated from Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii, with an MBA.Velma is married to Paul W. Camacho.  They have three children: RyAnne, Puti’on and Paul William-II.
 

Velma Ann M. PalaciosDirector: Ron Smith
Angil Design, Inc.
President
Contact Ron Smith

Ron arrived in the Northern Marians Islands in 1995 and immediately knew that these islands would be home for a long time to come. Ron is the founder and president of Angil Design, Inc (2001) and Atdao Solar Power Systems (2007). He earned his associates in liberal arts at Northern Marianas College in 2003. A Chamber member since 2001, Ron is the co-chair of the Environmental Committee and is active in the Small Business committee.

In other community-based organizations, he is an officer and founding member of the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance and has also served on the boards of P.A.W.S and the Northern Marianas Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D). Ron lives on Saipan with his wife and partner of fifteen years, Moon. They are active members of several sailing organizations in the Marianas and spend what little time they’re not working sailing around the Marianas.

 

Eric PlinskeDirector: Christopher Concepcion 
Delta Air Lines 
Sales Account Executive
Contact Christopher Concepcion 

Christopher Attao Concepcion is the Delta Air Lines Sales Account Executive for Saipan and Palau.  He joined Delta in 2007 and became a Chamber member soon thereafter.  Prior to his employment with Delta, Chris taught at Kagman High School. 

Chris currently serves on the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Board of Directors, the Marianas Tourism Education Council Board of Directors and is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows – Marianas Chapter and the Marianas March Against Cancer Committee.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho and is married to Natsu Komeiji Concepcion.”

 
 
 

Velma Ann M. PalaciosDirector: C.E. "Bud" White
Associate Member 
Associate Chamber Member
Contact C.E. "Bud" White

 

 

 

 


Velma Ann M. PalaciosDirector: Curtis W. Gillespie
Kaynomi Enterprises, Inc. 
Vice President
Contact Curtis W. Gillespie

Curtis is Vice President of Kaynomi Enterprises, a real estate investment company. He is happy and proud to call Saipan his home and is a member of our Armed Forces Committee.

 

 

 

 Executive Director:

Jill Arenovski