Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for June 11

Dale Smythe joined Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. as a senior architect. Born and raised in Anchorage, Smythe brings 17 years of experience in support of Bettisworth North’s commitment to sustainable, comprehensive design solutions for the Alaskan environment. His dedication to meeting clients’ needs through unique facility design has resulted in award-winning designs for the Eielson Fitness Center at the Eielson Air Force Base. In the last five years, Smythe has designed and managed nearly $100 million construction dollars in rural Alaskan school projects. He was recently appointed to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Bond Reimbursement and Grant Review Committee. Bob Cox was appointed as president and CEO of Bristol Bay Industrial Fuels, a newly-formed member company of Bristol Bay Industrial LLC. Cox is a 22-year veteran of the downstream fuel industry, having held senior management positions at Crowley Fuels and Petro Marine Services. In his new role, Cox will have executive oversight of BBI member companies, Bristol Alliance Fuels and PetroCard, and will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan to grow BBI’s fuels sales and distribution. Cox came to Alaska from San Francisco in 1991 after a 14-year career with the Southern Pacific Railroad to join the Alaska Railroad as vice president, operations. He holds a master’s degree in transportation engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and ocean engineering from Virginia Tech. Terry Gryting, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc. as a full-time staff engineer. Gryting joined R&M’s Water Resources Group in May 2017, after graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. As part of this group, she will assist with water resources design, and provide hydrologic and hydraulic analysis support on roadway, street, airport, site development and hydropower projects. Gryting has worked with R&M as an intern since January 2017. She is currently working on the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation, where she has been responsible for delineating watershed basins and documenting drainage patterns, and the Kalifornsky Beach Road MP 9.6 Repairs, where she delineated the watershed basin, conducted flood frequency analyses, and assisted with culvert and riprap design. In addition to her degree from UAA, Terry has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in teaching Spanish, both from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Morgan Griffin, Madeline Lefton and Krystal Edens have joined her staff in her Washington, D.C., office. Griffin joins the office as a legislative assistant covering healthcare policy issues. Originally from Juneau, Morgan went to Portland State University for undergraduate school and has her juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Superior Court Judge Phillip M. Pallenberg in Juneau and then joined the civil litigation firm Hoffman &Blasco, LLC. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Griffin served on the Board of Governors for the Alaska Bar Association as the New Lawyer Liaison and on the Juneau Human Rights Commission. Lefton joins the office as a legislative assistant handing policy issues including transportation, telecommunications, and finance. Originally from Homer, Lefton attended Dartmouth College and then worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature from 2008-2011. She then attended Lewis and Clark Law School where she was editor-in-chief of the Environmental Law Review. She worked as a consultant to various private equity and development groups prior to coming to Capitol Hill. Edens joins the office as assistant to the chief of staff and intern coordinator. Edens previously worked on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and interned for Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania’s 16th District. Edens studied at the Christ for the Nations Institute and graduated from Homer High School in 2011.

Movers and Shakers for June 4

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 Daniel White was selected to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. White will succeed UAF Interim Chancellor Dana Thomas and will assume his new position on July 1. White, a Fairbanksan with a long university career, is currently vice president for academic affairs and research for the University of Alaska System. He joined UAF’s faculty in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He then served in successive administrative roles within UAF. In 2005, White accepted an appointment as interim director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, the research unit of UAF’s College of Engineering and Mines. After a national search, he was hired as director of INE in July 2006. In 2010, he was appointed as the associate vice chancellor for research. With this appointment, he became head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. In late 2014, White was named interim vice chancellor for research at UAF and in March 2015 he became the UA System vice president for academic affairs and research. Michael Huston was hired to serve as executive vice president and chief lending officer of Northrim Bank, effective immediately. Huston will manage all loan production including commercial lending, commercial real estate and residential construction lending for the bank as well as Northrim Funding Services. Huston was formerly with First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. headquartered in Billings, Mont., rising to the level of executive vice president and chief banking officer after serving as regional president in Wyoming overseeing the Casper, Jackson, Riverton, Cheyenne, and Laramie markets, as well as serving as a commercial loan manager earlier in his career. Huston earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, graduating magna cum laude, with a President’s Scholarship from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has hired Mike Klopfer to serve as financial advisor in Anchorage. Klopfer holds a degree in biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has served as a financial planner since 2003. First National Bank Alaska recently hired loan officer Zac Hays and announced his appointment to vice president. A lifelong Alaskan, Hays has spent more than 20 years working as a banker in the state. At FNBA, he will work to provide commercial banking opportunities and financial solutions to Alaska businesses. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announced that Steve Wackowski will be his senior advisor for Alaskan Affairs. Wackowski grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Bartlett High School before attending St. Mary’s University in California. He is a major in the Air Force Reserve, with service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. Wackowski previously worked for the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Fairweather Science, and as campaign manager for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s successful 2016 re-election effort. Wackowski, who was a named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2015, will be based in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for May 28

Angela Cox, a lifelong Alaskan from Barrow, will join Rasmuson Foundation as vice president of external affairs on June 5. She is currently the vice president of administration for Arctic Slope Native Association, a nonprofit tribal health organization that operates the hospital in Barrow. Previously, Cox served as director of foundation and endowment development for Arctic Slope Regional Corp., where she set up and served as acting director for the Arctic Slope Community Foundation. She has also worked as a research and communications consultant for Ford Foundation in New York. Cox earned an MPA from the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree in communication with honors from the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, where she served as a student member of the board of regents her final year. Cox serves as a member of the Alaska Community Foundation Board and as a member of the Foraker Operations Board. Cox began her career as a communications intern with Rasmuson Foundation in 2004. Chugach Electric Association members elected Stuart Parks and re-elected Harry Crawford to the utility’s board of directors. Crawford, Parks, and Ron Stafford ran for the two seats that were open this year. Crawford will serve a three-year-term, and Parks will serve a four-year term. Following the annual meeting, the board met to elect officers to serve for the next year. Janet Reiser and Sisi Cooper were re-elected as board chair and treasurer, respectively; Bettina Chastain was elected as vice-chair; and Jim Henderson was elected as secretary. RE/MAX Dynamic Properties welcomed Stefan Hajdukovich, Perla Cruz and Aurora Courtney to the team. Hajdukovich is a lifelong Alaskan with family ties going back three generations. He was a collegiate cross-country skier at University of Alaska Fairbanks and completed his bachelor’s of business administration/finance. Cruz was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Anchorage at the end of 2009. She is currently attending University of Alaska Anchorage to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management and marketing, focusing on her long term goal to become a philanthropist. Alaskan born and raised, Courtney has a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from UAA. She previously worked as a project manager permitting, maintaining regulatory compliance, and securing right of way for over 110 large-scale Alaskan projects. As a side venture, Courtney has been managing her own corporate rentals and working with friends to buy and sell real estate for 14 years and recently left the oil and gas industry to pursue her passion in real estate full time.

Movers and Shakers for May 21

Sitnasuak Native Corp. promoted Lucille Sands to corporate compliance officer. Sands was originally hired in October 2016 as a project administrator working primarily in contracts administration. Sands’ previous positions include staff accountant and customer service manager with Bering Air Inc.; accounting specialist and stockholder registrar with Bering Straits Native Corp.; Eskimo Walrus Commission specialist and accounting specialist with Kawerak Inc.; franchise business consultant with Subway Development of Southwest Washington Inc.; staff accountant with PenAir and most recently as contracts administrator with Bering Straits Native Corp. Sands is Inupiaq, and originally from Nome and Teller. She received a bachelor of business administration with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association hired Bob O’Bryant to lead all operational and marketing efforts at Cannon Fish Co., a seafood processing and marketing firm located in Kent, Wash. O’Bryant is succeeding Pat Rogan as president. Rogan will continue his work into June to help ensure a smooth and successful transition. O’Bryant is a seasoned professional known throughout the industry for his management and ability to produce, brand and market value‐added seafood products. He most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for Bellingham, Wash.‐based Bornstein Seafood. The majority of O’Bryant’s career had been spent at Pacific Seafood Group, where he served in many capacities including the general manager of Starfish, a consumer packaged goods brand known for developing and launching a successful gluten‐free breaded seafood line, general manager of Salmolux, the smoke salmon division and as the PSG marketing director. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several promotions and additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. The promotions are Severin Wiggenhorn to senior counsel, Brianne Miller to senior professional staff and energy policy advisor, Annie Hoefler to professional staff member, Melissa Enriquez to executive assistant, and Jason Huffnagle to digital content manager. The new hires are Lane Dickson and Dr. Ben Reinke as professional staff members, Barbara Repeta as a Bevinetto Fellow, Robert Ivanauskas as a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission detailee, Sean Solie as a staff assistant, and John Starkey as a non-designated staff assistant. The University of Alaska Southeast announced that the following faculty have been selected as this year’s Faculty Excellence Award winners. Teaching Award: Reid Brewer, Ph.D., associate professor of Fisheries Technology, Sitka; Adjunct Instruction Award: Roby Littlefield, adjunct instructor of Alaskan language, Sitka; Faculty Advising Award: Leslie Gordon, M.S., associate professor, health information management, Sitka; Research Award: Brian Buma, Ph.D., assistant professor of forest ecosystem ecology, School of Arts &Sciences; Service Award: Math Trafton, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, Sitka.

Movers and Shakers for May 14

Coffman Engineers promoted Tony SlatonBarker to principal of energy and sustainability. He was born and raised in Alaska and has been a principal since the beginning of 2016. SlatonBarker first started at Coffman Engineers in 2000. He is a licensed civil engineer and structural engineer in Alaska and a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional. He has more than 24 years of project management experience in civil/structural engineering, building, and environmental engineering industries. SlatonBarker has worked on many alternative energy projects that have required integration with conventional heating systems including wind, solar and other systems. Coffman is currently working on: Lithium ion battery storage facility projects in Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, and California; microgrid projects in Oregon and Alaska; solar projects in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam; a flywheel project in Alaska; combined heat and power projects in Alaska and Oregon; and, Coffman has recently completed a biomass district heat system in Alaska serving 15 buildings. Bristol Bay Alaska Tourism announced three executive position changes. Sarah Fullhart is adding to her responsibilities as general manager of Mission Lodge and will now serve as vice president of guest services for BBAT. Sean Petersen is the new director of flight operations for Katmai Air and Suzanne Lohr has taken on the role of accounting analyst. As BBAT director of flight operations, Petersen will oversee the eight aircraft in Katmai Air’s fleet, as well as pilot hiring and training. He grew up in and around Katmai Lodge and served as chief pilot for Katmai Air. Petersen will be based at Kulik lodge for most of the summer and will oversee the air operations for the popular King Salmon to Brooks Lodge flights. As BBAT accounting analyst, Lohr will manage payroll and financial forecasting for all of the Katmai business units as well as Mission Lodge. She comes to BBAT from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. where she was its subsidiary and trust accountant. Prior to that, Lohr worked in various accounting positions at the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Kakivik Asset Management. Resource Data Inc. has hired Alec Zoeller as a GIS programmer/analyst to its Anchorage branch. Zoeller has a master’s degree in the GIST Program from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland. Most recently he worked for Leidos Corp. as their geospatial analyst, engaged in the collection and production of high-resolution 3D foundational geospatial data. Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren LLC added two associate attorneys to the firm. Chad and Elle Darcy joined Hughes White in August and November of 2016, respectively. Chad Darcy graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2014 where he twice made dean’s list. He was also recognized by the The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction with a CALI Award for Writing in Law Practice. Before entering law school, Darcy spent nearly nine years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps earning the rank of captain as a Cobra helicopter pilot and joint terminal attack controller. Based out of Marine Corps Air Station New River and Camp Lejeune, he served overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East. Elle Darcy graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2014. Winner of the law school’s Susan McCrary Scholarship in 2013, Elle Darcy was also published in the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business that same year. Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren, LLC was founded in 1939, as Davis &Renfrew in Anchorage. Matthew Duffield, LPN, has been named a Regional Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Services, an established provider of home healthcare, healthcare staffing, behavioral care, and population health and wellness services. The nurse and resident of Anchorage is being recognized for providing more than two years of quality, personalized care to a quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent nine-year-old patient. Under Duffield’s care, both in the home and at school, the patient is able to participate in extracurricular activities that improve his quality of life. In school, Duffield is part of the class, helping his patient gain confidence and independence. A panel of judges selected Duffield and three other regional winners, all of whom will be recognized at a special awards ceremony hosted by Maxim Healthcare Services in Baltimore, Md., on July 25. Crowley Fuels has funded four Alaska Air Carriers Association 2017 Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarships. The students — Zelek McNeilly, Levi Michael, Taylor Harvey and Jayden Wilson — will receive scholarships to support their educational pursuits in aviation maintenance, professional piloting or aviation administration. McNeilly, class of 2019, is a University of Alaska Anchorage sophomore from Anchorage, who has declared a major of professional piloting, with intentions of pursuing a career as a commercial pilot in Alaska after graduation. Michael, from Nikiski, is a University of Alaska Fairbanks senior pursuing an aviation technology degree, with plans of starting a career in aviation maintenance. A third-generation pilot, Michael has a goal of first completing his two-year degree, then continuing to earn an associate’s degree (to become a commercial pilot) as well as a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and/or Powerplant certification. Harvey, class of 2019, is a UAF sophomore from Unalakleet, majoring in aviation maintenance with the intent of becoming both a commercial pilot and aircraft mechanic in Alaska. His plans include completing his two-year degree and then attending ATP Flight School, in Las Vegas before returning to Alaska to work. Wilson, class of 2019, is also from Unalakleet. He is a UAA sophomore pursuing an aviation maintenance degree, with the goal of becoming both a commercial pilot for Ravn Airlines and a bush pilot. Exposed to flying at the age of eight when he rode aboard his father’s assistant’s plane, his plans now include completing his two-year degree while also earning his A&P certification and pilot’s license. He intends to return to his hometown to work after graduation.

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. That’s the philosophy of Denali Visions 3000 Corp., owners Motyka and McCarthy, and it earned them Small Business Administration Small Business Persons of the Year Award for Alaska in 2017. Under the heading of DV3 Corp, the partners own Prospectors Historic Pizzeria &Alehouse, Denali Crow’s Nest Cabins, the Overlook restaurant at the Crow’s Nest, the Denali Park Salmon Bake, 49th State Brewing Co., Miners Market at McKinley RV and Campgrounds in Healy, and the 49th State Brewing Co., in Anchorage located at the former Snow Goose Restaurant on Third Avenue. “By far, DV3 stood out among the other competition,” said Scott Swingle, the U. S. Small Business Administration Northern Area manager. “Their job creation and what they’ve provided, and not just rural Alaska but for the state, was amazing. They are a brick in our economy.” Their achievement is especially notable in a state wavering in its dependence on government and oil, Swingle said. Each business was reinvented or created anew. Community networking to help other small businesses succeed is a keystone SBA value. Another one is job creation. Between Denali Park, Healy and Anchorage, they employ upward of 600 people each summer season. Distinguishing their “brand” from big international chains at work in the Alaska tourism market, DV3 seeks out the small state producers and transporters to fill its daily fare at venues and give patrons a truly Alaskan meal. How this nest of companies came about is all under the heading of a “Alaska Hospitality,” McCarthy said, that seeks to go beyond what the cruise ship lines and chain companies market as Alaska. The first generation of café owners of the homesteading days are long gone now. A second generation that created many of the beloved establishments of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s are retiring now, “and there’s not a lot of young entrepreneurs to step in and take their place, Moytka said. “We pick unique historical businesses, like the cabins in Denali, and the history of that. If there aren’t enough companies like ours to preserve unique Alaska businesses, then they will be bought by chains or phased out,” Motyka said. “They’ll (chains) bring in their own labor force. There won’t be a lot left for young entrepreneurs.” But these unique Alaska businesses often need new ingredients for success based on how tastes changed over the past decade: a hamburger and fries isn’t just that nowadays. It’s a “brand” or needs to be an existential experience every bit as memorable as the filet mignon at a five-star restaurant, McCarthy said. The ol’ Salmon Bake start Under the ownership of Jason Motyka, 26 years old at the time, the business began with the Salmon Bake in Denali Park in 2005. The restaurant he purchased began with a dirt floor in 1984 by “two guys in the park.” A few cabins out back were rentals. In the ‘80s, people brought their own buckets of water to flush the toilet. The menu was written on paper plates. Its rustic frame was atop permafrost, which shifted above each frost and thaw so “there weren’t many 90-degree angles,” said Ellen Maloney, promotions director for DV3 Corp. But it was tall on Alaska character as a Denali landmark. Under Motyka, it was a thriving restaurant and the hub of nightlife at Denali Park, but the food had “quality issues.” The Salmon Bake had a flush toilet and a real floor by the time Chicago culinary artist David McCarthy rode up on his motorcycle in 2006. He had taken a trip north for a vacation. Conversations led to McCarthy taking over the kitchen at the Salmon Bake that summer. But as he set about revamping the menu, the graduate of Kendall College in Chicago with a degree in culinary arts questioned parts of the operation. “I asked ‘why were we buying Alaska fish from a Washington business that then ships the fish back to us?’” McCarthy said. Motyka, a lifelong Alaskan raised in Anchorage’s Airport Heights area, labored to explain that’s how it goes with Alaska caught fish processed Outside then sold back in-state. McCarthy wanted none of that. They began contracting with Homer fisherman Billy Sullivan for salmon, crab and other seafood. (Later they would buy all their produce from local farmers and meat from local producers.) “David was just what we needed,” Motyka recalled. “In the fall when he was heading back, I told him he could go back to Chicago and open his own restaurant, or he could stay, be a pioneer and become part of dynamic changes.” McCarthy, 32 at the time, chose to become a pioneer. It was in 2008 that Motyka and his partner won their first SBA Small Business Persons of the year award. At the time, the SBA press release stated: “During the three years since the team incorporated their business and leased the facilities, (The Salmon Bake) has shown a 350 percent increase in revenues over the previous owners’ best year and added sixty-five new full- and part-time seasonal jobs to the area.” Between 2009 and 2014, Motyka and McCarthy established the other businesses in Denali Park and Healy to serve the seasonal crowds coming from all over Alaska and via tour buses and the Alaska Railroad from cruise ships. Three years after McCarthy attended a Master Brewing program at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, they installed a 15-barrel system and started the 49th State Brewing Co in Healy, in 2013. By their own admission, they made an odd team. The big city chef whose urban upbringing taught him not to trust strangers thought that the object in business is to beat your competitors out of the market. A more trusting Motyka, who graduated with a business degree from Western Washington University, believed in the spirit of welcoming newcomers and that Alaska people tend to take care of one another. “On the way to Washington, D.C., (for the SBA award ceremonies,) I thought about that,” McCarthy said. Together they seemed to meld a new mentality for conducting business: “We need to help our neighbors succeed, then we succeed,” McCarthy said. Swingle said DV3’s operations fall under the category of “exports” in a new way to think of small tourism niches. “Dollars are coming into the state from exporting the Alaska experience,” he said. “Kudos to them for what they work so hard at.” Exporting the Alaska experience Food isn’t only about what’s on the plate for travelers, McCarthy said. All the DV3 businesses aim to export an intangible experience that travelers take home. “It’s all about authenticity — the cutting edge of food and all these things. But it’s also what the background came from. The historic value is a huge part,” he said. At their newest endeavor, the 49th State Brewing Co. in the home of the former Snow Goose in downtown Anchorage, DV3 purchased a 1918 building loaded with intrigue and past. In the basement of a basement, a tunnel leading somewhere in the direction of the old Federal Building across Third Avenue ends abruptly. Why is it there? “We don’t know. It’s covered with rebar,” Motyka said. “This was the Elks Lodge for a lot of years. We’re told that one out of every six pioneers who came to Alaska was a member of the Elk’s Lodge. The building had a bowling alley, three bars, a theatre where they had something called the Purple Bubble Ball. “Some of the most influential men of the day met here. It’s a very fascinating historic building, built like a bomb shelter. It survived everything since 1918 and the 1964 Earthquake as well.” After operating in Interior Alaska for the past 12 years, taking on an Anchorage business was a big plunge, Motyka and McCarthy said. The property overlooking Cook Inlet and Sleeping Lady Mountain came with the brewery when Snow Goose owner Gary Klopfer sold it to them. DV3 set to work transforming the 28,000-square foot interior to the 49th State Brewing Co. They went to Alaska materials artists for ambiance. Grady Keyser built antler chandeliers for each room out of caribou antler sheds he gathered in Bush villages. Keyser fashioned a greeter’s desk for the front entrance from repurposed wood and antlers, something he’d never done before, said Maloney. Just as the two men have a story for everything, their Anchorage establishment is a chapter in each corner you look. A whiskey wall behind the bar was built from old shed parts taken from Motyka’s childhood home by friend and artist Mark Wedekind. River stone and slate stonework mural, walls, and the pizza oven were done by Mitch Fairweather. (He gathered the stones from creek beds and other Alaska places.) A chalk mural by Abbie Cleek shows the brewery process from beginning to bottling. A large format photograph Front Range Mural by Charlie Renfro took several months to capture — and permission from the owners of downtown’s tall buildings. While an older Alaska is plenty represented, the 21st century is as well. Plug-ins for laptops and other digital equipment are beneath the bar. An interactive screen allows patrons to say what beer they’re drinking through their phone. Trending on jobs It takes a staff of 250 to run the Anchorage 49th State in the summer. It takes another 400 to fill jobs at the Denali and Healy businesses. They hire from their own website at Denali Visions 3000 Jobs and from walk-ins. “We’re an entry level employer and so we are training them and helping them in the direction we’re going. But today’s young people are looking for more than a paycheck in a job. They are looking for something that defines them or this chapter in their lives,” McCarthy said. Being on top of trends that energize the business also draws new employees. That means training them in the hospitality trade, as it’s envisioned by Motyka and McCarthy, to see fellow employees “as a family that is also a team.” McCarthy interviews chefs through the “stage” process; a full day’s pay to work alongside him showing them how they cook. If each side likes the other, there’s a hire. Passing on their “Alaska” entrepreneurial philosophy is another training tool. “If you break down on the side of the road someone else will be there to help you. Our unique relationship with others is you try to be savvy with things you learn in a big city and combine with what you learn about Alaska hospitality,” Motyka said. A case in modeling that concept came a short time ago when a restaurant down the street found its liquor license permit hadn’t been filed in time for an event. 49th State Brewery came to the rescue by hosting their event at the restaurant. “This is a competitor, but looking at the greater good of downtown business success, we wanted to help,” McCarthy said. As for winning the Small Business Person of the Year Award 2017, the men say it validates their vision in a powerful affirmation. “At the Washington, D.C. awards, something they said was very powerful,” McCarthy said. “They said ‘you spend your life thanking all the employees working for you, and now it’s our turn to thank you for doing for our country.’” Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech about the importance of small businesses as a critical block in the American economy. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also gave a speech on entrepreneurship. All politics were set aside during the April 30 to May 6 National Small Business Week in D.C. “In hospitality we love everyone,” McCarthy said. “We don’t talk religion and politics in restaurants and bars. They talked about how we are the backbone, that small business drives America.” “It’s a tremendous honor especially after growing up in Anchorage, being able to write the next 20 years of Alaska history,” Motyka said. Naomi Klouda can be reached at [email protected]

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. In 2008, Denali Park Grocery was added and operates as a seasonal market. In the spring of 2009, Miners Market and McKinley RV &Campground — a gas station, deli, and campground — joined the family. In winter 2010, Prospector’s Pizzeria &Alehouse was built using local craftsmen and opened that spring in the small tourist strip in Denali across from corporate hotels. Growth continued in 2010 with the August opening of 49th State Brewing Company — a restaurant, craft brewery, beer garden and concert venue. In 2014, DV3 purchased, rehabilitated, and reopened the Denali Crow’s Nest Cabins. The Crow’s Nest boasts 40 log cabins overlooking Denali Park and operates a fine dining restaurant called The Overlook. Demand for the 49th State beer combined with the desire to join the community in Anchorage became reality when DV3 purchased, remodeled and reopened one of Anchorage’s most historic downtown buildings as their newest brewpub on Third Avenue. Julia Niziolek has been selected for the position of executive director, insurance and investment services, for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She previously held the position of manager, administration and compliance at Alaska USA Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Niziolek has more than 13 years of experience in different sectors of the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance, as well as a master of business administration degree, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ash Grove Cement Company, the largest American-owned cement company in the United States, hired Lydia Gallagher as sales administrative assistant. She will be the point of contact on orders and shipments for the state of Alaska and will work from Ash Grove’s Bellevue, Wash., sales office. Gallagher comes to Ash Grove from Ferguson Enterprises, where she spent the last three years as client services representative providing expert product knowledge and helping customers with their orders. Dr. Kersten Johnson-Struempler, principal of South Anchorage High School, has been selected as the South Anchorage High School Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Johnson-Struempler has served as principal at for seven years. She will be honored during the 2017 Alaska Principals’ Conference at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel Oct. 22-24. Alaska Travel Adventures announced three new executive appointments. Mike Wallisch has been selected to succeed Chris Meier as vice president and chief operating officer. Sarah Lowell is ATA’s new director of sales, and Tor Wallen will be joining ATA as Skagway director of operations. For 22 years Wallisch owned and operated Alaska Adventures Unlimited, a charter sport fishing business in Sitka, before selling in 2015. Most recently he served as senior manager of operations for Steamboat Resorts, a division of Wyndham Vacation Rentals in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Lowell joins ATA after an extensive career with Era Helicopters, where she most recently served as Juneau base manager. Lowell currently serves as president of the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. Wallen, a 15-year travel industry veteran, brings a combination of operations and logistics experience. ATA’s Skagway presence includes; Alaska Motorhome Rentals, Ship Creek RV Park, self-driven Hummer tours, a Stampede hike and eat tour, and the Liarsville Trail Camp and Salmon Bake. Wallen has worked for several cruise and maritime security companies; including, Princess Cruises and Tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Coast Cruise Line, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska and American General Services.

Movers and Shakers for April 30

Blake Phillips joined Alaska Permanent Capital Management as director of institutional sales. Phillips began his career in finance as a research analyst at the global investment bank Fox-Pitt, Kelton (now acquired by Macquarie) in New York City. After five years at FPK, Phillips was recruited by the investment firm Philadelphia Financial Management of San Francisco, where he quickly rose from an analyst to portfolio manager and partner at the fund. Prior to joining Alaska Permanent Capital Management, Blake was also vice president at Oksenholt Asset Management in Oregon. Phillips is a CFA charterholder and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Simon’s Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall hired Ashlee Schneider as the center’s new director of marketing and business development. In her role at Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, Schneider will lead overall marketing strategies such as event programming, social media, guest services, public relations and advertising. Additionally, she will manage various business functions encompassing tourism, revenue generations, marketing budgets and tenant and partner relationships. Most recently, Schneider was the marketing and sales coordinator at Anchorage Downtown Partnership. Prior to that, Schneider held the position of account coordinator at Anchorage’s Spawn Ideas. Schneider earned two bachelor’s degrees in business administration, one in marketing and the second in management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Mat-Su Health Foundation has promoted Jim Beck to senior program officer and hired Telsche Thiessen as Chickaloon/Sutton community coordinator for the community collaborative project R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). As senior program officer, Beck takes on new duties, while also continuing to lead the foundation’s Healthy Aging focus area. Beck holds a master’s degree in public administration with a nonprofit management concentration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Thiessen is working to advance the mission of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su in the Chickaloon/Sutton area. R.O.C.K. Mat-Su is a collaborative project to promote family resilience and reduce child maltreatment. Thiessen has previously held positions in program coordination and administration, and she currently works as a library aide and program coordinator for the Teen Arts and Wellness Program at the Sutton Library. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Carleton College. Resource Data has hired Jonathan White as a project manager/senior analyst to its Anchorage branch. White has a master’s degree in organizational management, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and his PMP. He has more than 15 years of experience, with a strong background in management, software development and technical process management. Most recently he worked remotely as a project manager for a California company, and prior he worked for several years in different departments for Washington Sate. He recently relocated to Anchorage from his home in Olympia, Wash. For the third year in a row, GCI’s Tina Pidgeon and Bob Ormberg have been named to the Cablefax 100 list of top influencers in the nationwide cable industry. As general counsel, senior vice president of governmental affairs and chief compliance officer, Pidgeon is a member of GCI’s eight-person executive team and has helped position the company as a leader in the telecommunications industry. Ormberg has more than 30 years of experience in the cable industry and has spent the past 18 years with GCI. He is a board member for the National Cable Television Cooperative and also serves as head of its programming committee. His accomplishments include the launch of many advanced GCI products, growth in GCI’s customer base and spearheading successful negotiations with major companies such as TiVo and Netflix to offer GCI customers new, high-demand services. Pidgeon and Ormberg were awarded spots in the regional section nominations category, announced in the April edition of Cablefax: The Magazine.

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. Piper Foster Wilder carried away first place in her plan to help far-flung Alaska communities create their own mini renewable energy grids, and find private funding to do it. The idea also is to ease reliance on government funding. Wilder, currently deputy director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, leaves her position this summer to launch 60 Hertz full time. She won $2,000 prize money for her plan. Another idea caught the six-judge panel’s attention: a trio of Alaska Pacific University students who came up with a shoe that expands for swollen feet won second place. Pandere Shoe inventors Laura Oden, Cecila Crossett and Ayla Rogers also carried away the Best Student Business Plan, InnovateHER, and the Manufacturing Kicker awards. Backed by Reebok, Pandere would market a new kind of shoe that isn’t restricted by length and width measurements dominating shoe design since the Middle Ages. “Traditional sizes don’t address volume: swelling from pregnancy, diabetes and edema,” Oden said in her Beartooth stage presentation. “These are dimensionally expandable shoes that expand vertically and outwardly around the ankle.” Shown in fashionable designs, the footwear also avoids any similarity to the unattractive orthopedic shoe. The Alaska Business Plan Competition attracted 64 entrants, more than double previous years. Contestants hailed from Unalaska, Ketchikan, Juneau, Fairbanks, Akiachak, Anchorage — and Afghanistan. Marine Keith McCormick delivered his “Quick Cup” pitch via Facebook Live from Afghanistan at the event. (more about him in a minute.) Of the 41 who qualified for review, nine finalists selected by a panel competed on April 21. Entrants submitted plans to overcome current entrepreneurial hurdles. Your Kitchen Startup, a business plan for connecting small food providers to commercial kitchens, took third place for solving a “kitchen problem.” Conceived by Tammas Brown, the plan helps small culinary businesses contract with commercial grade kitchens. “A lot of these aren’t big enough to build kitchens yet and several commercial kitchens aren’t being fully used,” Brown said. “We will have standardized contracts and checklists to take the risk out of renting out the commercial kitchen for a business. We would qualify each kitchen and provide (or screen) information on the startup.” All the resources are in place. Brown, with her husband Lance Ahern, opened with a small pilot group to work out the kinks and grow from there. The idea is to be running by June. Because the 2017 competition attracted more than twice the usual number of participants, the competition illustrates how many people are interested in starting their own businesses, said Gretchen Fauske, associate director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Economic Development, and the competition’s organizer. “I think there is an upswing of people interested in their own startups for two reasons: many people in Alaska have been working to advance entrepreneurship for many years and we’re starting to see that pay off,” Fauske said. “And as jobs are going away, people get creative with business ideas. During challenging economic times, startups are more important than ever and will play an essential role.” The panel of judges consisted of Northrim Bank’s Kelly McCormack, JL Properties’ Jimmy Miner, angel investors Eric McCallum, Gary Klopfer and Angela Astle, and First National Bank Alaska’s Chad Steadman. First place winner Wilder’s business concept carries particular gravity at a time when state funding for remote Alaska infrastructure projects could be left dangling in the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts that would shut down the Denali Commission. Wilder cites overcoming obstacles such as the 200 villages currently disconnected from traditional energy grids in Alaska’s vast geography. “Dependence on diesel fuel is expensive. People are looking for renewable energy as a way to decrease reliance and costs,” Wilder said. At the same time, Alaska spends more per capita on renewables than any other state, garnering $259 million for renewables that has enabled 70 remote communities to have a renewable input. That’s a good start for each of those to areas to gain its own mini-grid. “We have a good distance to go. There’s a lot we can do to increase penetration or bring renewables to communities that don’t have it,” Wilder said. “A community is a mini-electric grid. They have traditional powerhouses and can upgrade diesel generators, adding solar array and wind to the fuel mix.” Blended with other financials such as federal investment tax credit of 30 percent on wind and solar, investors should see a good return on their dollar. Wilder doesn’t believe this tax credit will go away under Trump. “(President Trump) signaled early on this tax credit wouldn’t be touched since it’s in the name of infrastructure investment,” she said. 60 Hertz, which partners with McKinley Capital, would also supply maintenance software along with a checklist and structure to make the required reporting to the Alaska Energy Authority easier. “I am grateful for the (competition’s) endorsement,” Wilder said. “I will use the $2,000 prize in the startup budget. It means a lot to me to have the affirmation and support of business people who understand the concepts. That’s what meant the most to me.” As for McCormick, the Marine based in Afghanistan, his Quick Cup concept didn’t win a prize, but it captured the audience’s and judges’ attention. His business plan cuts the wait and waste time for coffee buyers and sellers by utilizing an app he invented to assist both sides of the coffee cart. It would allow a customer to order coffee using the app, even pay for it, then arrive at a designated time to pick it up. The coffee business doesn’t lose as much money because it cuts down on the waste of unclaimed, unpaid orders. App users would pay 10 cents per cup to Quick Cup, as would the individual business that signs on. He figures start up costs are $30,000, he told the audience from his Afghan quarters. It was a good week for McCormick. He left Afghanistan on April 24. As he was flying out, he told his Facebook friends, “Good bye Afghanistan… forever. And thanks for letting me leave alive and intact.” McCormick is headed for Anchorage. He wrote to the Journal that he has served in the Marine Corps Infantry for five years and one month. Most currently he worked in Afghanistan as a private military contractor for the Department of State as a combat medic on security detail for the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. “I was born and raised in Anchorage, and so was my wife. We graduated from South (High School) in 2009 and married right after. We now own a home in the Klatt area where we raise our 2 children,” he wrote. “I did concept the idea while in Afghanistan. I was sitting in my armored vehicle texting with my wife about how (do) shops accept ‘text-in orders.’” Fauske, the competition’s coordinator noted there were so many “side stories” in this competition. “Each one is a great story,” she said. Naomi Klouda can be reached at [email protected]

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. First National Bank Alaska announced two new hires. With nine years of banking experience, Danielle Nicklos is the new branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Nicklos has previously worked as a teller, customer service representative, personal banker and operations supervisor. At North Star, she will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service. Debra Whitbeck is the Accounting Unit’s loan servicing supervisor. She will oversee a team of six who are responsible for ensuring accurate and timely servicing of the bank’s loan portfolio and the production of loan documentation relating to the opening, servicing and closing of all loans. Her team also ensures loans and agreements comply with state and federal laws, regulations and bank lending policies and procedures. Whitbeck’s banking career began in 1988. Workforce solutions provider Kelly Services announced Christopher St. John as the new district manager in Alaska, based out of Anchorage. Kelly Services has been servicing Alaska for 28 years. St. John is responsible for the overall sales and operations for Kelly Services in Alaska. St. John joins Kelly with eight years of experience in the staffing industry. Previously, St. John worked as an account manager in the marketing and advertising industry. St. John is an Alaska American Marketing Association board member and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that Roberta “Bobbi” Quintavell has been selected as the new president and CEO. Quintavell will start the position on May 8. During the past 20 years, Quintavell has contributed her expertise in helping Alaska Native corporations and their subsidiaries grow in shareholder equity and operational profitability by establishing financial controls, formalizing business processes, aggressively pursuing acquisitions, and building teams of highly skilled and forward-thinking leaders. Over the course of her career she has served as executive director of Arctic Slope Native Association; president/CEO of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Constructors and ASRC Construction Holding Co.; president/CEO and board member of ASRC; and subsequently as chief operating officer of Doyon Ltd. She has also served on the boards of various nonprofits including the Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Municipal League and the Rasmuson Foundation. Quintavell is Inupiaq and originally from Utqiagvik. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska in Anchorage and graduated with an executive master’s in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

BOOKWORM SEZ: The Bookworm Sez: Dealing with the office schmuck

Your co-worker is an idiot. All day long, he’s blah-blah-blah, telling you how great he is, the coolest guy ever. If you’ve done something, he’s done it better. Twice. You’d love it if the boss fired the jerk, but then you’d be short-handed and that’s no good, either. So read “The Schmuck in My Office” by Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA (with Michelle Joy, MD) and find out a better way of dealing with him. When she was in business school, Foster, a psychiatrist, was often amused and pleased to be a go-to person when conflicts arose. Classmates constantly asked for help in dealing with others who rankled them, and she was usually successful in smoothing ruffled feathers and feelings. So what are her secrets? First of all, she says, don’t assume that people are being jerks on purpose. Most folks act one way or other when they think they’re doing the right thing, or because they haven’t been told any differently. Oftentimes, they don’t know they’re bugging someone with their behavior, so Foster advocates compassion when dealing with conflicts. Consider the other person’s story and way of thinking. It helps to step into their shoes. Then, and though Foster very strongly stresses that this book is not a psychiatry manual and that you shouldn’t make armchair diagnoses, understand that there are several basic kinds of office schmucks you might encounter in your worklife. Narcissists — up to 75 percent of which are men — thrive on compliments and hate being ignored. The “Venus Flytrap” loves chaotic and unstable relationships (think: “Fatal Attraction”). The Swindler only cares about the deal, and only if it benefits himself. “The Bean Counter” is obsessive and has difficulty letting things go, while Distracted people let go too easily. And then there are those with serious substance abuse problems, undiagnosed illnesses, true cultural differences, or just plain eccentricities. Finally, says Foster, when you’re angry and digging for any possible reason to lend a shred of compassion, don’t forget to look inside. “Go get the mirror,” she says. “Hurry.” And then go back and read the chapter entitled “Important Disclaimers.” As you’re reading “The Schmuck in My Office,” you can’t keep them in mind enough. That’s because using real psychiatric diagnoses to battle an office pest can be fraught with danger, and author Jody J. Foster (with Michelle Joy) is careful to repeatedly warn readers of this. Yes, the possibilities are undeniably interesting and can explain so much, and it’s the rare person who hasn’t smugly rattled off a layman’s diagnosis for an office bother, but remembering that “There is an important distinction between personality traits… and personality disorders” is the key to using this book. It helps that the authors also offer end-of-chapter hints for both workers and bosses, too. Though it’s not a handbook, this is fascinating. It may even teach you some compassion, so it’s recommended for anyone who works with others, shares an office, or is a supervisor. “The Schmuck in My Office may get you fired… up. ^ Terri Schlichenmeyer is the author of The Bookworm Sez, which is published in more than 200 newspapers and 50 magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Schlichenmeyer may be reached at [email protected]

Movers and Shakers for April 16

Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced the promotion of SNC shareholder Cameron Piscoya as the director of human resources effective March, 26. Piscoya was identified in 2014 to participate in a succession plan to learn all aspects of human resources with the ultimate goal of being promoted to lead the department with the planned retirement of Richard Dyson. Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has hired L. Diane Casto to be the organization’s new executive director. Casto currently serves as the Behavioral Health Policy Advisor in the Department of Health and Social Services, and brings a background of community engagement, advocacy and prevention with her to the position. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Central Washington University, and an MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Prior to her current position, Casto served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, focusing on positive community re-entry; and as the Prevention and Early Intervention manager in the DHSS Behavioral Health Division. She also served as the director of the state’s Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Director of the Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, and the Director of the Resource Center for Parents and Children in Fairbanks. She assumes her new responsibilities on May 1. William Price joined RSA Engineering Inc. in March 2017 as a mechanical staff engineer II, and Cheyenne Alabanzas has joined RSA as a mechanical staff engineer. Price graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Price brings more than 12 years of experience and specializes in power plant design, water treatment systems, and heat recovery systems. Alabanzas graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Both will work in the Anchorage office. Pearl-Grace Pantaleone has joined RIM as a marketing coordinator in the Alaska office. She will be responsible for marketing in Alaska as well as other firm-wide initiatives. Pantaleone has almost three years of experience in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. Previously, Pantaleone was the marketing and public relations coordinator at a surveying and engineering firm, managing all proposals and communications. Prior to joining the A/E/C industry, she came from a background in journalism and broadcast news. She was born and raised in Alaska, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jon Bittner was appointed the Alaska state executive director of the Small Business Development Center. Bittner comes to the SBDC from the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., where he served as the corporation’s vice president. While at AEDC, Bittner oversaw day-to-day operations and project development. He was also responsible for the creation of the Alaska Entrepreneur Week, the Alaska Hackathon, Pitch on Train Competition and the Anchorage Maker Faire. In addition to his work at AEDC, Bittner has also served as the deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. In 2015, Bittner was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by the Development Counsellors International. The International Economic Development Council named Bittner the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year in 2014. That same year, Bittner was selected to Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

The Bookworm Sez: When good enough is good enough

You know exactly where Monday’s report is. That, of course, doesn’t mean anybody else could find it. You put that report in a safe place in your office, which is organized to work for you. But is it really organized, or is it just a mess? Admit it: it’s probably the latter and nobody’s perfect, but with “Organized Enough” by Amanda Sullivan, you might find a perfect solution. You promised yourself on Jan. 1 that you’d keep your office clean and your desk clear. Same with your home: who needs 10 blue sweaters or eight pairs of black shoes, anyhow? First of the year, you were going to become a neatnik. But of course, that’s “not sustainable,” says Sullivan. You set yourself up for perfection (and therefore, failure), when you should strive instead for “organized enough.” The first step, she says, is to “Go with the FLOW.” Forgive yourself for the things you impulsively bought or wasted money on. Understand that you can “Let stuff go,” starting with one small corner and 10 minutes’ time. Throw things into the trash, donate other items, pay attention to unnecessary duplicates within a given category, and keep working; it might actually feel good! Then Organize what’s left and set up a time to keep Weeding on a regular basis. Working on FLOW may inspire you, but don’t “move too fast.” You want to make good decisions, not hasty ones, which could backfire. Remember that storage containers are not your friends but someone with fresh eyes is, so invite a trusted pal over to help you see things anew. Once you’ve let go of your fears (Will I have enough? Will I run out? Will it go up in price?) and your paper pile, it’s time to set good habits — starting with inventory. What’s in your supply room? You’ll never overbuy, if you know. Make time to organize, even if it’s just a minute; and always make “a last sweep” before lights-out, so you don’t start the day with a mess. Limit new purchases, “buy less but better,” and remember that nobody’s ever perfect. “What we want,” says Sullivan, “is joy… and to know where we put the car keys — and those things, my friends, are within your grasp.” So you say you don’t remember what color the top of your desk is. The corners of your workspace are piled with boxes. Get a pen — there’s one somewhere in that mess — and write down “Organized Enough.” Chances are, you’ve been down this very unkempt road before, and you might ask what makes this book different from several thousand others on the subject. This: author Amanda Sullivan isn’t proposing that you keep everything 100 percent ship-shape. She only aims to help the ship stay afloat with fewer items in the cargo hold and an unobstructed captain’s chair. That means no guilt, no pressure, use the advice that’s applicable, discard what’s not, no problems. And if that’s what it takes, then this book is what you need. “Organized Enough” might just work for you. Terri Schlichenmeyer is the author of The Bookworm Sez, which is published in more than 200 newspapers and 50 magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Schlichenmeyer may be reached at [email protected]

Movers and Shakers for April 9

Christina “Tina” Thibodeaux has left the Alcohol Marijuana Control Office and has joined JDW Counsel’s team where she will assist attorney Jana Weltzin. Thibodeaux worked as a licensing examiner for the State Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office over the past year and a half. During her time at AMCO, she played a major role in the development and implementation of the new marijuana industry license application process and state licensing database, and helped issue the first 65 licenses in the state. Stantec announced the promotion of three leaders in its Anchorage office. Francis Wiese was named senior principal, Andrew Niemiec was named senior associate and Giovanna Gambardella was named an associate of the firm. Wiese serves as Stantec’s technical leader for marine science in Alaska and Canada. He has 24 years of experience working in the marine environment throughout the world. Wiese joined Stantec in 2013 after working for six years as the science director of the North Pacific Research Board in Alaska. He is currently the technical director for the Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study in the Beaufort Sea. Wiese, who is a technical reviewer for more than 20 international journals, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and his Ph.D. from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Niemiec, PE, serves as Alaska transportation manager in the Anchorage office. He has nearly 30 years of engineering experience on design and construction projects in Alaska. Prior to joining Stantec, Niemiec had management positions with the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority and the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and joined Stantec in 2015. Gambardella, AIA, NCARB, is a senior architect in Anchorage. She has 17 years of experience, with 15 of those in Alaska. Gambardella has contributed to the design of buildings of different scope and complexities in various sectors including education, community, industrial and healthcare. Gambardella graduated from the University of Architecture in Genoa, Italy, and joined Stantec in 2015. Cassie Kosinski, a senior financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors based in Anchorage, has been recognized as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Advisors” by Forbes. Kosinski has 23 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Forbes ranking of America’s Top 200 Women Advisors, developed by SHOOK research, is a ranking algorithm based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion. Bob Williams, a longtime Mat-Su mathematics educator, is the first Alaskan to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan. He was selected by a national committee of educators, business leaders, and Hall of Fame members. Williams and four other inductees will be honored by ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in April and in Emporia in June. Inductees are permanently represented in the Hall of Fame by plaques and a framed biographical sketch. Born and raised in Palmer, Williams has taught mathematics at Colony High School and Palmer High School, Houston Junior/Senior High School, Nome Beltz Junior/Senior High School, the New York City public schools, and in Gambia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Williams now serves as Director of Educator and School Excellence at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Williams has been a Teacher of the Year for Colony High School, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and Alaska. In 2009 he received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation. In 2010 he won the Horace Mann Award for Excellence in Teaching from the NEA Foundation. Williams was one of 20 teachers nationwide selected as an Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow for 2012-13. Global infrastructure firm AECOM announced that it has hired Dr. Jack Colonell to serve as senior consultant for coastal and ocean engineering for its Alaska operations, effective immediately. In this role, Colonell brings more than 40 years of global expertise in coastal and offshore environments. Since 1980, he has held multiple leadership roles with AECOM-acquired firms, including Woodward-Clyde Consultants and URS. Colonell holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Washington State University and Stanford University, respectively. Prior to his career in consulting, he was professor of marine science at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and professor of civil and ocean engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Alaska USA Mortgage Company has recognized its top producing mortgage loan originators for 2016 by inducting them into the President’s Club: originators who individually close $30 million or more in loans during a calendar year. This year’s honorees include Jeff Stanford, Jason Baer, Lisa Makoni, Kirsten Forbess, Catherine Margolin, Kristin Harding and Tawni Layne-Laxa of Anchorage; Ken Scott of Kenai,; Lyn Bankowski of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and Michael Derrow of Seattle. Combined, the ten originators closed transactions totaling more than $395 million in 2016. The North Slope Borough School District Board of Education unanimously approved Stewart McDonald to be the next superintendent. His contract will start on July 1. McDonald is currently the superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, where he worked for 15 years, the last nine in the leadership role. He was recognized as Alaska’s Superintendent of the Year in 2017, and was also honored as one of the final four for National Superintendent of the Year in the same year. In his work on behalf of students, he focused on effective suicide prevention programs, graduation rates, and the success of each student and each school. He led an innovative effort to create a blended digital learning environment to expand KIBSD class offerings, amongst other achievements.

Movers and Shakers for April 2

Col. Paul L. Larson assumed command of the only U.S. Army Airborne brigade in the Pacific in a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on March 24. Larson will replace outgoing 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Commander Col. Scott A. Green, who will transition to being the chief of staff for U.S. Army Alaska. Larson was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation as the Distinguished Military Graduate from Colorado State University in 1996 and served in positions of increasing responsibility at Fort Drum, N.Y.; the Republic of Korea and with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Italy. While part of the 173rd, Larson deployed to Kosovo, participated in the combat parachute assault into Iraq and later completed a combat tour in Afghanistan. Later assignments included tours with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and at the United States Army Military Academy as an assistant professor of International Relations in the Social Sciences Department. Larson has deployed six times to either Iraq or Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Most recently he deployed as the special strategic advisor to the Commanding General of Resolute Support Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. A former noncommissioned officer, Larson deployed as a team leader with 1st Armored Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, was inducted into the SGT Morales Club, and later served in the U.S Army Special Forces. Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in international relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger and Special Forces Qualification schools. Anchorage Economic Development Corp. announced three new hires. Samantha Luban has joined the team as Business and Economic Development coordinator. Luban is graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration in economics and a minor in Russian. She’s worked as a research assistant in the Experimental Economics Laboratory, where she assisted professors in conducting social science experiments. Emma Kelly was hired as Business and Economic Development director. Kelly is the current chair of the Anchorage Chamber Young Professionals Group. Prior to joining the team at AEDC, Emma worked in marketing and public involvement in the private sector. Connor Keesecker is the new Live. Work. Play. coordinator at AEDC. Keesecker was born in Anchorage and raised in Eagle River. He attended UAA and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies with minors in political science and history in 2016. While attending UAA, Connor served as a news reporter and later station manager of UAA’s radio station, KRUA 88.1 FM.

Movers and Shakers for March 26

Craig Crawford has been named president and chief executive officer of Bristol Bay Native Corp. subsidiary Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC. Crawford joins Peak from CH2M, where he was vice president of Alaska construction for the energy and industry group. He has more than 30 years of experience leading and managing companies and business units in the oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and mining industries in the U.S. and overseas, and has held a number of executive level positions for various companies across the U.S. He previously served as vice president of operations for Texas Gulf Oil and Gas Inc., and co-founded and served as chief executive officer of Texas Gulf Energy Inc., a turnkey specialty construction company catering to the U.S. energy and industrial sector before selling the company in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University and is the board chair for the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. Five individuals were elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors at its recent annual meeting. Elected were Shirley Cleaver, Georgianna Lincoln, Orie G. Williams, Pollack “PJ” Simon, Jr., and Esther McCarty. Each seat has a three-year term ending in 2020. The newly elected and re-elected board members will join existing board members Wally Carlo, Jennifer Fate, Erica Frankson, Sonta Hamilton Roach, Jerry Isaac, Brian Ridley, Christopher Simon and Miranda Wright. Shareholder of the year award recipients are Eileen Julia Mahler, Citizen of the Year Award; Tristan Jovan Madros, Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership Award; and Kelly Shewfelt Turner, Richard Frank Military Service Award. Christy Waters was promoted to chief operating officer at Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union. Waters began her financial industry career in 1994 as a loan officer. In late 2005, Waters joined SoAFCU as Consumer Loans manager before being promoted to vice president of Consumer Loans in 2010. In late 2016 Waters was promoted again, adding the Operations Department to her supervision. Waters is a notary public and is licensed to sell credit insurance. Sarah Schacher, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ Northern Region preconstruction engineer, was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers. Schacher leads a staff of 120 who are designers, engineers, right of way agents, geotechnical and environmental experts, administrative staff and associated consultants to deliver approximately $300 million in transportation capital works projects each year for the northern region of Alaska. The Alutiiq Museum has hired Amanda Lancaster as its collections and exhibits manager. Lancaster will oversee the daily administration of the museum’s holding, a collection of more than 250,000 artifacts, photographs, recordings, documents, and pieces of artwork. Lancaster, who assumes the position formerly held by Marnie Leist, began work at the museum the week of March 20. Lancaster comes to Kodiak from Texas. She was born and raised in Amarillo and after graduating from high school, attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She received a bachelor’s degree in history in 2010, and a master’s degree in history in 2015. Following her master’s degree, Lancaster completed TTU’s Museum Studies program. In 2016, she began work at the Czech Center Museum Houston, where she was both the Museum Curator and Development Director. Lancaster’s previous collections care experience includes work with ethnographic, archaeological, and archival materials. As a graduate student, she processed 62,000 artifacts from the Lubbock Lake Landmark, a site documenting early Native American uses of the southern high plains.

Movers and Shakers for March 19

KPMG LLP promoted Amber-Rae McCampbell to audit manager in the firm’s Anchorage office. McCampbell, who moved to Alaska five years ago to join KPMG, specializes in providing financial statement and compliance audits for a range of Alaska-based private companies. She earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Montana. She is a CPA, licensed in Alaska. Tiffany Trboyevich, a lifelong Alaskan, is the new AT&T director of sales for the state. She has been with AT&T for 12 years. Trboyevich has held several positions during her tenure at AT&T. She began her career as a paging dealer supervisor and has also held management roles in indirect, marketing, and retail sales, most recently as an area retail sales manager. Trboyevich has earned numerous awards throughout her career at AT&T, including the President’s Club award and multiple VP Club awards. Bering Straits Native Corp. hired Karla Grumman as its new senior director of human resources. Prior to joining BSNC, Grumman served as a senior director of human resources with NANA, managing various HR functions including total reward, compliance and special projects for 9 years. Grumman has 25 years of experience in human resources and holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for March 12

RE/MAX Dynamic Properties has added Sara Lindemann and Shawn Rogers to its team. Lindemann came to rural Alaska in the early 1980s, eventually moving to Anchorage. She has worked in the real estate, oil and gas, and medical industries and is pursuing a new career selling real estate. A lifelong Alaskan, Rogers graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage and opened her own business called Putter Wild, an indoor black light miniature golf course in South Anchorage. After five successful years, she sold her business to pursue selling real estate. Darleen Fernandez has joined the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. as development director. In addition to working to attract new companies to join AEDC, she also ensures current Investors fully leverage membership benefits and opportunities. Before joining AEDC, Fernandez was development director at Girl Scouts of Alaska following nearly 20 years as an administrator and fundraiser with local arts organizations including the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Sitka Summer Music Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from University of Alaska Anchorage.Northrim Bank announced the promotion of four employees from electronic banking and information technology. The bank also hired Kari Skinner as vice president, marketing and communications director, and John Damjanovich as vice president, commercial real estate loan officer. The promotions include: James Beasley, VP, electronic banking manager; Jennifer Ludden, AVP, business electronic banking manager; Yana Milette, AVP, consumer electronic banking manager; and Nate Olmstead, VP, data analytics manager. Beasley has been with Northrim for almost one year and brings nearly 11 years of electronic banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Ludden has been with Northrim Bank for two years and has 13 years in the financial industry. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked at Bank of America in a variety of positions starting as a teller and working her way to management. Ludden holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Arizona. Milette started at Northrim in December 2015 and brings 10 years of finance experience including eight years at local credit unions. She holds an MBA with an emphasis in management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Olmstead has been with Northrim since November 2015 and has 12 years of experience within IT and data analysis. He has held multiple certifications for IT and currently holds a Project Management Professional certification. Skinner joins Northrim with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently with Simon Property Group as a director of marketing and business development. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah. Damjanovich comes to Northrim Bank with over 27 years of experience in the financial sector. He was most recently the CFO for an electronics manufacturer in Minnesota. Damjanovich holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Bemidji State University. Professional Growth Systems added John Gregoire to its consulting team to further develop its regional and national consulting work. Gregoire’s interest is active and experiential learning, and he brings a suite of team building and training tools to the PGS table. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage focusing on small group communication psychology and then a master’s of education degree in student development administration from Seattle University. His work brought him through the ranks of the training world, from his position as assistant director of Student Leadership at UAA through a learning and development career specialist with Southcentral Foundation to his independent consulting work. Kate Slyker, chief marketing officer for General Communication Inc., has been named a 2017 inductee of the Anchorage ATHENA Society and will be recognized at the annual ATHENA luncheon on March 20. Slyker joined the GCI team as vice president of consumer marketing in 2015. She was promoted this year to her current position, leading the marketing efforts of Alaska’s largest publicly owned company. In addition to her role as CMO, Slyker serves as communications chair for the GCI Women’s Network, a company initiative to embrace and empower GCI employees through growth, career development and opportunities. Slyker’s passion for mentoring and coaching diverse talent across all areas of the company has helped promote GWeN company-wide, allowing women to achieve their professional and personal goals. Prior to GCI, Slyker spent 15 years at Spawn Ideas, the state’s largest advertising agency, where she directed some of the agency’s most successful ad campaigns. McDowell Group augmented the firm’s expertise with the recent hire of economist Katie Berry. Berry holds master’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Wyoming. She previously worked for Union Pacific Railroad as the finance lead on an interagency capital project team. Berry recently returned to Anchorage, where she was born and raised.

Movers and Shakers for March 5

The Alaska Workforce Investment Board presented the David G. Stone awards to K-12 and postsecondary education professionals who have made significant contributions to career and technical education or apprenticeship in Alaska. The K-12 Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year is Adrienne Voss, a school nurse, who teaches the Personal Care Attendant curriculum at King Career Center in Anchorage, and is a trainer for Alaska Core Competencies, a training program tailored specifically to direct service providers in health and human services fields. The Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year is Wendell Whistler, who is the Apprentice Coordinator at the Kornfeind Training Center, a labor-management electrical apprenticeship training center in Fairbanks. Whistler has provided training opportunities to many Alaskans in the electrical industry and has increased the number apprenticeships in underrepresented and hard to serve populations. The Employer of the Year is Kaladi Brothers Coffee, which has invested time, money and energy in a partnership working with the diverse, high-risk youth population at McLaughlin Youth Center. What began as a paid vendor training evolved to Kaladi Brothers donating their training services for free. Volunteers share their expertise and support, including attendance at award ceremonies for the youth engaged in the program. Many youth participating in the training obtain barista positions in the facility as well as with other employers in the community. University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor Andrew McDonnell, with the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, received a five-year, $750,000 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSF program is designed to support teacher-scholars who effectively integrate research and education. McDonnell’s project will also aim to educate Alaskans about ocean sciences and what it means to be an oceanographer. McDonnell will use underwater cameras to measure the sizes, concentrations and types of particles and zooplankton in ocean water. This research has implications for how carbon is transported to and stored in different parts of the ocean. McDonnell will create a museum exhibit for the Alaska Sea Life Center focused on the important microscopic world of particles and plankton that are not always seen by aquaria curators and visitors alike. The exhibit will also include information about what ocean scientists do and how they collect samples and data at sea. It will display different sampling technology, as well as videos and photos that illustrate how oceanographers work, especially in the oceans around Alaska. McDonnell’s project also seeks to bring the knowledge displayed in this exhibit to Alaska Native communities with the hope that he can inspire children growing up on Alaska’s coastline to consider oceanography as a career choice. Don Porter, PE, has been named group manager of Utilities and Nicole Knox, PE, has been promoted to group manager of Site Development at R&M Consultants, Inc. Porter has been with R&M for 27 years and was formerly group manager of Site Development. Porter’s experience includes serving as project manager and/or project engineer for a variety of utility, site development, airport and road improvement projects for public and private clients throughout Alaska. Porter recently completed civil engineering design for the Kipnuk K-12 School Renovation and Valdez Harbor Uplands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska. . Knox has worked in R&M’s Site Development Group since 2005 and was ready to advance into the group manager position. Over the past 11 years, Knox’s focus has been working on large and small site development projects throughout the state. She was the senior project engineer for site and drainage design for the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. She is currently leading civil design for the Anchorage Museum Expansion, as well as two new facilities for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Eielson Air Force Base. Knox holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska. The Alutiiq Museum has hired Jeffrey Garcie as its development assistant, a new staff position. Half of his time will be spent as the museum’s representative to the Digital Inclusion Corps, a federally funded pilot program promoting computer literacy skills and broadband infrastructure in remote communities. He will spend one year helping Kodiak Islanders learn computing skills to facilitate Internet use. The Alutiiq Museum is one of five sites in the United States participating in the Digital Inclusion Corps, an initiative linked to President Obama’s ConnectALL broadband initiative. Additionally, Gracie will assist the museum with community engagement. His duties will include stewardship of the museum’s members and sponsors, as well as administrative support for development work and daily business. Garcie began working part time this month, and will become a fulltime member of the museum’s team in May. Garcie studied biology and anthropology in college and worked as a custom furniture builder before joining the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009. He was stationed in Kodiak in 2012, where he was a member of a helicopter aircrew. He will retire from the Coast Guard this spring. Gracie is a ceramic artist and a leather crafter, and owns Kodiak Leather Works. Stoel Rives LLP partner S. Lane Tucker has been elected president of the Federal Bar Association, Alaska Chapter. Tucker is a partner of Stoel Rives LLP, with 30 years of experience in federal government contracts, Small Business Administration matters, white collar prosecution and defense, construction and civil litigation. She represents clients throughout the United States and more than a dozen Alaska Native Corporations. Named among Alaska Super Lawyers since 2011, Tucker also has earned praise in Chambers USA’s annual survey of America’s best attorneys for business for her government contracting and construction litigation experience. She is the Alaska section chair of the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association, is the Alaska representative for the ABA’s Small Business Committee, and is the founder and chair of the Alaska Bar Public Contracts Law Section. Prior to entering private practice, Tucker served as the civil chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 19

Kumin, an Anchorage architecture firm, has promoted staff architect Sarah Salazar to the position of associate, making her the youngest associate in Kumin’s 40-year history. She joined Kumin in 2010, relocating from New Mexico, where she served as a project manager for the Air Force, managing large-scale military projects from programming through construction. Salazar is the 2017 President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and held numerous other executive board positions within AIA Alaska since 2012. Her current work includes Southcentral Foundation Children’s Dental Clinic/Medical Office Building and Parking Garage on the campus of Alaska Native Medical Center. Previous projects include a major renovation of Boney District Courthouse, West High School/Romig Middle School Career Technical Education Additions, and a major expansion of the Ketchikan Shipyard. A licensed architect in Alaska and New Mexico, Salazar received a bachelor’s of architecture degree from the University of Arizona and is also a certified document technologist. Four new Superior Court judges were appointed to serve the communities of Bethel, Dillingham, Kenai, and Nome. Gov. Bill Walker also announced his selection to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. Nathaniel Peters has been appointed to the Bethel Superior Court. Peters graduated with honors from Ohio Northern University, and has been practicing law in Alaska for almost eight years. He served as a public defender in Palmer and Bethel for six years, and has served as the Bethel District Court Judge since 2014. Christina “Tina” Reigh has been appointed to the Dillingham Superior Court. Reigh graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University Law School in 2003. She moved to Dillingham to work for Alaska Legal Services Corp. in 2004, visiting nearly every village in Bristol Bay as a part of her work. She has served as Dillingham’s Magistrate since 2014. Jennifer Wells has been appointed to the Kenai Superior Court. Wells graduated cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 1990. She clerked for Anchorage Superior Court Judge Dana Fabe, and worked as a public defender in Kenai for three years. Since 1994, she has served as a magistrate judge, master, acting district court judge or training judge in communities throughout Alaska. Romano D. DiBenedetto has been appointed to the Nome Superior Court. DiBenedetto has served as a magistrate judge in Fairbanks since 2012, where he presides over family law and probate matters, criminal arraignments and applications for post-conviction relief. He previously served in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. DiBenedetto graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 1993. Tracey Wollenberg has been appointed to the Court of Appeals. Wollenberg is the Deputy Public Defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency’s Appellate Division, where she oversees statewide appellate litigation for the agency’s criminal and civil cases. Prior to law school, she worked as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley. Wollenberg graduated from Columbia University Law School in 2005, and clerked for Alaska Court of Appeals Chief Judge David Mannheimer. Patricia C. Miller is First National Bank Alaska’s new vice president and director of Human Resources. Highlights from Miller’s previous 26 years of experience in human resources before joining First National include leading the expansion of an Alaska-based business to 7,000 employees in 45 states and seven countries. She also successfully negotiated more than 37 union contracts. American Income Life Insurance Company-Altig has appointed Joanna Hansen to regional general agent in the Anchorage office. After earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alaska, Hansen joined AIL-Altig in August of 2015. Hansen was put on the fast track to management and in less than five months, she was appointed to master general agent in January 2016. That following August, she was selected to attend the AIL-Altig Leadership Society Conference that accelerated her to being appointed regional general agent in February 2017. Andrew B. Erickson has joined the Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP Anchorage office as an associate attorney. Erickson will focus his practice on Alaska Native law, litigation and bankruptcy. He received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Montana, a master’s degree in environmental policy the University of Oxford, and a juris doctor from Lewis &Clark Law School. He is a 2007 Harry S. Truman Scholar. He recently served as the state’s representative for Defenders of Wildlife and was an independent consultant for organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook Inletkeeper, and Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community. Erickson is a former law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court and worked as Miles Conservation Fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.


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