Movers & Shakers February 11, 2001
Randy Sears has joined Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co. as vice president/senior markets strategist and portfolio manager. Sears most recently served as manager of fixed income investments at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. in Juneau. Lisa Sealy has joined APCM as securities operations officer. Sealy previously held positions with Alaska USA Trust Co. and Key Bank Alaska. Sealy has experience in securities clearing and settlement, administration and systems. Petter Jahnsen has been appointed chief investment officer. Jahnsen joined the firm in 1994 and previously served as senior vice president and as a portfolio manager. The company has appointed Bert Wagnon senior vice president. Wagnon has served as a vice president and portfolio manager since 1995.
Tim Bryner has joined the Anchorage office of Eagle Insurance Cos. as regional underwriting manager. Bryner most recently served as the underwriting manager for the Anchorage division of Fremont Compensation. Bryner has 17 years experience in his field and will be responsible for underwriting workers’ compensation insurance for Alaska employers.
Commerce Secretary Norm Mineta has appointed Rose Ragsdale, an editor with Alaskan Publications in Anchorage, and Elary Gromhoff, an Aleut Corp. board member, to the Export Council of Alaska. Members reappointed for three-year terms include: Chuck Webber, chairman; Tony Follett, vice chairman; Joe Henri, treasurer; Chuck Becker, executive secretary; John McClellan; Lloyd Morris; Bill Noll; John Norman; Ron Sheardown; Steve Smirnoff and Carol Heyman.
April Jensen, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, recently completed a week-long professional development program with the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the program helps participants build skills to address greater member needs, tighter resources and increased competition.
Justine Polzin, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, recently completed a week-long professional development program with the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Arizona at Tucson. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the program offers continuing education for chamber of commerce and association executives.
Steve Dike has been promoted to partner, information technology, at Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. Dike, a certified public accountant and a Solomon Software certified systems engineer, has experience in implementing and converting computerized accounting systems. Dike previously owned a local accounting and technology firm. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. has promoted Jim Hasle and Noel Dike to audit senior managers. Hasle, who joined the company in 1999, is a CPA and has practiced with Grant Thornton. Dike worked for the company from 1990 until 1992 and rejoined the firm as an audit manager last March. Dike specializes in audits of utilities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations. Alex Beckman has been promoted to audit manager. Beckman joined the firm in 1996 and was licensed as a CPA in 1999. Beckman has experience in assisting tribal entities, nonprofit organizations and school districts. Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. has promoted Michelle Drew to audit manager. Drew joined the company in 1996 and was licensed as a CPA in 1999. Drew’s experience is in assisting not-for-profit organizations and governmental organizations. Tracy Hartung Daniel has been promoted to tax manager. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, Daniel worked as an internal auditor in the oil industry, and has experience in accounting and reporting, compliance auditing, and state and federal taxation.
Jonathan Prater has been chosen as the new assistant professor/coordinator of the process technology program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley campus. Prater has more than 30 years experience in education and the vocational-technical industry. Prater previously served as an adjunct instructor at the UAF Chukchi campus and as mine maintenance/mill operator instructor at the Alaska Technical Center in Kotzebue.