Movers & Shakers December 30, 2001
The Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association recently announced its 2001 Member Awards. Jeff Butcher, general manager of the Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau, received the Most Valuable Volunteer award for his efforts for the industry. Randy Comer of GCI Cable was presented the Sourdough Award for dedicating the most time to association’s causes. Jeannette Duenow of NANA Management Services, Hotel Division, received the King Midas Award for the largest financial contribution to the association.
Lucinda M. Eckert has been promoted to president of Kachemak Bay Title Agency Inc. in Homer. Eckert has been with the title company for more than 13 years, most recently serving as assistant secretary and office manager. Eckert is president of the Alaska State Escrow Association and treasurer for the American Escrow Association for 2001-2002. Jolene Grady has been promoted to assistant secretary of the company.
Kara Nyquist has joined the law firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot as an associate. Nyquist graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in 2000. Nyquist previously served as law clerk for the State of Alaska District Court at Anchorage. Nyquist’s practice focuses on representation of public utilities, regulatory proceedings and general litigation.
Larry Hatswell has joined The Chariot Group Inc. as an account manager. Hatswell most recently worked for the Visual Systems Division of 3M Alaska. Hatswell has been in the audio-visual presentation industry, specializing in multimedia projectors and presentation products since 1989.
Swee Lin Hines has been appointed a sales agent for the Alaska General Office of New York Life Insurance Co. Hines’ office is located in Anchorage. Hines previously worked for American Credit Card Systems. Hines speaks several languages including Malaysian, Indonesian, Cantonese, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects and plans to use them in her work.
The architectural and planning firm of Bezek-Durst-Seiser has hired Hayden Van Wormer as a computer-aided design specialist. Van Wormer is majoring in architectural engineering technology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to graduate next summer.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board members elected for 2002 are: Tim Pope, Natron Air; Barb Elson, individual chamber member, and Mike Frost, First National Bank Alaska. Continuing on the chamber board are: Lisa Wimmer, Dan Mortenson, Dena Cunningham, Paul Gray, Betty Obendorf, Mike Sweeney and Kurt Olson.
Barry Begenyi has received his professional engineer license. Begenyi has worked for Haight & McLaughlin, Consulting Electrical Engineers, for two years providing electrical design, project management and construction administration services. Begenyi provided design services for the recently remodeled Bartlett Regional Hospital cafeteria and the Southeast Regional Health Consortium. Begenyi developed the electrical system design for the City of Fairbanks’ new police station and continues to assist with construction issues.
Darren Venters has been appointed as product support manager for N C Machinery Co. in Anchorage. Venters will oversee product support activities in the company’s construction machinery branches which include Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Dutch Harbor. Venters most recently worked as N C’s Seattle area sales manager for the forestry, governmental, waste, heavy construction and the trailer markets. Venters began his career with the company in 1974 and has held a number of management positions within N C Machinery.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded Syun-Ichi Akasofu the distinction of fellow. Akasofu is director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Akasofu received the award for his contributions to the study of the aurora borealis and to the understanding of the sun and Earth’s atmosphere. Akasofu has served as director of the center since 1999 and previously was employed as director of UAF’s Geophysical Institute for 13 years.