Movers & Shakers 08/18/13



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Alaska USA announced two additions to its executive team. Debbie Ingle has been hired as executive director of mortgage and real estate lending. Ingle has 25 years of experience in mortgage lending, including underwriting, branch operations management, and sales management. She previously served as senior vice president, division manager for GreenPoint Mortgage with responsibility for $15 billion in annual production and most recently as national client services and production manager for Byte Mortgage Software. Brian Wolf has been hired as executive director of retail financial services. Wolf has been in the financial services industry for more than 15 years, with experience in investment management, business lending, and retail branch operations. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC Bank USA. Most recently, he served as senior vice president & district retail leader for KeyBank in both Alaska and western Washington. Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from New York University.

Larry Cash was appointed to the board of trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Cash, of Anchorage, is the president and CEO of RIM Architects with offices in Anchorage, Guam, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He serves on the board of directors for Northrim Bank, the Alaska Pacific University board of trustees, University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College Advisory Board, University of Alaska College of Fellows, and the American Institute of Architects. Cash is the recipient of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award for “Distinguished Community Service by an Individual.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University, and is appointed to an at-large seat.

Schneider Structural Engineers announced the promotion of Nick Choromanski to the position of associate of effective August 2013. Choromanski has been with the company since 2007.

The Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute recently welcomed a new cardiologist, Dr. Yiming Wu, to its team of physicians. Wu brings with him a new set of skills and experience and is the recipient of a number of notable medical awards. This new addition to the staff enables the institute to continue offering even more services to Alaskans that save them from having to travel to the Lower 48 for treatments.

Douglas Kossler was appointed to the Alaska Court of Appeals. Kossler will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Joel Bolger to the Alaska Supreme Court. Kossler, of Anchorage, is the appellate unit supervisor for the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, the unit that represents the State in felony criminal and selected misdemeanor matters before the Alaska Court of Appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court. He formerly worked as an associate attorney for Gilmore & Doherty handling criminal defense. Kossler also served at the Alaska Public Defender Agency representing parents in child-in-need-of-aid cases and juveniles in delinquency actions. He serves on the Appellate Rules Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Alaska Anchorage Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Kossler earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a juris doctorate from the Temple University School of Law.

Kristy Bernier has joined Bradley Reid + Associates as management supervisor. Bernier will oversee advertising and public relations projects for two major Bradley Reid clients, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp., and serve as a link between the clients and Bradley Reid’s staff of creative professionals. Bernier’s experience includes 26 years of marketing and design work, including nearly a decade as an award-winning designer for the Anchorage Daily News, followed by stints at the Frontiersman Newspaper and Alaska Newspapers. Since 2005, she has worked as a community and public relations specialist at Matanuska Telephone Association in Palmer, where she handled corporate philanthropy and represented MTA throughout the community.

Yoshikuni Ogawa has been named a member of the 2013 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.  Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,250 licensed agents. Ogawa has been a New York Life agent since 2007, and is associated with New York Life’s Alaska General Office in Anchorage. In June, he was awarded the 2013 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence from Gov. Sean Parnell.

Matt Kropke was hired as director of real estate development at NeighborWorks Anchorage. Kropke joins NeighborWorks Anchorage after serving as the executive director for Safe Harbor Inn. He has been working in leadership roles in the Anchorage nonprofit sector since 2004 and recently completed the master in public administration program at University of Alaska Anchorage.

RSA Engineering Inc. announced four new hires. Jacob Clark joined RSA in the spring as a mechanical staff engineer after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Anthony Sharp has joined RSA as an AutoCAD technician. Sharp specializes in building information modeling and also serves as an AutoCAD drafter for RSA.  Karma Torres joined RSA as the marketing director in May 2013. Torres graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall of 2012 and earned a double major in marketing and management. Jonathan Drake has joined RSA as an electrical staff engineer.  Drake recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Bezek Durst Seiser announced that Bryce Hamels recently earned his accreditation as a registered professional architect in Alaska. A BDS specialist in construction administration, Hamels brings more than eight years of architectural experience to his work. He holds a master’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. He joined BDS in 2010 and his projects include the University of Alaska Fairbanks Margaret Murie Life Science Building, Veterans Administration Hospital Kitchen Expansion on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and University of Alaska Anchorage MAC Housing Renewal.

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