Movers & Shakers 03/15/15
Chris Poulsen, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., recently passed the Professional Engineers exam, earning his P.E. license in the state of Alaska. Poulsen joined the R&M team in May 2013, and has eight years of experience working on public and private civil engineer and survey projects. Poulsen is a graduate of Utah State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Molly Logelin of RIM Architects has earned professional registered architectural licensure in the state of Colorado. Logelin joined RIM in 2006 and has served as an architectural intern while earning certification as a Construction Document Technician and Revit Architecture Professional. She will pursue Alaska architectural licensure at the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects quarterly meeting in May 2015. Logelin has played a key role on many RIM projects, including the International & C Street Office Building and the Winterberry Charter School, both in Anchorage, and the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow.
Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Bradley Leathers, branch manager for Northrim’s Sitka Branch and the promotion of Leary David, branch manager for the bank’s Huffman Branch. Leathers began his banking career in 2007 with Wells Fargo in Ketchikan. There he served as assistant to the district president providing administrative support to 11 retail branches. Most recently, he was the branch manager for Wells Fargo in Skagway. Leathers joins Northrim with a wealth of knowledge of Southeast Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. David has worked at Northrim Bank since 2006, where he started as a teller at the Midtown Financial Center. He has been a personal banker, branch specialist, branch supervisor, and assistant manager during his time at Northrim. David holds a degree in marketing management from San Beda College, Philippines.
The Wilson Agency is proud to announce that Vice President and Senior Employee Benefits Advisor Jennifer Bundy-Cobb has been chosen as a 2015 inductee for the Anchorage ATHENA Society. The ATHENA Society is an international organization dedicated to encouraging the potential of women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Bundy-Cobb, along with nine other women from the Anchorage business community will be inducted into the organization during the annual Anchorage ATHENA Society Luncheon on March 30 at the Dena’ina Center. Bundy-Cobb was awarded this nomination due to her commitment promoting and mentoring women. The Athena award was also based on her extensive credentials and accomplishments as a leader in our business community, to include having served on the board of several organizations and receiving prestigious awards, such as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 in 2003 and the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters, Bob Hagen Award in 2010.
InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, announced that David Hale has been appointed to its national board. Hale is president, founder and owner of Hale & Associates Inc., a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency in Fairbanks. Hale joined an insurance company team in 1986 that would later become Willis of Alaska. He rose through the ranks to president/CEO and when Willis left Alaska in 2007, Hale founded Hale & Associates. He has served as president of the Alaska Independent Agents & Brokers for two separate terms and is the Big “I” national state director from the Last Frontier state. Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Marian Taylor to the position of Procurement Center Representative for the Area VI Office of Government Contracting, which includes the state of Alaska. Taylor takes over for Marichu Relativo, who is the Deputy District Director for SBA’s Alaska District Office. Taylor has held a variety of government positions throughout her career all with military installations across Alaska, including Forts Wainwright and Richardson, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the Regional Contracting Office Alaska. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director for the Office of Small Business Programs at the Army Contracting Command, Fort Wainwright.
Ahtna Inc. and family of companies announced David O’Donnell has joined the Ahtna team as president of Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corp. O’Connell will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. O’Connell brings to Ahtna 25 years of experience in the management of civil construction, operation and maintenance organizations. He has spent the last 10 years as vice president and general manager over civil construction for the Bristol Alliance of Companies, an Alaska Native owned corporation with more than $150 million in revenues.
Two staff members from the Alaska Division of Insurance were recently recognized for their expertise in insurance regulation, as recipients of the 2014 National Association of Insurance Commissioners Insurance Regulator Professional Designation Program. Regulations Specialist Chip Wagoner received the Professional in Insurance Regulation designation, and Investigator John Holley received his Associate Professional designation. An NAIC designation signifies that a regulator has mastered a broad range of regulatory competencies.
The Interior Gas Utility board of directors elected a new board chair and vice chair March 3. Vice Chair Mike Meeks was elected as the chair, and Frank Abegg was elected as the vice chair. Their terms began immediately. The IGU board was faced with electing new leadership positions after Chair Bob Shefchik officially resigned to be the team lead for the Interior Energy Project. His resignation was accepted at the March 3 meeting and took effect immediately.
Christine V. Williams, who most recently served as vice president and general counsel of the Bering Straits Native Corp., has joined the Anchorage office of the national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner. Also joining the firm’s Seattle office are Lisa Marchese and three other partners from Dorsey & Whitney, who represent some major Alaska-based clients. The group will enhance the firm’s government contracting, litigation and construction practices. Before joining the Bering Straits Native Corp., Williams was a partner at Perkins Coie LLP in Anchorage (2009-14) and an attorney at Patton Boggs LLP, also in Anchorage (2005-09). At both firms, Williams practiced with the government contracting and/or construction groups.