GWCC December 2021 Board Election & Gal Pal Drop-in
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4:30PM – 7:30PM
Sea Grill Restaurant
The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Board Election and Gal Pal Drop-in at Sea Grill Restaurant on December 9th, 2021. Drop in between 4:30pm – 7:30pm to cast your vote and check out our vendor pop-up shop. Stay and enjoy live entertainment, tapas and raffles throughout the night. We will be raffling (1) GWCC annual membership for an existing member AND (1) for a new member, so don’t forget to invite your best gal (or guy) pal. Plenty of other raffle prizes to give away, including SeaTrek dives and more! GWCC Members receive one complimentary beverage.
We hope to see you there!
Meet Your Candidates
Vice President Sales, Pacific Daily News
University of Guam
USO Board Member, CCD/First Holy Communion Teacher-Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Feeding at Kamalen Karidat, Salvation Army Toy Drive Volunteer, Paddles Against Cancer Volunteer, Teach Paddling to Young Adults
29 years of service at the Pacific Daily News. Worked my way up from Sales Executive to Vice President. First female Advertising Director for PDN. Gannett Inc, President’s Ring, Trained and Certified in Digital Marketing
As first female Advertising Director at the Pacific Daily News, it has always been my goal to train and mentor all incoming employees. Starting from the interview process, I coach and provide candidates with feedback to help them understand how they did. When hiring, I don’t just look at the individual for that 1 position, I look at whether that person is a fit for 2 positions above them. Through my years, I’ve learned that many women need encouragement and that little push to advance them in their career and personal life. Sometimes it’s little things like this that make a big difference.
I am a strong believer and supporter of GWCC’s mission of advancing women in business through advocacy, networking and mentorship.
Home Ventures Realty/Guam Association of Realtors
University of Guam College Graduate (Bachelor’s Business Administration), real estate related Realtor certifications
Community Service Committee with the Guam Association of REALTORS(R), Guam Real Estate Commission: Commissioner, Member: Soroptimist International of Guam.
REALTOR of the Year 2020, National Association of REALTORS(R) Endorsement: Commitment to Excellence, Certified Relocation Specialist, Certified Pricing Strategy Advisor, Graduate: Century 21 International Management Academy
Real Estate is a pretty large sector and contributor to the Guam economy, and in my 15 years of being a licensed real estate professional, I have seen women in real estate continue to rise in the ranks of successful owners of brokerages, brokers, agents, and leaders within the Guam Association of REALTORS. I held 2 terms as association president, in 2013 and then in 2020. Part of my vision during my term was to increase diversity in the appointments of committee chairs and members as well as programs and education to GAR members. I joined the Government Committee because I wanted to be a part of providing input for testimony on important issues that may become law. I think the GWCC has done a tremendous job and I want to continue to contribute where and when I can in advocacy, mentoring or in any capacity needed.
Maria Eugenia H. Leon Guerrero
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Guam
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, May 2001
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master of Business Administration, Jun 2009
Pacific Coast Banking School, Seattle WA
Graduate Level Banking Program, Sep 2017
Guam Foundation for Public Education (2014 – present)
Chairwoman (2016 – present)
Secretary (2014 – 2016)
Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam (2016 – present)
Chairwoman (2020 – present)
Treasurer (2016 – 2020)
Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority (2019 – present)
Rotary Club of Tumon Bay (2012 – present)
Member (2012 – present)
Treasurer (RY 2014-2015, RY 2015-2016)
Director of Community Service (RY 2013-2014)
Guam Young Professionals, a Division of the Guam Chamber of Commerce (2010 – 2020)
I Fanlalai’an Oral History Project (2015 – present)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bank of Guam. Previous position include, EVP
Retail and Card Services, Director of Card Services, Six Sigma Champion and Strategic Planning Officer,
Corporate Banking Officer, Management Trainee.
- Developed and initiated a comprehensive Branch Transformation Plan. This is a multi-year effort
which will result in the total transformation of our people, process, technology, network, design,
- Along with CEO, Joaquin Cook, led the Bank through a brand refresh effort introducing our
brand essence, brand promise, and revitalized logo.
- Led the Card Services division through the tail end of our card and merchant portfolio migration
to Vantiv, LLC (now known as Worldpay).
- Detected and held card processing vendor accountable for material billing errors in excess of $2
- Challenged Visa Worldwide on unfair interchange rules, resulting in a concession bonus award
- Built the Bank’s enterprise Project Management Office from the ground up.
- Reduced project delivery timeframe from several years (in some cases) to six months or less,
while significantly improving outcomes.
I work in the financial services industry, where top executive and board positions continue to be primarily dominated by men. Through my years in college, graduate school, and as a working professional, I know firsthand how intimidating it can be to engage, initiate relationships, and gain traction in the business world. My experience has made me keenly aware of the need for organizations that specifically support women on their journey to success, both personally and professionally. The
opportunities afforded to me in education, networking, peer and mentor relationships, career challenges – have all been critical in building my confidence and helping me get to where I am today. If I am selected to be on the GWCC Board, it will be my honor to continue championing the equal participation of women in business. Our economy desperately needs the diversity and creativity that female business leaders bring to the table. Through the work of organizations like the GWCC, the next generation of female business leaders can be inspired to realize their full potential. I have a range of experience in Strategic Planning, Corporate Finance, Project Management, Negotiation, Leadership, and Mentoring. I am prepared to contribute my knowledge, skills, influence, and creativity to advancing the mission of this organization.
Morrico Equipment, LLC
University of Central Florida, BS Accounting
Academy of Our Lady of Guam
- Past President, Rotary Club of Guam
Michelle comes from a largely male-dominated industry, so she knows a thing or two about the grit and determination needed for women to succeed in the industry. Michelle began her career with Morrico Equipment in 2008 as Financial Controller. In 2017, she became President of Phoenix E&C Corp, a mechanical engineering consulting firm she started with her husband and a talented engineer. Michelle is an advocate for women in business and is not only active in business and within the community, but also in life. She hates to run, but does it anyway, loves to travel, and spends as much time as she can trying to improve her golf game. You may have seen her at one of the GWCC Golf tournaments supporting the organization.
Michelle is a mother of two young men and a strong supporter of children’s education. It is her dream to one day open a children’s science center in Guam.
L&D Manager, Mid-Pacific, DFS Guam
BS in Business/Retail Management andd MBA
- Currently serving as GWCC Education Committee member, and Community Service Director of the Rotary Club of Guam.
When my position with my former employer was affected by the pandemic, I started my consulting business to provide education and small retail management consulting , a private music studio, and a retail venture in sustainable shopping subscription. While serving as an independent small business advisor with SBDC Guam, I have provided small business counseing and have assisted COVID19 impacted small businesses to receiving over $2 millions in COVID-19 relief fundings. I have recently resumed my former posisiton at DFS as Leargning and Development Manager but now expanded my capacity to manage both Guam and Saipan locations.
The changes and loss I’ve suffered and experienced during the pandemic had motivated me to begin a new entrepreneural chapter of my own. Two valuable lessons I learned from while estabishing my new business ventures – sustainability and self-development.
I’m a firm believer in learning and development, and I’m blessed to be able to return to DFS Guam to resume my former position as Learning & Development Manager but now with expanded capacity to manage both Guam and Saipan, the mid-Pacific region. I currently also serve as an Education Committee memer, and I would like to continue to work with the board and its leadership to provide guidance, mentorship and resources for women in business for self-development and leadership training.