Movers & Shakers 01/05/14



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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recently appointed Heath Hilyard, executive director of the SouthEast Alaska Guides Organization to represent the Southeast Alaska guided recreational fishing sector to the council’s Advisory Panel Hilyard has been with SEAGO since May of 2011. Previously, he was committee aide to the Alaska State House Resources Committee and later helped establish ProsperityAlaska.org. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was selected as a 2013 recipient of Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award. 

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. board of directors elected a new board chair, vice chair and secretary/treasurer at its annual board of directors meeting in November. Tim Vig, president of USKH, was elected as the AEDC board chair for 2014. Mike Prozeralik, president of kpb architects, was elected as vice chair and Jim Hasle, managing partner for BDO USA LLP, was elected as the new secretary/treasurer. AEDC welcomed one new investor to the board of directors, Gregory Cerbana, director of public relations for Weidner Apartment Homes, and renewed ExxonMobil Production Company (Kimberly J. Fox), Totem Ocean Trailer Express (George Lowry) and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (Joe Everhart) as members of the board. Northern Air Cargo appointed Elaine Nisson as a new representative to the board.

Reed Christensen, currently vice president and general manager at Dowland-Bach, became president and general manager of the company on Jan. 1. He succeeds co-founder and long time president Lynn Johnson, who will become chairman of the board. Dowland-Bach was founded in 1975 to develop failsafe wellhead shutdown systems at the Prudhoe Bay Oilfield. It now produces a wide range of systems in styles and models to suit its customers’ needs. In recognition of its international trade, Dowland-Bach received the 2013 Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence. Christensen joined Dowland-Bach in 1995 as controller. He became general manager in 1998 and vice president in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a business minor and master’s degree in accounting information systems, both from Brigham Young University. Christensen came to Alaska as a staff accountant in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Judy Dougherty has been appointed acting director for the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority today following the departure of Executive Director Andrew Niemiec. She has previously served as the Authority’s deputy executive director for Project Development. Dougherty joined the Knik Arm Crossing project in 2011 after a 20-year career as a professional engineer in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Prior to joining KABATA, Dougherty served as the Central Region Highway Design Group Chief, in which she was responsible for the delivery of the state and federal highway program throughout Southcentral Alaska in excess of $150 million dollars annually.

John Binkley was reappointed to the board of directors of the Alaska Railroad Corp. Binkley, of Fairbanks, has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism and transportation industry. He is the president of the Alaska Cruise Association, and former chief executive officer of Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Binkley also served in the Legislature as a senator and representative. He is reappointed to a seat for the fourth judicial district.

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