Movers & Shakers 12/22/13



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First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors recently made several appointments to officer positions. Denise Brown Robinson was named corporate marketing director and appointed vice president. As a lifelong Alaskan, Brown Robinson brings more than a decade of local branding and integrated marketing experience to First National. Richard McCrorie was appointed compliance officer. He’s worked in numerous banking areas since 1981, including audit, financial analysis and underwriting. Sami Eisenman was appointed to loan officer at the Homer Branch. A graduate of First National’s Management Associate program, she is currently working as interim branch manager of the Sitka Branch. Also a Management Associate program graduate, Craig Bisgard was named loan officer. He worked full time while earning his business degree and interned for an independent investment manager before joining the bank. Mark Lonheim was appointed loan officer at the Kodiak Branch. Having lived and worked in Kodiak for 15 years, he’s created many a long-term relationship with commercial and consumer customers. Kyle Gray was named branch manager of the Haines Branch. He’s another graduate of the bank’s Management Associate program. Tammy Krison was appointed mortgage loan originator at the corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Efren Larranaga was appointed mortgage loan originator at the Johansen Branch in Fairbanks. A former realtor, Larranaga learned the unique aspects of the Fairbanks housing market and how best to help homebuyers and sellers. In Glennallen, Lisa Neff was appointed to branch manager of the Glennallen Branch. She’s been a part of the branch since 2007.

Linda Leary will join the Alaska Communications management team as senior vice president, sales. Leary will lead Alaska Communications’ top line growth. She brings to the company more than 25 years of leadership and sales experience in the state, most recently serving as president of Carlile Transportation Systems, Alaska’s largest asset-based trucking and logistics company. Leary has extensive experience in leadership roles in Alaska, and currently serves as chair of the Alaska Railroad board of directors, and as a director on the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Michael J. Petersen has been hired as general manager for Alaska Longline Co. LLC effective Dec. 9. Peterson will be based in the Seattle office. Petersen has extensive experience in the waters of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and Washington and Oregon coasts. Alaska Longline Co. operates the Prowler Fisheries fleet made up of four steel-hull longline vessels. The Prowler, Bering Prowler, Ocean Prowler and Arctic Prowler fish for Pacific cod, sablefish (black cod) and turbot. The company has offices in Petersburg and Seattle.

Bristol Alliance of Companies President and CEO Joe Terrell will retire at the end of the year. Travis Woods, who previously led Bristol Engineering Services Corp., a member of the Bristol Alliance, was named as Terrell’s replacement by Jason Metrokin, president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp., Bristol’s parent company. John Blees was named chief operating officer of Bristol Engineering Services Corp. and will manage the daily operations of the engineering group. Blees has been with Bristol for more than 10 years. Woods will remain as the service line’s CEO. Terrell came to Bristol in 1996, just two years after the formation of the first company that is now Bristol Engineering Services Corp. Under his leadership, Bristol has grown to eight companies with more than 300 employees and offices across the country, providing a broad array of construction, engineering, and range and unexploded ordnance response work, as well as an expanded line of environmental and remediation work. Woods joined Bristol 18 years ago, and was among Bristol’s first employees. He has been involved in civil and environmental engineering design and project management since 1995.

Dr. Peter Marbarger recently merged his practice with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute. Marbarger has been practicing in Alaska for more than 32 years as a surgeon and will perform vascular surgical procedures at Providence Hospital and Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. As a general and vascular surgeon, Marbarger will operate on blood vessels, including techniques for aneurysm repairs in conjunction with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute’s vascular intervention physicians. Marbarger is originally from Elmhurst, Ill. He graduated from University of Illinois Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at State University of New York Health Sciences Center.

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