The Honorable Togiola Tulafonobio
Governor of American Samoa
The Honorable Michael Adabio | presentation
Secretary of Commerce, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
The Honorable Sandra Pierantozzibio | presentation
Minister of State, Republic of Palau
The Honorable Fredrick Mullerbio | presentation
Minister of Resources & Development, Republic of the Marshall Islands
PERCIVAL E. CLOUDENbio
Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority
New Initiatives in the Pacific
There are many exciting developments throughout the Pacific region, and the new Administration is eager to begin working on the unique challenges and opportunities in the Pacific region. From the ongoing build-up on Guam to new opportunities for alternative energy development, many new opportunities will be created throughout the region. Senior Administration representatives will introduce these opportunities in this session.
Dr. Richard Kelley Chairman of the Board, Outrigger Enterprises Group bio | presentation
Lt. General Wallace "Chip" Gregson, USMC (Ret.) WCG and Associates, International; Past Commander, Marine Forces Pacific bio | presentation
Dr. Stephen Schneider 2007 IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Climatologist, Stanford University bio | presentation
The Honorable James R. "Duke" Aiona Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii bio
Your Government Working for You: Programs for Project Development
The United States Government provides a wide range of programs and structures to encourage economic development and trade. This panel will introduce participants to a range of on-the-ground and larger-scale support programs.
John Holman Director of the Pacific Islands, Hawaii Export Assistance Center, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service bio | presentation
Mr. Mark Oliver Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of the Interior bio
Mr. Tim O'Connell Rural Energy Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development bio | presentation
Ms. Jeanette Brown Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bio | presentation
Mr. Casey Jeszenka Network Director, Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network bio | presentation
Dr. C.L. Chesire Senior Business Development Manager, Pacific Business Center Program bio
Mr. David Fedlam Island Fellow, Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, MBA Student, Georgetown University bio | presentation
The speakers in this panel are successful business owners, and each represents a different jurisdiction. They will spend a lot of time discussing the myriad opportunities and incentives for doing business in the U.S.-affiliated insular areas, as well as the pitfalls and obstacles. It is useful to hear from those who have done business in the islands — businesspeople not from the islands that strted successful ventures across the Pacific.
Mr. Michael AdY (Moderator) Board Director and Small Business Committee Co-Chairman, Guam Chamber of Commerce, President, M80 Office Systems, Inc.; Co-Host K57 Business Talk Show, "Monday's with Monty" bio
Mr. David Robinson President and General Manager, Panamex Pacific Inc., American Samoa bio
Mr. Jose Ricardo P. R. Delgado President and CEO, IT&E, Northern Mariana Islands bio | presentation
Mr. Lee Webber President and Publisher, Honolulu Advertiser, Guam bio | presentation
Mr. Graeme Roberts General Manager, Beca International Consultants Ltd., Marshall Islands bio | presentation
Mr. Larry Bruton General Manager and Owner, Bruton Enterprises, Appropriate Technology Store, Federated States of Micronesia bio
Luncheon Congressional representatives from the territories will be featured at this networking lunch.
The Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo Member of Congress, Guam; Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife; U.S. House of Representatives bio
The Honorable Eni F. H. Faleomavaega Member of Congress, American Samoa; Chairman, House Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment; U.S. House of Representative bio
Meet the Islands
Each area will be hosting their own sessions to introduce participants to the specific opportunities and incentives that exist in each jurisdiction. Participants will hear from the governors and presidents themselves, as well as leading business and commerce figures from each area over the course of the afternoon.