Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

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.

Movers & Shakers 12/13/15

Richard Collins has been appointed University of Alaska Fairbanks associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Collins is a professor of atmospheric sciences. He joined UAF in 1994 as a research faculty member in the Geophysical Institute. Since that time he has served as a faculty member in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, and as an associate director of the Geophysical Institute.

Movers & Shakers 12/06/15

Dani Crosby was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Crosby will replace Judge Michael Spaan, who retired at the end of November after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court since 2007. Raised in Sitka, Crosby has practiced law for nearly 20 years, focusing on employment issues, complex business disputes, and family law matters. For the past two years, she has worked as a private practice attorney for Dani Crosby Law Office Inc. Prior to that, Crosby was an attorney at Ashburn & Mason P.C.

Movers & Shakers 11/29/15

Jillanne Inglis was appointed as Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage. Inglis will facilitate the full implementation of the ADA within the municipality as well as monitor compliance with the laws in the areas of physical accessibility and municipal services.

Movers & Shakers 11/22/15

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. President Adm. Tom Barrett, U.S. Coast guard (ret.), joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. He previously served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the first administrator of the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration, directing the agency’s national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, Barrett served 35 years in the U.S.

Movers & Shakers 11/15/15

Wells Fargo has named Adam Anderson and Leslie Dahl as Juneau business relationship managers. They will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in Juneau and helping their businesses succeed financially. Anderson brings 10 years of title industry experience in Alaska to his role with Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Colorado State University. Anderson serves in the community as a Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited member.

Movers & Shakers 11/08/15

David Ridge, director, marine operations, for Crowley Maritime Corp., was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, at a recent ceremony at the company’s Anchorage office. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and only 60 of the company’s more than 5,300 employees have received the award symbolized by a limited edition bronze sculpture, which depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s.

Movers & Shakers 11/01/15

PND Engineers Inc. has selected Wade Lundberg, P.E., to be a principal in the firm. Lundberg has 15 years of professional engineering experience, joining PND’s Anchorage office in 2000 and transitioning to its Seattle office in 2007. This summer, he relocated to Houston to help establish PND’s newest branch office. Lundberg has been involved in multiple infrastructure projects in both Alaska and the Lower 48 for resource development and aviation facilities, with particular expertise in design of facilities on permafrost in Arctic Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 10/25/15

Jason Langen, PLS, has joined the R&M team as the land survey manager. Langen is a graduate of Huntington College and has more than 13 years of experience as a Professional Land Surveyor. He has worked on various projects throughout Alaska and his background includes construction surveying, bathymetric surveying, cadastral surveying, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, GPS surveys, project management, quantity calculations, and QA/QC procedure development just to name a few.

Movers & Shakers 10/18/15

Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Crowley Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks students: Allyson Wukovich, Isaac Peacock, Ashley Johnson and Gabriel Smith. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each received $2,500 toward tuition from Crowley. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to students from rural Alaska from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Wukovich, who is from Nome, is working toward a biology major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology.

Movers & Shakers 10/11/15

Penny Gage has joined The Institute of the North as Deputy Director. She was formerly at The Alaska Community Foundation. Gage is originally from Sitka and is a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a Sealaska shareholder. Her prior experience includes work with U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua, the Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, a U.S congressional committee, and two international petroleum companies’ Washington, DC offices.

Movers & Shakers 10/04/15

Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., a senior hydraulic engineer in HDR’s Anchorage office, has received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering. Zufelt received the award during the 16th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Movers & Shakers 9/27/15

A.J. “Joey” Merrick II of Eagle River was appointed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors. Merrick has a long history with Laborers’ Local 341, beginning as a laborer apprentice in 1989. Since then, he has served as a general foreman, business agent and president, and now the union organization’s secretary-treasurer. He has more than 15 years of experience as a foreman in construction specific to Alaska’s pipeline industry. Dave Cruz of Palmer was re-appointed to the AGDC board.

Movers & Shakers 9/20/15

Dr. Deena Paramo of Wasilla has been appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Paramo has extensive experience in Alaska’s education system, and is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, an elementary school principal, and several years as a teacher in both Glennallen and the Mat-Su.

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