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Saipan council recognizes McDonald’s Ayuyu

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council on Monday recognized Saipan McDonald’s owner Jose C. Ayuyu for his business achievements in the CNMI and Guam.

The council adopted a commemorative resolution congratulating Ayuyu for being named Guam Business Magazine’s 2016 Executive of the Year.

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Jose C. “Joe” Ayuyu, president and owner of McDonald’s, receives a commemorative resolution recognizing his extraordinary achievements in business from the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council. The resolution was presented by council chairman Luis John Castro, vice chairman Diego Kaipat and secretary Antonia Tudela. Also in photo are Ayuyu’s wife Marcia and daughter Natalie Mable.  Contributed photo

The commemorative resolution was presented by council chairman Luis John Castro, vice chairman Diego Kaipat and secretary Antonia Tudela to Ayuyu at his office in Dandan.

Castro said Ayuyu is “an inspiration to aspiring businessmen and women.”

Ayuyu is a former president of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Chuuk and Majuro chambers of commerce.

He is also a former member of the Marianas Visitors Bureau board, the CNMI Foreign Investment Board, the CNMI Tax Task Force, and then-Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio’s Section 902 negotiating team.

Castro said Ayuyu maintains close ties to the community and continuously contributes his company’s resources in sponsoring various organizations and programs such as Little League Baseball, Crime Stoppers, the Rotary Club of Saipan, and the annual All Schools Track & Field Meet.

In 1993, Ayuyu opened Saipan’s first McDonald’s franchise in Chalan Laulau, and expanded his business portfolio to include a smaller McDonald’s restaurant in Garapan while managing commercial properties.

In 2016, Ayuyu’s entrepreneurial career achieved a significant milestone as he became owner of all McDonald’s franchises on Guam, making him the sole owner of the McDonald’s restaurants in the Marianas, the council’s resolution added.

In 1971, Ayuyu graduated from Lisbon Public High School in North Dakota. In 1975, he received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Hawaii in Manoa.

He served as assistant clerk of court for the CNMI judiciary and as acting director of Commerce.

At the Bank of Guam, he oversaw branches in Guam, Saipan, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He later became vice president and general manager of the former Hakubotan department store.