President & CEO, Guam Visitors Bureau
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, 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 a 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.