Movers and Shakers for March 12
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties has added Sara Lindemann and Shawn Rogers to its team. Lindemann came to rural Alaska in the early 1980s, eventually moving to Anchorage. She has worked in the real estate, oil and gas, and medical industries and is pursuing a new career selling real estate. A lifelong Alaskan, Rogers graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage and opened her own business called Putter Wild, an indoor black light miniature golf course in South Anchorage. After five successful years, she sold her business to pursue selling real estate.
Darleen Fernandez has joined the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. as development director. In addition to working to attract new companies to join AEDC, she also ensures current Investors fully leverage membership benefits and opportunities. Before joining AEDC, Fernandez was development director at Girl Scouts of Alaska following nearly 20 years as an administrator and fundraiser with local arts organizations including the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Sitka Summer Music Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of four employees from electronic banking and information technology. The bank also hired Kari Skinner as vice president, marketing and communications director, and John Damjanovich as vice president, commercial real estate loan officer. The promotions include: James Beasley, VP, electronic banking manager; Jennifer Ludden, AVP, business electronic banking manager; Yana Milette, AVP, consumer electronic banking manager; and Nate Olmstead, VP, data analytics manager. Beasley has been with Northrim for almost one year and brings nearly 11 years of electronic banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Ludden has been with Northrim Bank for two years and has 13 years in the financial industry. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked at Bank of America in a variety of positions starting as a teller and working her way to management. Ludden holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Arizona. Milette started at Northrim in December 2015 and brings 10 years of finance experience including eight years at local credit unions. She holds an MBA with an emphasis in management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Olmstead has been with Northrim since November 2015 and has 12 years of experience within IT and data analysis. He has held multiple certifications for IT and currently holds a Project Management Professional certification. Skinner joins Northrim with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently with Simon Property Group as a director of marketing and business development. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah. Damjanovich comes to Northrim Bank with over 27 years of experience in the financial sector. He was most recently the CFO for an electronics manufacturer in Minnesota. Damjanovich holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Bemidji State University.
Professional Growth Systems added John Gregoire to its consulting team to further develop its regional and national consulting work. Gregoire’s interest is active and experiential learning, and he brings a suite of team building and training tools to the PGS table. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage focusing on small group communication psychology and then a master’s of education degree in student development administration from Seattle University. His work brought him through the ranks of the training world, from his position as assistant director of Student Leadership at UAA through a learning and development career specialist with Southcentral Foundation to his independent consulting work.
Kate Slyker, chief marketing officer for General Communication Inc., has been named a 2017 inductee of the Anchorage ATHENA Society and will be recognized at the annual ATHENA luncheon on March 20. Slyker joined the GCI team as vice president of consumer marketing in 2015. She was promoted this year to her current position, leading the marketing efforts of Alaska’s largest publicly owned company. In addition to her role as CMO, Slyker serves as communications chair for the GCI Women’s Network, a company initiative to embrace and empower GCI employees through growth, career development and opportunities. Slyker’s passion for mentoring and coaching diverse talent across all areas of the company has helped promote GWeN company-wide, allowing women to achieve their professional and personal goals. Prior to GCI, Slyker spent 15 years at Spawn Ideas, the state’s largest advertising agency, where she directed some of the agency’s most successful ad campaigns.
McDowell Group augmented the firm’s expertise with the recent hire of economist Katie Berry. Berry holds master’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Wyoming. She previously worked for Union Pacific Railroad as the finance lead on an interagency capital project team. Berry recently returned to Anchorage, where she was born and raised.