Artemio Hernandez, known more fondly as Ricky, is currently the Deputy Executive Manager of the Guam International Airport Authority. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Accounting and Public Administration at the University of Guam, is currently the Treasurer and Investment Committee Chairperson of the Government of Guam Retirement Fund Board of Trustees, is a Member of the Research Corporation of the University of Guam Board of Directors, and is the Public Member of the Commission on Lawyer Regulation. He is also the Co-Chairperson of the Data and Public Engagement Action Team of the Guam Green Growth Working Group. He previously was the Deputy Administrator of the Guam Economic Development Authority and prior to that, was the Director of the Guam Legislature’s Office of Finance and Budget.
He is a graduate of the University of Guam with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and subsequently received his Master of Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his Ph.D. in Business from Capella University. Dr. Hernandez was recently awarded the national 20 Under 40 Leadership Award from the Council of State Governments where he was one of 20 elected and appointed officials selected from around the country. He was also recently awarded the Association of Government Accountants national Emerging Leader Award of Excellence, provided to one person, nation-wide in 2020. Dr. Hernandez is a Past President of the AGA Guam Chapter serving in Program Year 2015-2016, was the Guam Chapter's first National Council of Chapters Representative during Program Year 2019-2020, and was the Guam Chapter's inaugural recipient of its Emerging Leader Award in 2012.
He is happily married to Sarah Elmore-Hernandez and also lives with his shih-tzu/lhasa apso dog Unai and recently added a baby brother named Åpu who now is the boss of the household for the foreseeable future.
This session will provide an economic outlook on Guam from the perspective of the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA). We will discuss pre-pandemic, current, and expected trends in passenger and cargo activity at the GIAA and how this activity could translate into additional economic activity on Guam. The speaker will also discuss basic airport finance and accounting-related topics such as airport revenue generation, bond financing, and Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.