Movers & Shakers March 4, 2001
Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Ken Freeman as his special assistant for business and gas pipeline development. Freeman previously served as executive director of the Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc. and formerly worked as staff member for the Alaska Legislature. One of Freeman’s key responsibilities will be to track issues regarding development of a gas pipeline.
Resource Data Inc. has hired Syeda Khanam as a programmer/analyst. Khanam, who has earned a master of business administration degree, is fluent in various computer languages and has expertise in software development. Glen Greene has joined the company as a geographic information systems technician. Greene is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Greene has experience automating 3-D mechanical design.
Bernie Klouda, owner of Bernie’s United Drug in Anchorage, has been elected secretary of the 1,100-member United Drugs cooperative of independent pharmacies. Klouda is a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and a past president of the Alaska Pharmaceutical Association.
Nan Mundy has joined Northern Economics Inc. as an economic policy analyst. Mundy received her doctorate in public administration and policy from Portland State University. Mundy’s duties will include research and data analysis for Northern Economics’ clients.
Northrim Bank has promoted Catherine Claxton to vice president of commercial real estate lending. Claxton develops and maintains a commercial real estate loan portfolio, provides commercial lines of credit, and is active in new business development. Claxton joined the bank in 1994 and has more than 15 years banking experience. Northrim has hired Shirlene Wells as assistant vice president, construction loan supervisor in the bank’s construction lending department. Wells supervises the department’s support personnel and manages the workflow between them and the construction loan officers. Wells has more than 26 years of real estate lending experience.
Andrew J. Schell has been promoted to chief operating officer of Tikigaq Corp. Schell, a certified public accountant, has served as chief financial officer for the corporation since joining the firm in August. Schell is responsible for all operations and management staff in the Anchorage office. Schell has more than 20 years of financial and management experience.
Credit Union 1 in Anchorage recognized the following individuals at its recent annual employee dinner. Nancy Roman received the President’s Award for hiring and retaining quality personnel in a tight labor market. Annette Linehan was chosen Manager of the Year for her administrative assistance to a statewide branch system. Penny Furnish was recognized as Boss of the Year for guiding, coaching and motivating employees. Nicki Eshleman was selected Branch Manager of the Year for successfully operating a "remote" branch while exceeding loan and operational goals. Alana Wooten became Assistant Branch Manager of the Year by demonstrating professionalism and positive attitude in assisting members and co-workers. Earnest Howard received the Zip Zaber Award for dedication to teamwork, cooperation and community contributions.
Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Diane Jacqueline Heard of Eagle River to the State Board of Education and Early Development. Heard served the last five years as executive director of the Alaska Women’s Resource Center in Anchorage. Heard previously worked at KSKA public radio, first as business manager and later as general manager.
Eugene Asicksik and Sandra Moller have been elected to the World Trade Center Alaska board of directors for 2001. Asicksik is president and chief executive of Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. Moller, who also was elected to serve as board secretary, is chief executive of Aleut Enterprise Corp. Ron Lance, general manager of United Airlines, was re-elected as board chairman.
The Anchorage Assembly has authorized the appointments of Ralph Samuels and Morry Hollowell, both Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board members, to municipal commissions. Samuels was appointed to the Budget Advisory Commission. Samuels, past chamber chairman, is operations manager for Pen Air. Hollowell, vice president of Yukon Equipment, was appointed to the Port Commission. Denise Thompson, chamber staff member and clean-up program coordinator, also was appointed to the budget commission. In addition Sue Linford, of Linford of Alaska and past chamber chairwoman, was appointed to the Port Commission.
William Anderson Jr. of Kodiak has joined Koniag Inc. as senior vice president of finance and administration. Anderson is a former member of the Koniag board of directors. Anderson most recently served as finance director of Afognak Native Corp. and previously served as vice president finance at ICRC Inc., a second-tier subsidiary of Koniag.
Kristi Brenock has joined Providence Alaska Medical Center as marketing coordinator. Brenock most recently was employed as communications manager in the university relations department at Ball State University in Indiana. Brenock has six years of marketing and public relations experience.
Rodney D. Udd, president of Anchorage Chrysler Center Inc., was chosen as a recipient of the 2001 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award. Udd was honored at the opening of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention held recently in Las Vegas. Udd is one of 61 dealers from more than 20,500 nationwide nominated for the 32nd annual award. The program recognizes new car dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and for distinguished community service.
Thomas A. Turner of Alaska Business Insurance recently attended the Arizona Institute, an advanced professional development program held annually by the Society of Financial Service Professionals in Tucson, Ariz. Turner is a chartered life underwriter. Turner has been employed by the firm for 10 years and has 28 years of insurance industry experience. The institute features five days of educational programs that include topics such as regulatory challenges, business planning strategies, estate preservation, long-term care issues and retirement planning needs.
John Wheatley has joined Brady & Co. as senior vice president. Wheatley has been in the surety profession for 30 years, spending the last 18 years in Alaska. Wheatley most recently was employed by E&S Brokers and previously by Willis of Alaska.