Movers & Shakers 02/09/14



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Aaron Huberman has joined the aeSolutions Process Risk Management department in their Anchorage office. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the UCLA, and has extensive experience developing and maintaining process safety management and risk management programs for clients in the oil and gas industries. Milca Fernando joined the Anchorage office as a junior engineer. Fernando is a December 2013 engineering graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has joined the company as a SIS FEL specialist. Her internships have given her hands-on experience with North Slope infrastructure, technical writing, and quality assurance plans. She will be assisting clients with process safety services.

Production artist Niki Engstrom has been added to the Solstice Advertising team. Engstrom, while at University of Minnesota, was the creative and production manager of The Minnesota Daily and led her creative team to win six national CNBAM awards, including the Best in Category for Digital Rate Card/Media Kit. She was the vice president of the campus’s AIGA chapter, and also volunteered as a mentor through the Art Buddies program, which pairs artists with inner-city children. Prior to Solstice Advertising, Engstrom spent two years at a local agency, first as a graphic designer and then as the senior web designer. Several years of freelance work polished her extensive experience in branding, print and web design. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in strategic communications/advertising from the University of Minnesota.

AT&T has appointed Karl Main as manager for the company’s retail store in Wasilla. Customers at AT&T’s Wasilla retail store will find round café-style “learning tables” that allow for side-by-side interactions with the AT&T retail consultant to ask questions or learn about a product or service. All retail consultants are equipped with a tablet supported by a new mobile point-of-sale system that gives ultimate flexibility for helping customers anywhere in the store.

Wells Fargo has named James Harty as its first Alaska-based Small Business Administration business development officer. Harty joins Wells Fargo after one year as a relationship manager for Key Private Bank in Anchorage where he specialized in family wealth management and business succession planning. He has more than 10 years of financial services experience. He holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. Harty serves in the community as a youth soccer coach in Chugiak.

Josh F. Hiltabiddle has joined Bristol Engineering Services Corp. as senior mechanical engineer. Hiltabiddle is a Texas Tech University graduate and a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Hiltabiddle has 19 years of combined engineering and construction experience, including project management, facility and building surveys, Arctic cold weather engineering, and knowledge of building design with a specialty in mechanical systems.

Matthew Reisterer has been appointed as chief financial officer of Matanuska Electric Association Inc. Reisterer holds an master’s of business administration from Michigan State University. Prior to joining MEA in 1999 as financial planning and regulatory affairs manager, Reisterer worked as a certified public accountant and financial analyst in Alaska. MEA promoted him to director of administration in 2007.

Eric Wohlforth, partner with the law firm Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking, APC, has been elected as the president of the Commonwealth North board of directors for 2014. Wohlforth is a founder of the firm and guided its public finance specialty from its beginning in 1967. He served as Alaska Commissioner of Revenue from 1970 to 1972. From 1995 to 2006 he served on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees  and was twice elected vice chair and chair.

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