2014 Top Forty Under 40 Announced



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The Alaska Journal of Commerce is proud to announce the 15th annual Top Forty Under 40 awards for 2014. A committee of Morris Communications Co. management selected the 2014 class from among more than 160 nominations submitted on behalf of more than 120 individuals across the state.

“Once again we are proud to honor some of the best and brightest of Alaska,” said Alaska Journal of Commerce Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “We have honorees from Nome to Ketchikan who are not only at their top of their fields professionally, but are working every day to help those in need and making better communities across the Last Frontier.”

The 2014 Top Forty Under 40 class will be honored April 4 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the event will run from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Allison Hovanec at (907) 275-2107 or allison.hovanec@morris.com. Sponsorship opportunities and table sales are also available.

The 2014 Top Forty Under 40:

Rick Allen, 39, Palmer. Director, Department of Public Advocacy, State of Alaska

Kyle Aramburo, 32, Anchorage. Owner, Hybrid Color Films

Suzanne Armstrong, 35, Anchorage. Chief of Staff, Sen. Kevin Meyer

Joshua Arvidson, 38, Anchorage. Director, Alaska Child Trauma Center

Andrea L. Bean, 39, Fairbanks. Regional Coordinator, JL Properties

Cynthia Berns, 32, Anchorage. Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Old Harbor Native Corp.

Jon Bittner, 35, Anchorage. Vice President, Anchorage Economic Development Corp.

Leah Boltz, 34, Anchorage. Marketing and Business Development Director, Bettisworth North

Slavik Boyechko, 30, Anchorage. Digital Media Director, Alaska Public Media

Guy Burk, 31, Anchorage. CEO/Owner, Anchorage Midtown Dental

Darrell Clark, 39, Fairbanks. Marketing Manager, Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union

Mark Edwards, 39, Anchorage. Vice President, Commercial Loan Unit Manager and Bank Economist, Northrim Bank

Jehnifer Ehmann, 30, Palmer. Marketing Clinic Liaison, Excel Physical Therapy

Travis Gilmour, 30, Anchorage. Public Media Director, Alaska Public Media

Sara J. Gould, 39, Anchorage. Manager of Project Resources, CH2M Hill

Rollin S. Hansen, 34, Anchorage. Vice President, Business Sales Consultant, Wells Fargo Merchant Services

Margaret Olin Hoffman David, 32, Anchorage. Program Manager of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Jon Iversen, 39, Anchorage. Attorney/Partner, Stoel Rives

Jakob Johnsen, 26, Anchorage. Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Scott A. Johnson, 30, Nome. Northwest Alaska Area President, Wells Fargo

Ed King, 33, Anchorage. Petroleum Economic Policy Analyst, State of Alaska

Morten Kjerland, 39, Anchorage. Managing Principal, Waddell & Reed

Tamika L. Ledbetter, 38, Wasilla. Employment Service Manager, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Carrie Lindow, 35, Anchorage. Owner/Project Manager, ChemTrack Inc.

Amanda Metivier, 29, Anchorage. Executive Director, Facing Foster Care in Alaska; Youth Education Coordinator, Child Welfare Academy, University of Alaska

Harry Need, 34, Anchorage. Development Officer, University of Alaska Anchorage

Katie M. Pesznecker, 36, Anchorage. Stakeholder Relations Manager, Alyeska Pipeline Co.

Ann Potempa, 38, Anchorage. Public Health Communications Specialist, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Lance Pruitt, 32, Anchorage. House Majority Leader, Alaska Legislature

Brenda Riley, 37, Fairbanks. Executive Director, Fairbanks Children’s Museum

Ghazal Ringler, 39, Anchorage. Dental Director, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Jeff Roberts, 36, Anchorage. Senior/Lead Engineer, Alaska Aerospace Corp.

Maya Salganek, 37, Fairbanks. Director, University of Alaska Fairbanks Film Program

Raju Shankar, 33, Anchorage. Chief Financial Officer, The Foraker Group

Chad Steadman, 38, Anchorage. Vice President, Commercial Lending, First National Bank Alaska

Viola Stepetin, 39, Anchorage. Contract Specialist, Department of Defense, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Russell Thomas, 39, Ketchikan. General Manager, Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions

Dale Tran, 39, Anchorage. Chief Operating Officer, Kaladi Bros. Coffee

Ethan Tyler, 37, Anchorage. Major Gifts Officer, Alaska Community Foundation

Buddy Whitt, 39, Anchorage. Associate Executive Director, Armed Services YMCA

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