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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: 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.
 

Vincent J. SemanTreasurer: Jinwoo Cho 
Ernst & Young
Contact Jinwoo Cho

Jinwoo is a Manager at EY providing both audit and tax services to corporate, individual, and not-for profit clients in a wide variety of industries. He was raised in Saipan and graduated with honors from Grace Christian Academy.  Jinwoo has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant licensed in Guam, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Guam Society of CPAs.  He is currently on Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Committee.

Jinwoo speaks Korean fluently and became proficient in Mandarin Chinese from having worked at a humanitarian organization in Beijing for two years before starting his audit career with EY Saipan in 2005. Jinwoo is married to Heejin S. Cho, who is an Associate Professor of art design in South Korea and an author of several popular children’s story books in France and Korea.
 

Jolene G. TorresSecretary: Greg Moretti
Pacific Marine Resource Institute (PMRI)
Services & Solutions Executive
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Greg Moretti is the Executive Director of the Pacific Marine Resources institute (PMRI), a non-profit scientific research institute, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Northern Marianas College. Greg is currently the co-chair of the Chamber Environmental Committee. A native of San Francisco, CA, Greg first came to Saipan in 2005 to work as a Marine Protected Areas Program Coordinator at the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2002. Greg’s expertise focuses on Marine resources management, however he also has experience working as a marine biology and chemistry teacher, a management trainer, a social scientist, a Spanish translator, and as a federal law enforcement officer. He also enjoys doing work as a part-time photographer and videographer.

 

Directors:

Eric PlinskeDirector: Christopher Concepcion 
Delta Air Lines 
Inside Sales Representative
Contact Christopher Concepcion 

Christopher Attao Concepcion is the Inside Sales Representative for Saipan and Palau with Delta Air Lines.   He joined Delta, then know as Northwest Airlines, in 2007 and began attending chamber meetings soon thereafter.  Prior to his employment with Delta, Chris taught junior English at Kagman High School.
 
Chris current serves on the CNMI Scholarship Board and is an active member of the Marianas March Against Cancer committee. Heholds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho and is married to Natsu Komeiji Concepcion.
 

 


Velma Ann M. PalaciosDirector: Kevin McCale
Docomo Pacific
Account Executive-Business Sales
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Kevin McCale came to Saipan in the summer of 2002 to complete his last two years of high school at Marianas High School.j Kevin is marrid to  Jane McCale, and is a father to two wonderful children. His many interests include golf, soccer, computer applications, community involvement and business networking. 

Kevin has held his current position of Account Executive – Business Sales at DOCOMO PACIFIC Saipan for over five years. His responsibilities consist of (but are not limited to) the management and growth of Corporate and Government accounts within the CNMI. 

In the past, Kevin has worked as an Assistance Clerk with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a Postal Operations Manager with Pacific Quick Print & Post and a Stage Technician with SandCastle Saipan.  Kevin has been a part of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce for five years and is an active member of the SCC Events Committee,


Velma Ann M. PalaciosDirector: Nola K. Hix 

Xerox Corporation 
Services & Solutions Executive 
Contact Nola K. Hix

Nola Hix serves as your Services & Solutions Executive for Xerox Corporation on Saipan. She began her career in the radio industry for sorensen Media Group (Power 99) as both an on-air personality when she was 19 with the transition to business account manager when she turned 21. Prior to Xerox, she was a Marketing Coordinator for both major CNMI telecommunications carriers IT&E, and Docomo Pacific. Her responsibilities include office operation, business solutions, & marketing for the CNMI region.

She has currently held this position as of February this year after her departure in the Telecommunications Industry for over 6 years. Nola serves on the Northern Marianas Football Association as a member of the Women's Soccer committee, and spearheazds Operation Homefrint Support in the NMI Troops with the American Red Cross. She is an active member in the local communtiy as she hosts and participates in several events and community projects throughout her career in the private sector.

She's an active member of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce as she's been a chamber member for over 4 years, and is currently on the Events & Environmental Committee.

Shorlty after retaining her position at Xerox she married Benjamin Petersburg of the CNMI Public Defender's Office last year in March. 

 

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

 

Melvin A. TenorioDirector: Rosemond B. Santos 
Blue Continent Communications
President
Contact Rosemond B. Santos

Rosemond Blanco Santos is a native daughter of the NMI and the President and Owner of Blue Continent Communications, Inc., dba, KKMP Radio Station. KKMP is a community based radio station and is the only locally owned and operated radio station in the CNMI and provides both Radio Broadcasting and Media Consulting. Prior to entering the radio industry, Rosemond was the Chief Prosecutor, served as a House Member and Chair of Judiciary and Governmental Operations in the 16th Legislature, a legal counsel for the House of Representatives, a prosecutor, and a Legislative Assistant of the CNMI Legislative Bureau.

Rosemond is happily married to Gerhard “Gary” R. Sword, the Vice President of KKMP. Rosemond is the youngest child of Jose Terlaje Santos and Maria Luisa Blanco Santos, the founder and proprietor of Santos Acres, and Rosemond's greatest inspiration.

 

 Executive Director:

Jill Arenovski