Movers & Shakers 01/11/15
ASRC Energy Services Inc. announced Scott Selzer as senior vice president, chief operating officer effective Dec. 19, 2014. Selzer began his career with AES in 2006 as a chemical technician and inventory specialist delivering chemicals and maintaining inventory on the North Slope. He was promoted to business unit manager–AES BP Alaska in 2009, business unit manager–AES CPAI Alaska in 2011 and became general manager of operations and maintenance of AES in 2012. Selzer has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including operations and maintenance of oil rigs in Southwest Kansas where he began his career. His experiences led him to design, construct, and operate his own petroleum distribution business in Kansas which grew to encompass a multi-state distribution network. His previous positions include director of manufacturing and engineering at Blue Rhino/Ferrell Gas, operations manager for CIC on the North Slope, and operations manager for Carlile Transportation Systems. He attended Hesston College in Kansas with an emphasis on aviation.
NANA Regional Corp. Inc., announced the appointment of Jens Beck as the company’s new chief financial officer effective Dec. 4, 2014. Beck will also serve as CFO of NANA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NANA Development Corp. Prior to his new position, Beck served as CFO and senior vice president at Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Energy Services. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of financial leadership positions including senior auditor of public accounting for KPMG where he obtained his CPA certification for Alaska. Beck holds a bachelor’s degree of economics from Phillips University of Marburg and a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Sheldon Fisher was appointed commissioner of the Department of Administration and Mike Hanley was re-appointed as commissioner of the Department of Education Fisher recently worked as chief operating officer at McKinley Capital Management LLC in Anchorage. Prior to McKinley, Fisher spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry both in the Lower 48 and in Alaska. Fisher worked for six years at Alaska Communications, where he served as senior vice president of sales and product marketing. Fisher earned an economics degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Yale University. Hanley holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in K-8 education. Hanley has served as commissioner of the Department of Education since 2011. Prior to serving the state, Hanley worked for the Anchorage School District for 14 years as a teacher and six years as a principal.
R&M Consultants Inc. announced the retirement of Frank Rast and John Magee, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Rast joined R&M in 1989 as a project engineer. Over the past 25 years, he worked on a variety of civil engineering projects, with a focus on site design, airports and utilities. Rast was involved in the employee purchase of R&M from its founding partner in 2002. He assumed management of the firm’s Engineering Department in 2005, and served as the firm’s principal civil engineer until his retirement. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1978, which led to a 35-year career in civil engineering, planning, design and construction administration. Magee joined R&M as a senior project engineer in 1993. Over the past 20 plus years, John worked on a variety of civil engineering projects with a focus on industrial projects such as hydroelectric facilities, dams, fuel tank farms and mining support facilities. Magee was a shareholder at R&M and served as the firm’s group manager of industrial engineering until his retirement. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1965, and obtained licensure in civil engineering in Alaska and Washington.
Teressa Saaiman joins Northrim Bank in Juneau as the branch manager for the Juneau Financial Center. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 and started working for First National Bank of Alaska as a teller. She moved to Wells Fargo in 2005 and became the branch manager for all Juneau branches in 2011. Saaiman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from South Africa.
GeoNorth has appointed Jonathan Heinsius to the newly created position of director of sales, federal programs. Heinsius has more than 18 years of direct, hands-on experience in the geospatial and remote sensing industry. In 1996, Heinsius began his career in the remote sensing industry providing technical support and services to U.S. federal and international customers for Core Software Technology, a provider of geospatial catalog and archiving systems. His responsibilities at the time included the implementation, operation, and management of a network of remote sensing, data acquisition systems installed at more than 15 ground receiving stations worldwide. Heinsius eventually became sales manager to the U.S. intelligence community for TerraGo Technologies, a provider of desktop and server software designed to increase accessibility and distribution of complex, geospatial products and solutions to GIS and non-GIS users alike. In May 2010, Heinsius joined Intermap Technologies as director of sales, and was tasked with managing Intermap’s U.S. federal business, including its defense and intelligence clients. Heinsius received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
ABC of Alaska has announced its board of directors for 2015. Officers are: Chair Jon Boone with Northstar Electric, Treasurer James Easton with Watterson Construction, Immediate Past Chair Serena O’Donnell with Willodell Enterprises, and 2015 Incoming Chair Darrin Koloski with Samson Electric. Directors serving on the board include Ron Neffendorf with Alaska Air Balancing, Paul Kovach with Spenard Builder Supply, Dave Eckroth with Parker, Smith, & Feek, Russ Lowney with Osborne Construction, Randy Johnson with Polar Supply and Matt Klebs with Klebs Mechanical Inc.
Hope Community Resources, Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency, announced the promotion of Roy T. Scheller, Ph.D., to executive director. Scheller joined the team at Hope more than 36 years ago, bringing with him a background in Anthropology and work in the field of intellectual disabilities in both New York and Massachusetts. He played a key role in developing Hope’s corporate culture and service delivery standards. Scheller has held many positions with Hope, starting in direct support and eventually serving as Hope’s deputy executive director. He has been primarily involved in the internal management of the organization as well as overseeing the growth and development of the agency on a state, national and international level.