Movers and Shakers 1/31/16
R&M Consultants Inc. named Len Story, PLS as the firm’s new CEO and Bret Coburn as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. This is a planned change as laid out in the firm’s succession plan. Story joined R&M in 1979, as a survey technician. Over the past 37 years, he has worked his way up, filling roles as party chief, senior land surveyor, Surveying and Mapping Department manager, vice president, chief operating officer (2008-2015) and now CEO. In conjunction with assuming the CEO role, he was also voted President of R&M’s board of directors. Coburn served as R&M’s CEO with responsibility for oversight of the firm’s administrative and financial functions from 2002 to 2014. He is moving into the CFO position at R&M and will continue to be responsible for financial matters at the firm, and providing oversight of the firm’s accounting and administrative staff. Coburn was recently voted vice president of R&M’s board. Prior to joining R&M, Coburn worked for the St. George Tanaq Corp. in various positions, ending his 19-year tenure as the corporation’s CEO. His professional experience includes more than 30 years of involvement in professional services, land development, construction and finance.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several promotions within her Washington, D.C., office at the beginning of the second session of the 114th Congress. These movements in her personal office include Michael Pawlowski, Nathan Bergerbest, Garrett Boyle and Karina Petersen. Pawlowski, currently the deputy chief of staff, will begin transitioning into the role of chief of staff. Pawlowski joined Murkowski’s team on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in December 2014. Before that, he served as Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Revenue. Pawlowski will replace Ed Hild, who has served as Chief of Staff since 2011. Mr. Hild will be leaving the Senate after over 20 years of service. Bergerbest, currently senior counsel and legislative assistant, has been promoted to the role of deputy chief of staff. Bergerbest has served as senior counsel to Murkowski since 2003 handling the national security, foreign relations, judiciary, Alaska public lands, Indian Affairs, public safety and federal civil service portfolios at various times over the past 12 years. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California and a master of public health degree from Harvard University. Boyle, who joined the office last year as Legislative Assistant handling health care, environmental, and rural development policy issues, will take over the role of legislative director. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining Senator Murkowski’s staff, he ran his own business dealing with oil and gas and patent law issues, and served as an extern in the Eastern District of Louisiana while in law school. Petersen, who has served as Murkowski’s Alaska communications director for a year and a half, has been promoted to the role of communications director and will lead the senator’s communications efforts in both Washington, D.C., and Alaska. Previously, Petersen worked as the media relations coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that provides aid to victims of war, disaster, and disease in over 100 countries. Prior to that, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at KTVA CBS 11 News in Anchorage for over two years. Petersen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism in radio-television news from the University of Missouri.
First National Bank Alaska announced two appointments, bringing a new branch manager to the Federal Branch and a new officer to the Trust Department. A 15-year banking veteran, Krissi Estrada takes over as branch manager at the Federal Branch in Downtown Anchorage. Adam Sikorski joined First National’s Trust Department with 12 years of investing experience. He was born and raised in Alaska. As a trust officer, Sikorski will rely on his trust and investment knowledge to assist customers in building customized, tax-efficient portfolios.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Veronica Pillans, assistant vice president loan officer-Small Business Center, and the hiring of Bruce Tretzen, vice president relationship manager-Northrim Funding Services. Pillans has over 10 years banking and lending experience. She began her banking career at First National Bank Alaska in 2005 and joined the Northrim team in 2012. She is currently a loan officer with Northrim’s Small Business Center. A lifelong Alaskan, Pillans holds a Small Business Degree from University of Alaska Anchorage and completed the Banking and Finance program through American Bankers Association in 2015. Tretzen joins the Northrim Funding Services team with 17 years of commercial lending experience, nine of which in the asset based lending industry. He is a former business owner who studied accounting and business at Edmonds College and the University of Washington. He is a lifelong resident of Washington State and enjoys traveling.
The Wilson Agency LLC has recently hired Ron Devon to fill the position of retirement plan and financial services account strategist, and Jennifer Prowell for the position of Support Services manager. Devon joins The Wilson Agency with a strong background in business, having been a small business owner for most of his career. Prior to joining TWA, he worked with investors to provide them with financial planning services. His current role will focus on providing employers with the support they need to build a long term retirement strategy. Prowell brings years of IT experience to The Wilson Agency in her role as Support Services manager. This is a new position which has come about as a result of the recent merger of The Wilson Agency and Albers & Company, located in Tacoma, Wash. ConnectHR, The Wilson Agency’s human resource services division, has also had the need to grow its employee base. The company recently hired Mary Anne Aadnesen for the position of HR services senior partner, in addition to hiring a part-time employee and an intern.