A nine member Board of Directors governs the Chamber. The general 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. Elections are held every November for new Directors of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. Member votes are apportioned according to their annual membership 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. Potential board members are invited to accept nominations, and are qualified by participation in Chamber activities and committees.
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is managed by an Executive Director and two Chamber Coodinators.
President: Velma Ann M. Palacios
Manager of Engineering and Plant Technical Services
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.
Vice President: Christopher Concepcion
Sales Account Executive
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.”
Secretary: Alexander A. Sablan
Vice President, Tan Holdings Corporation
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.
Treasurer: Michael S. Johnson
Deloitte and Touche
Office Managing Partner, Saipan
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.
Director: Natalie Mable E. Ayuyu
Re/Max Paradise Realty Manager
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 2012.1
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.
Director: Perry Inos Jr.
Triple J recruited Mr. Inos in May of 2015. Since then, he has been heavily involved with current and new business developments of Triple J at the developer level of the company. He has the great privilege to be working for and along side the Founder and Chairman of Triple J, Mr. Robert H. Jones.
In 2012, Mr. Inos became inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Saipan and a member of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. At the age of 28, he received recognition as being the top 40 under 40 in the Guam Business Magazine and the Beach Road Magazine as being one of the top young professionals of his generation.
Prior to joining Triple J, he was the Department of Commerce's Director of Small Business Development Center of the Economic Development Office as certified international business advisor, certified export advisor, and certified business trainer. Also, Mr. Inos was the former Director of the Central Statistics Division at the Department of Commerce. Prior to that he worked at the Northern Marianas College as the Book Store Manager, Program Manager for Student Activities and Leadership, and Program Manager for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Director: Nida Palconit
Having more than 20 years of experience in the service industry, both in hotel and restaurant; Nida is the Operations Manager for Hard Rock Café Saipan.
She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and pursued higher education by studying Master's in Business Administration in the same university. To further enhance her knowledge, she enrolled in De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde and graduated with a Post-Baccalaureate in Restaurant and Food Service Management.
She was a past Assistant Treasurer for the Rotary Club in Buendia, Makati wherein she held the position for 2 years in a row. In addition, she did volunteer work for the Star of Hope.
Director: C.E. "Bud" White
Associate Chamber Member
Director: Curtis W. Gillespie
Kaynomi Enterprises, Inc.
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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
Saipan Chamber Of Commerce
Jill Arenovski is currently the Executive Director of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, President of Soroptimist International of Northern Mariana Islands, and Treasurer of NMI Crime Stoppers. She is devoted to making the Island of Saipan a better place to live for all--through the success of the business community, through empowering women through education, and through increasing awareness of our collective power to stop crime. Jill also runs a stamping business and teaches monthly classes on memory keeping and card making. She has lived in the Marianas for 23 years, is married, and has two daughters.