Movers & Shakers 8/02/15
Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington announced the 2015 winners of the Alaska Business of the Year Torch Awards: CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp., Alaska Large Business of the Year; The Wilson Agency, Alaska Medium Business of the Year; Hogins Plumbing & Heating, Alaska Small Business of the Year. This year’s Alaska judges included Brenda Hanson, Maureen Haggblom, Archana Mishra and Kevin Turkington. The Torch Award winners will be honored at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum on Aug. 17.
Katie Reeves has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as lodging sales manager. A graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Katie brings to CATC experience in negotiations, presentations, TV and video production, and strong writing skills. Her recent work experience has been with Connect Alaska and the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development over the past three years. She is also an experienced Olympic Trials swimmer and triathlete, published author and on-air anchor/reporter Producer for Channel 11 in both Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Rob Luis has accepted the position of Construction Division general manager at UIC Design Plan Build. Luis will work with company managers to oversee operations for three UIC-owned construction firms: UIC Construction, Rockford Corp. and Kautaq Construction. Prior to joining the UIC Design Plan Build team, Luis most recently served as division manager for Sunland Construction in Colorado. There, he led project teams constructing oil and gas distribution lines and was responsible for approximately $100 million in project revenue. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School.
The University of Alaska Southeast announced the appointment of Ketchikan Campus Director Dr. Priscilla Schulte as UAS Interim Provost for the coming academic year. A search for a permanent Provost is slated to commence in August. Schulte will begin her new assignment on Aug. 9. She is expected to remain in the role through the 2015-16 academic year with a hope that a new provost will be on board in early summer 2016. Schulte will remain Ketchikan Campus Director but she will move to Juneau for the duration of this assignment. She will continue to return to Ketchikan periodically over the course of the academic year.
Herman G. Walker Jr. was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Walker will replace Judge Philip Volland, who is retiring on Aug. 31 after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court for more than 12 years. An Alaska resident of 23 years and a practicing attorney of 22 years, Walker has worked in both private practice and the public sector throughout Alaska. For the past 15 years, he has been a partner at Limón & Walker, where he has represented injured parties, criminal defendants, corporations, and family law litigants. Walker has also worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the State Public Defender Agency. He received a bachelor degree in political science from Arizona State University, and a juris doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law.
Matson Inc. announced that Kenny Gill, previously senior director of operations for Horizon Lines’ Alaska division, has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Gill has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales, and financial performance of the company’s terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill’s appointment follows Matson’s May 29, 2015, acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and subsequent retirement of Marion Davis, Horizon’s vice president and general manager for Alaska. As senior director of operations for Horizon since 2009, Gill was responsible for overseeing and coordinating operations at the company’s terminals in Tacoma, Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University, an MSA in accountancy from Bentley College Graduate School of Business and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.
The Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Alaska announced the election of four new trustees. The board elected Joe Marushack, John Springsteen, Bob Waldrop, and T. Henry Wilson at its recent meeting in Talkeetna. Marushack is president of ConocoPhillips Alaska. Previously, he served as president of ConocoPhillips Canada, where he managed the company’s oil sands and Canadian Arctic developments, and as president of the company’s Asia Pacific and Middle East operations. Springsteen is the executive director of Anchorage Industrial Development and Export Authority. Before joining AIDEA, he worked for global audit, tax and advisory firms Grant Thornton LLP, PwC, and Deloitte and with the management consulting firms Bridge Strategy Group and The Chicago Group. Waldrop is the former executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. He is a founder and past vice president of NorQuest Seafoods, served as special assistant to Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond, and has served as a business consultant for clients across Alaska. Wilson is a lawyer, pilot and part owner of the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. He currently works as a pilot for Rust’s Flying Service. As an assistant attorney general for the natural resources section for the state of Alaska, he played a role in fisheries law and policy.