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A Third Term? “The people right now are not really looking at any particular stance of any candidates, but it’s who can set the direction of this territory?” Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez Interview page 36

Freight

Executive Roundtable

Corporate Philanthropy

Port is key to buildup preparation

Industry leaders talk buildup

Non-profits feel economic pinch

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April 2010 Vol. 15, No. 02

THE MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO YOUR PRODUCTIVITY INTERVIEW Gov. Carl Gutierrez Candidate for governor

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With nearly 40 years of political experience and seven years as a government employee before that, he has had a career unlike any other in Guam’s history, and has been the most powerful force in the Democratic Party for two decades. Gutierrez possesses a hands-on management style and attributes his political clout to Guam’s grassroot voters, though he made significant inroads with the private sector during his two terms as the island’s leader.

Corporate Celebrations It’s with pride that businesses in Guam celebrate anniversary milestones, providing outstanding service and plan to do so well in the future.

Regular Features Perspective

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Picture This

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People

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Diversions

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Fresh Inc.

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Executive Environment

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Money

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Sales Department

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Digital World

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Managers’ Toolbox

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Customer Index

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Higher Thoughts

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Family Business

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Profiles Roland Gogue

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Jesse J. Reyes

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Field Supervisor, Pacific Pest control

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Training Manager, Pacific Islands Club

Freight

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Are shipping and freight forwarders ready for the buildup? With modernization of the port, grading our state of readiness, and concerns for what we can do to make the buildup as easy as possible, the shipping guys are at the front lines.

Executive Roundtable As the buildup moves from planning to execution, business experts speak their minds about what this opportunity could bring.

PUBLISHER Jerry Roberts

ASSISTANT EDITOR Bryan C. Sualog

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ OPERATIONS MANAGER Stephani Ferrara

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Jill Espiritu, Marty Herron, Kim Komando, James Lea, Ron Marks, Melanie Mendiola, Carl Peterson, Jesse Pinkston DIGITAL DESIGN Taliea Designworks

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PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Hardy

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ADVERTISING SALES Stephani Ferrara Rayann Taitano PUBLIC RELATIONS Nellie Joy Roberts

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EDITOR Faye Varias

Non-profits as a whole suffered in 2009 as a result of the recessionary environment in the U.S. In order to stay afloat, these organizations unfortunately, in some cases, turned to the cutting of programs and benefits.

ADMINISTRATION Tia Camacho

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Do You Need A Plan B? http://guamtraining.com

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ith the military buildup slowly coming into focus amid all the discussions over what it will really mean to Guam’s civilian community, most people I talk with don’t really have a clear picture of how they’ll directly fare when the billions of dollars start rolling out. They hear of local wage scales increasing but there’s no well defined evidence as to how they’ll be affected. They learn of plans and projects, along with rumors of others, and they’re left to wonder what it all means in the grand scheme of things. I’ve heard anxiety expressed several ways dozens of times since we first learned of the buildup: “Is my company prepared to grab its share of the bounty? “How will we do in the face of new and powerful competitors? “Where do I fit into the organization’s plans? Will I be promoted? How can I maximize my personal benefit from the buildup? I’ve had business owners — several of them with companies that have been in operation for 10 years or longer — tell me that they have no idea what the next five years will bring. Many are qualified to participate in federal contracts but also understand that competition will be stiff, and there are no guarantees that they’ll be awarded any bids. What we can be assured of is that some people will do extremely well and become millionaires or even multi-millionaires, while at the other end of the spectrum we will see many businesses fail and dreams extinguished. For the vast majority of people, there is great uncertainty. Setting aside the concerns over how the military growth will impact our society, culture, and quality of life, most people are focused on what it will mean in financial terms.

this turbulent decade. We’ll certainly work hard to put ourselves in the best possible position to succeed, but anybody in business knows well that this doesn’t ensure success or survival. Do you feel secure or are you wondering about your future, along with so many others? Maybe you need a Plan B. I don’t mean that you should cash in your current career for another line of work. Just that you can convert some hours outside of your “day job” to create a new stream of activity, enthusiasm, and income. If you believe that finding time for a part-time enterprise is impossible, I understand because I felt the same way. A 50-hour work week is light for me. I log 60+ hours on a regular basis, and have crossed over into 70+ more times than I care to remember. I have a family, too. Still, I was able to squeeze out some time for my Plan B because I knew I needed it. How much time do you need to be able to create something that is valuable? I started with five hours a week and now have stretched it to about 10 because it is delivering results. I’m not spending one minute less with my family. I just found ways to become more efficient, made a few choices with respect to entertainment options — and the time was there.There’s no magic to it. It’s about setting priorities, and my Plan B became a priority. As for the choice of my Plan B, I am fortunate that it has afforded me the opportunity to both make money as well as help others design their own Plan B. Having a hand in someone else’s success is gratifying.

Will they need a Plan B?

I know that the majority of Directions’ readers share the uncertainty I have over Guam’s future and what the next several years will bring. A solid Plan B will go a long way toward improving one’s prospects and overall confidence.

Last month I wrote about re-discovering the marketing skills I had pushed aside for other duties, and how that has helped bring added revenue as well as enjoyment to my work. Apparently, this topic struck a chord with a lot of people and maybe you’re one of them. It’s my Plan B.

Enjoyment, satisfaction, and excitement are also key factors. As I mentioned last month, what I’m doing part time has been so good at lifting my spirits that I’m having more fun playing with our publishing business and the training we do. That’s the icing on the cake.

There’s no telling what the publishing and training landscapes will look like five years from now, so besides a desire to have a little more fun and to have a direct influence in helping others to achieve their goals, this also provides me with a hedge against the conditions I can only guess will be present as we move through

What about you and your Plan B?

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If I can help you walk through the process, e-mail me at jroberts@directionsguam.com or call 635-7501. If you’re looking for a suggestion for a good Plan B I can help there, too.


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Students awarded scholarships

First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business awarded five students scholarships from the 2009 First Hawaiian Bank Guam Business Businesswoman of the Year. University of Guam students Lisa Nguyen, Melissa Pisaro and Leilani Manalo each received $3,500. Guam Community College student Chelsea Ulloa was awarded a $2,200 scholarship. Pictured are the awardees along with representatives from Glimpses of Guam and First Hawaiian Bank. Photo courtesy of Glimpses of Guam.

Endangered plants donated to Tinian

Guam Navy has donated more than 200 plants of the endangered “fadang” to the Tinian Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The plants were propagated and grown in the Navyfunded Tinian plant nursery managed by the University of Guam (UOG). Pictured from left are Sam Palacios, assistant director of Tinian DLNR; and UOG professor Thomas Marler discuss fadang conservation issues. Photo courtesy of UOG.

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GTA donates nearly one ton in canned goods

GTA TeleGuam recently donated 1,847 pounds of canned goods to the Salvation Army. Pictured (from left) are Dino Zervoulakos, GTA Mpulse Wireless senior product development manager; Marie Mesa, GTA executive vice president of people; Capt. Christina Taylor, Salvation Army Guam corps officer; and April Manibusan, Salvation Army Guam development coordinator. Photo courtesy of GTA


Cuthbert Project members return

On Nov. 24, members of The Cuthbert Project returned from the island of Onoun where they spent almost two weeks setting up the project’s pilot program. The role of The Cuthbert Project is to locate funding, acquire equipment, set standards, train teachers and monitors, and provide the necessary software to allow the students on the outer islands an educational opportunity. Pictured are team member Bill Hagen with Sarah Valencia and Billie Manzon of Machanaonao Elementary with five high school students from WeiPat High School on Onoun in front of the solar array which is providing power for the computers. Photo courtesy of The Cuthbert Project.

Twent-five complete training program

On Dec. 20, 2009, 25 young Micronesians graduated from the Center of Micronesian Empowerment (CME) Job Placement Training program. Due to a high demand, CME has decided to continue to offer the training programs through 2010. Pictured are a few of the graduates. Photo courtesy of CME.

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PHR Ken Corp. donated $15,000 from net proceeds of its Golf for a Cause charity golf tournament to Chamorro Village. Pictured from left are: Nicolaus Priesnitz, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa general manager; Hayato “Jack” Yoshino, PHR Ken Corp. president; Jeff San Nicolas, acting Chamorro Village manager; Sylvia Flores, Department of Chamorro Affairs acting president; first lady Joann Camacho and Crystal Sablan, Hilton marketing communications manager.. Photo courtesty of PHR Ken Corp

Sweepstakes winner

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced the military grand prize winner of the Budweiser World Cup Sweepstakes. Rachel Hldebrandt and her husband Aaron will be taking off June 13 for an all expense paid trip to watch the FIFA World Cup matches live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pictured from left are: Anheuser-Busch InBev executive Bob Steck; Rachel Hildebrandt; and Aaron Hildebrandt. Photo courtesy of DDB

Biz Bits

BIZ BITS Nissan Motor Corp. Guam announced in December that Nissan Guam had been presented with a global award for excellence by Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Guam is one of 13 companies within Nissan worldwide to receive the award. Nissan Guam was awarded the Global Nissan Award for 2008, affirming effective daily activity toward achieving business objectives. The new “Sagan Bisita” passenger lounge operated by Delta Air Lines and LSG Lufthansa Service group opened at the A.B.Won Pat International Airport’s main terminal in January. the 6,355 square-foot lounge offers wireless Internet access, flat screen televisions, a self-serve food buffet, a wide variety of beverages and coffee, washrooms and fill shower facilities. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Guam will offer a new Federal Contractor Certification Program beginning this year. The Federal Contractor Certification is a training program for business owners intended to help them understand federal contracting, respond intelligently to solicitations and perform successfully once a contract has been one. The program was created by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance centers and the Center for Veterans Enterprise, with the assistance of the Defense Acquisition University. Continental Airlines will increase the Guam-Cairns flight service from four times a week to daily flights, according to a release.

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Robert Philips

Rear Adm. Paul J. Bushong

has been appointed director of business development at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Philips comes to Hilton with two decades of experience in global sales, hospitality, business planning and markeing.

takes on the position of commander of Joint Region Marianas, U.S. Defense Representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas based in Guam.The change of command ceremony was held March 27.

Sheila Shedd

Richard Schnitzer

accepts a promotion from sales manager to director of sales at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Shedd will directly oversee the management of local, corporate and international wholesalers sales accounts in addition to military and government accounts.

is named Clinic Administrator of the FHP Medical Center. Schnitzer brings more than 30 years of experience building healthcare organizations, developing management teams and significantly improving operational performances in the healthcare industry.

Robert Cawood

Wendie Hill

joins the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa as the transportation safety and compliance manager. His responsibilities include supervising and directing work of all security and bell/valet attendants.

accepts the position of Finance Administrator of the FHP Medical Center. Hill has over 20 years of healthcare experience in management and finance including financial planning and analysis. She was previously the Financial Analyst/Manager at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Patty Perez

Pilar Laguana

returns to the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa as the director of housekeeping. Prior to returning to the Hilton, Perez was employed with Fairmont Acapulco Princess and Fairmont Pierre Marques in Mexico.

marketing manager at Guam Visitors Bureau, was asked to sit on the International Advisory Task Force (NTA) at the NTA Leadership Team Conference in Washington D.C. The NTA is a trade organization comprised of thousands of tourism professionals involved in the growth and development of the travel industry.

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CORPORATE

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here are many milestones on the long road of business ownership — one of which is making it past the five-year mark.While some

businesses never make it to that milestone, others make it to the fiveyear mark barely hanging on.Those who make it to the five-year mark and beyond with a strong, healthy business and their own sanity, have something truly worth celebrating. Many businesses have become household names in Guam by deepening their roots in the community. These same companies have expanded themselves to increasingly employ Guam’s workforce and have continued to prosper. It’s with pride that businesses in Guam celebrate anniversary milestones, as they defy national statistics.This Corporate Celebrations feature looks into two local companies providing outstanding service on Guam, and plans to do so well into the future.

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were talking about before. ‘How much volume? How big is the surge? How fast is it happening?’ Who knows? I don’t think the port knows so what are they going to plan for, Bell said. Joel Quitugua, Guam Freight Service business development manager Guam-Micronesia, said the port would have to expand its facilities. They’re probably going to need a bigger ‘lay-down’ because right now the carriers aren’t running at full capacity. When you go down there on a Monday or Tuesday, what your seeing is not full capacity.”

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According to the port’s master plan, the port’s modernization will be designed to meet the growth of the island along with the military expansion.The plan calls for upgrades to the terminal operating system to allow for automated invoicing, cargo and container tracking, financial management and maintenance management; expansion of the wharf to accommodate larger vessels and increase overall vessel handling capacity; and the acquisition of additional gantry cranes; expansion of facilities to support fishing and cruise line industries.

“I believe that the master plan is good,” Lim said.“It’s just a matter of them making it a reality.” However he’s not sure if it can be done in time for the buildup. “Maybe they’re also foreseeing the (buildup) delays so maybe the timing may not be bad.” Bell said the port’s current operations doesn’t negatively affect Triple B’s business, however, “If in this master plan they don’t create an efficient system in terms of costs per movement of cargo, then the rates start going up. ... If this master plan doesn’t include a fiscally responsible plan, then it could affect us all because we


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Executive

Roundtable

By Jesse Pinkston

From left, Jeffrey Quitugua, Laura-Lynn Dacanay, Chris Felix, Dr. Thomas Shieh and Jay Rojas get together to talk about what the military buildup brings to Guam. Photo by Steve Hardy

Industry leaders forecast what the military buildup brings to Guam By Jesse Pinkston

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s the buildup moves from planning to execution, business experts speak their minds about what this opportunity could bring.

The biggest topic among all industries is the military buildup. How are you positioning your company to make the most of this influx? Laura Dacanay, vice president/Guam and CNMI Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank: First Hawaiian Bank is well capitalized and able to provide financing assistance to businesses that are working with the military buildup. Our numerous products and services make it easier for businesses to choose products that fit their particular needs. The low rate environment is making access to funds more affordable. Our relationship officers have been staying close to our customers and meeting new prospects that are bidding on projects with the military. In addition, we continue to produce the annual economic report for Guam and the CNMI that can be used as a tool for new businesses or

existing companies in their strategic planning. Chris Felix, president and principal broker, Century 21 Realty Management: Military BuildUp — My company is a full service real estate company. We are anticipating the buildup to have a major impact both on the values of real estate and on the rental rates over the next five to seven years starting next year. To prepare for this market increase in value and sales I have started training my sales staff focusing on commercial, industrial and high end residential sales and service. I have also increased my accounting staff and property management staff in order be able to service the anticipated increase in real estate management services that will be needed. I do expect the real estate market number of sale to more than double in 2011 as compared to this year and last year. I believe this will start by the end of this year based on the finalization of the draft EIS and the starting of contract signing by October 2010. I am expecting the bulk of investors to be from the United States with also a large amount from the Philippines. This is based on contacts from investors I have received all ready. DIRECTIONS • APRIL 2010

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Thomas Shieh, MD, FACOG, Board Certified Ob-Gyn, and President Elect, Guam Medical Association: The military buildup presents an opportunity but also a major concern. What I have heard is all the RFPs for DOD construction contract includes a statement that they want no impact to the health of Guam’s community. The reality is that this is unrealistic. No matter what you do, unless the U.S. Naval Hospital is going to open their doors completely, the impact will be felt regardless. What I like to see is the requirement of a “The financial industry has POSITIVE IMPACT, not no impact been going through some at all. That’s the challenging times this past wrong approach. Jeffrey Quitugua, year — the economy is not In order for the wildlife biologist, out of the woods yet.” military to fit into endangered species our civilian sector, recovery program: — Laura Dacanay, vice president/Guam they need to create With the alternative actions and CNMI Region Manager, First a positive impact that were proposed in the Hawaiian Bank by engaging with DEIS/OEIS, DAWR is not our local doctors, in favor of the buildup. Alternatives selected will present hardships nurses and health care insurance industry. for the recovery of Guam’s threatened and To solely rely on the outside and distant endangered species and the preservation of themselves from Guam’s community will marine and terrestrial habitats. In addition, only create more anonymity. Think about the likely introduction of invasive species this for a minute. If a worker or a military personnel is out on liberty and gets injured, is of great concern.

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the nearest hospital may be GMH, and majority of the doctors at GMH are from the private community, the impact will be felt. Right now, our clinic focuses on the care to our local community, and not geared for any military buildups because there are a lot of uncertainties. There is a lot of talk, but nothing in concrete detail. To prepare to serve our local Guam patients, our office have recruited one more very capable ob-gyn provider to ensure that any patients that comes through our doors will be provided with the highest medical care possible on island. When they come to our clinic, they will see a well trained obgyn, because we do not use mid-level providers. When a patient comes to our office, they can rest assured that they will see a fully trained physician. Jay Rojas, executive vice president, SEIGuam: SEIGuam: Slotnick Enterprises, Inc. is a small private investment company that invests in residential and commercial properties and small businesses. A few years back we opened Construction Resources which is pegged to manage any and all information pertaining to Guam’s construction industry. As the number of construction projects increase, an available and organized


source of construction information will be instrumental in our growth. We have researched and developed software that is flexible and scalable to the islands construction needs today and tomorrow. We have always worked under a conservative premise to help the island and invest in sound projects that make sense and will continue to do so. What do you expect will be your biggest challenges in the next three to five years? Dacanay: For many, it will be access to capital. Our bank is well capitalized so that would not be an issue for us. Overall, the financial industry has been going through some challenging times this past year and a half — and the national economy is not out of the woods yet. The special assessments charged by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to banks have basically penalized the remaining good banks for the sins of a few bad banks that failed tremendously. It will be a challenge while the financial industry continues to work itself out of this mess.There are several new regulations that have come out affecting residential mortgage lending, consumer credit card debt, overdraft charges these changes continue to present challenges to ensure that forms and disclosures, as well as consumer education, continues.

As well, the amount of clearing of habitat that is proposed under the DEIS may prevent recovery due to lack of suitable habitat. Shieh: Inflation. I foresee Guam’s community struggling to deal with inflated prices. Not in health care per se, but in the cost of living such as rentals, food, “We need to focus on and travel. trying to preempt any You already problems we may have see some of the most to face.” outrageous p r i c e s — Chris Felix, president and This of course has a ripple going on in principal broker, Century 21 Realty effect. When people struggles the rental Management to pay rent, they will rather do markets for that than to pay for their health apartments care, what happens, their priority and travel fares so high that many of the Guam changes, and doctor’s bills becomes a residents cannot afford to even touch. low priority for them to the point they Guam has to make sure that our locals wait to seek care until it is too late and have affordable living quarters and the their care becomes even more expensive. standard of living remains reasonable. If we We want patients to seek preventive continue to say, “oh, military will pay this care and not seek care only during much, so lets charge this much regardless acute situations. of what happens to the locals,” it will be Rojas: The biggest challenge in the next a disaster.

Felix: I believe our biggest challenge in the next three to five years will be living with the huge construction projects that will be ongoing and handling our infrastructure requirements. We need to focus on trying to preempt any problems we may have to face such as infrastructure, environmental and quality of health issues. Too often we have waited for the problems to get serious before addressing them. Rather than that we need to prepare as best we can for the foreseeable problems and react quickly to the ones that we cannot foresee. Traffic delays and detours are unfortunately going to be a way of life for us for a while. We need to accept this and learn to live with it as we did in the late 70s and mid 80s when our highway and water systems were being rebuilt and travel on Marine Corps Drive from Yigo to Hagåtña took a long time. Quitugua: The protection and recovery of native species and their habitat will be increasingly difficult. Recovery and monitoring programs that have been occurring for more than 30 years are in jeopardy due to increased restrictions on access for local resource agency personnel. DIRECTIONS • APRIL 2010

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What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the island as a whole? Dacanay: The biggest challenge for the island as a whole is to have all of our elected leaders agree on what is best for the entire island — and create a uniform plan of action to move us in that direction. There have been too many moving parts “The increase in stress that are not for the native animals and working in plants is of unison for the great concern. ” benefit of all. The military — Jeffrey Quitugua, wildlife biologist, b u i l d u p endangered species recovery program: presents three to five years is to be significant able to manage the island’s opportunities growth. The buildup is giving and threats us an opportunity to get our proverbial ducks in order and plans in —the challenge will be to create a win-win place. To be successful we need to look at situation where the local community can the change in the island’s demographics, benefit from this build up and not sacrifice what investments need to be made, and the integrity of our Chamorro culture and how well we can plan for these changes island beauty. to warrant a business plan. But we cannot plan a growth in our businesses if there Felix: I honestly believe that our biggest seems to be such yo yo support from challenge as a whole is our political our leaders. Thankfully I will always structure and problems that this causes. Our have a contingency plan and a “plan C.” legislature term of only two years cause our

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senators to start focusing on re-election the minute they are elected and sometimes this causes them to make decisions and focus on legislation that may not be what is good for our island as a whole but rather what will help them politically. It seems to me that a longer term of four years and a limit on the number of terms someone can serve in our legislature will help keep our senators focused on what is best for the island and our quality of living. I also believe much more stricter rules on ethics and conduct for our government employees should be implemented. It seems that so many inefficient and even illegal activities can be curtailed or stopped if the current system to protect our government employees from being removed were loosened. We need our government to become more efficient and productive. Our government needs to remember that it gets its income form out taxes in the private sector. Quitugua: With the buildup there will be many challenges for Guam. In regards to Guam’s natural resources, the increase in stress (habitat loss, disturbance from construction and operations) for the native animals and plants is of great concern. Minimizing the stress to these organisms will be a great challenge.


“We want patients to seek preventive care and not seek care only during acute situations.”

Shieh: Again, i n f l a t i o n . Whether we like it or not, you can see that inflation has caused a negative impact to the people in their rents and places to go. This trend needs to be watched very carefully because it will ultimately cause a lot of negative social impact.

Rojas: What is promising about the buildup today, (after the draft EIS was — Thomas Shieh, MD, FACOG, Board released,and the comment Certified Ob-Gyn, and President Elect, Guam Medical Association period over), is that Guam’s politicians have finally opened their eyes to see what we need to do to accommodate such a large influx of people.We have known for almost four years that we would see 8,000 marines and 9,000 dependents moved from Okinawa. In my opinion they have had four years to realize that our hospital would be strapped, our utilities would be affected, and our schools need help. But yet now that the Department of Defense gathered information on the EIS and released it, they feel we should put the brakes on the buildup. The biggest challenge for us as an island is to be able to elect officials who have a plan. As businesses, we always have a three to five year forecast and plan, but yet our politicians start planning on their re-elections as soon as they are elected.This is quite possibly the most devastating virus this island can foster.

huge increases in spending such as increases in government employment salaries and contracts. Our economy will suffer for a while and inflation will impact us, but if we plan for this time and budget our resources correctly we can easily face these few years of problems. The other problem of cultural adjustment can also be resolved by good planning and preparation. Quitugua: The negative impacts the DEIS/OEIS fails to recognize. It is really about what we won’t see — fruit bats, native trees, native birds... Shieh: Post buildup? This question has to be asked after we see what the real intent is during the buildup. I don’t see anything informative that is concrete enough for us to discuss what the impact of post buildup. Right now, everything is being focused on building on the bases only. Rojas: What is funny is that since I was away from Guam for 15 years, for college and to gain business experience, I would always be asked, “What is Guam like?” My usual response is that Guam is like Hawaii 10 years ago. No matter what year it is, we are usually 10 to 15 years behind the state of Hawaii. Granted we have not seen as much growth, nor will we see Tumon with the skyscrapers, but we will see a large part of the island fairly populated, but nice quiet spots of nature elsewhere.There is no reason the buildup and the island cannot coincide and find a common ground. In many cases, we, as a people, like that we have big box retailers. Some say it would be great if we had more, or more opportunities to have what they have “in the states.” I see no reason why we cannot have more major chain food establishments, or big named stores. Or another mall. These are all more opportunities that a larger population, and

When you think about Guam post-buildup, what do you see? Dacanay:I would like to see a thriving cultural tourist economy where our local island residents own businesses that actively promote our island’s beauty and cultural experiences to not only an increased military population, but an expanded tourist population. The increased revenue from the buildup, if done right, should have created better roads, more reliable power and water distribution systems, expanded port facilities, better hospital facilities, health care services, and public schools, greater public safety and public services for our entire island, and better standard of living for our island community.The key is it must be done right. Felix: After the buildup I believe we will have a period of adjustment both economically and culturally. The island will be seeing $2-4 billion a year being spent during the buildup and this will create a boon to our economy. Businesses will thrive and new businesses will be created.The government will have excess funds due to the tremendous increase in tax revenues and revenues for other sources such as Section 30 funds, highway funding, federal grants, etc. If the government does not realize that this increase in income is only temporary, I am afraid they will not only spend the excess income unnecessarily but also commit the island to support DIRECTIONS • APRIL 2010

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a cohesive community can have, if we work together for the big picture. Please include anything else you feel should be a topic of concern regarding the buildup in relation to your industry.

“There is no reason the buildup and the island cannot coincide and find a common ground. ”

Felix: If you have traveled through the United States recently or visited Saipan or some of the other neighboring island, I believe you have — Jay Rojas, executive vice seen how lucky we are here president, SEIGuam in Guam. Things in the states and neighboring islands are tough with tremendous unemployment problems and crime rising at an alarming rate. Drug problems, quality of education, crime and the slowdown of the overall economy has caused much more serious problems than those we are facing and need to face because of the buildup. I think we are forgetting at times how lucky we are and how blessed we have been thanks to the buildup and our being a part of the United States. Our quality of living is high and I do not consider us (the private sector of Guam) a “third world and third class” of people as

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some of our legislators have claimed. Quitugua: This is the time that the people of Guam will need to work together to preserve and protect our natural resources. The number of people living on Guam will increase therefore, the demands for more land clearing, fishing and hunting will increase. Shieh: Guam has to have better regulation of the insurance industry. Part of me supports President Obama’s vision of insurance regulation and I hope our Guamís legislature can take our own initiative to ensure patients are not denied care because their insurance companies dropped them or raised their rates so high that they cannot afford to keep their insurance. Or they being denied or charged a lot for pre-existing conditions. Or worst off, when their doctor recommends a diagnostic test and the insurance companies tells the doctors. “No, you cannot order that test or procedure.” Guam has to have better regulation over the insurances, or you’ll see limited coverages with caps and high deductibles that ultimately will cause a lot of pain to patients. Rojas: Relating or not relating to the buildup, I am very concerned of our Governor’s legacy. We do not have enough money to run our government, let alone enough money to change the name. It is not feasible to spend what it will take to change the name of our island, when we cannot pay our teachers. If this is really the legacy he wants to leave, one question I have is how much is it going to cost to change the flag of Guam or Guahan alone.As a businessman I worry about this. In fact, I worry enough how much it will cost our business to change our slogan, change our business cards, our letterhead, and our marketing material. All because our Governor wants to leave a legacy.


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be it grants, legislative appropriations, and private donations. Like Island Girl Power, the main source of funds that keeps the organization running daily is not corporate giving, although she sees the corporate space as an important partner to keep the organization going. “Through the years, Pa’a Taotao Tano has utilized corporate partners mostly for leveraged resources, rather than cash” says Reyes.For example,the office space occupied by the organization (two spaces in the DNA building in Hagatna) belongs to David Lujan, to whom Reyes refers as a “visionary with

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regard to cultural preservation.” The main struggle for the organization, according to Reyes, is the perception individuals have about the cultural arts. “Our struggles are that we are asking them to support cultural preservation, which to some people is very important,and some people,it is not.”Luckily for Pa’a Taotao Tano, however, cultural preservation is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, not only on Guam. Reyes pointed out that during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, the Canadians showcased dance of the indigenous people of the land. “Even GVB surveys say that

tourists feel that culture is lacking. We are striving to change that, but the only way we can accomplish this is with the support of the tourism industry.” Even organizations with widespread national recognition like the Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAWF) are feeling the pinch of a tighter economy. According to MAWF executive director Victor Camacho, “There are many worthy organizations all going after the same philanthropic dollar.With the global economy in its current state, there has generally been less corporate giving than in years past.”To keep the momentum going even during a slow year, organizations such as MAWF rely heavily on the board of directors to raise funds.“The board is tasked with fundraising, but ultimately everyone involved from board, to volunteers, to staff have a role in fundraising. We all do what we can to bring in corporate support.” Camacho notes that 85 percent of annual funding is in the form of corporate giving. Despite market conditions worldwide, locally, non-profits have been fortunate to grow and flourish. According to Claudia Clement, community manager – Development for the American Cancer Society, even in tough times, Guam rallies for the Relay For Life. “Last year the Guam Relay netted $413,200.Growing teams,team retention and sponsorship are concerns


each year but the event continues to grow without too much issue.” She is not overly optimistic, however. “It will be interesting to see the economic downturn takes it toll on this year’s Relay.” Like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, fundraising responsibility for the American Cancer society is shared by staff members and the board — Clement as the development manager and the Relay for Life Committee. Guam Animals in Need (GAIN) also feels the pinch of corporate cost cuts, but the challenge to raise adequate funds are ongoing. “The biggest challenge is changing the perception that, ‘They are just boonie cats and dogs,’ ” says Corinne Lopez, vice president of GAIN Board of Directors and Education Committee Co—Chair.” What people need to realize is that although they may not be an animal enthusiast themselves, animal overpopulation really is everyone’s issue. We have all seen the carcasses on the road, smelly and unsightly, not to mention the starving, mangy, creatures wandering the streets and getting into our garbage.And who hasn’t been harassed at one time or another by dogs as we walk near our homes?” Most of the donations are the result of the commitment of animal lovers to the well being of the island’s stray animals. The organization was founded in 1989, by Rebecca Rodriguez, a military spouse, who was concerned with the poor condition of Guam’s many stray animals. GAIN took over operation of the Yigo Animal Shelter in 2001, which had been run by the Guam Department of Agriculture up to that point. According to Lopez, “The mission of GAIN in short, is to educate the community on humane treatment and proper care of companion animals, thereby preventing animal cruelty and abuse. We also aim to strengthen the bond between animals and humans. One more part of our mission is to reduce the number of unwanted animals wandering the island and suffering.”

“Our objectives are to empower, encourage and inspire young ladies to live positive and healthy lifestyles.” — Juanita Blaz, program director, Island Girl Power

Like other non-profits, local businesses are generally solicited for specific projects, in GAIN’s case, the refurbishment of animal kennels, rather than on an ongoing annual basis. All organizations interviewed have been established for more than five years — the“sink or swim”point for many small businesses, and not only have the organizations managed to stay afloat, they have managed to thrive in our local community. According to Pa’a Taotao Tano’s Reyes, “Trying to get a line of credit at the bank or trying to get health insurance for our employees was a challenge that we overcame. I think there is a misconception that non-profits come and go. We realize that regardless of the mission of the organization [profit or not for profit], there are things you have to pay for — rent, utilities, phones . Non-profits need to work towards a healthy balance sheet. This also demonstrates responsibility to the public, about your financial health. Who wants to book a dance troupe for an event in six months, if the non-profit may not be around then?” Pa’a Taotao Tano currently has more than 600

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members of its various dance troupes throughout the island, and a grant allows the organization to fund cultural arts instruction in the Guam Department of Education, which impacts over 1000 students. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been on Guam for over 20 years (since 1988), and has granted almost 200 wishes to children with life threatening conditions. Wishes ranging from trips as large as celebrity meet and greets to as small as having a bicycle. Granting wishes, maintaining an office, and holding fundraisers requires consistent available working capital.“No matter how small or large a wish,” says Camacho,“we try to bring an element of magic every time.This takes the time and efforts of our volunteers and board, but also the funding to grant the wishes themselves.” It is not unusual for a shopping spree for a young lady to include a limousine ride to their favorite stores, a trip to the salon, and lunch with friends and family following the day of fun. Make-A-Wish derives all its funding from local fundraising efforts, about 85 percent of which is from the corporate sphere Experience has taught non-profts what works and what does not in the local community with regard to raising funds. Nationally recognized non-profits like Make-A-Wish and American Cancer Society have annual events such as Make-A-Wish’s annual gala and ACS’s Relay for Life. During these events, ad hoc committees are set up to handle ticket sales and sponsorship solicitation. Of note:Take Care Insurance is the title sponsor for Relay for Life as well as the Make A Wish Foundation’s Kites for Wishes. Smaller organizations find support with individual enthusiasts and benefactors rather than large corporations who believe in the cause, whether it be cultural preservation or animal cruelty prevention. GAIN has found a natural niche fundraising among animal lovers. “One major fundraiser that we have done for the last several years is the calendar, featuring shelter animals and adopted animals. It has been a very successful enterprise, raising awareness of the plight of our island’s companion animals and of course raising money.” Other ways GAIN raises money is through a “sponsor a kennel” program in which a donor’s name will be put on a kennel for $250 a year — kennels, which of course, house animals available for adoption.Additionally, in 2009, GAIN hosted its “I Love Boonies” 5K walk/run with your dog, which was highly successful and popular. Pa’a Taotao Tano continues funding its efforts through ongoing partnerships with government and non-profit entities; for the former, through cultural arts programs in the schools described earlier and for the latter, through partnerships in the private sector. During the January Chamber of Commerce General Meeting, Jim Beighley, Managing Director for DFS Guam, acknowledged that programs that support Guam’s culture are “woefully underfunded.” He went on to applaud the efforts of organizations like Pa’a Taotao Tano and the Historic Inalahan Foundation for their contributions to the community. He stressed the need to support organizations like these to help attract more tourists to Guam.According to Reyes, Pa’a is often contacted to support GVB’s promotional efforts locally and abroad. Organizations who are not creative in finding sources of funding, like for-profit small businesses face the threat of being shut down. In his book The Art of the Turnaround, Michael Kaiser describes the process of financial recovery by famous New York dance company — Alvin Ailey. “Aiming to fill a deficit with one extraordinary gift is usually just a pipe dream. We need to focus on ‘right-sized gifts,’ gifts that make sense given the budget and the profile of the organization. For the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with a $6 million budget and a $1.5 million deficit, $50 was too low and $1 million was too high. At Ailey, while we did receive 34

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larger gifts, we focused our fund-raising on $1,000 gifts. Our board felt comfortable asking for this amount from friends and associates, and this was an amount that would make a difference to us.” It is this approach that local non-profits seem to follow fairly closely. As Guam is generally not considered a wealthy community, reaching out for corporate and individual support takes hard work and dedication to the cause. Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Victor Camacho urges other non-profits to “continually relay your mission to donors and stay true to it,” and above all, “be sincere and honest with donors, volunteers, and especially the kids.” Island Girl Power’s Juanita Blaz considers the best way to attract corporate donors through: “ethics, hard work, and consistent community messages” and also advises nonprofits to “utilize the media to show your program’s achievements.” Corinne Lopez from GAIN stresses that organizations need to display the organization’s ability to carry out its mission. “[One way GAIN does this is through] improving the environment for our residents by reducing the number of stray animals roaming the streets. This is a tangible result of our spay and neuter clinics.” Fortunately, with the economic growth

“What people need to realize is that although they may not be an animal enthusiast themselves, animal overpopulation really is everyone’s issue.” — Corinne Lopez, vice president, Guam Animals In Need board of directors expected in the coming years, the corporate dollar should make its way to the various organizations with missions as broad as curing cancer and as focused as ridding Guam of the problem of animal neglect. In the mean time, however, organizations are well aware that, like organizations in the mainland US, they need to collaborate with each other, seek opportunities for partnerships with the private and government sectors, and lastly, exercise creativity with regard to raising funds. Pa’a Taotao Tano means “the way of life of the natives of the land.”According to CEO Linda Taitano Reyes,“We are almost 600 members

strong — almost all of whom, are volunteers — this is our greatest resource.They enable us to keeping going and more importantly, to keep growing.”

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FAS citizens left out of the new healthcare law:

“Under the Compact treaties these people are supposed to be cared for by Naval Hospital. But the federal government has for years ducked this responsibility by underfunding Naval Hospital. Now that a new multi-million dollar Naval Hospital is in the works, we should strongly press the federal government to live up to its commitments.”

Carl T.C. Gutierrez Democratic Candidate for Governor of Guam

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What will be some of the sustainable benefits from the buildup?

“The Section 30 money, right now, is like $60 million. It’s going to go up to $120-$150 million a year just because the military is here. That’s sustainable and won’t go down. The most important thing that I see the buildup doing for us is bringing the middle class back to Guam, because so many moved away.”


“I’m going to be a different kind of a governor. I’m going to be visible. I’m going to be easy to meet and talk to. I’m going to be able to make sure that that governor is as approachable as an island community governor should be.”


“People right now are not really looking at any particular stance of any candidates, but it’s who has the leadership and can set the direction of this territory. Being governor for two terms I set the leadership and direction for those eight years.”


Peerless Juror Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case? Juror: I don’t want to be away from my job that long.

A Toothy Issue

Judge: Can’t they do without you at work?

A tourist was visiting a remote South American village, and was admiring the necklace worn by a local resident.

Juror: Yes, but I don’t want them to know it.

“What is it made of?” she asked. “Alligator’s teeth,” the man replied. “I suppose,” she said patronizingly, “that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us.” “No,” the man objected. “Anybody can open an oyster.”

From Directions’ Law Enforcement Files A young clergyman, fresh out of seminary, thought it would help him to better understand the fears and temptations his future congregations faced if he first took a job as a policeman. for several months he trained. He passed the physical examination, then came the oral exam to test his ability to act quickly and wisely in an emergency. He answered all question until the last one, when the instructor asked, “What would you do to disperse a frenzied crowd?”

Focus Is Everything After booking her 80-year-old grandmother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, Mary called the airline to go over her special needs. The representative listened patiently as Mary requested a wheelchair and an attendant for her mother because of her arthritis and impaired vision to the point of near blindness. Mary’s worries went away when the woman assured her that everything would be taken care of, and Mary thanked her over and over again. “Oh, you’re welcome, we pride ourselves on really hearing what our customers say, and providing the best service,” she replied. Mary thanked he again and was just about to hang up when the reservation agent cheerfully asked, “And will your grandmother need a rental car?”

Grooming a Career The supervisor stopped a worker and made a casual comment that he had been growing his hair for some time. He then went on to extol the virtues of a good haircut, which, he insisted, makes an elderly man look younger and a younger man seem more mature. “How would a haircut make a middleaged man like me appear?” the employee asked. The boss said: “Still employed,”

The Priest thought for a moment and then said confidently, “I would take up a collection.”

It Was You! There were two elderly people living in a mobile home park. He was a widower and she a widow. They had known one another for a number of years. One evening there was a dinner in the big activity center. The two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he made a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered his courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?” After about six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered. “Yes. Yes, I will.” The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places. Next morning, he was troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?” He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?” He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart.” Then she continued, “And I must tell you that I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”

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construction work that is being planned. At one such company the safety officer was conducting a class for workers and asked an important question. “Does anyone know,” he asked a few of the men, “what the speed limit is in our parking lot?”

1. Gov. Felix Camacho and GTA Teleguam recently exchanged barbs over something related to IT&E. What was it?

The long silence that followed was interrupted when one of them responded... “Well sir, the speed limit in the parking lot actually depends on one of two factors.

2. In september of this year NASA will retire these.

“Which factors are those?” asked the safety trainer.

3. TakeCare CEO Joseph Husslein will be raising funds for Guam’s Big Brothers/Big sisters organization in a way that will test his endurance. How is he going to do it? 4. In Europe more than 100,000 scheduled airline flights were cancelled between April 14-21. Why?

Whether you mean coming to work or leaving.”

5. This scenic island destination has been damaged by wild fires and off-road riders.

Relatively Speaking

6. John Paul Stevens recently announced his retirement. Where had he been employed?

It was the day to worship the Lord and everyone in the tiny town of Johnstown, Texas got up early and went to the local church. Before the service started, the townspeople were sitting in their pews and talking to each other about their lives and families. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church. Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon everyone had escaped the Church, except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew, not moving . . . seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was standing in his presence.

7. Georgia Congressman Hank johnson probably didn’t mean it but actually came out and said that the military buildup and population increase would have this effect on Guam. 8. In order to combat counterfeiters of U.S. currency, beginning in February of 2011 the federal government will issue a high tech version of which bill? 9. While not the size nor location that he envisioned it, Guam finally saw the culmination of a former governor’s dream when this landmark was completed. 10. U.S. regulators have alleged that this dominant Wall Street bank committed fraud. ANSWERS ARE ON PAGE 58

Now this confused Satan a bit, so he walked up to the man and said, “Don’t you know who I am?” The man replied, “Yep, sure do.” Satan asked, “Aren’t you afraid of me?” “Nope, sure ain’t,” said the man. Satan was a little surprised at this and asked , “Why aren’t you afraid of me?” The man looked the Devil in the eye and calmly replied, “Been married to your sister for over 48 years.”

Material in Diversions comes from individual contributions as well as Internet sources such as www.crosswalk.com, the Net’s premier site for clean humor.

The word this time is Difficult. Last month it was Simple so we decided to turn things around. Just like Simple, boys and girls, Difficult can be about things or people. We all know people who seem to make a career — or life — out of being difficult. What we need to do is, well, usually simple, and just ignore them as much as possible, unless they — yep — make it just plain difficult to do that. At which time the choice becomes pretty simple: we have to deal with a situation...as difficult as that may be for some people. I’m guessing that we could go back and forth like this all day long. That would be simple. But, we don’t want you to thinik that we’re difficult. Thus, we now tell the simple truth: The word Difficult has 21 words hiding within its 9 letters. Each of your choices must have at least three letters. When you’re done, check your list against ours on page 58.

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from around the world. One of the most interesting being the different blooming teas they serve. Blooming tea is a small bundle of tea leaves and flowers bound together. The tea is place inside a transparent tea pot and when hot water is added, the bundle expands like a blooming flower. “We wanted to have a place “We wanted to have where people could come in and a place where people not just have two different teas to could come in and not choose from.” just have two different teas to choose from. We — Mika Gibson wanted them to look at our menu and say ‘I need to try that one and that one,’ smoothies and Italian sodas. One thing unique to the cafe is the variety and really be able to have something of gourmet teas it serves. “We really different all the time.” Gibson said. Gibson said Infusion is constantly try to focus a lot on teas. The trend nowadays — everyone’s trying to looking for new products to add to be healthier. Everyone’s exercising its menu and store. Infusion offers and tea of course has a lot of health free wireless Internet access to its benefits to it,” Gibson said. “We customers and is open Monday to really wanted to become not just a Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. coffee cafe but a coffee and tea care.” and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 7 Infusion serves wide variety of p.m. Their drive-thru location is teas — 15 to 20 different types — open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Purchase Insurance As Soon As Possible Many new business owners overlook the importance of budgeting for business insurance. A solid business plan should always include business insurance as well as a good risk management plan that will not only protect you against accidents and damages but could potentially reduce your business and liability insurance premiums. When your business plan includes a risk management plan, you are reducing potential risks from your business involving personnel, products, equipment or property as well as the frequency of specific risks by taking this proactive approach.

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any people dream of having a spacious corner office with a view, but for Aileen K. Alfred, president of Pacific American Title & Escrow company, that dream is a reality. “We were in our previous location for more than 10 years and it was time to get out of that building and relocate to this,” Alfred said. “We’re very proud of this office. It presents very well and we’re in the process of going through various upgrades such as in locations and technology. It just fit. Everything fit. We’ve been in business for more than 20 years so it was long overdue.” The first thing that people notice when entering Alfred’s office is the breathtaking view. Alfred’s corner office offers a panoramic view of Tumon Bay. Decorating the office walls are several paintings by Russian-born artist Vladimir Kush. “For me it’s just serene,” she said. LiningAlfred’s shelves and desk are gifts she’s received throughout the years including a small statue of Buddha and Ganesh. The majority of Alfred’s furniture, save a few filing cabinets a new table and couch, are holdovers from

her old office. The furniture used to belong to her partner when he first opened up more than 20 years ago. “It’s the same chairs he’s always had. The same end tables so I just carried it forward. It’s kind of sentimental now because it came around during the birth of the company so I decided to keep it,” she said. Although Alfred has an office that would make many executives go green with envy, she said she spends most of her time outside of it and works where she is needed. Alfred said she tends to enjoy her office more on the weekend, where you can find her almost every Saturday.“Saturdays because that’s when I can do my paperwork.That’s when I have my quiet time and really appreciate the ocean view and my location because usually I’m involved in what’s going on with my people or transactions and helping out where the need be.” When Alfred is in her office and needs to unwind a bit, all she has to do is turn around and take a look out the window. “It’s very relaxing. I’m content with what we have here.” DIRECTIONS • APRIL 2010

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Family Melissa Toves, wife; Andrew Gogue, son; Adrian Gogue, son; and Ashia, daughter

Community Involvement Participated in island-wide cleanups

If I were a ruler for a day I would feed the hungry worldwide.

As a Child I had fun with my friends and family.

Motto Always help others before asking others for help.

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any people spend years trying to find a job they enjoy.Roland Gogue was lucky enough to fall into a job that he enjoys at a company he’s been working at for more than a decade. Gogue first started working at Pacific Pest Control 13 years ago as a pest control specialist. He was living in San Diego, Calif. when he moved back to Guam in 1990 to help his uncle with the construction of one of the local golf courses and then stayed on as a greens keeper. In 1996, a friend of his introduced him to the pest control field — a field which he had no plans that his company provides. “That’s what this inof entering. Luckily for him, it turned out to be dustry is. Customers hire us to rectify their pest field he truly enjoyed at a company he said has problem and to rectify it in a certain time frame.” provided him with stability over the years and Gogue likes to take a “hands off” approach now through the island’s economic hardships. when dealing with his subordinates.“I give them “Many people have been short-changed the freedom to go out there and perform the with their hours. Here it’s been secure. There job they’re assigned. They’re skilled and trained. hasn’t been any real downfalls such as layoffs I just go out there to oversee the accounts.” or reduction in hours,” he said. “There’s always Although Gogue likes to give his workers a need for pest control the freedom to do one way or another.” their job, he said he’s One of his favorite always there if they things about the job is that have any questions or he’s not stuck in the office need advice. “If you’re all day. It provides him the always coming down opportunity to get out and on somebody, they’re interact with customers. not going to go out On an average day there and do what Gogue said he can visit needs to be done. You as many as twelve differjust treat them the ent job sites. “It depends way you would like (on the job size) because to be treated,” he said. Roland Gogue (left) and his family pose for a a lot of things do take up When not working, photo Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San a lot of time. With new Gogue likes to spend Diego Chargers, during a 2009 family vacation. customers, whether it’s as much time with his residential or commercial, wife, daughter and two sons as possible. “I like I’m out there to see that it’s done right the first to work out, keep fit and have family time. After time so we don’t have an issue with callbacks.” work and on the weekends it’s just family time,” As a new pest control specialist Gogue began he said. working various sites throughout the island. Over the years, he’s worked his way up to field supervisor (commercial) where he oversees a team of three pest control specialists. His duties include assigning work schedules, inspections, quotations and inspecting commercial accounts. A typical day for Gogue begins around 8 a.m. “It’s going out there and seeing the accounts ensuring the customers are satisfied — going out there and meeting new challenges as far About as interacting with people and asking if they “I think it is a good news source. I like how it are in need of pest control services,” he said. touches on people’s successes and the path The most rewarding part of the job, he said, is they took to end up in the career they are in.” seeing the customers satisfied with the services


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Education Bachelor’s in East Asian Studies from the University of Guam with a minor in Japanese

Community Involvement Co-chairman of PIC’s Relay for Life team

As Ruler of the World for a Day I would go watch Kobe Bryant and the Lakers play.

As A Child I was very active.

When No One Is Looking I... do the robot.

Biggest Pet Peeve Being late. If it involves me. I hate being late.

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s a people person, Jesse J. Reyes enjoys interacting with as many people as possible and makes the most of this skill as the training manager for the Pacific Islands Club (PIC). Reyes was promoted to training manager in January but has worked for the hotel for about six years. Reyes oversees all of the training for the hotel’s many departments.“I do certain trainings on my own. I conduct classes such as guest service training but any other training I do not teach, I set up such as Red Cross Classes, first aid, CPR, basically any training that our hotel workers need.” He also oversees the hotels internship program — which has participants from the U.S., Korea and Japan who come to work at the hotel for about six months up to a year — and assists in public relations activities such as school tours and career days. A typical day for Reyes begins at 8 a.m. with him checking his numerous e-mails. “I have to work with practically everybody in the hotel because I’m setting up training for the following month. I have to set up training for the current month. A lot of my time goes toward the interns because they always have a lot of questions about their internship.” Reyes started working for PIC in 2002 as a clubmate.At the same time he was attending the University of Guam earning his bachelors in East Asian Studies.After he graduated in 2005 he moved to Las Vegas for a couple of years. He moved back to Guam in 2007 and returned to the hotel as a clubmate. “From there I just worked my way up the ranks from a regular staff member to a captain and to a supervisor. Eventually the training manager position opened up, which I went for.” “I was getting a little old to be a clubmate and I wanted to look for something a little more challenging and the training manager position and training manager position was something I thought I would fit in well with,” Reyes said. “I wanted that interaction that I was getting with the guests but now it’s more with the hotel’s employees, which I love. It’s probably the best part of my job.” Working at PIC has had a great influence on Reyes. As a clubmate, he became interested Asian culture after intereacting with the guests, which led him to major in East Asian Studies and get a minor in Japanese. Reyes speaks both Korean and Japanese. PIC has helped me out a lot, he said. “They’re always looking for people who want to stay long term and they’ve always encouraged me

to try and do better and given me the opportunity to try and move up,” even with no background in human resources or training experience. “This was my first job and I’m still here.” When not at work, Reyes said he likes to both watch and play sports, which was what originally led him to apply for the clubmate position years back. “Recently, I haven’t been playing too much sports myself. It’s all been watching. I’m a very very big Lakers fan, a big Kobe (Bryant) fan. I do like to windsurf with my friends when I have the time.” For those looking to go into similar fields, Reyes said you can’t afford to be shy and you have to want that interaction.“It’s very challenging because you’re working with people’s lives. People come in for different reasons. We handle their benefits, pay — any problems that may occur, HR has to deal with so you have to be up to the challenge to interact with people during the fun times but also the difficult times.”

About “It’s a good informative magazine. I think it’s good for people who don’t know too much about business or want to get into business on Guam.”


Ways to Finance your Business Finance or Expansion By Casey Jeszenka

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ith the impending military buildup coming to Guam, many entrepreneurs out there are considering either starting a business or expanding their business. If you are one of these individuals considering doing this, it is always important to prepare or update your business plan to make sure your idea is feasible and part of doing this is determining your capital needs to do it.

When exploring your funding options, there are several factors to consider: • Are your needs short-term or long-term? • How quickly will you be able to pay back the loan or provide return on their investment? • Is the money for operating expenses or for capital expenditures that will become assets, such as equipment or real estate? • Do you need all the money now or installments over a certain period? • Are you willing to assume all the risk if your company doesn’t succeed, or do you want someone to share the risk with you? The answers to these questions will help you prioritize the funding options available and whether you need to get short term or long term financing. Remember to avoid funding long term assets with short term financing. This can lead to severe cash flow problems in your business. Once you have determined

your financing needs there are two types of business financing available. The first is debt financing where you borrow the money and agree to pay it back in a particular time frame at a set interest rate. The second is equity financing where you sell partial ownership of your company in exchange for cash. There are several options available for these two types of business financing: Bank loans come in all shapes and sizes, from microloans of a few hundred dollars, typically offered by local community banks, to six-figure loans by major national banks. Most lenders will also require you to put in 20 percent or more equity injection as well as have the loan collateralized. Friends and family are still your best source for both loans and equity deals. They are typically less stringent regarding your credit and their expected return on investment. Make sure to structure the deal with the same legal rigor you would with anyone else or it may create problems down the road when you look for additional financing. Credit cards can be a great tool for cash flow management, assuming you use them just for that and not for long-term financing. Keep one or two cards with no balance on it and pay it off every month to give yourself a 30 to 60 day float with no interest. And the low introductory rates on some cards make them some of the cheapest

money around. Leasing is the way to go if you need big-ticket items such as equipment, vehicles, or even computers. Your supplier can help you explore this option. Angel investors fill the gap between friends and family and venture capitalists, who now rarely even look at investments below $1 million. Angel investors are individuals who invest in businesses looking for a higher return than they would see from more traditional investments. Venture Capital (VC) is a type of private equity capital typically provided for early-stage, highpotential, growth companies in the interest of generating a high return on their investment. Venture capital typically comes from institutional investors and high net worth individuals and is pooled together by dedicated investment firms. Private lending and finance companies represent a viable alternative when the bank says “no”. Private lenders are looking for the same information and will conduct similar due diligence as the banks, but they typically specialize in an industry and are more willing to take on higher-risk loans if they see the potential.

“It is always important to prepare or update your business plan to make sure your idea is feasible.”

Casey Jeszenka directs both the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Network and the Guam SBDC. He has extensive experience in finance and management, as well as experience as a loan officer and loan fund administrator. Contact him at 735-2593 or at: casey@pacificsbdc.com.

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Old and New

Bring an old PC back to new computer shape. by Kim Komando

“That computer you bought a couple of years ago really is slower. This doesn’t mean it’s time for a new computer. You just need to bring it back up to speed.”

Copyright 2010 WestStar TalkRadio Network. All rights reserved. Kim Komando hosts one of the top 10 most listened to radio shows in the United States and is the computer editor for Popular Mechanics magazine. Her radio show is heard on NewsTalk K-57.

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t’s not your imagination.That computer you bought a couple of years ago really is slower. Programs take longer to open and so do Web pages. Booting your machine takes an eternity. This doesn’t mean it’s time for a new computer. There’s probably life left in that old clunker. You just need to bring it back up to speed.

Check for malware Spyware, adware and viruses slow your machine. Malware shouldn’t be a problem if you use security software. Still, scan your machine for viruses and spyware. Clean your hard drive A full hard drive slows down your computer. It will take longer to access files. So, clean it up. Access Disk Cleanup by clicking Start>>All Programs>>Acc essories>>System Tools>>Disk Cleanup. After the program scans your drive, you’ll see a list of file categories. Clear Temporary files, Temporary Internet Files and the Recycle Bin. Make your selections and click OK. Remove unwanted programs Remove unwanted programs via the Control Panel. Click Start>>Control Panel. In Vista, double-click Programs and Features. In XP, double-click Add or Remove Programs. Select a program to uninstall and click Uninstall in Vista. In XP, click Change/ Remove. Follow the prompts.

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Clean restore points System Restore lets you roll back your Windows settings to an earlier time. It’s a handy feature. But too many restore points can slow down certain processes. Clearing old restore points can speed up your PC. Click Start>>All Progra ms>>Accessories>>System Tools>>System Restore. In XP, click System Restore Settings. Select Turn off System Restore. Click Apply and then Yes to confirm. Restart System Restore. When prompted, click Yes to reenable System Restore. In Vista, click open System Protection. Deselect your Drive and confirm your choice. Click OK. Close and reopen System Restore. Click open System Protection. Click OK. Close System Restore. Reboot your machine to create a new restore point. Defragment your drive Windows often splits files, storing parts in separate areas of the drive. Your computer must work harder to access files. Overcome this problem by defragmenting the drive. Data is rearranged for more efficient access. Read and write times will improve. Click Start>>All Progra ms>>Accessories>>System Tools>>Disk Defragmenter. Select your C: drive and click Analyze. Then, click Defragment. Don’t use your computer or leave programs running while using Disk Defragmenter. It will cause errors. Check for errors Errors may also be slowing your

hard drive down. Error Checking finds and fixes them for you. It also checks the integrity of your files. Open (My) Computer and right-click the C: drive. Select Properties. Click Check Now in the Error-checking section of the Tools tab. Select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Click Start. Fix any bad sectors that are found. Switch to OpenDNS You can speed up Web browsing by using a different DNS server. A DNS server helps your browser locate pages online. OpenDNS sends requests to the closest server. Once you sign up for an account, you have to make a few simple changes on your machine. The service’s site walks you through the process. Clean your hardware The outside of your computer needs cleaned, too. Your keyboard is filthy, and your monitor is covered with dust. The fan vents are magnets for dust, pet hair and other things that don’t belong inside your computer. Start by wiping down your monitor. Turn it off and unplug it from the power socket. Use a soft, lint-free cloth that is slightly damp. If you have a standard, nofrills keyboard, run it through the dishwasher. Allow it to dry completely before using. Otherwise, unplug the keyboard and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Canned air can remove debris between keys. Likewise, use canned air to clear your computer’s vents.


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Manager’s

Toolbox

solutions, ideas and inspiration for enhanced productivity

GIVING ADVICE IS ABOUT “HOW,” NOT JUST WHAT. Providing employees with timely and valuable feedback is the responsibility of every supervisor. Much is written about it and Guam Training even has a course that instructs managers on how to deliver the kind of feedback that is effective. But what about plain old, everyday advice? Giving advice extends our influence, can gain us trust, and stature. Plus, admit it, there’s an ego boost here. We like to be thought of as somebody whose advice is worth listening to. It feels good. But it’s easy to make a mess of it, too. The way advice is given is just as important as the quality of it. If done poorly it can inadvertently increase resistance to hearing your message and/or acting on it. Kerry Sulkowicz, a psychiatrist and founder of the Boswell Group, a consulting firm based in New York, offers these tips on the art of giving advice effectively.

1. Before giving unsolicited advice, consider whether the individual will be open to it or find it unwelcome. Is there a big ego involved that could get bruised? How will that affect your working relationship? 2. Even if the advice is requested, thank the person for giving you the opportunity to comment. It’s flattering to be seen as wise and helpful. Thanking them “sets the table” nicely and may help the advice to be digested easier in case there is some negative information involved. 2. Test how the advice is being received. Ask the recipient how they feel about it. 3. Stick to the subject at hand and don’t extend into other topics, unless somehow there’s a connection.

5. Give the recipient an “out.” Using the line that you’ve seen such-and-such approach work for yourself and for others, it might not be for everybody; “I’m not sure about this, but I think you could benefit from it”; or “Have you considered…?”

4. Be confident, but not arrogant. There is a difference between coming across as authoritative as opposed to authoritarian.

6. Ask for follow-up. It shows you care and conveys that you have a stake in giving good advice.

Everybody Needs a Game Plan As Guam grows with the military buildup the landscape for employers is expected to change, and the majority of managers will find themselves in the unfamiliar — and perhaps uncomfortable — position of having to “sell” their organization to retain and recruit talent. One of the key points in that sale will be a personal development plan for workers. While cash compensation, health coverage and retirement benefits have traditionally been the most important factors in the eyes of management, personal development has generally lagged behind. In the years to come, that will change. There is a positive trend among proactive

employers to fit every worker with a their own “game plan,” one that charts their projected progress. If you look to your left, # 6 in the article, “Checklist for Liking Your Job,” you’ll see the importance of making workers feel like they have a future with your organization. If you asked the members of your team to detail their long-term employment prospects with you, and how they fit into your future plans and goals, what would they say? Workers with a plan will be much tougher for another employer to snatch away.That news will also get out to potential recruits and improve your stock as an employment destination.

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” — Mark Twain

“It’s fine (often times good) if some people dislike you or disagree with you, but no one should misunderstand you. Everything you say should be clear.” — Tim Ferriss DIRECTIONS • APRIL 2010

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ASC Trust Corporation

14, 22, 29

Joy 92

35

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KUAM

47

Back Cover

M-80 Systems

15

Budget Car Rental

27

Micros Fidelio

34

Calvo’s Insurance

2, 22, 44

Abaca Pacific

1. An $8 million stimulus grant recently awarded to IT&E to help develop communications infrastructure for Guam and our region. 2. Space shuttles 3. Husslein, an avid cyclist, will ride his bike from California to South Carolina. The trip is approximately 3,200 miles.

Atkins Kroll

Pago Bay Resort

CarsPlus

7

4. Due to ash thrown into the atmosphere from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Citibank

Inside Front Cover, 23

5. Tarzan Falls

Docomo Pacific

12

Planet Hollywood

24

6. The Supreme Court of the United States, where Stevens served as a judge for 34 years.

Dewitt Trucking Guam

19

Sharp

28

DGX

20

South Pacific Petroleum Corporation 24, 30

East Island Tinting

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7. It could cause the island to capsize 8. $100.00 9. The Latte of Freedom at the Adelup Governor’s Complex was the brainchild of Gov. Ricky Bordallo. The project, started over 30 years ago, was initially intended to overlook Tumon Bay and be 300 feet tall.

Pacific Island Movers

5

Paradise Fitness Center

17

23, 32

TakeCare

50

Tanks A lot

34

Guam Power Authority Inside Back Cover

Triple B Forwarders

18

Individual Assurance Co.

49

Triple J Motors

Johnstone Supply

33

Xing Construction

Fire-Comm

19

10. Goldman Sachs

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Thanks!


Effective Communication The third complete article of a five-part series on “Goodly Leadership”

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ifty years ago Harvard University set out on a research project to determine the common denominator for success among leaders. Not long after, USC started a similar project. After three years of research, the schools published their findings. Both surveys found that successful people have the ability to communicate. While only seven percent of people have the natural ability to communicate, ninetysix percent can develop this skill. As business and island leaders, communication is essential to our success. TIMELINESS “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Esther waited on God’s perfect timing to address the situation. Before approaching the king, she took time to evaluate and pray about the situation for three days. Despite the urgency of her circumstances, Esther waited till the right time to approach the king. Rather than immediately making her request, Esther invited the king and the murderous Haman to a banquet. When the king inquired what Esther’s request was, she simply invited both men to another banquet. At this second banquet she unveiled the truth about her certain death. Proverbs 29:11 states, “A fool utters all his mind; but the wise man saves it in until afterward.” The timing of presenting a problem is normally more crucial than the problem itself! As we communicate

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we must think of the person receiving the information and how our communication will impact him. TRUTHFULNESS By combining tactful words with the right timing, Esther was able to present the truth. Truthful communication requires accurate information presented in a clear manner. We must remember that some things are better left unsaid. We must always tell the truth, but we don’t always have to tell the truth. Esther communicated the necessary facts, but did so in an appealing fashion. Esther 7:3 records her words which state, “If I have found favor, and if it pleases the king, let me and my people live.” Because she had used appropriate speech and careful timing, the king was in a comfortable position and ready to hear her dilemma. Upon hearing of the plot to exterminate the Jews, King Ahasuerus authorized the Jews to defend themselves and decreed that Haman be hung for instigating the annihilation. Esther’s ability to communicate resulted in the rescue of an entire race of people. CONCLUSION Just as Esther demonstrated tactfulness, timeliness, and truthfulness while communicating with the king, we also must incorporate these powerful principles into our businesses and personal lives. I once read of a girl who took her grandchampion lamb to an auction. As the bids

reached five dollars per pound, the little girl, standing beside her lamb began to cry. At ten dollars, the tears were streaming down her face and she clasped her arms tightly around the lamb’s neck. The higher the bids rose the more she cried. Finally, a local businessman bought the lamb for over $1,000, but then announced that he was donating it to the girl. The crowd applauded and cheered. The story continues that months later, a man was judging some essays including the story of the lamb from the little girl. She explained the auction in her own words: “The prices began to get so high during the bidding that I started to cry from happiness.” She continued with: “The man who bought the lamb for so much more than I ever dreamed I would get returned the lamb to me, and when I got home, Daddy barbecued the lamb — it was really delicious.” Communication is not only essential; it can be life-altering!


The Non-Family Business Family in family businesses add dimensions of complexity.

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usinesses that are owned and run by families are special. Their structures are often different from other kinds of business organizations.They can be flexible and creative in hard times, or they can be too smug or rigid to seize new opportunities.The challenges that they face and their means for resolving challenges are often influenced by the relationship between the business and the family. But a lot of closely held businesses that are not owned by families exhibit many of the characteristics that we think of as distinguishing family owned businesses. In the 20-plus years that I’ve been working with companies in the US and other countries, I’ve encountered a number of “nonfamily family businesses” among sole proprietorships, LLPs and other closely held business organizations that behave like family companies. For example, both the non-family family business and the true family business may rely on informal, unstructured decision making processes. Decisions are made exclusively by the senior person in the business. Decisions may be made opportunistically or under the pressure of a crisis instead of in a timely, strategic fashion. Sometimes there’s not a shred of evidence on the table to help illuminate the issues. Sometimes there’s no decision.The issue is talked about until everyone loses interest and wanders away to keep on doing business as usual. Many non-family businesses are like family businesses in the way they handle their rows and columns. Most of them have grown out of entrepreneurial start-ups that valued producing the goods, selling them and paying the bills more than keeping neat records. As their business volume increases, management’s attention to fine details may not keep step. Even companies with passive investors don’t always hold to really rigorous reporting standards. So with no ill intent, a lot of family and non-family 60

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closely held businesses get serious about record keeping and reporting only at tax time. And then it’s a real fire drill. Another shared characteristic is what might charitably be called unconstructive mingling of personal and business interests. Less charitably, it’s described as everyone getting into everyone else’s business. If the organization is flexibly structured and day-to-day productivity depends on day-today interactions among employees, people tend to have time and opportunity to share personal stuff with fellow workers. That’s not always bad, but sometimes it leads to too much familiarity on the job, and such familiarity can breed things worse than contempt. Non-family family businesses and real family businesses might resemble one another in their tolerance of squishy accountability at all levels and in all directions. Family members in business together often cut one another a little too much slack on points of performance. That same willingness to let slide repeated mistakes, weak productivity and even obvious laziness can pop up in non-family businesses where relationships are based more on personalities than on mutual acceptance of goals and performance requirements. In both cases, the effects are the same: the company chugs along at around 60 percent speed and output. But the other side of squishy accountability is often a deep mutual loyalty that extends throughout the organization and reflects the human face of the business.The prevailing philosophy, usually unspoken, is that this company values some things more than the greatest possible profitability, and one of those things is the comfort and dignity of the people who work for it. A lot of non-family and family businesses operate on that basis. The challenges of ownership continuity and management succession can confront non-family businesses just as they

do family businesses. Men and women who have founded companies, firms and other business organizations often donít want to just turn out the lights or see their life’s work go to the highest bidder when they’re ready to retire, and neither do their long-time employees. If the business is to continue as a going concern, choices have to be made about the next generation of owners and managers among those who want to keep alive the company’s standing and success. Those choices sometimes cause as many sleepless nights as ones that involve flesh-and-blood successors. Of course, the family in a family business can add dimensions of complexity and reward to its daily operations and longer term planning. But people who work together almost as closely as family members can experience many of those same dimensions.

James Lea is an internationally acclaimed family business consultant and is available through Directions at 635-7501.


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