Movers & Shakers 09/29/13

At the Dena’ina Center Sept. 13, 16 of Anchorage’s business best were honored during the 56h annual Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan Awards. The evening ended with four recipients taking home awards in two categories: community service and entrepreneurial/business excellence. The 2013 Gold Pan Award Recipients are: Chris Dunn, Integrity Roofing & Windows (Entrepreneurial Excellence); Cornerstone General Contractors (Business Excellence); Peter Mulcahy, URS Corp. (Distinguished Community Service-Individual, Small Business/ Organization); Fred Meyer (Distinguished Community Service-Large Business/ Organization); Michele Gruber, Alarm Protection Alaska (Anchorage Chamber Ambassador of the Year); George Vakalis, Municipality of Anchorage (Anchorage Chamber Volunteer of the Year). Read more about the winners at

Larry Macknicki was named as the Matanuska-Susitna information technology director in September. Macknicki is a current borough employee who has a diverse background with more than 15 years of IT related experience in both the public and private sector.

Carol G. Mills, a Silicon Valley veteran, will join the Alaska Communications board of directors. Mills brings more than 30 years experience in the enterprise software and technology sector to the Alaska Communications board of directors. Mills also serves on the board for Xactly Corporation, a cloud-based incentive compensation and performance management solutions company. She previously served on the boards of Adobe Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Tekelec Corporation. Prior to these roles she served in leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, Acta Technology and Juniper Networks. She holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College.

Julie Crotts has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Anchorage-based USTravel. Crotts started her career in the travel industry 28 years ago. USTravel also has a regional headquarters in Seattle and subsidiary companies Visions Meeting & Event Management, Air Fulfillment Services, TravelUS and Explore Tours.

Nancy Dodge of Eagle River has been awarded Ambassador of the Month by the international disaster relief organization ShelterBox. Dodge, one of two ambassadors in Alaska, was selected from a group of more than 350 ShelterBox USA Ambassador volunteers nationwideSince joining the Ambassador team in March, Dodge has organized 19 fundraisers and events — seven in August alone — ranging from church presentations, a demonstration for an 8th grade class, to a group wearing ShelterBox gear during a 10K race

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