Movers & Shakers for Nov. 20, 2022
Alaska Communications has promoted Mark Ayers to chief technology officer. Ayers joined Alaska Communications at the start of 2022. As chief technology officer, he leads information technology, planning and construction strategy, engineering design and execution, and helps set network vision. Ayers has extensive telecommunications experience having served 20 years at GCI. He is a University of Alaska graduate and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Alaska.
University of Alaska alumnus and Bristol Bay Borough School District superintendent Bill Hill was named 2023 Alaska Superintendent of the Year during a banquet hosted by the Alaska Superintendents Association. He will now be in the running for the School Superintendents Association’s National Superintendent of the Year award. The award follows the news that the Bristol Bay Teaching and Learning Collaborative, which includes BBBSD and the UAA School of Education, was awarded a $4.39 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education program. BBTLC — which Hill was a key partner in forming — will use the grant to facilitate teacher development and retention and provide culturally responsive education courses to teachers from outside the region.
Carol Fraser, vice president of Aspen Hotels of Alaska, leads the Trend Alaska Fashion Show. The Trend Alaska Fashion Show, also known as Trend, is an annual event that showcases Alaska’s artists and designers while raising funds for a local nonprofit. The event debuted in 2019 and returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception, the show has raised more than $140,000. Thanks to Fraser’s leadership, the Trend committee was awarded the 2022 Spirit of Alaska Award at the Alaska Travel Industry Association Annual Convention & Trade Show. “Supporting Alaska’s artists, designers and nonprofits has been such an incredible opportunity,” said Fraser. “I can’t wait for the community to see all that we have in store for the third Trend Alaska Fashion Show on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.”
Fraser was also inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society earlier this year, currently serves as the president of the Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel, and previously held positions on the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association and the Alaska Travel Industry Association board of directors. Fraser got her start in hotel management in 1992 when she fell in love with not only hotel operations, but also with sharing the wonders of Alaska with people from around the world.
Northrim Bank is proud to announce the promotion of four officers and welcomes two new employees. Jason Gentry is now vice president, commercial loan officer. Gentry rejoined Northrim in September and has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry in Alaska and Washington. A longtime Alaskan, he grew up in Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ben Schulman is now vice president, commercial loan officer. Schulman started at Northrim Bank in 2010 and has 22 years of banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Corban University. Johnico Bashford-Blumer is now assistant vice president, branch manager-Lake Otis Community Branch. Bashford-Blumer has been with Northrim for just over two years and has more than 13 years of management experience. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Samantha Schemm is now assistant vice president, deposit applications manager. Schemm joined Northrim in September and brings over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, to include retail banking, back office operations and IT. Jodie Stone is now assistant vice president, card services manager. Stone started at Northrim two years ago and has 24 years of banking and leadership experience, working in retail banking and back office branch support. Cindy Cheely is now assistant branch manager, Southside Financial Center. Cheely has been with Northrim Bank for a total of 13 years and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has worked in a variety of departments at Northrim including financial sales, lending and retail banking.