Movers & Shakers 6/17/12
Patrick M. Coullahan, chief of Construction and Operations Division with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, received the Wheeler Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers at a national awards ceremony May 23 in St. Louis. Coullahan received the award for creating a renewed emphasis on understanding and implementing standardized business practices for military and civil works customers. He worked successful improvements and conclusions for the Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Mid Course Defense system; U.S. Air Force MILCON mission modernization for multiple F-22 and C-17 facility beddown projects; and U.S. Army Transformation projects for positing of Airborne and Stryker Brigades in Alaska. Coullahan led several American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 projects throughout Alaska, including work for the U.S. Marine Corps, National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Agency, the Port of Anchorage, as well as multi-year construction of the new Akutan Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. He also helped develop the Arctic Warfighter Training program for soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit to work in the Alaska District offices as they transition to civilian life. Coullahan has been responsible for construction and operations throughout Alaska for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 2008.
Steve Potter, formerly the Fairbanks District Superintendent, accepted a promotion to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Maintenance Manager with overall responsibilities for six districts covering about 65 percent of the state. He will supervise the district superintendents responsible for maintaining nearly a hundred airports, 400 public buildings and approximately 8,700 miles of roadway. Potter, who has 25 years of excellent service with DOT, will be based in Fairbanks. Dan Schacher was promoted to Fairbanks District Superintendent, assuming responsibility for all maintenance and operations in the largest and most complex district in DOT Northern Region. Previously the district foreman, Schacher brings great attention to detail and safety to this key position. Schacher will also be based in Fairbanks and report to Potter.
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. elected its board of directors in Barrow June 2. The new board of directors class of 2015 are: Ned T. Arey, Sr., Forrest D. Olemaun and Grant B. Thompson Jr. After a re-organization meeting June 4, the following were elected: chairman, Price E. Brower; vice chair, Grant B. Thompson, Jr.; president, Anthony E. Edwardsen; vice president, Herman L. Ahsoak; treasurer, Forrest D. Olemaun; secretary, Richard Ungarook, Sr.; directors, Raynita B. Hepa, David M. Leavitt, Jr. and Ned T. Arey, Sr.
Corey O’Meara has been promoted to the position of project manager for ASRC Energy Services Inc. O’Meara will oversee all phases of fabrication projects at the Anchorage Fabrication Facility. He joined AES as a roustabout in 2001, where he advanced to the position of shop superintendent. AES also promoted Jeremy Waltman to the position of shop superintendent. Since 2000, Waltman worked as a roustabout and was later promoted to piping general foreman. In his new role, he will be responsible for supervising all craft disciplines and managing the daily fabrication activities.
James E. Torgerson and Joseph J. Perkins, Jr. of the Stoel Rives LLP firm’s Anchorage office have been selected as leading U.S. lawyers by independent legal research team Chambers and Partners. Both are ranked in the Band 1 level. The Anchorage office also received recognition as being among the best in Alaska in the area of general commercial litigation. Torgerson is managing partner of the Anchorage office. Nationally the firm was rated among the best U.S. law firms in the categories of Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy and Food & Beverages: Alcohol.
Daniel Patrick O’Tierney joined the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development as a deputy commissioner, effective June 11. O’Tierney will be responsible for three regulatory and consumer protection divisions: Banking and Securities; Insurance; and Corporations, Professional, and Business Licensing. Prior to joining DCCED, O’Tierney established the Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy section of the Alaska Department of Law. Admitted to the Alaska Bar in 1985, O’Tierney worked as an attorney in Anchorage and served on the Alaska Public Utilities Commission. Curtis Thayer will continue his oversight of the Division of Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs, and Serve Alaska Commission.
The CIRI board of directors named current Chief Operating Officer Sophie Minich to succeed Margie Brown as CIRI president and chief executive officer after Brown retires early next year. Minich is Athabascan and grew up in Seward. She is a CIRI and Doyon shareholder who became CIRI’s chief operating officer in September 2007. She first joined CIRI in 1993 and has served as senior vice president of business development, chief financial officer, vice president of administration and director of accounting. She also serves as CEO of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. and is a current director and former chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. CIRI also reelected incumbent directors Douglas W. Fifer, Erik I. Frostad, Dr. Jeffrey A. Gonnason, Ted S. Kroto Sr. and Louis “Lou” Nagy Jr. to serve three-year terms on CIRI’s 15-person board of directors. The board met after the annual meeting and re-elected the following officers: chairman, Charles G. Anderson; vice chairman, Patrick M. Marrs; secretary, Thomas P. Huhndorf; treasurer, Michael R. Boling; assistant secretary, Douglas W. Fifer; and assistant treasurer, Penny L. Carty.
Sam Woodward has joined Horizon Lines Inc. as president and CEO, and has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective June 7. Woodward succeeds Stephen H. Fraser, who has served as interim president and CEO since March 2011 and stepped down from the company’s board of directors. Woodward, 63, joins Horizon Lines from Traffic Tech Inc., an international freight forwarder, where he held several executive leadership roles. He also served as a managing director of Bengur Bryan & Co., a middle market investment bank, where since 2008 he headed the firm’s Transportation and Business Process Outsourcing Practice. From 2004 to 2008, Woodward was chairman, president and CEO of Gemini Air Cargo Inc. Prior to Gemini, Woodward was president of SAW Investment Services, his own investment firm, where he oversaw investment and management services in the U.S. freight- and logistics-based technology markets. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Woodward served at YRC Worldwide as senior vice president, operations and planning, managing operations and strategy of the company’s portfolio of transportation and logistics companies.
Joseph Hughes of AMC Engineers has passed the Construction Specifications Institute’s Certified Document Technologist examination. Certification is awarded to individuals who have advanced knowledge and professional expertise in the preparation and evaluation of specifications and drawings and construction contract administration. Hughes has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University. He is currently working on the design of the UAA Seawolves Sports Arena, Kodiak Library, Dena’ina Health Clinic in Kenai, and the State of Alaska Library, Archives, and Museum project in Juneau. He is also providing construction contract administration support on the Gateway Aquatic Center in Ketchikan, Seward Community Library and Museum, and the Kodiak Near Island Research and Administration Facility.
Four attorneys in the Perkins Coie Anchorage office and two Alaska practices were recognized in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Perkins Coie attorneys that were selected as leaders in their field in Alaska are: Eric Fjelstad and Brad Keithley for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries; Thomas Daniel for Labor & Employment; and Michael Kreger for Construction Litigation. Perkins Coie was recognized by Chambers as a leader in its Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries and Labor & Employment practice areas in Alaska.