Movers and Shakers for Feb. 11
KeyBank has named a number of new local branch managers across Alaska. In their respective roles, they will be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. The new branch managers are: Drew Snow-Behrends, Juneau; Eric Hamilton, Juneau Mendenhall (8800 Glacier Highway); Samantha Heilman, East College in Fairbanks; Esteban Trujillo, South Anchorage Branch; Darcie Morgan, Eagle River; and Thomas Daly, Soldotna.
GCI has Jim Steele hired as director of GCI Government, within GCI’s Government, Healthcare &Education team. In his new role, Steele will be responsible for the GCI Government program and will lead business development, provide strategic management, and generate new revenues sources. Steele joins the GCI team with more than 25 years of technology experience in a number of IT leadership roles in the state, most recently as the deputy chief information officer with the State of Alaska.
Alyeska Resort has promoted Michael Gray to director of Rooms, Sam Hondel to assistant Food and Beverage director and Kristyn Orwig to Revenue manager. Gray came to Alyeska from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts following his formal training and education from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. Gray has worked at the resort for seven years serving in positions in both accounting and in the front operations departments. He was formerly the head of VIP Services and director of Revenue management. He has instituted and developed most of the effective reporting practices that are in place today and has elevated the customer service standards for Resort VIP guests. Having transitioned to Alyeska from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Orwig has been with Alyeska Resort since 2012 serving in a key role critical to successful operations of Alyeska’s reservations department. Hondel has worked for Alyeska Resort since 2013 across all dining outlets including the Pond Café, Aurora Bar &Grill and Sitzmark Bar &Grill.
Dr. Brad Myrstol has been appointed director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. Myrstol, who has been interim director since August 2017, is also director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and has been with the Justice Center as a faculty member since 2009. Previously he worked at the Justice Center as a research professional from 2002-06. Myrstol received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Indiana University in 2006. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a variety of Alaska justice topics. While at UAA, Myrstol has received more than $1 million in research funding from sources including the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, as well as Alaska state and local agencies.
Steve O’Donnell has joined Dwell Realty. A licensed general contractor, O’Donnell has owned Willodell Enterprises Inc. for the past 30 years, specializing in commercial tenant improvements. O’Donnell’s focus will be new home sales and office/retail leasing. Daniel George, a former state legislative aide and lifelong Alaskan, has joined Dwell Realty as a licensee specializing in residential sales. George got his start in the business nearly 15 years ago, working in new home construction for John Hagmeier Homes, and began investing in rental properties soon after. George will continue his public service in community council activities.