Movers & Shakers 04/10/16

Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired James Farmer as a system engineer and Tim Marvin as a senior systems engineer. Farmer’s professional experience includes systems administration experience providing IT support and consulting services to clients. He provided technical assistance and support on a contract basis to the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski. Marvin received an associate of applied technologies & networking from College America in Fort Collins, Colo. He has multiple technical proficiencies in servers, applications, operating systems, storage and networking. His most recent position at KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. in Colorado was as a senior systems administrator. Marvin was responsible for design, deployment, monitoring and maintaining the complete IT system. Prior to that he directed all aspects of global technology infrastructure including implementation, testing and maintenance of 150+ servers.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. hired Russell Read as chief investment officer. Read’s experience includes serving as the CIO to CalPERS, heading up his own private equity firm, overseeing risk and product engineering programs for Oppenheimer Funds, and serving as deputy chief investment officer for Deutsche Asset Management. Read holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Chicago and attended Stanford University to earn an additional master’s degree in economics as well as a Ph.D. in political economy. His first day of work will be May 9, with a starting salary of $400,000.

The board of directors of PND Engineers Inc. has elected Jim Campbell, P.E., to the position of president, and Dempsey Thieman, P.E., S.E., to senior vice president. Campbell and Thieman succeed John Pickering, P.E., and Mike Hartley, P.E., respectively. Pickering, who has retired, joined PND in 1990 and served as president since 2012. Hartley, who has been with PND since 1981, assumed the role of senior vice president in 2012 and also helped lead PND through many transitions, to include expanding the firm’s reach internationally and into new market sectors. He will remain with PND in a consultant capacity, continuing to participate in several ongoing projects and providing expertise on select new efforts. PND’s board has also selected Torsten Mayrberger, P.E., Ph.D., to be a principal in the firm. Mayrberger has 15 years of professional engineering experience, and joined PND’s Anchorage office in 2009. He specializes in geotechnical investigations and deep foundation design in permafrost soils, as well as geotechnical investigations in marine and non-permafrost soils. He was also instrumental in establishing PND’s AASHTO-accredited state-of-the-practice geotechnical lab testing facility in Anchorage.

The U.S. Geological Survey selected Dr. Michelle Coombs as the next scientist-in-charge of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Coombs succeeds John Power, who served as AVO SIC for the past five years and will now rotate to an AVO staff geophysicist position. Following her time as an undergraduate student at Williams College in Massachusetts, Coombs traveled northwest to study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her interest in volcanoes drew her to study the causes behind the 1953-68 eruptions of the Southwest Trident Volcano in Katmai National Park. After receiving her doctorate in geology in 2001, she began a postdoctoral position with the USGS in Menlo Park, Calif. There, she studied landslide hazards and evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes until 2004 when she returned to Alaska to join AVO. As a research geologist at AVO, Coombs participated in the responses to the 2006 and 2009 eruptions of Augustine and Redoubt in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. She has also studied the evolution and hazards of volcanoes along the expanse of Alaska’s Aleutian arc.

Joseph Murry has been promoted to enterprise banker with KeyBank in Alaska, responsible for developing and managing relationships with Key’s largest commercial clients throughout Alaska. He is also responsible for partnering with KeyBanc Capital Markets in order to bring Key’s full range of investment banking and capital markets capabilities to Alaskan companies. Murry began his career with KeyBank in October 2009, following 12 years in the commercial banking industry in Milwaukee. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and The Graduate of School of Banking in Boulder, Colo.. He was recognized in 2007 by the Milwaukee Business Journal in its annual “40 under 40” ranking of local professionals. He was a recipient of KeyBank’s 2013 Signature Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and was an Alaska Market Top Performer in 2014.

Bering Straits Native Corp. promoted Kevin Ivanoff to vice president of information technology. Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s senior director of IT. Ivanoff, a BSNC shareholder, joined BSNC in 2008 as its senior systems administrator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification.

First National Bank Alaska Senior Vice President Charlie Weimer was named the bank’s new Branch Lending administrator. Based in First National’s Soldotna Branch, Weimer will now work closely with bank leaders in Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley, as well as those on the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, Valdez, Glennallen Bethel and Southeast Alaska. He’s helped Alaskans meet their banking goals for more than 32 years. Upon graduation, Weimer joined First National’s management associate program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984.

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