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Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new executive appointments
Published December 11, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed two individuals to executive level positions.
Jessica Graham has been selected to fill the new position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel. Graham comes to Alaska USA with 14 years of in-house corporate law experience, most recently as General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, Koniag Native Corporation. Graham also clerked for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Tom Newins has been selected to fill the position of Chief Operations Officer. Newins comes to Alaska USA with more than 25 years of executive-level credit union experience, including President/CEO of a credit union with more than $1 billion in assets.
Newins holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with honors from the Western CUNA Management School.
“Jessica is the ideal candidate to support the continued growth and expansion of the credit union while ensuring that Alaska USA’s regulatory compliance remains exceptional within the industry,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President, Alaska USA. “And Tom’s experience and track record with credit unions present him as the best person to strategically lead our operations management. We’re extremely pleased to have Jessica and Tom as part of Alaska USA’s leadership team.”
Anchorage Museum "Yoga in the Galleries"
Published December 7, 2017
12:10 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Yogis of all levels have another venue to practice their yoga – the Anchorage Museum.
Taught by Sami Glascott, a certified yoga instructor and founder of Unravel, LLC, the 50-minute lunchtime sessions are open to yogis of all levels. Participants are guided through various aspects of yoga, including mindfulness, meditation, breathing and moving postures of both yang-style vinyasa and yin yoga.
The Anchorage Museum’s “Yoga in the Gallery” is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Art of the North Galleries, which opened to the public in September. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, although a limited number of mats are available for those who forget.
Each session is $18, museum members receive a 10 percent discount). Museums across the around the globe have added yoga and meditation into their spaces. The Anchorage Museum started the program this fall to expand gallery programming and to take advantage of the Art of the North Galleries grand space and abundant natural light.
Alaska USA Foundation donates $42,500 to local Alaska nonprofits
Published December 7, 2017
Alaska USA Foundation contributed $42,500 to support a variety of non-profits that are vital fixtures in the communities they serve.
Recipients of the Alaska USA Foundation donation include Girl Scouts of Alaska, American Diabetes Association, Special Olympics of Alaska, Children’s Lunchbox, Together, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska.
“These non-profits do an exemplary job of serving different groups in the community,” said Dan McCue, Executive Director, Alaska USA Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our members, we can provide the funds to help keep these important programs going strong.”
Anchorage Petroleum Women's Association Gala - Benefits The Arc of AnchoragePublished November 28, 2017
Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association Gala “Dapper & Diamonds”
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
6 p.m. – Midnight
The Anchorage Petroleum Women's Association invites the community to attend its annual benefit gala on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. Join us to celebrate our 60th anniversary and raise funds for The Arc of Anchorage, a local nonprofit providing services to people who experience developmental or intellectual disabilities.
Be ready for a lively reception, delicious dinner, tempting silent and live auctions, and more! Bring your dancing shoes to celebrate late into the evening with the live band, Chill Factor.
The net proceeds of the gala will go exclusively towards The Arc of Anchorage's Inclusion Scholarship Program.
Individual tickets are available for $125 each. Various sponsorship levels are also available.
Complete event details can be found here: http://bit.ly/APWA2018Gala.
Incredible Tales from Alaskans Who Helped End the Cold War
Published November 28, 2017
The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation on "Incredible Tales from Alaskans Who Helped End the Cold War || The Inside Story of Melting the Alaska-Russia Ice Curtain." Featuring Alaskans who were key players in melting the Alaska-Russia Ice Curtain in the mid-1980s. They will discuss how Alaska helped end the Cold War, launching a 30-year era of productive commercial and personal relations across the Bering Strait.
- Jim Stimpfle, a Nome realtor whose stories of interactions with Russia through his Native wife’s family inspired him to engage in “Balloon Diplomacy” and other efforts to open the Strait. Stimpfle has visited Russia many times and helped convince Nome merchants to accept Russian rubles.
- Dave Heatwole, a former Alaska oil company executive who caught the “Russia bug” through the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and traveled numerous times to Russia as one of the few Alaska businessmen who were successful working there. Heatwole even met his wife working in Russia.
- Elena Kostonko-Farkus, West High School’s Russian language teacher and founder of the Anchorage public school Russian immersion program. Farkus moved to Alaska from Magadan, Russia, in 1992, operated a Russian bookstore in Anchorage and promotes Russian cultural understanding.
-David Ramseur, long-time Alaska journalist and author of a new book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, moderates the panel discussion.
Tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration. Please visit our website to learn more about the confirmed speakers and registration.
UPS's Gateway to the Asia-Pacific Region
Published November 28, 2017
The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation on "UPS's Gateway to the Asia-Pacific Region."
- President of UPS International responsible for UPS’s services in more than 220 countries & territories outside the US
- Leads 150,000 international employees
- Previously served as President of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s
- Holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University
- Chartered Financial Consultant designee of The American College and has over 30 years of experience in financial planning.
~Special Introduction by Alaska Governor Bill Walker~
Admission tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration and presentation of their ID's. Please visit our website to learn more about the speakers and registration.
AEDC's 2018 Business Confidence Index Survey
Published November 9, 2017
What issues does your business think are most important to the Anchorage economy? Take AEDC’s quick, confidential survey to share your thoughts.
Bonus: All participants will have a chance to win two tickets from Alaska Airlines.
Take the survey here: http://mcdowellgroupsurvey.com/AED10/login.html
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members raise $77,900 in annual food drive
Published November 7, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members contributed $77,900 to support community food banks during the annual Cash for Cans food drive.
The credit union and the Alaska USA Foundation teamed up for the fundraiser, collecting cash donations at Alaska USA branches. Alaska branches collected $49,400, which will benefit the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, Fairbanks Community Food Bank, Palmer Food Bank, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, MatSu Food Bank, Kodiak Island Food Bank, Homer Food Pantry, Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau, the Salvation Army in Ketchikan, and the Lions Club in Bethel.
“Cash for Cans continues to be a successful fundraiser, year after year,” said Phenie Miller, Senior Vice President, Branch Administration. “It’s all thanks to the generosity of our members. I’m proud to serve a community of people that step up to help others in such a meaningful way.”
About the Alaska USA Foundation
The Alaska USA Foundation was established in 2003 to support 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide needs-based services to children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.7 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission.
Learn more about the Alaska USA Foundation at www.alaskausafoundation.org.
Executive Director Alaska USA Foundation
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Announces Executive Appointments
Published November 6, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed three individuals to fill executive positions within the organization.
Joel Swanson has been selected to fill the position of Senior Vice President, Branch Administration. Swanson brings more than 17 years of professional experience, including 10 years with Alaska USA. Most recently he served as Vice President, Electronic Services.
Sonya Watkins has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Branch Administration, Alaska Region. Watkins has worked for Alaska USA for more than 23 years, primarily serving in positions of branch and area management. Most recently she served as Area Vice President, South Anchorage.
Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been selected to fill the position of Vice President, Electronic Services. Pavlas has worked for Alaska USA for 9 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently she has served as Card Products Manager.
2017 Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable
Published October 17, 2017
The 2017 Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable will take place on December 14th and 15th at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in Anchorage. You can RSVP using this form. There is no cost to attend this event, thanks to generous sponsorships from ANTHC, NECA/IBEW, and Donlin Gold.
This roundtable will include panels and participatory workshops covering Registered Apprenticeships in wide range of industry sectors, as well as topics such as school to apprenticeship and synergy between Registered Apprenticeship and college programs. Last year’s event was a huge success, and we’re excited to continue the momentum again this December.
Ravn Recruits Top Airline Professionals to Take Alaska’s Largest Regional Airline to ‘the Next Level’
Published September 26, 2017
Alaska’s leading regional air transportation and logistics company announced that effective immediately, it has reorganized its senior management team and installed a simpler and more efficient leadership structure following its successful recruitment of some of the airline industry’s most seasoned and successful professionals.
Ravn’s leadership reorganization will simplify the Air Group’s multi-layered executive management by eliminating several senior roles, and replacing them with a single, group-level officer team that will oversee FAA-approved leaders as well as managing the company’s three separate airlines: Hageland Aviation, Corvus Airlines, and Frontier Flying Services.
The corporate reorganization and recruitment efforts were led by Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s recently-appointed president and CEO.
“Operating with a ‘one company’ mindset, instead of three, will turbo-charge Ravn’s ability to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s transportation and logistics market, drive a safety-first and customer-focused culture, and help our team create a world-class airline,” said Pflieger.
Members of Ravn’s newly-constituted executive team are:
- Steve Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
- George Snyder, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Safety
- Len Sloper, Senior Vice President, Airports, Cargo and Real Estate
- George Nichols, Chief Information Officer
- Wendy Yow, Vice President, Human Resources
Rounding out the airline’s new executive team will be a Chief Commercial Officer, for whom the company is actively recruiting.>
“Ravn has an Alaska-proud past tied to an incredibly bright future. While I have no doubt that our new world-class leadership team will take us to even greater heights, I also want to extend Ravn’s thanks to our outgoing executives from Corvus, Hageland and Frontier. Our company is extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and assistance during this leadership transition. Mr. Jim Hajdukovich, Mr. Jim Hickerson, Mr. John Hajdukovich, and Mr. Walter Dallis, all played key roles in getting us where we are today,” said Pflieger.
Ravn Air Group is owned by investment affiliates of private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners, with one of the company’s original founders, the Hajdukovich family, retaining a minority interest.
Arctic Information Technology, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Whanau Tahi, Ltd.
Published September 26, 2017
Partnership provides Native American and Alaskan Native organizations an “outcome-based family engagement platform for social services”
The Equifax Data Breach – What You Need to Know
Published September 19, 2017
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Investing in Alaska's Workforce: A Summit on the Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning
Published September 19, 2017
thread teams up with business leaders, city officials, paediatricians, and community members to ask, what happens to Alaska’s workforce without the support of child care? What If the only options available are always full or low-quality? What can communities do to make a difference? What can employers do? And, how does this impact our children’s future? Come and learn how investments in Alaska’s early care & learning strengthens the workforce of today, while laying the foundation of for a strong tomorrow. Learn more at www.threadalaska.org or call 907.265.3100.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donates $100,000 to Financial Reality Foundation
Published September 11, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Financial Reality Foundation, a local non-profit that provides programs to develop the financial literacy of high school students and lead them to achieving their life-long financial goals.
The donation will support the Financial Reality Foundation’s mission to educate 100% of high school seniors in the state of Alaska with Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs. The fairs consist of interactive simulations that allow students to make real-life choices about a post high school career and how to budget for life events like housing, food, and transportation.
In addition to monetary support, Alaska USA acts as host for Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs, which are staffed by a number of Alaska USA employee volunteers, professional partners, and other actively engaged members of the community.
“Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has a long-standing interest in providing people of all ages a foundation in practical financial education,” said Geoff Lundfelt, President and CEO,
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. “We share the same vision as the Financial Reality Foundation, and want to ensure that all students enter adulthood with the necessary tools and resources needed to make smart financial decisions.”
Learn more at www.alaskausa.org.
AECOM Alaska announces Matt Narus joins company as Senior Project Manager
Published September 5, 2017
AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced that it has hired Matt Narus to support its Alaska operations as a Senior Project Manager. In this role, Matt will manage projects as well as work with our team supporting business activities for our Alaska operations.
“It excites me to announce that Matt Narus has joined the AECOM team,” said AECOM Alaska Operations Manager, Laura Young. “Matt is an adamant professional and brings a tremendous depth of experience that will greatly benefit our team.”
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Washington.
Matt comes to AECOM after most recently working at the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as a Project Manager.
New Subway(r) restaurant to open in Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska
Published September 5, 2017
(Utqiagvik, Alaska) August 25, 2017—A Subway® restaurant, which is known for its fresh baked bread and offering a healthier alternative to traditionally fatty fast food, is coming to Barrow on August 26, 2017. The new restaurant is located at 1611 Okpik Street and will feature a metropolitan design in the northern most city in the United States and the 11th northernmost public community in the world. The Alaska city formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, changed its name back to its original name “Utquagvik” in December of 2016. The city formerly known as Barrow will house the northernmost Subway® restaurant in the United States.
Subway® restaurants are famous for their made-to-order Footlong and 6-inch submarine sandwiches. They are served on a variety of gourmet breads that are baked fresh in each restaurant throughout the day. Customers create their own hot or cold sandwiches by choosing from a variety of meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and condiments, while viewing the sandwich being assembled right in front of them.
In addition to submarine sandwiches, the new Subway® restaurant at Barrow will also offer breakfast, a variety of salads, soups, chips, soft drinks, milk and sliced apples.
“I am excited to be able to bring Subway® restaurant’s delicious, nutritious product to the people of Barrow,” said John Masterson, local resident of Barrow and co-owner of the new sandwich shop. “I look forward to seeing my neighbors and invite everyone to stop by and try our world-famous submarine sandwiches.”
Subway® Founder Fred DeLuca was a 17-year-old student when he co-founded the Subway® chain in 1965. With a $1,000 loan from family friend Dr. Peter Buck, he started the venture as a way to finance his college education. Today, there are 44,566 Subway® restaurants in 113 countries around the world.
bty Dental is on the list of INC Magazine's 2017 5000 fastest growing companies in the United States!
Published September 5, 2017
We want to thank Anchorage for making btyDENTAL one of the fastest growing private companies in America according to INC. 5000 btyDENTAL has proudly served the Anchorage community with dental services for the past 10 years. Over the past decade, we have educated and cared for the oral hygiene of a diversity of Alaskans. We are continuously improving and expanding our services - we now offer dental services in eight locations within the municipality with extended hours of operation. We also accept walk in and same day appointments.
It all started here in Anchorage with a desire to better meet the needs of our Alaskan community. We will continue to serve Alaskans with more accessible and affordable dental services. Thank you for your continued support.
Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History
Published September 5, 2017
The Alaska World Affairs Council invites you to join us for a conversation with Katie Ringsmuth, PhD and Paul Dunscomb, PhD on "Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s Connected History." This program will be hosted at 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage, food and beverages at this program will be available for individual order and purchase from 49th State Brewing Co.
Katie Johnson Ringsmuth, PhD, is the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision and teaches U.S., Alaska, and World History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ringsmuth is currently working with UAF, NPS, Trident Seafoods, and the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation to collect, interpret, and share the stories of cannery workers from the historic NN Cannery at South Naknek. She has curated several history exhibitions, including Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North and Wrangell Mountain Skyboys. She has authored five publications for the National Park Service, with the sixth—At Work in the Wrangells: A Photographic History, 1895-1966—due out later this year.
Paul Dunscomb, PhD is the UAA Department of History Chair as well as a Professor of East Asian History. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history. He lived in Japan for two years while working on his Ph.D. dissertation. While his initial research focused on Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922 and Japanese Imperialism his most recent work attempts to bring not only Postwar Japan but events of the last two and a half decades into focus. His current work examines the crisis in Japanese professional baseball of 2004 as a means to understand the nature of change in Japan during the early Heisei period (1989-2009).
Admission tickets are available for $10 for members and $15 for the general public. High school, full-time university students, and active-duty military qualify for complimentary admission with advance registration. Please visit our website to learn more about the speakers and registration.
Armed Services YMCA Of Alaska
Published August 23, 2017
During the month of December the Armed Services YMCA will send a gift shipment to Alaska-based service members deployed during the holidays. These heroes have to spend the holidays overseas, away from their family—this season let’s show them how much they mean to our community!
HOW CAN YOUR ORGANIZATION MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL FOR OUR TROOPS?
- Set a goal! Determine how many of the 3,500 deployed Alaskan troops your organization can help provide care packages to.
- Decide if you are going to only accept cash donations, or if you are also going to accept inkind donations if items from the Wish List.
- Contact the ASYMCA at 907-552-9622 for marketing materials that can be branded with your company logo and personalized for your campaign.
- Share the marketing materials with your group/ company, employees, friends, and neighbors. Make donation stations easily accessible.
- If accepting in-kind donation items, be sure they are items off the established wish list. This ensures that everything will fi t in a medium size fl at rate USPS shipping box.
- Set up your packing date and communicate this date with the ASYMCA so they can staff volunteers on site to help you.
- The ASYMCA will pick up your boxes and/or donations and make certain that they’re in the hands of deployed military Alaskans in time for the holidays.
Outlook Law, LLC, Attorney Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List
Published August 22, 2017
Outlook Law, LLC is pleased to announce that Christine Williams has been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. PRESS RELEASE
Sonosky Chambers New Partners
Published August 7, 2017
The Sonosky Chambers law firm is pleased to announce that Rebecca Patterson and Kendri Cesar have become partners in the firm. Rebecca and Kendri are both graduates of Harvard Law School. Before joining the firm Rebecca clerked for U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason and Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti, and Kendri clerked for Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery in Barrow and worked as committee staff in the Alaska Legislature. Kendri is also a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Both are active in all aspects of the firm’s Alaska Native rights practice.
The Sonosky Chambers law firm is also very proud to announce that, effective August 1, 2017, longstanding partner Marissa Flannery has accepted an appointment as Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and that associate Maile Tavepholjalern will also be joining Marissa at the Consortium. ANTHC is the largest tribal health care provider in the United States and has worked with our law firm since ANTHC’s inception in 1997. The Sonosky Chambers firm wishes Marissa and Maile the very best in their new positions, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them, with ANTHC and with all of our tribal clients to better the health care and self-governance of the Alaska Native community.
Alaska USA Foundation raises over $69,000 for nonprofits
Published August 7, 2017
The Alaska USA Foundation launched the third annual Members Making Change donation drive, online and in Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branches. The drive raised over $69,726 in donations from the credit union’s generous members. The collected funds will be used to assist nonprofit organizations that provide needs-based programs for children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families.
The Alaska USA Foundation was established in 2003 to support 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide needs-based services to children, veterans, and active duty members of the military and their families. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.5 million to these organizations and is honored to assist those that provide direct services in support of its mission.
Published July 28, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union welcomes new VP of Special Credits
Published July 13, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Chris Brown has been selected for the position of Senior Vice President, Special Credits.
“Chris brings a great deal of experience to the position,” said Wayne Bailey, Chief Lending Officer. “He’s no stranger to the world of financing, and has proven leadership skills that will greatly benefit Alaska USA.”
Brown has more than 23 years of lending and collections experience, including 18 years with Ford Motor Credit. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Advertising and Public Relations degrees from Michigan State University.
Learn more at alaskausa.org http://www.alaskausa.org.
Alaska USA Foundation donates $75,000 to local military and youth programs
Published June 6, 2017
Alaska USA Foundation has donated $75,000 among five community service programs.
$50,000 was donated to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) of Alaska to help support military service members and their families. The funds will aid in the operation of the more than 30 programs ASYMCA provides, including hospital morale visits, Operation Holiday Joy, and Operation Kid Comfort.
$10,000 was donated to Stand Down, Inc. to help in-need and homeless veterans access vital medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse services.
$5,000 was donated to the Great Alaska Council in support of Boy Scouts of America. The funds will provide Scouts without financial means or transportation the opportunity to attend day camps.
$5,000 was donated to Alaska Legal Services to provide high quality legal services to low- income veterans and families, as well as disadvantaged people and communities.
$5,000 was donated to Camp Fire Alaska in support of youth development programs that service more than 5,000 youth annually in the state of Alaska.
Alaska USA welcomes new Financial Advisor
Published May 26, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has hired Mike Klopfer to serve as Financial Advisor in Anchorage, Alaska. “Mike is going to make a great addition to Alaska USA Financial Planning and Investment Services,” said Julia Niziolek, Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. “He has a proven track record of helping individuals and organizations successfully plan, and realize their financial goals, and will continue to provide this important service for Alaska USA members.” Klopfer holds a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has served as a financial planner since 2003. Learn more at alaskausa.org/investment.
Alaska Railroad launches Catch the Train Photo Contest
Published May 18, 2017
Beginning today, the Alaska Railroad will launch its third-annual Catch the Train Photo Contest through its website and social media channels with a new partnership to celebrate the centennial of Denali National Park and Preserve. The grandprize winner, to be chosen from the 12 finalists via a public online vote, will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and the Railroad’s new Denali Getaways package. This new package commemorates the park’s centennial with round-trip rail travel for four to Denali and overnight accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge. For additional rules and regulations, visit www.alaskarailroad.com/catchthetrain.
Shoot for the Troops
Published May 18, 2017
Kumin Hires Youngest Associate in 40-year History
Published May 15, 2017
Kumin has promoted architect Sarah Salazar to Associate, making her the youngest Associate in Kumin’s 40-year history. She joined Kumin in 2010, relocating from New Mexico, where she managed large-scale military projects for the USAF. During her seven years in Alaska, she has taken on increasing responsibilities within Kumin and the design community. She is the 2017 President of the AK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and held leadership positions in AIA since 2012. Her Alaskan design projects have taken her from Anchorage to Tununak to Ketchikan. In addition to mentoring younger staff members, Sarah volunteers in community-wide cleanups, Bike to Work Day Treat Stations, local marathons, triathlons and business soccer teams. She is a licensed Architect in Alaska and New Mexico.
Alaska USA FCU Receives Lender of the Year Award
Published May 15, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has received the Small Business Administration’s 504 Alaska Lender of the Year award for 2016. The award is given to the lender with the highest number of approved 504 program loans in a calendar year. The 504 program provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for small businesses and is designed to contribute to the economic development of communities.
“It’s a real honor to have received this award,” said Dave Hamilton, Executive Director, Business and Commercial Services. “Alaska USA is committed to providing financial capital to Alaska’s small business owners so they can continue to grow and create jobs.”
Learn more at alaskausa.org.
RIM Promotes Jason Arnold to Associate
Published May 8, 2017
RIM is pleased to announce that Jason Arnold, AIA CDT, has been promoted to Associate in the Alaska office. For the past nine years, Jason’s talents and enthusiasm have been leveraged across a range of project types. He has taken on key leadership roles in the professional community through involvement with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—serving as the Alaska State IDP Coordinator since 2011. He is also RIM’s liaison for the annual summer-long Bike Anchorage event, where he has coordinated a treat station for the past few years. In addition, Jason’s active involvement in Habitat for Humanity, Bean’s Café, and City Wide Clean Up encourages other RIM staff to participate. And in March of 2017, after months of intense studying, Jason successfully passed the Architecture Registration Examination and earned his architectural license in Alaska. Congratulations, Jason!
144 Activities in Town Square ParkPublished May 2, 2017
Calling all Anchorage businesses and organization to join Anchorage Downtown Partnership's 144 Activities in Town Square Park! This summer Anchorage Downtown Partnership hopes to activate the space in the park with fun, energetic activities that bring in new visitors and positive energy. We are asking Anchorage businesses and organizations to host "an activity in the park".
For $99, an organization can use the park for a day, accompanied with our "space activation trailer" filled with summer games and toys (frisbee, corn hole, hula hoops, chalk, cheese, checkers, etc.). If a business or organization wants to host a different kind of event (ice cream social, company picnic, live music, etc.) we help to facilitate the planning of the event. We also will advertise your activity on our various marketing channels.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Executive Director of Insurance and Investment Services
Published May 2, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Julia Niziolek has been selected for the position of Executive Director, Insurance and Investment Services. She previously held the position of Manager, Administration and Compliance, Alaska USA Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
“Julia brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Brian Wolf, Chief Operations Officer. “She’s previously held various insurance licenses and she has also been actively involved in the development and management of the credit union’s Financial Planning and Investment Services, making her the clear choice for Executive Director.”
Niziolek has more than 13 years of experience in different sectors of the financial services industry. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Learn more at www.alaskausa.org.
Alaska Credit Union League Donates $16,000 to Alaska Business Week
Published April 25, 2017
The Alaska Credit Union League donated $16,000 to Alaska Business Week to support and promote the business education of Alaska’s future leaders and entrepreneurs. The Alaska Credit Union League has supported the Alaska Business Week program since the program started in 2010. The donation will support the League’s mission to improve people’s financial lives through education.
About Alaska Business Week
Alaska Business Week is a one-week summer program for Alaska high school students. The program teaches participants basic principals of private sector business and important leadership skills they will need for their post high school plans. Participants live on a college campus, work as teams on a dynamic business simulation, develop a new product concept, and present their results with the guidance of a mentor from the business community.
Learn more at alaskacreditunions.org.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announces new Vice President of Secondary Marketing
Published April 14, 2017
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Jayson Schmett has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Secondary Marketing. He previously held the position of Secondary Marketing Operations Manager.
“Jayson’s leadership qualities and his ability to anticipate the needs of our members and professional partners is a great asset to the company,” said Steve Larson, Executive Director, Mortgage and Real Estate Lending.
Schmett has been with Alaska USA for 13 years, holding a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming.
Midnight Sun Home Care Acquires Home Care Division from CareNet, Inc.
Midnight Sun Home Care, a premier senior care company in Anchorage, is pleased to announce the acquisition of another highly respected local provider’s in-home care division. CareNet, Inc. was recently approached by a national franchise for acquisition of their home care division, but chose instead to sell their home care line of business to Midnight Sun Home Care, citing the agencies’ similar values, philosophies, and Alaskan business roots as deciding factors.
CareNet, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is owned by local residents and registered nurses Brett and Lorna Mills. CareNet, Inc. will continue to offer private nursing care management, but will no longer offer in-home caregivers. They will refer those looking for in-home caregiving services to Midnight Sun Home Care.
“CareNet, Inc. has had the privilege of caring for seniors in the Anchorage community for 21 years,” says Owner Lorna Mills, RN. “We are excited to see our non-medical home care services continue under the Midnight Sun Home Care banner.”
The acquisition will provide Midnight Sun Home Care clients and their loved ones with additional coverage as the agency’s staff expands. The transition will also allow CareNet, Inc.’s caregiving staff to continue working for a locally owned company.
“We are honored to have been specifically chosen by CareNet, Inc. to carry on their in-home caregiving services, and we are excited to welcome CareNet’s dedicated caregivers to our team as we continue providing care for Alaskans by Alaskans,” says Kevin Turkington, Founder and Owner of Midnight Sun Home Care.
Lead on, Aliy! Aliy Zirkle teams up with ANDVSA to help end violence in Alaska
Published March 7, 2017
Popular Iditarod contender Aliy Zirkle has announced an effort to fund youth education and violence prevention programs designed to promote healthy, safe, and strong communities across Alaska.
Backed by sponsor Matson, Zirkle is partnering with Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) to support and expand youth programming statewide, including rural villages along the Iditarod route, communities Zirkle has come to know well over her years of racing.
“The support and care I’ve received in the villages over the years has been phenomenal,” Zirkle said. “I’ve been looking for a way to give back; and, if I can help get more kids involved in this program that strengthens their communities as well as themselves, it’ll be a start.”
Arctic IT Appoints Glenn Newkirk to Sales Team
Published February 22, 2017
Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning managed services provider in Alaska, announces the addition of Glenn Newkirk to its Platform and Infrastructure sales team. In this role, Newkirk will apply his passion for technology and his customer-first philosophy to further the growth of TotalCare by Arctic IT, the company’s managed services offering.
“Arctic IT has a reputation for excellence,” said Mark Mathis, senior account executive at Arctic IT. “Glenn’s experience in sales and dedication to providing best-in-class service and solutions to his clients will be an asset to our team.”
Glenn adds more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to Arctic IT. After many years at several high-profile food and beverage distributors, Glenn shift his focus to the IT industry; taking a position with a multi-national technology company. He has his bachelor of science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and serves the community by volunteering as a YMCA basketball coach.
Arctic IT Appoints Bruce Hellen as President
Published February 14, 2017
Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), the award-winning top managed services provider in Alaska, has appointed Bruce Hellen as president. In this role, Hellen will apply his passions for technology and business development to build upon the company’s position as a market leader in tribal, federal, and managed services technologies. Arctic IT is an 8(a) small business and a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Government Group (DGG).
“We are pleased to have Bruce join the Arctic IT team,” said Julie Morman, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Doyon, Limited. “His experience and leadership are tremendous assets, and we look forward to continued successful business results under his guidance.”
Hellen served for 24 years in the United State Air Force. After retiring in 2010 as a Colonel, he entered the private sector as the director of business practices for a $1.5 billion company, primarily focusing on marketing, sales, and branding strategies. Next, he led a major RFID research and development project, resulting in multiple patents and international recognition as the world’s number one RFID implementation program in 2015. Hellen has led multiple organizations of various sizes throughout his military and private sector careers, ranging from small teams to large organizations.
“I look forward to working with the talented and passionate team at Arctic IT. I am committed to the pursuit of excellence in providing IT solutions to our customers with world-class service and support,” said Bruce Hellen, president of Arctic IT.
First Friday with SBA
Published January 3, 2017
Kumin project selected as 6th most beautiful hospital in U.S.
Published October 26, 2016
Norton Sound Regional Hospital was voted 6th most beautiful hospital in the U.S. during Soliant Health’s 8th annual “Most Beautiful Hospitals” competition. Kumin was Architect of Record, with Mahlum of Seattle as medical planner. The voting shows a high degree of current/former employee satisfaction with the hospital's beauty and functionality. Also evident is a strong sense of community pride in the facility. The new hospital features stunning views of the surrounding tundra, Alaskan native artwork, and state of the art comprehensive healthcare for the Norton Sound region.
Hire East High School Students
Published October 26, 2016
EasyPark Offers Parking Amenities To Downtown Anchorage Parkers
Published September 20, 2016
EasyPark announces the launch of downtown Anchorage’s first parking Amenities Program. All guests in downtown Anchorage that park in any EasyPark garage or surface lot will have the option of utilizing free services such as personal escort to their vehicle, tire inflation and battery jump starts. EasyPark’s Amenities Program is available 7 days per week from 5am-midnight through our central dispatch center. For those that require any of these services, just call or text the dispatch number 297-4471.