Movers & Shakers 07/21/13
The University of Alaska has hired Bill Bieber as director of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service, or MAPTS. Bieber started July 1. He replaces Dennis Steffy, who recently retired after running MAPTS since the university created it in 1979. MAPTS has offices in Soldotna, Juneau and Anchorage, which serve the entire state. MAPTS is one of the university’s premiere workforce training programs, having trained more than 100,000 students in everything from underground mine safety to oil and gas drilling technology.
Alaska Native Medical Center recently appointed Dr. C. David Hightower as the new service chief of orthopedics. Hightower, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has worked at ANMC for the past year. In his new role, Hightower is responsible for clinical supervision and leadership of providers assigned to the Orthopedics Department. Hightower earned his doctorate degree in 2007 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he also completed the orthopedic surgery residency program. Originally from Anchorage, he joined ANMC in 2012 as an orthopedic surgeon.
Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. has hired four interns to their Fairbanks and Anchorage offices. Alaskan Michael Levison returns to Bettisworth North in Fairbanks after completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Montana State University. He is studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in preparation for pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. Ian Patrick also hails from Alaska and joins the Fairbanks office as a student of the Rhode Island School of Design and will complete his bachelor’s degree in architecture in three years. Rebecca Rorabaugh is a returning intern to the Anchorage office and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture from Dartmouth College. Camille Mahan joins the landscape architecture team in Anchorage, recently completing a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at Purdue University. Mahan is from Illinois and completed a previous internship in Burlington, Vt.
Pioneer Natural Resources’ Alaska Asset Team was awarded the company’s Silver Wrench Award for overcoming many challenges in 2012 yet delivering superb operational performance and an outstanding safety and environmental record to boot. The team was honored at Pioneer’s ninth annual Wrench Award ceremony after the Wrench Committee toured facilities and met with employees to hear about recent work on the North Slope. Operationally, the team executed the North Slope’s largest hydraulic fracture stimulation on its N-1 well utilizing a lower-48 style completion technique. Additionally, the team considerably improved its overall up-time by upgrading equipment and implementing new procedures and enhanced training. These efforts boosted Pioneer Alaska’s production in 2012, exceeding their goal by 13 percent. Most importantly, the team succeeded in all of their accomplishments while meeting or exceeding goals for environmental incidents: zero OSHA recordable injuries and 25 percent reduction in reportable spills.
Azia Weisz, born and raised in Tok, joined the Fine Point team as an account manager in the spring of 2013 after graduating with a double major in Management and Marketing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Fine Point is a marketing agency in Alaska that specializes in results-based targeted marketing. Fine Point specialize in reaching consumers with the media that they most use today including search engines, social media, and websites.
Randy Robertson will be new Cordova’s city manager, beginning Aug. 5. After the departure of previous Cordova city manager, Mark Lynch, in November, the Cordova City Council hired Don Moore as Interim City Manager. Under his leadership, Cordova has continued to move forward with the Cordova Center project, property tax software update, and upgrade of the North Fill shipyard. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Robertson has over seven years of city manager experience. Most recently, Robertson served the community of Vestavia Hills, Ala., which, during his tenure, was recognized as Alabama’s “Safest City” and selected in 2013 as one of the International City/County Management Association’s “Local Governance Cities.” In addition to his years of service in the role of city manager, Robertson has held senior civilian positions with the U.S. Army, to include Chief of Staff of the largest military installation in the U.S. at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Prior to his civilian service, Robertson served for 20 years as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson holds Masters degrees in Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Strategic Planning in addition to a certificate in Business Administration from Boston University and has served as Adjunct Faculty at several universities and colleges. “After a long and thorough process, City Council has made an excellent choice in hiring Mr. Robertson. His experience, leadership skills, and positive attitude will serve him well as we strive to move Cordova forward. I am excited to work with Mr. Robertson over the next few years to ensure we maintain our industry and infrastructure,” said Cordova Mayor Jim Kacsh. Moe Zamarron, Cordova Public Works Director, will serve as Acting City Manager until Mr. Robertson’s arrival in August.