Movers & Shakers 06/29/14



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Bill Tart, an internationally recognized leader and expert in unmanned aerial systems, joins ASRC Federal as director of the unmanned aerial systems strategic initiative. Tart has more than 24 years of experience supporting and leading various U.S. Air Force programs, initiatives and squadrons. Prior to joining ASRC Federal, Tart served as the Air Force director of remotely piloted aircraft division at the Pentagon, where he spearheaded UAS programs. For his service, Tart has been awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Superior Service, Legion of Merit, and Air Medals. Tart, a prolific speaker at think tanks and academic institutions, has been published three times and consistently named one of the Air Force’s top airpower strategists and commanders at the group and squadron levels.

The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association announced the promotion of Pat Rogan to President of Cannon Fish Company, APICDA’s sales and marketing company. Rogan was the vice president of retail sales for Cannon Fish and has extensive experience within the seafood industry. He replaces Pete Cannon, founder of Cannon Fish. APICDA acquired Cannon Fish, a seafood value-added processing and marketing company based in Seattle, in August 2013. Cannon Fish was founded in 1991. Cannon, who will become semi-retired, will remain connected to the company as a consultant.

The United Fishermen of Alaska, the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announced the re-election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as President. New Executive Committee members are: Chip Treinen of Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as vice president; Chad See of Freezer Longline Coalition as secretary and treasurer; Ian Pitzman of United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the at-large Executive Committee member; Bob Kehoe of Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair; Dale Kelley of Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm and Environmental committee chair; and Steve Reifenstuhl of Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association who will serve as the new Subsistence chair.

Steve Ribuffo has been appointed by Mayor Dan Sullivan as director of the Port of Anchorage, effective June 1. Ribuffo had been deputy director at the port since August 2007 and served briefly as interim port director during the transition from Gov. Bill Sheffield to Richard Wilson in 2012. He is a Certified Port Executive and has master’s degrees in business administration and logistics management. Before joining the Municipality, he retired as a colonel after 30 years of active duty with the Air Force. Bryce Hyslip has joined the Municipality of Anchorage as communications manager for Mayor Sullivan. Prior to his appointment, Hyslip specialized in communications and marketing for Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Hyslip graduated magna cum laude in 2013 and received the distinction of Outstanding Graduate from the Journalism and Public Communications Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Matanuska Electric Association named Julie Estey director of public relations. Estey’s career in Alaska includes serving as the executive director of the Yukon Quest annual sled dog race, as well as the director of development for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. In 2009, she was recruited to become the business director for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an energy research group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In this capacity, Estey led all non-research related activities including business management, budgeting and planning, outreach and public relations, community relations and business development. Estey earned a bachelor’s of business administration magna cum laude in both marketing and organizational behavior, along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient.

Credit Union 1 promoted Tiffany Beka to the position of consumer loan manager in the Consumer Loans Department. Originally hired in January 2004, Beka began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of senior teller, member services assistant, consumer loan officer, consumer loan administration manager and branch manager. In September 2012, Beka was promoted to sales and service manager in the Consumer Loans Department, the position she held prior to this promotion.

Nathan Hale, Eric Froelich and Jared Barak have joined RIM Architects as design assistants, providing comprehensive design team support on numerous projects. Hale has 12 years of experience in architectural design and construction. Previously, he was a project manager for the U.S. Air Force in Anchorage and worked for design firms in Anchorage and Detroit. He is proficient in Revit and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is actively pursuing architectural licensure in Alaska. Froelich has bachelor’s degrees in architecture and environmental design from North Dakota State University, with a minor in interior design. Prior to several years of work experience at Alaskan architecture firms, he gained certification as a kitchen and bath designer for a firm in North Dakota. He also specialized in roof and floor truss designs for a structural component production firm in Minnesota. Barak has experience working for architecture and engineering firms in Alaska and construction companies in Alaska and Oregon. He has a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Oregon, with a prior two years as a mechanical engineering major at another university. Barak earned LEED GA accreditation (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Green Associate) from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2014.

KeyBank has promoted Cutter Ragusa to manage its Fairbanks main branch. He joined KeyBank earlier this year as a personal banker with more than 10 years of sales and customer service experience. Ragusa served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2008 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 1/25 SBCT Brigade Support Battalion stationed out of Fort Wainwright. He currently serves in the Army Reserves with the 297th Engineer Company.

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