Editors' Note: Richard A. Pierce is the special assistant to Gov. Benigno R. Fitial for trade relations and economic affairs. He was president of Saipan Manufacturers Inc. a garment company from 1983 to1991 when the company was sold to Kellwood Industries of St. Louis a Fortune 500 company. He was executive director for the now-disbanded Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association from 1991 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2003 . . .
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