Movers and Shakers for Feb. 17
Tony Drabek was appointed to the Koniag Inc. board of directors. Drabek was the president and CEO of Natives of Kodiak for more than a quarter century and helped start Northrim Bank, serving on its board for more than two decades. He also served in the United States Army for four years, including one tour in Vietnam and one in Korea. Drabek fills the seat of long time board member Brent Parsons, who passed away unexpectedly in November of last year.
Enterprising Women magazine has named Anchorage business owner Kristen Fowler Lindsey a winner of its 2019 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards. Now in its 17th year, the award is considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. Fowler Lindsey, an industry veteran with nearly 25 years of technology marketing experience, is president and owner of Thrively Digital, Alaska’s oldest and largest interactive digital agency. Other award recipients include women from the United States, Canada, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland. Fowler Lindsey is the only honoree from Alaska. Thrively provides comprehensive, integrated digital marketing services to businesses in the tourism industry, as well as in the non-profit, healthcare, transportation, education, government, telecom, publishing and retail sectors. In 2015 Fowler Lindsey completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which is designed to train entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and fuel their local economies. She began Thrively Digital in 2003 and has grown it into a 10-person agency that’s served more than 100 clients in Alaska and the Lower 48. She’s a community member of the Alaska Public Media Board Development Committee and a member of the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club. She’s a former board chair of the Anchorage Concert Association; she also has been involved with the American Marketing Association and the Alaska Travel Industry Association.
Tomas Boutin was appointed executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Boutin comes to this position after a distinguished career in forestry, including four years of service as Alaska State Forester. He is also a former deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue. The AIDEA board of directors also appointed former Executive Director John Springsteen to the position of chief operating officer. Springsteen has been tapped to bring AIDEA’s financing expertise to Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s newly created Industry Development Task Force. Springsteen has served as AIDEA’s executive director since March 2015, and will represent AIDEA on the Task Force while working out of Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development offices in Anchorage. Boutin received his undergraduate degree in Forest Resources from the University of New Hampshire, and holds an MBA from the University of Oregon School of Business. Springsteen received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Boutin and Springsteen began their new duties on Feb. 11.
Credit Union 1 promoted Chris Harris to accounting manager. Harris was initially hired by the credit union in 2010 and brought previous experience as a personal banker with Bank of America to his position at Credit Union 1. With Bank of America, Harris was recognized amid the top 5 percent of personal bankers in the Midwest region. Harris graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii. In his new position, Harris will be responsible for the daily operations of Credit Union 1’s Finance Department. CU1 also promoted Brian Ellis to the position of controller. Ellis was initially hired by the credit union in 2013 as a financial analyst. He was promoted to senior financial analyst in 2016, which is the position he held prior to his promotion to controller. Previously, Ellis worked as an audit associate for KPMG LLP in Anchorage, and he holds an active CPA license from the State of Alaska. He graduated from Idaho State University with a BBA in accounting and has also completed his general MBA. In his new position, Ellis will be responsible for supervising the maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of financial statements with variance narratives, managing the financial and 401(k) audits, assisting the CFO with budget and three-year forecast preparation, and keeping informed of changes and developments in GAAP and regulations that affect the credit union’s accounting, reporting and operations.