Movers and Shakers for May 7
The U.S. Small Business Administration 2017 Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year are David McCarthy and Jason Motyka, owners of DV3 Corp. in Denali Park.
Since the Denali Park Salmon Bake was founded in 2005, DV3 has grown from one restaurant with 40 seasonal employees to two brewpubs, three restaurants, one gas station/campground and one hotel which total 120 year-round and 600 seasonal employees.
In 2008, Denali Park Grocery was added and operates as a seasonal market. In the spring of 2009, Miners Market and McKinley RV &Campground — a gas station, deli, and campground — joined the family.
In winter 2010, Prospector’s Pizzeria &Alehouse was built using local craftsmen and opened that spring in the small tourist strip in Denali across from corporate hotels.
Growth continued in 2010 with the August opening of 49th State Brewing Company — a restaurant, craft brewery, beer garden and concert venue.
In 2014, DV3 purchased, rehabilitated, and reopened the Denali Crow’s Nest Cabins. The Crow’s Nest boasts 40 log cabins overlooking Denali Park and operates a fine dining restaurant called The Overlook.
Demand for the 49th State beer combined with the desire to join the community in Anchorage became reality when DV3 purchased, remodeled and reopened one of Anchorage’s most historic downtown buildings as their newest brewpub on Third Avenue.
Julia Niziolek has been selected for the position of executive director, insurance and investment services, for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She previously held the position of manager, administration and compliance at Alaska USA Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Niziolek has more than 13 years of experience in different sectors of the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance, as well as a master of business administration degree, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Ash Grove Cement Company, the largest American-owned cement company in the United States, hired Lydia Gallagher as sales administrative assistant. She will be the point of contact on orders and shipments for the state of Alaska and will work from Ash Grove’s Bellevue, Wash., sales office. Gallagher comes to Ash Grove from Ferguson Enterprises, where she spent the last three years as client services representative providing expert product knowledge and helping customers with their orders.
Dr. Kersten Johnson-Struempler, principal of South Anchorage High School, has been selected as the South Anchorage High School Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Johnson-Struempler has served as principal at for seven years. She will be honored during the 2017 Alaska Principals’ Conference at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel Oct. 22-24.
Alaska Travel Adventures announced three new executive appointments. Mike Wallisch has been selected to succeed Chris Meier as vice president and chief operating officer. Sarah Lowell is ATA’s new director of sales, and Tor Wallen will be joining ATA as Skagway director of operations. For 22 years Wallisch owned and operated Alaska Adventures Unlimited, a charter sport fishing business in Sitka, before selling in 2015. Most recently he served as senior manager of operations for Steamboat Resorts, a division of Wyndham Vacation Rentals in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Lowell joins ATA after an extensive career with Era Helicopters, where she most recently served as Juneau base manager. Lowell currently serves as president of the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. Wallen, a 15-year travel industry veteran, brings a combination of operations and logistics experience. ATA’s Skagway presence includes; Alaska Motorhome Rentals, Ship Creek RV Park, self-driven Hummer tours, a Stampede hike and eat tour, and the Liarsville Trail Camp and Salmon Bake. Wallen has worked for several cruise and maritime security companies; including, Princess Cruises and Tours, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Coast Cruise Line, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska and American General Services.