Annual SYP of the Year Award

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2017 Saipan Young Professional of the Year - Kristal Ann Babauta Johnson

Kristal Babauta Johnson

The Saipan Young Professionals Committee announced that Kristal Ann Babauta Johnson of the Public School System (Teacher) is the 2017 Saipan Young Professional of the Year. This announcement was made at the SYP "Santa's Workshop" on Friday, December 08, 2017 at the Latte Stone Room, Kanoa Resort.

Mrs. Johnson was named Koblerville Elementary's "Teacher of the Year" in 2016. Aside from her day job, Johnson runs an online business with her husband called Zshop, known for its health and beauty products. Her passion and expertise in both education and entrepreneurship has made her an amazing asset to SYP. Other nominees for the 2017 Saipan Young Professional of the Year were Janel Pangelinan (Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc.) and Lester Babauta (N15 Architects).

The evening also honored other outstanding SYP members. Nicole Babauta (CNMI Small Business Development Center) received the "Community Leadership Award." Other nominees for the award were: Glen Hunter (The Shack), Emanuel Borja (Hofschneider Engineering), and Shayne Villanueva (Roil Soil). Shayne Villanueva recieved the "2017 Rookie of the Year" award. The other nominee for this award was Tania David (Bank of Guam AVP/ Operations Manager).

Joe Ayuyu of McDonalds Saipan, the Keynote Speaker at this event, said in his closing, "I Invite all young professionals out there and I encourage all of us to seek out other young people to join this organization. Our economic future depends on how well us young professionals maintain and continue to grow businesses."

SYP extends a thank you to the community and the business organizations that helped sponsor this event: 360 Restaurant, Docomo Pacific, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Fraken Brau, Inc., Hyatt Regency Saipan, Kanoa Resort, KFC & Taco Bell, Latte Built 24 Hour Gym, Let's Go Tours, MP Holdings, Roil Soil, Shirley's Coffee Shop, Tahine's Creations, The Shack Saipan, and Zshop.


2016 Saipan Young Professional of the Year - Janel V. Pangelinan 

Janel Pangelinan

The Saipan Young Professionals Committee announced that Janel V. Pangelinan of Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc. is the 2016 Saipan Young Professional of the Year. The announcement was made at the SYP “Seas’n Greetings” Christmas Party held on Thursday, December 15th at the Barefoot Beach Bar, Kanoa Resort Saipan. The Saipan Young Professionals recognized Ms. Pangelinan’s outstanding leadership and dedication to serving the community both personally and professionally.

Janel Pangelinan is currently a claims examiner at Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc. She is a co-chair of the Events Committee of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Marianas Young Professionals Organization. She also actively participates in various volunteer efforts and programs with her employer, Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc.

The evening also honored another outstanding SYP member as “2016 Saipan Young Professional Rookie of the Year” was awarded to N15 Architects’ Lester John Babauta. Mr. Babauta joined the committee early this year and has displayed dedication and commitment to the group. The SYP mentors: Donna Krum (Friends First Marketing/Paradise Dental Center), Tyrell Pauling (Hyatt Regency Saipan), and Beau Tomokane (Delta Airlines), were also recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from the SYP.

The SYP extends a thank you to the community, especially the business organizations for donating to our event: Let’s Go Tours, Pena House, Tribe Marianas, 670 Rocksteady Shop, Coral Ocean Point, Oleai Beach Bar, Java Joes, KFS, Swirls, Paradise Dental Center, Kanoa Resort, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Shirley’s Coffee Shop, and The Shack.


2015 Saipan Young Professional of the Year - Christopher A. Concepcion

Chris Concepcion

The Saipan Young Professionals Committee announced that Christopher A. Concepcion, Sales Account Executive for Delta Air Lines, is the 2015 Saipan Young Professional of the Year. The announcement was made at the SYP “Hafa Adai” Christmas Party held on Saturday, December 12th at the Barefoot Bar, Kanoa Resort Saipan.

“We’re pleased to present the first Saipan Young Professional of the Year award recognizing Mr. Concepcion’s outstanding leadership and dedication to serving the community both personally and professionally,” says SYP Chairwoman Mable Ayuyu. “Mr. Concepcion has demonstrated his commitment to truly serving his community,” she adds.  Chris Concepcion currently serves as a Board Member of the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Saipan Young Professionals Committee, the Marianas Tourism Educational Council and the Marianas March Against Cancer Organizing Committee.

The evening also honored other outstanding SYP members and a community leader. Jiana Camacho of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation received the distinguished “SYP Volunteer of the Year Award” for her consistent dedication to volunteering with organizations including the NMI Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Recipients for the SYP special awards include Glen Hunter of CNMI C.O.R.E. (SYP Community Leader Award), Jeaniffer Cubangbang of the CNMI Public School System (SYP Attendance Award), and Tyler Yoshimoto (SYP Education Award). The Committee would also like to recognize and thank the award nominees: John Hirsch of the American Red Cross and Emanuel Borja of Hofschneider Engineering.

“We’re proud to have an awards ceremony that allows us to highlight and recognize young and vibrant leaders today. This is a way for us to promote a more active network of young professionals to be proactive and to be involved in the growth and development of our islands,” says Ayuyu.