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SYP names nominees for Community Leadership Award, Rookie of the Year

(Press Release) — The Saipan Young Professionals Committee has named four nominees for the 2017 Community Leadership Award.

The nominees were announced at SYP’s monthly meeting, Nov. 21. The award will be made to the winning nominees at the annual SYP holiday party “Santa’s Workshop,” a theme inspired by SYP’s signature project: Toys 4 Tots. The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Latte Stone Room of Kanoa Resort.

Each nominee is a member of the Saipan Young Professionals Committee of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce; has demonstrated several of the following examples of exceptional leadership: Motivates and inspires the people around them to accomplish more than they would nave normally, inspires a high level commitment from others when taking on new initiatives, creates a compelling vision for the future and helps others understand their role in achieving it, actively shares responsibility, authority, information and credit when working towards the achievement of a goal, and sets a high standard of integrity by leading through example and maintains high personal standards.

The following individuals were nominated by SYP members and mentors: Nicole Babauta (CNMI SBDC), Emanuel Borja (Hofschneider Engineering), Glen Hunter (The Shack) and Shayne Villanueva (Roil Soil).

Nicole Babauta
Emanuel Borja

• Nicole Babauta has always been determined to help individuals achieve their goals. Prior to joining CNMI’s Small Business Development Center in the 2017, she worked at DFS Saipan Limited as a Learning & Development Specialist and for the United Services Automobile Association in Colorado Springs as a Financial Foundations Specialist. As the Director of CNMI’s SBDC, she proudly gives back to her community at a regional and individualistic level. Her position enables her to support the economic development of the Western Pacific Region and act as a mentor, resource, and guide to small businesses at no cost. She is a graduate of University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Global Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree.

• Emanuel Borja graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. He returned to the CNMI and began work for the Division of Environmental Quality as a regulatory engineer specializing in erosion control and solid waste management. At DEQ, with the Earthmoving and Erosion Control Branch, he worked to improve compliance of construction project stormwater management controls by teaching stormwater workshops to local engineers and contractors, covering the scientific principles of erosion and sediment control. The end goal of the training was to reduce sedimentation, ultimately protecting our island’s oceans and coral reefs.

Manny is currently employed at Hofschneider Engineering Corporation, where he uses his environmental background to aid in the design of environmentally responsible infrastructure. Manny has also worked as a part-time instructor with his alma mater, Mount Carmel School, where he taught AP Calculus for four years. Although he is no longer teaching AP Calculus, he currently does freelance tutoring in several subjects, including SAT math.

Outside of work, Manny volunteers with the Marianas March Against Cancer, where he has served as overall chairperson for two years and treasurer for five years. He has been an administrator for CNMI Math Court for six years, wearing several hats as a test writer, scoring administrator, webmaster, and head coach for Team CNMI high school, which competes annually at the Mathleague.org national competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

Manny enjoys dancing and has also volunteered as choreography director with Stellar Marianas for two years, choreographing dance numbers that were performed by the contestants of the Miss Marianas Teen and the Miss Marianas Pageants. He also choreographed a flash mob for DEQ’s “Our Laolao” Social Marketing Campaign, aimed at inspiring communities to keep Laolao Bay litter free on land and sea. Manny can be seen dancing in his car while stopped at red lights throughout the island.

Glen Hunter

• Glen Hunter is the proud restaurant Owner and General Manager of The Shack, a restaurant he planned, developed, built and currently operates. It is now among the top ranked restaurants on Saipan.

Besides being a fantastic restaurateur, Hunter has extensive experience in the beverage trade, retail/wholesale industries, new media and technology development, as well as networking and computer related services.

In addition to his impressive résumé, he also focuses on many social causes. In the days following Super typhoon Soudelor in   August 2015, Hunter took a proactive role in providing direct and immediate assistance to the families affected by the typhoon. He has dedicated his time to volunteering for various efforts including United4Saipan, CNMI C.O.R.E. and the CNMI Long Term Recovery Team. He has also played a vocal role in encouraging community members to make a positive difference for the CNMI via social media, meetings and more. He represents a proactive movement that embraces collaboration of all agencies and community members.

In 2015, he received the Saipan Young Professional Community Leadership Award and continues to share his time and expertise as a mentor to the SYP group.

Shayne Villanueva

• Shayne Villanueva was born and raised in Saipan and Alumni of Mt. Carmel School. Leaving island in 2001 bound for San Diego, CA. where he began his career in the sales industry. After several years in vacation sales he transitioned into Insurance broker lines and has established 10+ years in the industry. Through his passion for sales and marketing he developed a company to represent his heritage and culture and that is how Roil Soil Clothing came to in May of 2015. Traveling back to the islands in 2015 with headlining artist Fiji to promote an island concert he realized the need for more representation in the markets in the U.S. and locally for a CNMI brand. After two years of tours and festival retail selling Roil Soil began to develop a name in the western states of the US along with Hawaii, Guam and CNMI.

With this growth in Sept. 2016 Shayne moved back to Saipan to develop his company and broaden its horizon. Partnering with local Artist Peter Aldan, Kagman High School Art Teacher they have created a unique company. Although working fulltime as Operation Manager for Aon insurance, Shayne utilizes his off hours during the nights and weekends to develop his business and outreach into the community. The company’s main focus is not only to develop the retail shop for clothing but to ensure that they make a direct impact on the community through their hosted events.

Joining SYP in June 2017, Shayne has been an active member and along with his partner Peter have dug roots into the local community to support charities/movements such as Autism fundraising for local children raising $7,500, Typhoon Soudelor fundraising amounting in over $40,000 in dry good and cash support, MINA’s gala awareness through their BeerLympics and Country Boil Dinner and Operation Oktoberfest 2017 benefitting CNMI’s Veterans. Shayne is a strong advocate of utilizing local business and creating an avenue for businesses to grow together. Shayne was also awarded the Bank of Hawaii Grant for small businesses in Sept 2017 to help continue the mission of Roil Soil. Shayne is a passionate, funny and driven gentleman who always places his community, friends and family as top priority.

On top of his nomination for the Community Leadership Award, Shayne was also nominated for the 2017 SYP Rookie of the Year.

Also nominated for the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award is Tania David of Bank of Guam.

Tania David

• Tania David is currently the Assistant Vice President/Operations Manager at Bank of Guam-Garapan Saipan Branch. She has been with Bank of Guam since 1997.

David was a Liberal Arts Major at Northern Marianas College in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix.                        

David is extremely involved in her community being the former Overseas Committee Chair of the Girl Scouts of the NMI, former F.R.G.-Chair/Vice Chair, Family Readiness Group-Echo Co., Det. 1, 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment, and former member of Pet Assistance & Welfare Services.

She is currently the president of Bank of Guam Employees Club, Treasurer to the Soroptimist Internationall of the NMI, a Fellows member for the Pacific Century Fellowship 2017 Cohort, and of course a dedicated member of the Saipan Young Professionals.

To find out who will receive the 2017 Community Leadership Award, join us at “Santa’s Workshop/” To purchase a ticket or for more information, call the Saipan Chamber of Commerce at 234-7150 or visit Marianas Business Plaza, 3rd Floor, Suite 315. For the latest information on the SYP Committee, visit its Facebook page.