Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

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Lots going on this week. Here's a who's who of the movers and shakers in Alaska, for the week ending Dec. 10.

Meet the first B Corps in the state

A good day’s work is about more than simply turning a profit for a couple Alaskan small business owners.

Arctic Solar Ventures in Anchorage and Cordova’s Alaska Glacial Mud Co. are the first Alaska businesses to be certified as Benefit Corporations — B Corps for short.

The B Corp certification is often described as “Fair Trade coffee, but for everything else.” It obligates business leaders to not only focus on running a financially successful company, but also have demonstrable social and environmental benefits.

Kickstarter for functional and fun fashion

FisheWear has a vision to change women’s outdoor wear forever. Founder Linda Leary, who has a long career in logistics, sales and executive leadership in the state, turned her attention to her lifelong passion — fly fishing — when she started the business last year.

New pharmacy offers unique services in Homer

Scotts Family Pharmacy makes its debut in Homer with its soft opening on Thursday, Oct. 6, and plans to offer services currently unavailable elsewhere.

“(Nathan Scott) had an idea he wanted to bring to Homer,” said Gina Scott, Nathan’s wife and business partner. “Customer service is very important and he sees there is a big need for it.”

Better Business Bureau Recognizes Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage

Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage is the Alaska winner of the 2016 Better Business Bureau  Torch Awards for Ethics. The five companies named from the Pacific Northwest region were chosen for “meeting BBB’s Standards of Trust and for their dedication to honoring their employees, clients and the community.”

Coulter talks campaign, crisis and Comedy Central at Anchorage event

Ann Coulter, a best-selling author and potential powder keg, depending on which side of the political aisle one sits on, had an entire audience on their feet when she spoke Sept. 17 at the Egan Center in Downtown Anchorage.

UAA Leadership Fellows program kicks off

Ask Professor Emeritus Omer Carey, now 87 years old, what the University of Alaska Anchorage was like when he started in 1973.

Back then, it was small but the municipality was on the verge of rapid expansion thanks to the oil discovery at Prudhoe Bay. Today, about 17,000 UAA alumni live and work in Anchorage with almost 40,000 alumni statewide.

Movers & Shakers 09/18/16

Stantec’s Anchorage office recently added four new team members. New employees include Corey Rogers, electrical designer; Jake Alward, civil engineer in training; Riley Bronga, civil engineer in training; and Annamarie Courtright, CAD designer. Rogers brings 15 years of experience to his role as an electrical designer. He has previously worked for design firms in both Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 09/11/16

The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute added Dr. Mark Willcox, M.D., to its staff of cardiovascular physicians. Willcox, an electrophysiology specialist with a varied background in cardiovascular disease and rural training, will join AHVI at its main Anchorage office. Willcox received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He then earned his medical degree and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2007.

Movers & Shakers 09/04/16

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center welcomed Robin Randich as the new sales and marketing manager. Randich will oversee tour operations, marketing efforts and communications for AWCC. Randich adds a strong business background and diverse skill set to the AWCC team. She holds an MBA degree from Alaska Pacific University and an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in business and communications. Randich came to the Wildlife Center from NANA Management Services as marketing manager.

Movers & Shakers 08/28/16

Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach became commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command and Eleventh Air Force during a change of command ceremony at JBER on Aug 16. Gen. Wilsbach’s previous assignment was as Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He replaces Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, who is retiring after 34 years of service to the U.S. Air Force. Alaskan Command integrates activities of more than 22,000 military members from all services in Alaska as a sub-unified command of U.S. Northern Command.

Movers & Shakers 08/21/16

The Alaska Army National Guard’s 38th Troop Command welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony at Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Aug 7. Col. Joseph Streff, (middle) commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, presided over the ceremony where Lt. Col. Wayne Don (left) took command of the unit. Don has served more than 22 years in the Army, nine of which were with the Alaska Army National Guard.

Movers & Shakers 08/14/16

Rich Kleinleder of AECOM was selected as a recipient of the 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service Team Member of the Year award. Team Member of the Year award recipients are honored for their outstanding contributions in advancing the NMFS mission. Kleinleder was recognized by his peers in the program management, scientific and technical category. Kleinleder is a senior biologist who has more than 35 years of experience with all aspects of wildlife research throughout Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 08/07/16

Rosemary Timmerman, DNP, RN, a clinical nurse specialist at Providence Alaska Medical Center, has been elected to a three-year term as director on the national board for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Timmerman is a clinical nurse specialist for the Intensive Care Unit, Cardio-Thoracic ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Intermediate Medical Care Unit, and began her board tenure on July 1. The AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world with more than 100,000 members.

Movers & Shakers 07/31/16

Department of Administration Commissioner Sheldon Fisher was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees. Fisher will fill a board seat reserved for one of the Governor’s cabinet members. Fisher has more than 20 years of experience in private sector management; most recently as chief operating officer for McKinley Capital Management in Anchorage. Prior to McKinley, he spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry, including six years as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Alaska Communications.

Movers & Shakers 07/24/16

Goldbelt Inc. announced Elliot “Chuck” Wimberly as the president and CEO after serving six months as the interim in that role. Wimberly has served as a senior vice president since 2010 and was Goldbelt’s interim President and CEO in 2011. Wimberly has 10 years of experience as a senior executive with Alaska Native corporations. In his career, Wimberly served as the vice president of corporate development and government relations for the Southern Ute Tribe as part of their GF Private Equity Group in Durango, Colo.

Movers & Shakers 07/17/16

Altman, Rogers & Co. CPAs, announced that Sasha Barcheski has been promoted to audit manager in Anchorage. Barcheski recently received her CPA license from the State of Washington. Her wealth of experience includes working with nonprofit and governmental organizations throughout Alaska. Barcheski graduated from Western Washington University in June of 2011.

Movers & Shakers 07/10/16

Dr. Karen Carey joined the University of Alaska Southeast last week as provost. Carey earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from University of Cincinnati. She comes to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, where she served as the dean of Arts & Sciences. In that role she was responsible for strategic planning and student learning as well as managing academic programs with more than 200 faculty. As UAS Provost, Dr.

Movers & Shakers 07/03/16

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Denise Runge as dean of UAA’s Community & Technical College. She brings an expertise in community and industry partnerships and more than 25 years of higher education experience to her new role. CTC offers career and technical education programs closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries, including aviation, construction, hospitality, occupational safety, and oil and gas. Runge earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama.

Movers & Shakers 06/26/16

Keni Lynn Campbell has been appointed public information officer for the University of Alaska Southeast effective June 17. Campbell replaces Katie Bausler, who will be leaving UAS due to a reorganization of marketing and public relations functions to reduce costs. In addition, Campbell will continue in her role as special assistant to the chancellor.


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