Movers and Shakers for June 4

Resource Data Inc. has hired Breck Craig as a project manager/senior analyst to its Anchorage branch. Most recently Breck worked as a senior program manager for GCI Education. He has his MBA in IT from Western Governors University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado and is a certified project management professional

Daniel White was selected to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. White will succeed UAF Interim Chancellor Dana Thomas and will assume his new position on July 1. White, a Fairbanksan with a long university career, is currently vice president for academic affairs and research for the University of Alaska System. He joined UAF’s faculty in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He then served in successive administrative roles within UAF. In 2005, White accepted an appointment as interim director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, the research unit of UAF’s College of Engineering and Mines. After a national search, he was hired as director of INE in July 2006. In 2010, he was appointed as the associate vice chancellor for research. With this appointment, he became head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. In late 2014, White was named interim vice chancellor for research at UAF and in March 2015 he became the UA System vice president for academic affairs and research.

Michael Huston was hired to serve as executive vice president and chief lending officer of Northrim Bank, effective immediately. Huston will manage all loan production including commercial lending, commercial real estate and residential construction lending for the bank as well as Northrim Funding Services. Huston was formerly with First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. headquartered in Billings, Mont., rising to the level of executive vice president and chief banking officer after serving as regional president in Wyoming overseeing the Casper, Jackson, Riverton, Cheyenne, and Laramie markets, as well as serving as a commercial loan manager earlier in his career. Huston earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, graduating magna cum laude, with a President’s Scholarship from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has hired Mike Klopfer to serve as financial advisor in Anchorage. Klopfer holds a degree in biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has served as a financial planner since 2003.

First National Bank Alaska recently hired loan officer Zac Hays and announced his appointment to vice president. A lifelong Alaskan, Hays has spent more than 20 years working as a banker in the state. At FNBA, he will work to provide commercial banking opportunities and financial solutions to Alaska businesses.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announced that Steve Wackowski will be his senior advisor for Alaskan Affairs. Wackowski grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Bartlett High School before attending St. Mary’s University in California. He is a major in the Air Force Reserve, with service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. Wackowski previously worked for the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Fairweather Science, and as campaign manager for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s successful 2016 re-election effort. Wackowski, who was a named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2015, will be based in Anchorage.

Updated: 
05/31/2017 - 12:46pm

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