Movers & Shakers 7/19/15
The following realtors were awarded the Graduate, Realtor Institute, or GRI, designation by the Alaska Association of Realtors on June 19. These realtors were awarded the designation after completing more than 67 hours of classroom instruction and examinations, covering subjects such as contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction. They are: Andrea Gribbin, Jack White Real Estate, Anchorage; David Johnson, RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley, Wasilla; Yvonne Lee-Kuehn, Lee Realty, LLC, Wasilla.
Jason Carlson has been promoted to Camp Services vice president of operations for NANA Management Services, or NMS. NMS Camp Services, a division of NMS, provides services to people living and working in remote camps like the North Slope and Red Dog Mine. Services include food service; housekeeping, janitorial, and laundry services; water and wastewater services; billeting; commissary management; and facilities maintenance and management. NMS Camp Services also manages the BP Building in midtown Anchorage. NMS is the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska and has provided services to the North Slope for 40 years. Most recently, Carlson served as director of operations and provided oversight to Red Dog, Eni, Badami, Nixon Fork, PGI, Veritas, Dahl Creek, Bornite, Hilcorp, and Alyeska Camps/Contracts. Prior to working with NMS, Carlson held several positions with Alaska Airlines, including operations and customer service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz named Andrew Halcro as the new director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority. ACDA is part of the mayor’s plan to aggressively develop downtown and other areas of Anchorage. Prior successful ACDA projects include developments in Mountain View and Government Hill. Halcro grew up in Anchorage, attended local public schools and the University of Alaska Anchorage. For the last 30 years he has managed extensively in the private sector, including roles as the CEO of Avis Rent a Car of Alaska, and most recently as the President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He is a former two-term Republican state legislator representing Sand Lake, and is currently chair of the 90% by 2020 education initiative and is a past board member of AEDC, Visit Anchorage, Anchorage Downtown Partnership and School Business Partnership.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Michael Pawlowski will serve as deputy chief of staff for Coordination of Alaska and Washington, D.C. Affairs beginning Aug. 3. He will join Kate Williams, who serves as deputy chief of staff coordinating Murkowski’s legislative priorities. Pawlowski joined Murkowski’s personal office after spending six months working as senior energy policy advisor in the Senate Energy Committee. A graduate of Alaska Pacific University, Pawlowski has also worked for the Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co., the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, the Alaska State Legislature and as the deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue.
Erickson Inc., a global provider of aviation services, named Michael Williams as the company’s Alaska regional manager. Erickson is expanding its presence in the Alaskan market and has created this leadership position to directly serve local customers. Williams will direct day-to-day activities for all Alaska operations from Erickson’s Merrill Field Hanger in Anchorage and will promote future expansion in the region. The company currently has facilities in Anchorage, Nome and Deadhorse. Erickson has more than 50 years of experience serving Alaska, and currently operates locally supporting customers in the areas of firefighting, oil and gas operations support, cargo and passenger transport, and power line transmission aerial support. Before entering private industry, Williams served in the United States Air Force as a structural engineering specialist. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering business management from the University of Texas-Arlington, and attended the United States Air Force Academy.