Movers & Shakers 8/23/15
Cary Deck, a professor of economics at the University of Arkansas and the director of its Behavioral Business Research Laboratory, will serve as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Rasmuson Chair of Economics for the 2015-16 academic year. Within UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy, Deck will work with faculty to promote research and teaching excellence. He will engage students in the classroom and will advise them on undergraduate research projects. Deck’s research uses controlled laboratory experiments to investigate a wide array of topics from risk taking to choice overload. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Trade Commission, and has been published in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies, among others.
Dan Nichols is the new WHPacific Facilities Director in the company’s Anchorage office. Nichols has more than 10 years licensed experience in civil and arctic engineering and project management. In this role, Nichols oversees the Anchorage offices’ architectural, electrical, and mechanical projects. Previous to WHPacific, Nichols worked as a civil engineer and project manager for Dowl Engineering in Anchorage. Nichols’ past project experience includes projects in Emmonak, Kotzebue, Gukana, Selawik, Bethel and Red Dog Mine. Nichols is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mitch Jackson, formerly a commercial banker with Wells Fargo, was hired as the commercial sales and leasing associate for Carlton Smith Company in Juneau. Jackson comes to the Carlton Smith Company with more than five years as a banker, including three years as a commercial relationship manager with Wells Fargo in Anchorage and, since 2012, in Juneau. Jackson is a member of the Juneau Economic Development Council board of directors, the Juneau Downtown Business Association, and the Gastineau Rotary Club. The Carlton Smith Company is in its 25th year as Southeast Alaska’s only real estate brokerage dedicated to commercial sales and leasing.
Arctic IT announced the addition of Mary Gasperlin to their team as an account executive. In her new role, Gasperlin will work with Alaska companies to find solutions to their IT needs with a focus on TotalCare, Arctic IT’s managed service. With more than two decades of business development and sales experience in the Alaska market, Gasperlin’s career includes growing market share for a Fortune 500 company doing business in Alaska, executing a revenue growth plan for companies that provided multi-year, multi-million dollar service contracts, and a long career in the aviation industry. Gasperlin is a long-time Alaskan resident and supports many business and non-profit organizations.
Mel “Hutch” Hutchison, a 35-year veteran of the electric utility industry, has joined ARECA Insurance Exchange as the insurance company’s new director of Loss Control effective Aug. 17. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Hutchison began his career in the electric industry as a high voltage lineman in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 2000. Following his retirement from the military, Hutchison took his skills to Chugach Electric Association, the state’s largest electric cooperative. While at Chugach, Hutchison worked as a safety specialist, manager of revenue metering, manager of maintenance and operations, and manager of safety and industrial hygiene. Hutchison most recently worked for Homer Electric Association as the systems operations supervisor. He also has numerous industry-related certifications that will assist him with his work at AIE.