Movers & Shakers 6/07/15
Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. As mayor of Juneau, a state representative and lieutenant governor, Ulmer served as an Alaska elected official for 18 years. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Gov. Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. She was the first chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state, and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Ulmer worked as University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor.
Deborah Manfred is the new Credit Union 1 vice president of real estate lending. Manfred brings her diverse lending and operational background to the credit union, with more than 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently a senior manager at Cook Inlet Lending Center, she oversaw daily operations to include managing their mortgage loan portfolio, down payment assistance products, loan underwriting and compliance. In her new position, Manfred will be responsible for overseeing, organizing, coordinating and directly supervising the real estate loan department.
Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Emily Blattmachr as marketing writer for its Anchorage branch. She has a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a wide range of writing and proofreading experience in the oil and gas and healthcare industries. RDI also hired Dave Matheson as controller at its Anchorage branch. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA in finance and investments from the University of Connecticut. He also has his CMA license. The company also hired Jon Wojtacha as a senior systems administrator at the Anchorage branch. He has a networking technology degree from Charter College in Anchorage and 21 years of IT experience designing, implementing, and managing small-to-large complex information systems. RDI has offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Boise, Idaho, Houston, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore.
Arctic Slope Regional Corp. subsidiary Petro Star Inc. hired Angela Speight as general counsel. A graduate of Baylor University and the University of Texas School of Law, Speight hails from Texas where she was previously the associate counsel of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., a publicly-traded exploration and production company based in Houston and New Orleans. She has experience in domestic and overseas exploration, production and refining.
Randy Howard has joined USI Northwest as vice president in the Employee Benefits Division, where he will help clients design and implement comprehensive employee benefits programs. Howard has five years of experience within the insurance industry and 19 years in sales. Most recently as the Regional Account Development Manager at The Boon Group, he led prospect development and sales of group insurance products to large organizations through his work with C-level executives, human resource professionals and federal government contractors. Howard received a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and human resource management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Northrim BanCorp Inc. shareholders elected David Karp and Krystal Nelson to the Board of Directors at its annual meeting on May 28, following the retirement of long-time directors Irene Sparks Rowan and Ron Davis. Karp has extensive knowledge of the aviation, tourism and transportation industries in Alaska. He is currently the president and CEO of Northern Aviation Services, and previously was the president and CEO for Northern Air Cargo. Nelson brings Alaska Native corporation experience, as well as government services and finance knowledge. She is currently the chief operating officer for Bering Straits Native Corp., and previously worked as the vice president, chief operating officer for Ahtna Engineering Services.
The following realtors were awarded the Graduate, Realtor Institute, or GRI, designation by the Alaska Association of Realtors. They were awarded the designation after completing more than 67 hours of classroom instruction and examinations, covering subjects such as contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction. They are: Tiffany Coonrod, Dwell Realty, Anchorage; Jesse Knight, Real Estate Brokers of Alaska, Anchorage; Georgia Maguire, Dwell Realty, Anchorage; Cody Morey, Keller Williams Realty Alaska, Wasilla; Dawn Thern, Jack White Real Estate, Eagle River; Helen Wood, Dwell Realty, Anchorage.
First National Bank Alaska recently hired two banking experts and promoted two others. Taka Tsukada is First National’s newest vice president, appointed as cash management and Anchorage branch administration manager. He’ll help oversee the Anchorage area’s 10 branches as well as sales and support of the Cash Management Unit. Tsukada brings more than 23 years of banking experience to First National and its customers and has lived in Alaska since 1971. Stacy Sereyko was hired as senior mortgage underwriter and was appointed her loan officer. She has more than 14 years of mortgage lending experience. After spending most of the last year managing the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Joe Steger was promoted to branch manager of the Muldoon Branch in East Anchorage. Steger was born and reared in Alaska. His banking career began more than 15 years ago. The bank also promoted Janice Campbell to branch manager for the North Star Branch. Campbell has spent more than nine years honing her banking skills.
First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors last week unanimously elected Bank President Betsy Lawer to the position of board chair. Lawer takes over the role from D.H. Cuddy, the beloved Alaskan pioneer who passed away May 12 at the age of 94. Lawer is Cuddy’s oldest of six children, thus keeping Alaska’s largest Alaskan-owned and operated bank in trusted, knowledgeable hands. Lawer had previously served as vice chair. During her 41-year career with the bank, she has worked in all areas of the bank including commercial lending, investor loan production, bank operations, electronic data processing, and marketing. Lawer has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Board of Directors, the University Of Alaska Foundation Board Of Trustees, the Smithsonian National board and the President’s Community Panel of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Lawer, born and raised in Anchorage, earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University. She was named U.S. Banker 25 Women to Watch in 2003 and Top 25 Most Powerful People in Alaska, 1999-2003. She received the ATHENA Award in 2001, the Soroptimist International Women Helping Women Award in 1998, and an Alaska State Legislature Commendation in 1997 and 2007.
Brendan Welsh of F. Robert Bell and Associates has earned his Alaska Professional Land Surveying License. There are currently almost 1,500 registered land surveyors in the state of Alaska. This is Welsh’s second certification in less than a year. Last October, he earned his Certified Federal Surveyor certification. Welsh is a civil engineer and land surveyor at Bell and has had more than seven years of experience with roads, schools, and other educational facilities; and residential, commercial and public works development projects. His surveying experience includes conducting topographic and boundary survey and as well as construction staking. He is currently leading the North Slope surveying effort in the Alaska LNG Project.
Kumin Associates Inc. principal Angie Barr is retiring after an illustrious 34-year career in Alaska. Barr was originally lured to Kumin Associates and Alaska in 1981 to work on the Anchorage Senior Center project. A six-week commitment turned into a distinguished career that saw her rise from intern to principal in 2005. During her career, Angie spearheaded many notable Alaskan projects including the Nome Hospital, Begich Middle School and Chester Park Senior Housing in Anchorage, Jesse Lee Home Historic Renovation in Seward, and a range of projects from cultural centers to scientific research facilities. Her architectural experience spanned all corners of Alaska and occasionally beyond, with trips to Moscow, Russia, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica.