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Velma Palacios is Business Person of the Year

VELMA Palacios, IT&E’s director of network operations and engineering, is the 2018 Business Person of the Year.

The other nominees were Gloria Cavanagh of the Pacific Islands Club, John Hirsh of the American Red Cross-NMI chapter, Glen Hunter of The Shack, James Lee of Marpac Inc., Ron Smith of Angil Design, Janice Tenorio of IT&E and Nola Hix of Xerox Corp.

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The 2018 Business Person of the Year is IT&E’s director of network operations and engineering Velma Palacios, seated right. Also in photo are her friends, including IT&E general manager Rose Soledad, seated left, and customer service and government relations manager Janice Marie Ada Tenorio, second right standing, who was also nominated for the award.  Contributed photo

Palacios received the award during the Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s silver lining gala on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

In 2017, Palacios was also nominated for the award, which went to Ivan Quichocho of Tan Holdings Corp.

In her speech on Saturday, Palacios, who is also president of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce,  said there should be more women leaders in the community.

“It’s the year of the woman on Guam.  They have the first female governor and a majority of women senators.  The CNMI will get there soon.   I am very proud to say that IT&E CNMI is run by strong women leaders.  I encourage more businesses and organizations to place women in leadership positions.  Your businesses and organizations will benefit greatly as you promote women to top leadership positions.  The job will also get done,” she added.

Palacios said she is “truly humbled and honored to receive this award.  It is a great honor to be chosen by these past Business Person of the Year winners and to be part of this great group of leaders in their businesses and in the community.”

She added, “I’ve worked with many of these great leaders and continue to be amazed with what they have done with their companies and their commitment to serve their community.  These leaders continue to give back to the community through their time and involvement on boards and other organizations to make our CNMI a better place. I hope to continue to learn from them and work with these leaders.”

Palacios also congratulated the other nominees “as they are all winners and deserving of this award as well.  They have been great leaders in their own right and have done great work for our community, especially during this period of recovery from Super Typhoon Yutu.  I am truly grateful to know and work with these wonderful men and women.”

At the same time, she thanked her employer “IT&E and colleagues (Rose, Janice, Shirley and Leriza) for all their support.  IT&E continues to encourage all its employees to give back to the community on an individual level aside from the corporate level.”

Palacios said she is also humbled by the continued trust of the chamber members and vows, as their president, to continue to work for what is best for the community.

The president’s term of office is one year and an election is conducted every year. 

“I’ve been chamber president since 2016 and 2019 will be the start of my fourth year as president,” Palacios said. “I am truly humbled and honored that my colleagues on the board of directors have again given me this opportunity to lead and represent this great organization as its president.  I am grateful for their trust, support and confidence.”