Movers & Shakers 1/17/16
Long-time Alaska businessman Tom Tougas joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Tougas’ rich history with the state’s tourism industry started in the 1970s as a tour bus driver while studying in college. Today, he owns Seward-based businesses Major Marine Tours and the 90-room Harbor 360 Hotel, and has helped manage numerous other companies throughout the years. Joining Tougas on the board are Lawer, Vice Chair Lucy Mahan, Adm. Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Fran Ulmer.
Alice Crow and Cody Troseth have joined the Calista Corp. team to lead the new shareholder enrollment effort. As Shareholder Enrollment director, Crow will work with ANCSA Stock Enrollment Project Manager Cody Troseth to develop and implement a program to enroll descendants of original shareholders and people who were eligible to enroll as Calista shareholders on Dec. 18, 1971, but did not. Crow will serve as a liaison and utilize collaboration, public relations and media coverage related to the expanded Shareholder program and will team with Troseth to create and deliver an appropriate multi-channel communication plan. They will also design a plan for a shareholder services program in Bethel and Anchorage, to include ongoing enrollment, shareholder relations, proxy management, dividend processing and shareholder benefits. An original shareholder of Calista and Bethel Native corps., Maar’aq Crow is also a member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. Her experience includes work with small, rural and urban Alaska businesses and multinational companies, as well as with regional and statewide Tribal-focused entities. She graduated from Bethel High School and holds an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Troseth is a descendant and shareholder of Calista Corp. Troseth has experience in project management, including the construction and energy sectors. Most recently, he worked on the Shell Alaska Exploration project in the Chukchi Sea. Troseth has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in project management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Dave Zimmerman, Timber and Special Forest Products program manager for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Medford, Ore., was recently named the new Petersburg District Ranger. His arrival date has not yet been determined. Zimmerman worked for the Forest Service and private sector in both Juneau and Sitka for nearly two decades. In 1980, he became the first timber management assistant on the Juneau Ranger District and prior to that position he served as a supervisory forester at the Sitka Supervisor’s Officer. This was a time in the forest’s history when it was organized into three areas, which were the Ketchikan Area, Stikine Area (Petersburg) and the Chatham Area (Sitka). Zimmerman brings extensive knowledge and diverse experience to the Tongass and Petersburg Ranger District. He has worked in three regions, on five national forests, and seven ranger districts. He earned an undergraduate degree in forestry from the University of Missouri. He also attended a Forest Service-sponsored educational program called the Forest Engineering Institute at Oregon State University. Petersburg is one of 10 ranger districts located on the 16.8-million-acre Tongass.
The U.S. business law firm Stoel Rives LLP announced that James E. Torgerson, a partner in the firm’s Anchorage office, has been appointed firm-wide managing partner, making him the first Alaska-based managing partner of a major law firm in U.S. history. Torgerson, whose appointment went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, succeeds Bob Van Brocklin who served as the firm’s managing partner from 2008 to 2015. Stoel Rives has nearly 400 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. Torgerson joined the firm as a founder and managing partner of the Anchorage office in 2008. He also has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2012. Torgerson has helped to grow the Anchorage office to 15 attorneys representing nearly all of the Native Alaskan companies in the state.
Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Chad Johnson to information technology projects manager. Johnson was initially hired in 2004. Since then, he has served as a teller, senior teller, member service assistant, member service officer, credit solutions loan officer, staff trainer, marketing writer, information technology support assistant, and his most recent position of information technology business analyst. In his new position, Johnson will be responsible for managing and tracking components of multi-departmental projects that require the Information Technology Department. He will investigate new systems and software within the organization and how they interconnect with departments, vendors and members to ensure smooth and accurate integration. Additionally, Johnson will be responsible for incorporating feedback from staff and members who use credit union systems, mapping solutions and implementing custom programming, testing and production rollouts.