Latte Training Academy

Welcome to the Latte Training Academy, a CNMI nonprofit organization. The organization was founded in 2013 to address workforce development issues in the CNMI and throughout the Marianas region. With an unprecedented shift in the Marianas workforce, the Latte Training Academy was formed to help prepare the CNMI's workforce with credentialed skill-based training that are in demand within the Marianas. As an established partner with the prestigious American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the Latte Training Academy offers a globally recognized Hotel & Hospitality certification that is critical to the CNMI's prized tourism industry. In addition, we offer Allied Health Courses credentialed through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). The Information Technology (IT) certifications are accredited through CompTIA, the IT industry's leading credentialing body. Our Business Administration courses offer a variety of credentials through the National Bookkeepers Association (NBA) and the Accounting Training Unlimited (ATU). The organization The Latte Training Academy also offers professional development trainings in partnership with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Juan-Carlos Benitez - President

Mr. Juan-Carlos Benitez is a long-time businessman and attorney based in the Marianas. His business interest has lead to many developments in Saipan including the Sandy Beach Homes project and the Blue Water Homes project. Familiar with the economic dynamics of the CNMI, Mr. Benitez is an advocate for local self-development, education and philanthoropy. 


Jeremy Sasamoto - Secretary

Born and raised on Saipan, Jeremy Sasamoto is the Immunization Program Manager at the Division of Public Health (DPH).  Mr. Sasamoto manages all three DPH immunization clinics on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian; including the participation of various public and private clinics enrolled in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  A graduate of Washington State University, Mr. Sasamoto is responsible for supervising administration of most of the pediatric and adult vaccines in the CNMI. Mr. Sasamoto is committed to the health and well-being of the people of the CNMI, most especially setting a solid foundation of health for our children so that they may maximize their potential for a productive future. 

Ed Arriola, Jr.- Treasurer

Mr. Ed Arriola, Jr. is the General Manager of Let’s Go Tours Saipan, a subsidiary of Tan Holdings. A local business leader, Mr. Arriola grew up in the region and has business and personal ties in the CNMI, as well as in the US Territory of Guam. In addition to serving as one of the region’s upcoming young professionals, he actively participates in various civic and social organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Football Association, which promotes youth football on the island of Saipan. He is also very active with various youth-centered organization, with a focus on positive intellectual and physical development.

Matthew Deleon Guerrero - Executive Director

Mr. Deleon Guerrero is a CNMI-based economist with detailed experience in policy analysis, economic forecasting and organizational leadership. He is an active member of the CNMI community through non-profit endeavors and organization of community events. As President of Hive Analytics, Matthew Deleon Guerrero, has presented before leaders of the Micronesian region on the intricacies of the CNMI economy and has been a sought-after speaker for conferences and events related to developing the CNMI economy, including the Bank of Guam Small Business Forum and the 2018 Annual Conference of the International Economic Development Council. Mr. Deleon Guerrero has served his community in many ways throughout his career as Chairman of the CNMI Liberation Day celebration and 2019 Inaugural Committee, as President of the Marianas Young Professionals, as a Commissioner in the CNMI Cannabis Commission, as a Board Member for the Commonwealth Development Authority, and as a founding Board Member of the Commonwealth Advocates for Recovery Efforts (CARE).