Great Alaskan Holidays
Great Alaskan Holidays announced
the appointment of Kurt Marquardt
as the newest member to the organization’s sales and finance team.
Marquardt is an experienced sales and
finance professional in the RV sales
and service industry, joining Great
Alaskan Holidays after several years
with ABC Motorhome Sales and Service. He is a graduate
of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Office of the Governor
Governor Bill Walker filled three outstanding judicial
vacancies, appointing Jude Pate of Sitka to the Sitka
Superior Court, Michael Logue of Anchorage to the
Anchorage District Court, and Andrew Peterson of
Anchorage to the Anchorage Superior Court.
Pate moved to Sitka in 1993 after
completing a BS in journalism from the
University of Kansas and a JD from Lewis
& Clark Northwestern School of Law. Pate
has served as an assistant public defender
in Sitka since 2006 and has experience
in all areas within the Superior Court’s
jurisdiction. Prior to serving in the Public
Defender’s Office, Pate served as counsel to the Sitka Tribe
of Alaska and held his own private practice.
Logue has practiced law for more
than three decades and has lived in
Alaska since 1988. Logue received his
JD from Villanova University School
of Law in 1986 and prior to moving
to Alaska served as a prosecutor in
Brooklyn, New York. In 1990, he began
practicing at what would become
Gorton and Logue, where he handled civil and criminal
cases as partner. In 2014, he became the supervising
attorney at Denali Law Group.
Peterson is an assistant attorney
general in the Anchorage Office of
Special Prosecutions for the Department
of Law. He has practiced law for fifteen
years. Peterson has a BA in economics
from the University of Alaska Anchorage
and JD from the University of San Diego
School of Law. Following law school, he
worked as a civil litigator specializing in employment law in
San Diego before returning to Alaska to serve in the District
Attorney’s Office. Peterson has worked in the Office of
Special Prosecutions since 2007.
Architects Alaska announced the promotion of Michael
Henricks, AIA, and Steve Henri, AIA, to Principal.
Henricks received his master’s degree from the University of
Washington. He moved to Anchorage
and joined Architects Alaska in 2002.
Henricks has led the way on several
challenging arctic and education
projects over the years, including
the recently completed ASRC Energy
Services Maintenance Facility in Deadhorse and the
multi-phase, $80 million renewal of Service High School
Henri received his master’s degree
from the University of Oregon. He has
more than eighteen years of architectural design experience and joined
Architects Alaska in 2011. His recent
experience includes several renewal
projects for the University of Alaska and
both new construction and renovation
projects throughout the state.
First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors appointed
many of its top bankers to new or expanded roles in the
executive management team.
In addition to her duties and role
as board chair, Betsy Lawer is now the
bank’s CEO. She will shape the bank’s
vision, strategies, and goals today and
moving forward and act as management’s point of contact with the Board
of Directors. Lawer earned her economics degree from Duke University
and returned in 1974 to work her way up to the leadership
position she holds today.
Doug Longacre was named First
National’s new President. He will
serve on the board of directors and
be responsible for the overall management of all lending and loan-related
functions as well as branch operations
in and outside of Anchorage. The West
Anchorage High graduate worked his
way through college doing construction work before
joining the bank in 1974.
Charlie Weimer joined First National in the early 1980s
and has been promoted to Chief Commercial Lending
Officer and appointed Executive Vice President. He’ll
oversee all phases of the commercial
lending process. Upon graduation,
Weimer joined the bank’s management associate program, working
in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula
in 1984 where he served many years
as senior regional manager and most
recently as the Branch Lending Administrator.
Not far removed from her forty-year First National employment anniversary, Cindi Buzitis was promoted
to Chief Compliance Officer and
appointed Executive Vice President.
In addition to serving on the executive
management team, Buzitis is also the
bank secrecy act officer and oversees
the bank’s Support/Corporate Compliance division.
Cheri Gillian was promoted to Chief
Administrative Officer and appointed
Executive Vice President. She oversees
the bank’s Human Resources and
Corporate Communications division.
An Alaskan for forty-plus years, Gillian
has spent most of those years marketing and promoting Alaska products
and services, including more than two decades at First
National managing broad internal and external communications initiatives.
Chief Information Officer Phil
Griffin was appointed to Executive Vice
President. Griffin began his banking
career in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Nebraska
with a bachelor’s degree in business
administration. Griffin is responsible
for the bank’s information technology
strategic planning, implementation and security, core
and item processing systems, network services, software
solutions and support, e-Payment services, card processing systems, ATMs, online banking, and business
Bill Renfrew was appointed
Executive Vice President. Working a
gold mine in the 70s taught Alaska-born
Renfrew things about banking he
couldn’t learn in school or behind a
desk. The experience of making payroll
and borrowing money during his stint
as a miner helped Renfrew understand
his customers’ needs. He uses that experience and the
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