Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 06/19/16

Communications volunteer Dave Stroh is the 2016 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Communications Award, one of the top honors given to volunteers in the Western States Affiliate, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Stroh’s award was presented during the AHA’s volunteer awards dinner in Los Angeles on June 6.

Movers & Shakers 06/12/16

Angela Bradford of Northrim Bank has been promoted to assistant vice president, loan compliance assistant manager. Bradford joined Northrim Bank in December 2014 as the loan and CRA compliance associate. She came to Northrim with more than 12 years of experience of branch operations with BBVA Compass in Montgomery, Ala. Bradford has attended the ABA National Compliance School in San Diego, Calif.

Movers & Shakers 06/01/16

The Alaska Trucking Association hosted its annual Truck Driving Championships on May 21 in Anchorage. The first place winners in each division will go on to the national championships.

5 Axle Day Cab: 1st, Todd Wheeler, American Fast Freight; 2nd Jesse Walker; Sourdough; 3rd, Anyelo Vasquez, Carlile.

3 Axle: 1st, Muku Afusia, Fed Ex; 2nd, Danile Baker, Carlile; 3rd, Alan Marshall, American Fast Freight.

Straight Truck: 1st, Doug Rickel, Fed Ex; 2nd, Vincent Cochran; 3rd, Rebecca Nelson, Fed Ex.

Movers & Shakers 05/29/16

Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Alaska Region in Anchorage. He started his new assignment on May 15. Beginning in December 2007, Carven served as chief of the environmental and scientific services division at the regional headquarters, successfully recasting and developing the division and enabling Alaska Region to meet current, emerging, and evolving mission requirements. In December 2015, he was selected as acting director of the region. Scott has been a National Weather Service employee for over 35 years.

Movers & Shakers 05/22/16

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed six individuals to fill executive positions within the organization. Brian Wolf has been promoted to chief operations officer. Wolf has over 18 years of financial institution experience, with the last three years at Alaska USA. He most recently held the position of executive director, Retail Financial Services. Chad Meadows has been selected for executive director, Retail Financial Services.

Movers & Shakers 05/15/16

Prof. Bruno Kappes, director of the Anchorage Biofeedback Clinic and a 30-plus year University of Alaska Anchorage psychology professor, was recently selected by the University of Alaska Foundation Trustees as the recipient of its most prestigious award: the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Kappes has been a pioneer in delivering psychology courses. He has taught more than 10,000 UAA students since 2000 alone. Aside from Kappes teaching duties, he has presented international lectures on the topic and also is an active researcher.

Movers & Shakers 05/08/16

Mollie Shackleford has been appointed as an architectural business information modeling specialist at McCool Carlson Green. Shackleford graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a bachelor of architecture degree. In 2008 she began to focus on BIM education, eventually teaching Revit with an Autodesk reseller and consulting with architects in BIM implementation. For the past 5 years she has focused in construction technology, having worked for two large general contractors, including DPR Construction.

Movers & Shakers 05/01/16

Tracey Thomas has been promoted to the position of commercial banking relationship manager and vice president for KeyBank. In her new role, she is responsible for providing financial solutions to large commercial clients, maintaining existing client relationships and developing new business opportunities throughout Alaska. Thomas has been in the banking industry for eight years and joined Key in December 2011, serving as relationship manager for the business banking team for the past four years.

Movers & Shakers 04/24/16

Ben Bobowski, the acting superintendent for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, has been selected as the new superintendent at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Bobowski has been the chief of resource stewardship at Rocky Mountain since October 2007. He began his NPS career in 1998 as a student employee and completed graduate work at Utah State University during his tenure.

Movers & Shakers 04/17/16

Three First National Bank Alaska banking experts were recently promoted. Wasilla Loan Officer Chris Longacre was named vice president. Anchorage lending unit team leaders Chad Steadman and Stacy Tomuro were named regional unit managers. Longacre is a lifelong Alaskan who joined First National in 2005 and an avid mountain climber who has reached the summit of the highest peak on each of all seven continents. Steadman holds a degree from Utah State University in finance with minors in financial planning and economics.

Movers & Shakers 04/10/16

Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired James Farmer as a system engineer and Tim Marvin as a senior systems engineer. Farmer’s professional experience includes systems administration experience providing IT support and consulting services to clients. He provided technical assistance and support on a contract basis to the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski. Marvin received an associate of applied technologies & networking from College America in Fort Collins, Colo.

Movers & Shakers 04/03/16

Northrim Bank announced the hiring of AVP Assistant Electronic Channel Delivery Manager James Beasley and VP Systems and Network Manager Ryan Caldwell. Beasley joins Northrim with nearly 10 years of electronic banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Caldwell joins Northrim with almost 13 years of IT experience. He worked as the Information Systems manager at JBER while he was a commissioned officer in the U.S.

Movers and Shakers 3/27/16

Thompson & Co. Public Relations President and CEO Jennifer Thompson was inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society on March 21, along with 10 other members in the class of 2016. Anchorage’s most influential female leaders are invited into the society each year, chosen for their support of Anchorage’s business community and their dedication to helping business women in Anchorage. A program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the society works to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community.

Movers and Shakers 3/20/16

The Alaska Air Carriers Association scholarship, underwritten for the last four years by Crowley Fuels in Alaska, was recently awarded to Brandon Smothers, a high school senior at Interior Distance Education Alaska in Fairbanks. Smothers, a Talkeetna native, will enter University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering. Don King, senior account executive, highway sales for Crowley, presented Smothers with the $3,000 scholarship at AACA’s 50th Annual Convention in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers 3/13/16

Anna Kohler has been promoted to sales executive in USI’s Commercial Insurance Division at its Anchorage office. In her new capacity, Kohler will consult organizations on risk and insurance programs and will advise them as to the best coverage for potential risks unique to their business. Kohler has been with USI as an account manager since 2014. Kohler’s background includes more than more than six years of experience in insurance and risk management, with extensive knowledge of both health and property/casualty insurance. Kohler is a graduate of Baylor University.

Movers and Shakers 3/06/16

Shawn Uschmann has been named director of External Affairs for AT&T Alaska. Uschmann will spearhead AT&T’s legislative and community affairs initiatives throughout the state and assist with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Prior to his new role, Uschmann served as the AT&T sales director in Alaska, where he worked with state, federal, and enterprise business customers. Uschmann attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he studied economics. He will be based at AT&T’s Anchorage office.

Movers and Shakers 2/28/16

Denali Federal Credit Union has promoted Lily Li to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Dale Fosselman to chief corporate development officer. Li most recently served as the Credit Union’s chief operating officer, and previously worked as senior VP of central operations, and as vice president, internal audit and compliance. Prior to joining Denali, Li was involved in accounting and auditing with the Municipality of Anchorage, KPMG and several Alaska banks. She is a CPA and a NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer.

Movers & Shakers 02/21/16

Dave Pfeifer, who took on the responsibility of Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp., or UIC, Commercial Operations as its new senior vice president last August, is now additionally overseeing the UIC Government Services business. Pfeifer holds a master’s degree in Construction and Real Estate from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in Real Estate Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers 2/14/16

Darrell Friess and Margaret Nelson each captured the Top Producer Award for earned commissions in 2015, announced Broker Molly Friess of Alaska Real Estate Alliance Darrel Friess is owner and founder of Alaska Real Estate Alliance and Nelson is a sales associate.

Movers and Shakers 2/07/16

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Director of Programs Donna Schantz has been promoted to the position of executive director. Schantz replaces Mark Swanson, who retired from the council last November. Since then, Schantz has served as acting executive director. Schantz joined the council staff in 1999 and has served as director of programs since 2001. She is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.


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