GVB: Perez Steps Down as GVB General Manager

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Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau officially announced this morning that Gerry Perez has stepped down as general Manager of GVB. The release is printed below.

Gerald S.A. Perez stepped down as General Manager of Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) yesterday, submitting his resignation to the Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled meeting.

He has agreed to serve as consultant adviser to the board in order to fulfill the remaining outstanding commitment made during his tenure as general manager, assist in updating the GVB Five Year Strategic Plan, and assist the new general manager through a leadership transition in regard to the bureau’s operation, industry relationships, and brand-building initiatives.

After nearly six years at the helm of the region’s largest National Tour Operator (NTO), Perez said the decision to leave was difficult but he felt the new board should have an opportunity to hire a manager of its choosing.

“We have done a lot of great things during my time here,” he said. “We have an amazing staff that has instilled into the community and our core markets a sense of place and a united vision of Guam as a destination. We have weathered drops in visitor arrivals due to natural disasters and have battled back to see more than 1.1 million arrivals in 2010. Now is a good time to step down and allow another leadership perspective for our island’s No. 1 industry.”

The Board of Directors, which is currently awaiting confirmation of three governor appointees by the 31st Guam Legislature, appointed Joann Camacho as Acting General Manager following Perez’s announcement.

After serving 23 years as vice president and president of DFS Guam, Perez assumed the role of GVB General Manager in July 2005. He has extensive involvement in the visitor industry as a member of the GVB Board of Directors, chairman of the Japan Marketing Committee, chairman of the Tourist Attraction Fund, vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter, chairman of the Micronesian Regional Tourism Council, president and councilor of Asia for SKAL International, and as a member of the Guam Tourism Foundation.  He has been honored with the GVB Golden Latte Award for his efforts associated with Japan marketing initiatives, the Tumon Bay beautification and creation of major attractions. In 2006, he also accepted a nomination to serve on the PATA Board of Directors, where he now serves on the 11-member Board Executive Committee.        

GERALD S.A. PEREZ STEPS DOWN AS

GVB GENERAL MANAGER 

(Friday, March 25, 2011; Tumon, Guam) Gerald S.A. Perez stepped down as General Manager of Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) yesterday, submitting his resignation to the Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled meeting. 

He has agreed to serve as consultant adviser to the board in order to fulfill the remaining outstanding commitment made during his tenure as general manager, assist in updating the GVB Five Year Strategic Plan, and assist the new general manager through a leadership transition in regard to the bureau’s operation, industry relationships, and brand-building initiatives. 

After nearly six years at the helm of the region’s largest National Tour Operator (NTO), Perez said the decision to leave was difficult but he felt the new board should have an opportunity to hire a manager of its choosing. 

“We have done a lot of great things during my time here,” he said. “We have an amazing staff that has instilled into the community and our core markets a sense of place and a united vision of Guam as a destination. We have weathered drops in visitor arrivals due to natural disasters and have battled back to see more than 1.1 million arrivals in 2010. Now is a good time to step down and allow another leadership perspective for our island’s No. 1 industry.” 

The Board of Directors, which is currently awaiting confirmation of three governor appointees by the 31st Guam Legislature, appointed Joann Camacho as Acting General Manager following Perez’s announcement. 

After serving 23 years as vice president and president of DFS Guam, Perez assumed the role of GVB General Manager in July 2005. He has extensive involvement in the visitor industry as a member of the GVB Board of Directors, chairman of the Japan Marketing Committee, chairman of the Tourist Attraction Fund, vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter, chairman of the Micronesian Regional Tourism Council, president and councilor of Asia for SKAL International, and as a member of the Guam Tourism Foundation.  He has been honored with the GVB Golden Latte Award for his efforts associated with Japan marketing initiatives, the Tumon Bay beautification and creation of major attractions. In 2006, he also accepted a nomination to serve on the PATA Board of Directors, where he now serves on the 11-member Board Executive Committee.