Mary Rhodes, Guam

Mary Rhodes is president of the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association.

Mary Rhodes has been President of the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association. During 2020 and 2021, Mrs. Rhodes has led several initiatives during the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of industry employees, residents of the community and military personnel on Guam while serving as a liaison for the tourism industry with both the local and federal governments overseeing, coordinating and leading the following programs and activities:

– organized pandemic workshop in January 2020 for the tourism industry with local and federal government partners on emergency planning, health and safety protocols, tabletops exercises, and pandemic training.

Mrs. Rhodes also worked closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services in writing the public health guidelines for the Covid-19 health and safety protocols for the tourism industry;

– served in the emergency operations center with the Guam Homeland Security and Deparment of Public Health and Social Services for the last 15 years (more notably during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021) to represent the private sector and serve as a RAC member and lead two ESF groups for mass care and shelter and place.

Mrs. Rhodes provided assistance during the pandemic for incoming passengers for lodging and transportation;

– served as the prime vendor contract for the quarantine, lodging, and services for the USS Roosevelt from March through July 2020, which required management of services with 12 member hotels within GHRA to care for and protect more than 5,000 servicemen and women together with the federal government and military.

Mrs. Rhodes was the administrator of the prime vendor contract with the Department of Defense;

– led several vaccination clinics and testing sites at the work site for private-sector employees to ensure Guam’s vaccination reaches herd immunity of 80 percent or greater. As President of GHRA, Mrs. Rhodes worked closely with the Department of Public Health & Social Services to secure the vaccines and tests for the employees of the tourism industry.

Mrs. Rhodes was also the lead in coordinating services with the clinic and hospital to administer the programs at the employer sites;

– Mrs. Rhodes assisted with the reopening of the tourism industry with the Guam Visitors Bureau on three key projects:

(1) vaccinating industry employees to ensure businesses have a high vaccination rate,

(2) promote the WTTC Safe Travels program and encourage businesses to apply for the credentials to promote Guam as a safe destination, and

(3) promote and develop a vaccine and vacation program for American ex-pats and individuals from key source markets who do not have access to a Covid-19 vaccine and would travel to Guam to get vaccinated.

This would require a short or long-term stay depending on which of the three vaccines they opt for is administered: Jansen & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer. All of them have strict protocols as part of the program;

– Mrs. Rhodes and GHRA led several pieces of training and workshops with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Development Center to educate the private sector on the different federal programs that benefit businesses during the pandemic.

For example, PPP, EIDL, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund which garnered millions of dollars in federal aid through grants and loans;

– developed a number of training and community outreach opportunities including an Economic Forum, seminars, and workshops to engage employers on various Covid-19 related issues including pandemic unemployment assistance, federal funding, vaccines at the workplace, proof of vaccinations, health and safety protocols, etc.

Mrs. Rhodes’ efforts with GHRA were made in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management and several NGOs . It includes the different chambers of commerce on Guam.

– Mrs. Rhodes served on a couple of working groups and advisory committees under the Governor of Guam, Guam Economic Development Authority, Guam Visitors Bureau, and Guam Department of Labor representing one of several organizations for economic recovery, public unemployment assistance, grants for small businesses, training, and workshops

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Nominated by DanielleArriola