Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 Businesswoman of the Year


Hagåtña, Guam – First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine are seeking nominations for the 9th annual Businesswoman of the Year Maga’Haga award. Nominees must be residents of Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands.

Nominees should meet the following criteria: a businesswoman who has made a significant difference in her industry through her organization or her business, a woman who has contributed to her community, a woman who is a leading representative of her profession or field, a woman who displays the best qualities of one in business.

The deadline for nominations is February 28. The winner will be announced at the Businesswoman of the Year Gala on April 26. 

The Gala is also a fundraiser for the Businesswoman of the Year scholarship program.  The scholarships, open to both full-time and part-time college students, are intended to promote higher education by providing financial assistance to college students pursuing professional careers in business or a related field who are enrolled at the University of Guam, Guam Community College or Northern Marianas College.     

The 2013 Businesswoman of the Year Maga’Haga award recipient was F. Marie Calvo-Monge, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of Pacific Telestations Inc. which operates the stations of KUAM. Past recipients include Mary P. Rhodes, President of the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association and President of MARQ Consulting Services; Joyce Quinata Crisostomo, Executive Director of Cars Plus and President of Payless Car Rental; Anna Wang Kao, Founder and President of Genghis Khan Furniture Co.; Lorraine S. Okada, Executive Manager of Carlsmith Ball LLP and President and Owner of Managing Consulting Services; Julienne Rose Perez Duenas, Physical Therapist, Owner and Clinical Director of Sports, Orthopedic and Active Rehabilitation Inc.; Christine Won Pat Baleto, General Manager of Market Wholesale Distributors; and Katherine Calvo Sgro, Executive Vice President and Chairwoman of the board for Pay-Less Markets Inc.

For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Jacqueline Guzman, assistant editor, Guam Business Magazine at (671) 649-0883 ext. 125 or or Lou Sanchez, sales and marketing manager, First Hawaiian Bank at (671) 475-7853 or