Movers and Shakers for July 21
Shannon Butler, Specialty Accounts officer at Denali-A Division of Nuvision Credit Union, was recently awarded the Certified IRA Services Professional certification from the American Bankers Association. The CISP certification was designed by ABA and its strategic partner Ascensus to establish meaningful standards of knowledge and competency for IRA professionals, give formal recognition to those who meet prescribed standards, and meet professional education and development requirements. ABA Professional Certifications promote the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise.
Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson was selected as the next command chief for the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Renson has been a member of the wing for 26 years, joining the unit in 1993 as a member of the 168th Maintenance Squadron. Renson will replace Chief Master Sgt. James Wolverton, who is retiring this summer. As the 168th Mission Support Group superintendent, Renson was responsible for providing administrative and technical supervision and guidance to sustainment services, manpower and personnel, force development, human resource systems manager, customer support, career development and force management functions. As the command chief, Renson will be the senior enlisted leader for the 168th Wing. She will be responsible for advising the wing commander on all matters concerning the discipline, health, morale, welfare and mentorship of more than 800 Guardsmen, civilian personnel and their families.
Isaac Stark, EIT, has joined PND Engineers Inc.’s Juneau office as a staff engineer. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a master of science in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus in structural design and analysis. He earned his bachelor’s degree there as well. Stark has engineering experience in both Alaska and Utah. He has completed internships with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Bridge Section, and has also worked with Juneau and Salt Lake City engineering and construction companies. Taylor Mortensen, EIT, is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of West Anchorage High School. He graduated this spring from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He previously interned at SECON Construction in Juneau and Houser Engineering in Bozeman, Mont., where he performed civil engineering design and inspection for mountainous environments. His main interests are in hydraulic, hydrologic, and coastal engineering. Before engineering school, Mortensen served six years in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft, a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft.
Schindler Elevator Corporation announced the appointment of Sierra Stonich to oversee sales and operations for its Alaska office, servicing Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding areas. Stonich has extensive operations background and duties include anticipating the needs and priorities of customers while managing customized maintenance programs and facilitating emergency repairs. As the world’s second-largest elevator company and the largest escalator company, Schindler manufacturers, designs, and installs its own equipment and maintains, repairs, and modernizes equipment from all manufacturers.
Cornerstone General Contractors hired Justin McVaney for its cost estimating team. McVaney has more than 18 years of experience in construction and will be responsible for supporting Cornerstone’s estimating operations and leveraging data analytics in estimating and contract performance. In addition, he is supporting the team in regular evaluation and optimization of competitive bidding on future projects. Before joining Cornerstone, McVaney worked as a superintendent and layout foreman in charge of vertical survey. McVaney also owned and managed his own algorithmic commodity trading firm, specializing in quantitative historical trend analysis, risk management, and allocation modeling.
Alex Rasskazov has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory services firm, as a new Tax Managing director in the firm’s Anchorage office. Rasskazov is returning to KPMG as a Business Tax Services managing director. He will focus on providing federal and state tax consulting and compliance services to Alaskan entities, including Alaska Native corporations, other commercial businesses, and family office operations. Rasskazov has nearly 20 years of industry experience, primarily in tax. He joins KPMG from another “Big Four” accounting firm, where he served as a lead tax director for their on-shore compliance center. Rasskazov previously served in KPMG’s Anchorage office from 2001 to 2008 and is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage.