Business Briefs


Hawthorne Machinery of Samoa Inc. has hired Christopher Bullinger as the new General Manager, replacing Doug Harrington, who has retired.

Bullinger will be responsible for supporting multiple customer requirements, maintaining a broad view of all Hawthorne Machinery of American Samoa offerings. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of logistics and operations management to his new role.

Prior to joining Hawthorne, he held the position as Production Operations Manager for Chicken of the Sea. In addition, he has served as a Maintenance Manager/Maintenance Test Pilot and Operations Officer for United States Department of State, Security Assistance Training Teams, operating in diverse cultures and geographic regions. He can be reached at 684-699-4306 or cbullinger@hawthornecat.com.


Located in Pago Pago, American Samoa, this division fills marine and construction needs in the Pacific Rim. This facility has a complete sales, parts, and service staff that provide services to the worldwide tuna fleet, the construction industry, power plants, and all phases of the industrial market.


Representatives from Petaia Media are launching a local office this week to better serve the American Samoan community. The team is meeting with local business owners and officials to provide media and free marketing consultation. Petaia Media is a digital marketing agency and multi-media consulting firm, which provides design and development marketing services to organizations and assists in developing an online presence. Petaia Media focuses on website design, mobile applications development, social media campaigning, and software development.

Petaia Media already has established a strong relationship with many local entities including the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, the Department of Human and Social Services - Child Care Division, American Samoa Economic Stimulus and Recovery Office, Tisa's Barefoot Bar, and Savali News.

The team is currently in the process of developing an internship program with undergraduate students in American Samoa. The internship will focus on multi-media programs such as website design, mobile application development, and gaming. PM will also unveil a project in cooperation with the American Samoan Legislature and Fono MIS paperless system soon.

Petaia Media is a member of several Pacific Island organizations including Aiga Foundation, Pacific Arts Alliance, PacBiz: Association, and Pacific Islander Business Owners and Professionals.

Petaia Media is managed by Sa'u Stephen Petaia, a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar and graduate of Leone High School, ASCC, and Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Examples of Petaia Media's work here, in the United States and abroad can be found at http://www.petaiamedia.com. For more information or to set up a free consultation, contact Sa'u Stephen Petaia at: petaiamedia(dot)com or call 684-256-7215.


In support of the Commerce Department's continuing partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, the DOC Business License Division will be reviewing and answering any questions regarding business licenses at the First Friday event - Fagatogo Marketplace - on Dec. 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - said Chamber secretary Leland Slater in an email to members.

Chamber members were also informed that this will be more of an outreach effort and DOC will not be approving business license applications on site.

"However they can advise and answer any questions that the business community may have regarding applying for a business license for the first time or renewing a business license," said Slater, adding that there will also be a Notary Public available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to notarize any documents for those who are unable to make it to a Notary Public during regular business hours.



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