2015 Top Forty Under 40 Class Announced

The Alaska Journal of Commerce is proud to announce the 2015 class of the Top Forty Under 40. A committee of Journal management selected the 2015 class from nearly 160 individuals and more than 230 total nominations.

“In my third year involved in the Top 40 selection this is easily the most individuals and total nominations we have had to choose from,” said Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “This year had 40 more individuals — an entire class in and of itself — than were nominated in 2014. The decisions were in some cases very difficult and even though it makes our jobs harder we encourage everyone to continue to nominate the best and brightest of Alaska. It is heartening to know how many fine young professionals are working to make this state great.”

In addition to Anchorage, winners hail from Kodiak, Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Southeast and the Mat-Su Valley.

In a first, The Boardroom co-founders Katherine Jernstrom of Anchorage and Brit Szymoniak of Sitka are being honored together in order to accommodate an additional winner.

“That’s how tough the choices were this year,” Jensen said, “but no, we are not going to change it to the top 41 under 41.”

The 2015 Top Forty Under 40 class will be honored April 3 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the event will run from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Michelle Ditmore at (907) 275-2178 or [email protected]. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting [email protected].


2015 Top Forty Under 40 winners:

Joe Bell, 34, CEO, Keller Williams Realty, Alaska Group, Anchorage

Logan Birch, 35, Director of Treasury, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage

Luke Blomfeld, 31, Principal/Senior Project Manager, Davis Constructors, Anchorage

Jay Blury, 36, VP, Marketing & Communications Director, Northrim Bank, Anchorage

Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower, 34, President, Ilisagvik College, Barrow

Charity Carmody, 39, President, Beacon Hill/State Farm, Anchorage

Deantha Crockett, 33, Executive Director, Alaska Miners Association, Anchorage

Joey Crum, 36, President, Northern Industrial Training, Wasilla

Dr. Nicole Cundiff, Director Northern Leadership Center, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management, Fairbanks

Jason Davis, 36, President, Turnagain Marine Construction, Anchorage

Heidi Embley, 37, Executive Director of Communications, Anchorage School District, Anchorage

June Gardner, 33, Operations Systems Manager, Alaska USA FCU, Anchorage

Darrell Garrison, 36, Superintendent, Bethel Youth Facility, Bethel

Clare Gauster, 31, Principal, Ravenwood Elementary School, Eagle River

Krista Jean Gonder, 34, Owner, Alaska Tags & Titles, Wasilla

Jennifer Haney, 26, President, Peak 3 Technical Services

Magen James, 29, Programs/Events Director, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage

Katherine Jernstrom, 30, Anchorage, and Brit Szymoniak, 28, Sitka, owners/co-founders, The Boardroom

Dr. Katherine Johnson, 38, Ophthalmologist/Owner, Mountain View Medical Center, Fairbanks

D.K. Johnston, 31, Filmmaker, Tri-Seven Pictures, Anchorage

Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, 32, Associate General Counsel, Calista Corp., Anchorage

Nolan Klouda, 30, Executive Director, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Anchorage

Charlie Kozak, 39, EVP/CFO, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage

Zoi D. Maroudas-Tziolas, 35, President, Bambino’s Baby Food, Anchorage

Capt. Andrew Merrill, 39, Acting Captain of VPSO Program, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage

Amanda Moser, 32, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Anchorage

Glenna L. Muncy, 39, Parking Services Director, University of Alaska Anchorage

Ric Nelson, 31, Chair, Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education

Natasha Pineda, 36, Program Officer, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Anchorage

Gordon Pullar Jr., 29, Business Associate, Koniag Inc., Anchorage

Tracy Runyan-Traylor, 38, Associate Nurse Executive, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage

Ginessa Sams, 28, Deputy Behavioral Health Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks

Kisha Smaw, 35, Owner/CEO, Hearts and Hands of Care Inc.

Lea Souliotis, 37, Global Well Supply Chain Manager, BP Alaska, Anchorage

Lindsey Spinelli, 31, Account Executive, Porcaro Communications, Anchorage

Brandon Spoerhase, 32, Commercial Broker, Jack White Commercial, Anchorage

Dr. Anna Stevens, 39, Behavioral Health Therapist, Kodiak Area Native Association, Kodiak

Alexa Tonkovich, 33, International Program Director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Juneau

Steve Wackowski, 33, Operations Manager, Tulugaq II, Anchorage

Wally Ward, 30, Senior Facility Development Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Anchorage


07/22/2015 - 12:22pm