Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

11-year wait for Olympics comes with risks for LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By 2028, a new stadium being built for the Rams and the Chargers will have been beaten up by nearly a decade of NFL games. The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse.

So much can change in 11 years.

Los Angeles’ decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders Monday as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits. But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U.S. also comes with the risks of the unknown.

Movers and Shakers for July 30

Steve Wallace has been appointed as the new Bethel District Attorney, effective July 10, after the retirement of Mike Gray. Wallace began his career in 1982 as a police officer in the City of Kodiak. He went on to serve as a police officer in Barrow and the Village of Wainwright, before becoming an attorney and joining the Department of Law in 1989 as an Assistant District Attorney in Palmer. Since then Wallace has served in Bethel, Anchorage, and, most recently, as the District Attorney in Kodiak.

Longtime Anchorage business wins Made in Alaska Award

Alaska Garden and Pet Supply, a company patronized by backyard farmers, large scale agriculture and most of Alaska’s big box stores, won the Alaska Manufacturer of the Year Award on July 24.

Also known as Alaska Mill &Feed, Chief Operating Officer Ken Sherwood and company President Joel Klessens accepted the Made in Alaska Award at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Make it Monday Forum.

Movers and Shakers for July 23

Nora Barlow, Leonard Anderson and Constance Livsey left Burr, Pease &Kurtz to form the new law firm of Barlow Anderson LLC located at 420 L Street, Suite 310, in Anchorage. They are joined by associate Martha Tansik and long-term staff. The Barlow Anderson practice deals with workers’ compensation defense, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and business transactions and formation.

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Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, hired Lynelle Davis as AP/AR specialist at its corporate office in Anchorage. Davis recently graduated with her associate’s degree in business management from Alaska Pacific University and has her business offices specialist degree from Alaska Career College. Most recently Davis worked as a program assistant for the CIRI Foundation, where she worked with Resource Data on TCF’s online application.

Alaska’s ‘Chief Encouragement Officer’

Allan Johnston has a theory about the cyclical attempts at new business ideas.

Institutional knowledge tends to turn over every eight years. Then the knowledge disappears — maybe in the form of a discouraged entrepreneur moving on to a new idea or to the Lower 48.

Alaska attracts talented people possessing good ideas who seek to set a plan in place, but few have the longevity to know what’s already been tried.

Movers and Shakers for June 25

Jason Omedelina joined Sitnasuak Native Corp. as land technician on June 5. Omedelina was born and raised in Nome. Omedelina graduated from Nome Beltz in 1996 and attended college at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Prior to joining Sitnasuak, Jason worked with Alaska Airlines over the past 16 years, and continues to work with Alaska Airlines part-time.

Movers and Shakers for June 18

Northrim Bank announced several promotions and new hires. Promotions include: Donna Fountain, associate vice president, call center assistant manager; Sarah Gaines, associate vice president, human resources operations manager; Jyah

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Resource Data Inc. has hired Breck Craig as a project manager/senior analyst to its Anchorage branch. Most recently Breck worked as a senior program manager for GCI Education. He has his MBA in IT from Western Governors University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado and is a certified project management professional

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Unlikely pair taking Alaska hospitality to next level

Partners Jason Motyka and David McCarthy are changing what it means to pass on Alaskan hospitality one plate at a time.

As what they call the “third generation” of Alaska restaurant owners, they’ve formed partnerships with lettuce growers, fishermen and meat producers. They helped a restaurant down the street — a potential competitor — just as in the old Alaska when neighbors helped neighbors.

And they incorporate unique stories of the frontier to help customers walk away in understanding of what they hope is a deeper experience.

Movers and Shakers for May 7

The U.S. Small Business Administration 2017 Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year are David McCarthy and Jason Motyka, owners of DV3 Corp. in Denali Park.

Since the Denali Park Salmon Bake was founded in 2005, DV3 has grown from one restaurant with 40 seasonal employees to two brewpubs, three restaurants, one gas station/campground and one hotel which total 120 year-round and 600 seasonal employees.

Movers and Shakers for April 30

Entrepreneurs awarded at UA competition

Congressional budget cuts mean fewer federal funds will be flowing to Alaska projects, but a 30 percent tax incentive for private enterprise on infrastructure investments lends a potential ace for rural Alaska.

That’s one of the concepts behind a winning idea at the 2017 Alaska Business Plan Competition April 21 at the Beartooth Theatre hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute.

Movers and Shakers for April 23

The Renewable Energy Alaska Project launched the Alaska Network for Energy Education and Employment in March and hired Chris McConnell as director. McConnell joins REAP from Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska where he was responsible for communications and outreach. McConnell draws from a background in writing, teaching and film production.

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