Movers and Shakers for March 11
Bill Renfrew was appointed executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska after more than 35 years as regional manager in Fairbanks. A third-generation banker, a second-generation First National banker and the bank’s chief financial officer since 2013, Michele Schuh was promoted and appointed executive vice president. Schuh brings more than 35 years of finance and accounting experience to the CFO position. She directs the bank’s financial reporting, shareholder relations, property, investment management and trust services departments. Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School. David Stringer was appointed executive vice president. Head of the Special Credits and Participation Loans Division, the third-generation native of Juneau and University of Alaska graduate worked his way through the bank’s management associate program in the ‘70s while serving in the Alaska National Guard. Stringer is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He has served in various areas of the bank, including Kodiak and Seward. In charge of the bank’s Retail Banking and Cash Management Division, Ryan Strong was promoted to chief banking officer and appointed executive vice president. Also the bank’s chief risk officer, Strong began his financial services career as a management trainee at First National. He soon moved up to commercial loan officer and then to manager of bank branches in Palmer and Fairbanks. His strong leadership skills and real estate knowledge led him to the position of president and CEO of an Alaskan title insurance agency, expanding it into new markets and within existing ones.
Iain Brown, PLS, was hired by PND Engineers Inc. as a senior land surveyor and will be heading up the survey department. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics, with a survey emphasis, from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has six years of surveying experience, and brings expertise in right-of-way, drone mapping, and photogrammetry. His surveying experience includes topographical design, differential leveling, as-built, and hydrographic survey. He has experience conducting surveys for Alaska Division of Lands and the Federal Aviation Administration. Brown’s past project experience has primarily involved survey work for oil and gas companies, as well as rural road and bridge work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the ENSTAR Gas Line in Homer. Kendra Spencer was brought on as an accounting technician for the firm. Spencer has 10 years of Alaska accounting experience, including seven years with Era Helicopters and 2½ years with Ravn Alaska as the administrative assistant for the Maintenance Department.
Bettisworth North Architects and Planners hired architect Mike Griffith, who has 27 years of architectural design, project management, and construction administration experience in Alaska. Griffith holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from the University of Idaho and studied arctic engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified in construction documents technology.
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties welcomes four new licensees. Josh Patton has spent most of his career in the field of human resources and recruitment, and has served as the HR and recruiting manager for various Alaska Native organizations in Anchorage. Patton holds a bachelor’s dgree from Wayland Baptist University. Svetlana Drews was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Drews, who is fluent in English and Russian, worked in customer service and bookkeeping at a Publishing House for 16 years in Uzbekistan, and has been self-employed for 13 years in Anchorage. Whitney Meade is originally from Jefferson, Ga., and moved to Anchorage in 2016. Meade attended Valdosta State University where she studied business management. Meade has worked as a business development manager for a car dealership, and a licensed insurance producer for the state of South Carolina. Lisa Wright is a lifelong Alaskan originally from Kodiak Island. Wright has spent many years working for Providence Hospital in healthcare finance and is pursuing a new career in real estate sales.
Credit Union 1 promoted Davina Napier, previously senior vice president of lending, to chief lending officer. Napier, who has more than 20 years of lending experience in Alaska as well as a diploma from the Western CUNA Management School and a bachelor’s degree in management, has held a multitude of past lending positions within Credit Union 1, including consumer loans manager, assistant vice president of consumer loans, vice president of consumer loans and SVP of lending.