Former first lady Joann Camacho tapped to help with economic development

Former First Lady Joann Camacho

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero confirmed during her press conference Friday afternoon that she has tapped former first lady Joann Camacho to serve as deputy director of the Guam Economic Development Authority where she will help formulate plans and strategies for economic development.

Camacho, who will start at GEDA on Aug. 1, replaces Ricky Hernandez, who has taken over the Guam International Airport Authority deputy executive manager position.

The former first lady has worked for DFS Guam as the director for marketing and the Guam Visitors Bureau where she served as general manager from January 2011 to December 2012.

“We are very excited to have her on board our administration,” the governor said during her Friday news conference. “She is very experienced in business development and the retail sector when she was working at Duty Free.”

The governor also touted Camacho’s experience in the visitor industry as general manager of GVB which Leon Guerrero said would be needed as the island seeks to revive its tourism industry.

“She has a lot of experience and she has a lot of ideas and is a go-getter. She lights fires under people and we can expect to see good economic development projects moving forward,” the governor said.

During the same conference, the governor also confirmed that Tim Aguon has been assigned to Veterans Affairs because the previous director there, Fred Bordallo, has resigned to run for senator.

“For us, the veterans are very important. And Tim, being a veteran himself … I have asked him to help with Veterans Affairs,” the governor said.

She added that Guam Guard Adjutant General Esther Aguigui will also be a part of Guam Homeland Security, a practice, the governor said, that is not uncommon and has been practiced by previous administrations.