Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

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.

Movers and Shakers 1/31/16

R&M Consultants Inc. named Len Story, PLS as the firm’s new CEO and Bret Coburn as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. This is a planned change as laid out in the firm’s succession plan. Story joined R&M in 1979, as a survey technician. Over the past 37 years, he has worked his way up, filling roles as party chief, senior land surveyor, Surveying and Mapping Department manager, vice president, chief operating officer (2008-2015) and now CEO.

Movers & Shakers 01/24/16

Alaska USA Mortgage Company Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Catherine Donaldson has been recognized as Affiliate of the Year by the Greater Fairbanks Board of Realtors. The board annually recognizes one affiliate member who has provided outstanding contributions to the board and the Fairbanks real estate community. Donaldson has been a resident of Fairbanks since 1983.

Movers & Shakers 1/17/16

Long-time Alaska businessman Tom Tougas joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Tougas’ rich history with the state’s tourism industry started in the 1970s as a tour bus driver while studying in college. Today, he owns Seward-based businesses Major Marine Tours and the 90-room Harbor 360 Hotel, and has helped manage numerous other companies throughout the years. Joining Tougas on the board are Lawer, Vice Chair Lucy Mahan, Adm. Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Fran Ulmer.

Movers & Shakers 01/10/16

Dan Javes was named director of operations for NMS Food & Facilities Management, a division of NANA Management Services, the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska with more than 40 years of experience in the North Slope oil and gas industry. Javes will oversee operations in the education sector, at Fairbanks International Airport and restaurants operated by NMS Food & Facilities Management—The Varsity at the Alaska Airlines Center and MUSE Restaurant at Anchorage Museum.

Movers & Shakers 01/03/16

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Lisa Noland to its team as the director of marketing and business development. In this position Noland will work to increase membership and improve marketing programs at the chamber along with working in the area of administration. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in early December from The Arc of Anchorage where she most recently served as chief marketing officer. Prior to The Arc of Anchorage, Noland worked with Community Connections Inc. in Ketchikan, and has owned and managed two successful small businesses.

Movers & Shakers 12/27/15

Michele Brown, President of United Way of Anchorage, has been invited to serve on the National Professional Council of United Ways, a select group of chief executive officers from across the country that focuses on identifying common challenges and solutions for the community-based member nonprofits. She will join just a handful of local United Way executives who are helping advise United Way Worldwide in setting strategy and direction for nearly 1,200 United Ways across the U.S.

Movers & Shakers 12/20/15

Larry Gluck was hired as Northrim Bank’s AVP-lending quality assurance officer. Gluck joins Northrim Bank’s Credit Administration Department with 28 years in banking. He has most recently worked for regional and community banks in Florida and has held numerous positions in Credit Administration as credit analyst, credit officer, credit manager and senior credit officer. Gluck moved to Alaska to be closer to family. He has also worked as an internal auditor, accountant and controller while in New Jersey and Florida.


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