A native of Guam, Jon Nathan “Nate” Pangilinan Denight has more than 15 years of private-sector marketing experience, specializing in brand management, video production and event planning. He served as Deputy General Manager for the Guam Visitors Bureau since July 2011 and in January 2015, he was unanimously appointed to serve as GVB’s President & CEO. More recently, he served as the chairman for the coordinating committee of the prestigious 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, which Guam hosted in May 2016. Under Denight’s leadership, GVB also hosted the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Summit and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Ministerial Debate, a first for the Pacific region.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Santa Clara University in California in June 1999, Denight returned to Guam to begin his career. He quickly worked his way up from Business Development Manager to General Manager at Mark’s Motors Honda. In 2004, he opened up his own company, Revolution Productions, and then in 2007, joined Denight Marketing Group as Creative Director. While managing both positions, he developed marketing campaigns and events for some of Guam’s largest businesses and brands, as well as created several TV shows and publications.
During his time at the Bureau, Guam reached its best year in tourism history with over 1.53 million visitors in 2016 through efforts to grow and diversify Guam’s source visitor markets. Through his leadership, GVB also won numerous awards overseas and in the local community, most notably the Department of Commerce export award and the Pacific Daily News best agency award two years in a row. Denight is the co-author of the Tourism 2020 plan, which sets to transform Guam into the world class destination of choice by the year 2020.
Denight enjoys travel and sports. He lives on Guam with his wife Lana and his dog Cali.
Antonio Muña, Jr. (Tony) became Vice President of the Guam Visitors Bureau in March 2017. A native son of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Tony possesses a wealth of government, strategic planning and policy experience.
In December 2008, Muña attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Religious Studies from Mount Angel Seminary. After a stint as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Muña moved home to Saipan to begin his career.
In 2009, Muña was appointed Special Assistant to the CNMI Secretary of Commerce, assisting the Secretary in economic strategic planning initiatives, operational management and grant writing. In the same year, in addition to his duties as Special Assistant, Muña was tapped to be the Acting CNMI Program Director for the implementation of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), assisting the CNMI ARRA State Lead with managing over $190 million in Federal Funds, as well as oversight of fund reporting and procurement, later assuming the position full time. In 2010, Muña was appointed Special Assistant for ARRA to then CNMI Lieutenant Governor +Eloy S. Inos.
Muña moved to Guam in 2011 and joined the Calvo-Tenorio Administration as a Grant Specialist and Communications Staff Assistant under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio.
He then joined GVB in 2011 and wore many hats as its Public Information Officer, Computer Specialist and Business Development Manager. Some of the projects and initiatives Muña has worked on include the launch of Guam’s global website in all visitor source markets, the upgrade of GVB’s computer server and financial system, serving as Event Manager for the planning and execution of the successful PATA Annual Summit, the drafter of the Visitor Safety Officer Program and financial manager for the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016.
He is the son of Antonio and Marie Muña of Saipan. He has one sister, Gina, who currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband Garrick Sleight and daughters.