Movers & Shakers 11/09/14
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has named Brenda Hansen vice president of business development. She will oversee staff development, strategic planning, and communications while facilitating membership growth for Alaska’s largest business organization. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in 2010 as membership services coordinator and was responsible for the organization’s front office. She was promoted to membership director in 2011. Prior to joining the Anchorage Chamber, she worked for several years in the tourism and hospitality industry, including guest room management, catering, convention management, and contract negotiation. Hansen currently serves as Anchorage Chamber liaison to the Membership Committee and the Visioning Committee. She also currently participates with the Visit Anchorage’s Big Wild Life Committee.
Angela Kangas has recently joined AECOM-URS as a project administrator. Ms. Kangas brings with her bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Michigan University, as well as 12 years of professional experience in the administrative, customer service, computer efficiency, and management fields.
Coffman Engineers, Inc., a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, has added fire protection engineering services through the hire of senior fire protection engineers Bob Libby, P.E., FSFPE, and Byron Briese, P.E. Libby and Briese bring to Coffman Engineers nearly seven decades of collective fire protection engineering experience. Both previously served in key management and executive roles at the largest fire protection consulting engineering firm in the world.
First National Bank Alaska and its board of directors recently announced several promotions and appointments. Secondary Mortgage Market Officer Tina Lynch was appointed assistant vice president. Originally from Kansas, Lynch has spent more than 15 years learning the ins and outs of the financial industry. One of her many responsibilities includes working closely with secondary market investors and housing issue groups. Kippy Mena was promoted to branch manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the new U-Med Branch when it opens in January near the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked for the bank for 23 years, including 20 years in Kenai. She’s also worked in Bethel and most recently at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. Assistant Vice President Vicki Myers was promoted to Anchorage branch administrator and will work closely with the teams at branches in the state’s largest city. With a bank management background of more than 13 years and customer service experience that goes back more than 25 years, Myers joined First National in 2012. Moving from Fairbanks’ Johansen Branch to the Interior City Branch, Jutta Pence was promoted to branch manager. Employed at First National for 10 years, she was recently named the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity Director of Distinction award winner. Meanwhile, at the Johansen Branch, Mary Roser was promoted to operations supervisor. She’s been at First National for almost a decade. Assistant Vice President Jennifer Snodgrass recently joined First National as consumer underwriting manager. She supervises the review and underwriting decision process made on consumer loans, consumer real estate loans, Automated Clearing House and business and corporate credit cards based on credit policy. She also first worked at the bank during the summers of high school and college. After working in cash management as a business development officer, Loan Officer Matt Thon is headed back to the Dimond Branch where he first started as a personal banker in 2012. He’ll continue to work in corporate lending with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs.
Alaska Pacific University student Tracey Mueller was recently awarded a scholarship from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. for the 2014-15 academic year. As part of Alyeska’s robust Alaska Native Scholarship Program, this $7,500 scholarship is awarded to Alaska Native students who are pursuing education, training and development that leads towards careers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System or other, oil industry related careers. Mueller, an MBA student at Alaska Pacific University in strategic leadership, is an Athabascan Indian born and raised in Alaska. After her initial start in college directly out of high school, Tracey decided she was simply “not ready” and began her career as a flight attendant, first with a local airline in Alaska, eventually moving on to work for an international carrier. After having the opportunity to travel and see the world, she eventually decided it was time to return to school and finish her undergraduate degree.
Eleanor King, owner of King’s Diner in Kodiak, has been awarded the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The award was presented on Oct. 25 during the AFN convention at the Dena’ina Center. Wells Fargo presented King with $1,000 and a beaded salmon skin cuff made by Sugpiaq artist June Pardue. King was born in Chignik Bay to Iver and Luba Wallin. She honed her cooking skills as a cafeteria cook for the Kodiak School District. In 1983, she and her late husband, Robert, took some college classes, learned how to operate a business, and opened a family-style restaurant called King’s Diner. King actively supports mentally handicapped youth, donates her restaurant space for local fundraisers, and sponsors youth sports teams.
Walker Dunford has recently joined Schilling Commercial Real Estate LLC as a commercial associate, located at 3301 C Street, Suite 510, Anchorage. Dunford has lived in the Anchorage area off and on since 1989, graduating from Chugiak High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He brings more than 10 years of knowledgeable product sales, marketing, providing excellent customer service, personal banking advice, and in depth local knowledge to the commercial business community. As an associate with Schilling Commercial, Dunford will handle the purchase, sale and leasing for both owners and tenants of commercial properties and vacant land.