Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 11/30/14

Nance Larsen is the new corporate director of communications and marketing for Carlile Transportation Systems. Larsen brings an extensive resume of experience to Carlile that includes developing numerous public relations and fundraising campaigns and communication plans for several industry sectors including, mining, travel and tourism, government and non-profit groups. She has more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University.

Movers & Shakers 11/23/14

John Bruce, a math teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, was named Alaska Teacher of the Year 2015 at a presentation Sunday at the annual conference of the Association of Alaska School Boards in Anchorage. The Alaska award is given by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Lee Butterfield, a teacher of English and electronic media at South Anchorage High, was named Alternate Teacher of the Year 2015.

Movers & Shakers 11/16/14

Josh Van Gorkom has become a shareholder of the firm Guess & Rudd P.C. Since joining Guess & Rudd in 2010, Van Gorkom has represented insurance companies, insurance brokers, banks, Native Corporations, oil and gas companies, mining companies, municipal governments, small businesses, and individuals in a broad range of litigation and administrative matters, including appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he works with the firm’s natural resources group on a variety of transactional matters.

Movers & Shakers 11/09/14

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has named Brenda Hansen vice president of business development. She will oversee staff development, strategic planning, and communications while facilitating membership growth for Alaska’s largest business organization. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in 2010 as membership services coordinator and was responsible for the organization’s front office. She was promoted to membership director in 2011.

Movers & Shakers 11/02/14

F. Robert Bell and Associates announced a pair of new hires to the team and that Brendan Welsh has earned his Certified Federal Surveyor certification. Alvin Hymes joins BELL as an accountant and Pearl-Grace Pantaleone joins BELL as the marketing coordinator. Hymes comes with more than 35 years of experience in accounting practices and management. Pantaleone comes with a background in journalism and broadcast news.

Movers & Shakers 10/26/14

R&M Consultants Inc. has added Taryn Oleson as a planner in its Environmental and Planning Group in Anchorage. She is responsible for research and data/information compilation on transportation projects and comprehensive plans; assisting with public and agency meetings; communicating with project stakeholders; and creating project notices, documents and reports, as well as reviewing, evaluating and summarizing adopted plans and policies, including Context Sensitive Solutions for transportation projects. Oleson recently relocated to Alaska from Wisconsin.

Movers & Shakers 10/19/14

Enstar Natural Gas announced the appointment of Jared Green as president. Green brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his new role. Prior to joining Enstar, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller at AltaGas Ltd., Enstar’s parent company. He succeeds outgoing President Colleen Starring, who is assuming a new position at AltaGas as senior vice president of Canadian Utilities and CEO of Pacific Northern Gas.

Movers & Shakers 10/12/14

Builders Choice welcomed Charles Benshetler as the business development manager at their Anchorage headquarters. He will also be working with their Vermillion, S.D., facility. He began his professional career in Houston, Texas, in 1989 serving in various roles for PVF suppliers in the oilpatch. The last 11 years were spent with Ferguson Inc. in Alaska as the sales manager serving the oil and gas, mining, EPC, and general/mechanical contractor community.

Movers & Shakers 10/05/14

MSI Communications has added account managers Jeremy Hayes and Kari Sellars and audio/visual editor Jamin Conn. Born and raised in Anchorage, Hayes graduated from Service High School. He went on to graduate from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration with a minor in public relations. Upon graduation, he promptly returned to Alaska and began working in healthcare administration.

Movers & Shakers 09/28/14

Leyla Arsan has been promoted to office director for SWCA Environmental Consultants' Anchorage office. Previously office lead, she will continue to manage Alaska operations and staff and be responsible for the growth and diversification of business lines and geographic reach in the state. Arsan has 12 years of experience in fisheries and aquatic science, including aquatic resource assessments and habitat surveys, biological monitoring, fish passage assessment, Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, and stream ecology.

Movers & Shakers 09/21/14

Movers & Shakers 09/14/14

Mariethez Quezon was promoted to retail sales branch manager at the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union Minnesota Branch. In this role, she is responsible for managing member service, branch operations, training staff, and working with members on a day to day basis. Prior to assuming this new position, Quezon worked in the Credit Union’s Minnesota Branch as a retail assistant branch manager as well as a senior financial service officer. She brings more than 16 years of financial experience.

Movers & Shakers 09/07/14

William “Matt” Tisher has joined Ahtna Inc. as chief financial officer. Tisher joins Ahtna from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp., an Alaska Native village corporation with $300 million in revenues and more than 40 subsidiaries. While at UIC, he performed at the executive level providing internal and external financial reporting, planning, budget development, business plans, due diligence on investments, banking compliance, and relationships with banks and external auditors. Prior to UIC, Matt was the CFO at Adak Fisheries and Coastal Villages Regional Fund.

Movers & Shakers 08/31/14

Movers & Shakers 08/24/14

Ashley Brinkman has been promoted to the position of communications manager in the Credit Union 1 corporate communications department. Originally hired in July 2008, Brinkman began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of member service representative, marketing coordinator, financial education coordinator, financial education specialist, senior education specialist and community engagement and education supervisor. In October 2013, Brinkman was promoted to communications supervisor, the position she held prior to this promotion.

Movers & Shakers 08/17/14

Movers & Shakers 08/10/14

Movers & Shakers 08/03/14

Chef Dixon tabbed for Great American Seafood Cook-off

Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute chose Chef Mandy Dixon to represent the State of Alaska at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans on Aug. 2.

A lifelong Alaskan, Dixon is the chef and owner of La Baleine Café, a seaside café on the Homer Spit. She also serves as Within the Wild Adventure Company’s pastry chef.

“Mandy is a talented chef,” said ASMI’s Communications Director Tyson Fick. “We already know she cooks well under pressure. We’re certain she’ll be a strong contender in this competition.”

Air Guardsman receives Silver Star for valor under fire

Master Sgt. Roger Sparks was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley Nov. 14, 2010. Responding to a call to retrieve combat casualties in support of Operation Bulldog Bite, Sparks and a 212th combat rescue officer, Capt. Koaalii Bailey, descended from helicopter via hoist under enemy fire.

Upon touchdown they were both blown off their feet by a rocket-propelled grenade, and Sparks instructed the flight crew via radio not to lower any more personnel due to the high volume of fire.


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