Guam Industry Forum attracting global interest

by Society of American Engineers Guam
Stripes Guam
(Guam – Feb. 8, 2018) – Guam is drawing global interest from businesses as far as Singapore, Australia and Papua New Guinea for The Society for American Military Engineers (SAME) Guam Post’s Guam Industry Forum 2018, which takes place from March 7 to 9, 2018 at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. SAME recently posted on the event website the Guam Industry Forum’s detailed program with a blockbuster lineup of experts from the public and private sector, the Department of Defense and the US Navy. Businesses will be able to learn how they can participate in construction and development opportunities associated with the relocation of the US Marine Corps forces to Guam. 
 
The Guam Industry Forum will bring representatives from Japan and the U.S. together to establish teaming arrangements and how the funding will be spent for one of largest U.S. defense design and construction initiatives in recent time. More than $300 million in military contracts already have been awarded to contractors, and this relocation effort has triggered billions of dollars in design, construction, and other service investments anticipated for the next five to 10 years.
 
John Robertson, President of SAME Guam Post and sponsors of the Guam Industry Forum said, “In less than 30 days, leaders from the US and Japan, private businesses and the US military will converge on Guam for an international forum unlike any other. The timing of the Guam Industry Forum comes at a critical point in the relocation buildup efforts.”
 
Registered participants will have the opportunity to speak with presenters; participate in a charity golf tournament; and attend a window tour of the facilities planned on two military bases, in addition to attending sessions, some of which are drawing significant attention:
 
Masafumi Yamakawa, Director, Guam Relocation Project Office, Ministry of Defense, will make official remarks on behalf of the Government of Japan and will identify the nature of Japan’s involvement and the importance of the relocation of the US Marine Corps forces. 
Will Boudra, Director, GPMO, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific and Captain Dan Turner, PE, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer, OICC Marine Corps Marianas will identify and discuss the projects planned for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rear Admiral John Korka, PE, CEC USN Commander, NAVFAC Pacific will be one of the keynote speakers during the forum and will discuss the importance, priority and execution plan for U.S. defense facility investments in Asia and in the Marianas.
Jill Nii, Chief of Contracting Office, Acquisition Support Line Manager and Ralph Luca, PE, Capital Improvements Business Line Manager from NAVFAC Pacific will lead a panel discussion about the bidding processes and procedures and how businesses can prepare competitive proposals for Guam Relocation Projects.
 
Networking Opportunities
One of the main benefits of this forum is the opportunity for attendees to personally engage with presenters and other decision makers. Foreign companies will also have the chance to establish connections with local businesses and gain insight on conducting business on Guam.
 
SAME Guam Post invites forum participants to take advantage of another great networking event – the annual Charlie Corn Scholarship Golf Tournament on March 9 at STARTS Guam Golf Resort. Now in its 40th year, the event raises money for a scholarship fund that benefits engineering or architecture students from the Marianas and Micronesian islands.  The tournament’s format is a two-person select ball (scramble) with a Peoria Handicapping System and will be limited to the first 144 golfers who register.
 
Window Tour of Relocation Project Sites
Forum attendees will also have the option of visiting project sites on March 9. The Window Tour will be limited to the first 200 registrants. There will be staff on each bus to conduct the tours and answer questions. Interested attendees can register online. 
 
Robertson added, “We encourage businesses to join us at the Guam Industry Forum in March to learn how they can be a part of the Guam Relocation Project. Contracts have already been awarded, and there are more investments planned. This is definitely the optimal time to get involved.”
 
Registration and event details can be found at guamindustryforum2018.com.

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