Movers & Shakers 01/27/13
Trevor Edmondson has been promoted to the position of vice president and general manager of The Petersen Group, an Anchorage-based homebuilder and land developer. Edmondson has more than 19 years experience in the project management and construction industry having most recently been the project development manager for The Petersen Group for the past two years. Edmondson will be responsible for managing both Alaska and North Dakota homebuilding and land development operations.
Arni Thomson has been selected to be the first executive director of the Alaska Salmon Alliance. Thomson is the immediate past president of the United Fishermen of Alaska and the founding executive director of the Alaska Crab Coalition. The Alaska Salmon Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of commercial fishermen and seafood processing companies.
Reuben Yost has been appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, effective Jan. 16. Yost will oversee the divisions of Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Alaska Marine Highway System and Special Projects. Yost has been with ADOT&PF since 1994 and previously served as the southeast region director of construction, maintenance and operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a master’s degree in zoology.
John Schaff was recently appointed vice president and mortgage loan origination manager by First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Schaff oversees the bank’s mortgage loan origination staff. Owner of a degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California-Davis, Schaff started his banking career a decade ago as a mortgage loan originator. He’s worked in bank branch environments and as part of a national real-estate company. He transitioned into mortgage loan origination management in 2007.
AMC Engineers has hired mechanical engineers Christian Dougherty and Dennis Hansen. Dougherty has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage. He has been working on the UAA Beatrice McDonald Hall Building Renewal, the Dena’ina Health and Wellness Clinic, and the Napaskiak Replacement School. Hansen graduated cum laude from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has been working on the Blood Bank of Alaska building, the UAA Seawolf Sports Arena and the UAA Engineering Building.
ASRC Energy Services has hired Joel Whitley as general counsel. Whitely joins AES and its family of companies from Arctic Slope Regional Corp. where he served as senior corporate counsel. Before coming to Alaska, Whitley was an attorney at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech and followed by a law degree from the University of Chicago. ASRC Energy Services also promoted Alan Growden to general manager of its E&P Technology subsidiary, which provides high-end technical consulting, project management, and on and off-site planning to the oil and gas industry. In addition to his new role, he will also continue as the senior business analyst for ASRC Energy Services’ professional services group that includes Regulatory and Technical Services, Engineering, E&P Technology, and Response Operations. Growden has been with the AES family of companies since 1994.
USKH Inc. Executive Vice President D. Lance Mearig was recently certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute. Mearig, who has been with USKH since 1994, is responsible for risk management, firm administration, ownership transactions, and human resources. Mearig is a principal of the firm and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and a past member of the Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University.