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- Civil Engineer Henry Winky Wendt

He was raised in Carson, parents are Ana and Hans Wendt. Winky is the nephew of author Albert Wendt (Hans and Albert are brothers). Winky graduated from UCLA in 1981 and went on to work for Parsons (a huge engineering company located in Southern California). Winky and his wife Debra now reside in Samoa - Independent State of Samoa.

- Paulo Pueliu Jr., Regional Vice President, Pacific 17 Engineering Consulting, San Francisco, CA

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My name is Paulo S. Pueliu, Jr. My family is from the village of Laulii, in American Samoa. My adolescent days were spent in the Los Angeles Area in the City of CARSON. I now reside in the City of Livermore which is in the Northern Bay Area (San Francisco) of California. I am married to my wife Ronnette Pueliu and have 3 little women, Leilana (12), Nikala (10), and Tei'a (4). Currently, Iam the Vice President for a company called PACIFIC 17 and I am in charge of Buisness Development / Management of several employees specifically, construction engineers throughout the Greater Bay Area all the way up the West Coast to Seattle, Washington.

I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1988' with a degree in Civil / Structural / Construction Management Engineering. I started as a Junior Engineer working on the Brea Mall expansion in LA (45 Million, Construction Value). I then worked in Gardena, California, working on the 3 story office Headquarters and warehouse for Clarion Stereo (20 Million). I then shipped off with my family to Oahu, Hawaii, where I helped build a whole upper third level addition for the alamoana Mall. While in Hawaii, I also worked on the Duty Free Building and Airport addition for the Honolulu Airport Authorities. Other noted projects in Hawaii included the 200 Million dollar Waikiki Landmard condiminiums and storefront, Honolulu Park Place Luxurious condo's and Nuuanu Park Place. Most of these buildings were 50 stories in height and construction costs exceeded 80 Million dollars. At that time, I worked for a general contractor called Charles Pankow Builders.

I then came back to California and worked on highways, bridges and transportation related projects for a company called Kiewit Pacific. I then decided to become a construction consultant and here I stay for the mean time. The projects worth noting include the Moscone Center Convention Center Phase Three Expansion, the 1.5 Billion Dollar San Francisco Airport, over 120 projects with Pacific Gas and Electric (Power related Project) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District where I helped build thirteen wind turbine generating power structures.

I worked on projects for different Northern California City's including Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Bruno and the City of East Palo Alto. My duties for these projects included construction management, engineering, scheduleing, estimating, contract negotiations, inspection, man-power supervision, client administration, invoicing, writing proposals and overall management and business development.

Just recently, we submitted a proposal for the American Samoa, Pago Pago Airport runway extension (14 Million). Iam representing the project as the Principal in Charge. We hope to be successful.

I hope I explained a little bit about myself. Oh! also, I got my school education through a football scholarship. I felt this was a blessing and my family background and respectable upbringing also helped.


Paulo Pueliu, Jr.