Movers & Shakers 10/06/13

Petro Star Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., recently appointed Mark John to vice president-business development and marketing. Joining John in the new group are Orval Holmes, director of business development; Nicole Stewart, marketing and communications manager; and Angelene Faulkner, community economic development specialist. John has served Petro Star for 13 years. Prior to joining the company, he specialized in new business development in refinery related industries and he will retain responsibility for the company’s aviation sales. Holmes has been with Petro Star for more than 27-years. Previously, Stewart was the marketing manager for Petro Star’s Sourdough Fuel division in Fairbanks. She will be bringing her 12 years of expertise in public relations and marketing to the corporation as a whole. Faulkner is Petro Star’s first community economic development specialist. Her ties to the community of Anaktuvuk Pass will be key to Petro Star’s efforts to expand economic opportunities in the village. Don Castle has been appointed to vice president-sales and operations. In addition to his leadership of Petro Star’s marine and heating fuel divisions, he will now oversee the company’s retail and lubricant divisions. At the Fairbanks based Sourdough Fuel division, Doug Richmond, who has been with the company for 31 years, has accepted the new position of director–Sourdough Fuel sales and operations. Advancing to Sourdough Fuel as retail sales and operations manager is Greg Machacek. In addition, Lynette Taylor has been promoted to retail operations supervisor. Both Machacek and Taylor have 12 years of experience in the company’s retail group.

Franklin Roppel and Clay Porter were reappointed to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. board of directors. Roppel, of Wrangell, retired after 20 years as general manager of Alaska Pulp Corp. Prior to his work with Alaska Pulp Corp., he served as the first president of Sealaska Timber Corp. He is also the former sawmill manager of Ketchikan Pulp Co. where he worked from 1959 to 1980. Porter, of Anchorage, has more than 30 years of experience in architectural design and construction, and is the co-founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. He is also the current president of NCP Architects and Planners and NCP Design/Build Ltd. A former president of the Alaska Homebuilders Association, Porter holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University. He is currently vice-chair of the board.

Stephen Trimble of URS Corp. was recently honored with the University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Distinction Emerging Leader Award. UAA describes the nominees as alumni who have made a significant impact on their industry or profession or contributed to the community, and have strived to make a difference in the lives of others. Trimble, Alaska mining and power business line leader, was nominated in the Emerging Leader Category. Trimble serves as a political appointee on three commissions for the State of Alaska: the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, Alaska Minerals Commission, and the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee. He also serves as a Trustee for the Nature Conservancy, as Chair of the UAA Geological Sciences Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the UAA College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, and President of the Gold Cord Development Corporation. Trimble was also honored as an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award winner in 2013.

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the local nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, announced Eric Persson as the new secretary for the Board of Trustee leadership for fiscal year 2013-14. As a lifelong Alaskan born in Anchorage, Persson has served in many foreman, supervisory and managerial positions in the construction industry for more than 35 years. He is co-owner and principal of Meridian Systems Inc., a building automation/energy management and controls company in Anchorage that works closely with the U.S. Air Force, Army and National Guard, as well as many private entities, in developing and implementing energy efficiency strategies and utility cost savings.

Laurie Lyons and Sasha Loyd joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originators. Lyons will be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Avenue, Suite 110 in Anchorage. Lyons has more than eight years in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Lyons worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Loyd will also be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office in Anchorage. Loyd has more than eight years in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Loyd worked for Residential Mortgage. Loyd holds an associate’s degree in business.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced a change in her Alaska leadership team, with current State Director Miles Baker departing to become the Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and Murkowski veteran Kevin Sweeney returning to run her state operations and outreach efforts. Baker was appointed Murkowski’s state director in October 2012 after serving as her finance and economic policy advisor in Washington, D.C. after spending eight years as senior budget and appropriations staff to the Senate Finance Committee and chief of staff to Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka. A former U.S. Marine, Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Sweeney began working for Senator Murkowski in 2005 as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. He later became press secretary and then communications director before returning to the state and being elevated to state director. Prior to joining her team, Sweeney worked as the special assistant to the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, communications director for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and as a legislative liaison for the Alaska Department of Education. He is a graduate of Cornell University. Sweeney will begin Nov. 11.

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