is named 2006 Executive of the YearAlfred C. Ysrael, founder and chairman of Tanota Partners, bows to the audience after being named the 2006 Executive of the Year at the 24th Annual Guam Business Executive of the Year gala, Jan. 13, at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. (Contributed Photo)Alfred C. Ysrael, founder and chairman of Tanota Partners, is the 2006 Executive of the Year. Ysrael
was announced winner at the 24th Annual Guam Business Executive of the Year gala, which took place Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa.
...Ysrael, 76, is the eldest of seven children born and raised in the Philippines to Arab Syrian immigrants.His
first job was selling women's lingerie at Divisoria
, an outdoor marketplace.He
family survived the Japanese occupation in the Philippines, living one year in the mountains.In May 1951, after graduating from college, he left for the island of Guam as an H-2 worker for Andersen Air Force Base, obtaining a three-year stint as an accountant for the bowling alley on base.
In 1955, he
bought six surplus bowling alley lanes from the Navy and built the first civilian bowling establishment on Guam, which soon became a hot recreation spot.Later, he
was instrumental in the organization and construction of the Royal Lanes Bowling Alley in Tamuning.
In l958, Al
U.S. citizenship and, two weeks later, was drafted in the U.S. Army
to serve two years of military service.He
also served on the 12th and 13th Guam Legislature, where he
implemented several lifestyle-changing legislations.
From Bowling Alley operation and land acquisition, development was a normal next step-Tanota Partners was born.Al
had no formal education related to building big buildings.He
says, "I'm just a practical person.You don't have to be a genius to accomplish things."He
established the Fujita hotel in 1968, Guam's first 24-hour lodging, after discovering that Japanese tourists slept on the beach when their planes arrived shortly after midnight, because hotels didn't open until the morning.
is a great figure in the hotel industry.
The first quarter 2007 issue of Guam Business, with Ysrael
on the cover, was unveiled that evening.