2020 Top Forty Under 40 announced

For more than 20 years, the Alaska Journal of Commerce has honored the top professionals in the state who have demonstrated not only excellence in their field but a deep commitment to their community. That tradition continues today with he announcement of the 2020 Top Forty Under 40.

This year we had 145 individuals nominated with more than 900 pages of supporting documentation to consider. Beyond the usual large number who work in Anchorage, more than a quarter of the group represent Fairbanks, Kodiak, Palmer, Sitka, Soldotna and Utqiagvik.

“Alaska has a lot to be proud of,” said Journal of Commerce Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “Each year it is an encouraging experience to read about so many Alaskans doing their best to make the state a better place. We can’t help but be reminded that the greatest natural resources in Alaska are people like those both represented in and nominated for the 2020 Top Forty Under 40.”

The Top Forty Under 40 selection committee is made up of Anchorage Daily News Advertising Director Kea Cuaresma, Sales Managers Brandi Nelson and Jada Nowling, Peak 2 Peak Events Vice President Sarah Boice, Alaska Journal of Commerce Managing Editor Andrew Jensen and Alaska Executive Search President and CEO Paula Bradison. (AES participated in the selection process in partnership with the Journal as a premier sponsor of the awards event)

Each committee member ranked the nominees on a scale of 1 to 5 with the top 40 scores selected for the 2020 class.

The Top Forty Under 40 will be honored at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on August 28. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the awards dinner to start at 7. The celebration will continue from 9-11 p.m. with live music, dancing, a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Our keynote speaker this year will be Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall, who was a member of the 2008 Top Forty Under 40.

Tickets and tables for the event are available at myalaskatix.com.

For event sponsorship and advertising in the Top Forty Under 40 magazine, please contact Jada Nowling at 907-257-4268 or [email protected].

The Top Forty Under 40 are:

Jordan Adams, 36, Business Manager, Public Employees Local 71, Fairbanks

Stephanie Aicher, 37, Vice President, General Counsel, Cook Inlet Region Inc., Anchorage

Marilyn Alvarenga-Gaxiola, 28, Marketing Director & Associate Consultant, Northern Compass Group, Anchorage

Jonathan D. Babbitt, 39, Vice President of Product Management, Marketing and Sales, MTA, Palmer

Kara Blake, 34, Assistant Vice President, Business Support Manager Wealth Management Dept., First National Bank Alaska, Anchorage

Amanda Block, 38, Chief Mission Officer, Girl Scouts of Alaska, Anchorage

Jonathon Butler, 33, Senior Patrol Officer, SWAT Officer, Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage

William Canady, 36, Owner and Administrator, Puffin Heights Montessori, Anchorage

Katie Carrigan, 34, Vice President of Financial Planning and Strategy, GCI, Anchorage

Angela Cox, 37, Vice President of External Affairs, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage

Adam Crum, 35, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Anchorage

Keneggnarkayaagaq Emily Edenshaw, 36, Executive Director, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Lee Ellis, 39, President, Midnight Sun Brewing Co., Anchorage

Randi Jo Gause, 34, Director of Business Innovation & Communications, Chugach Alaska Corp., Anchorage

Daniel George, 33, State Director, Office Of Congressman Don Young, Anchorage

Jamie Hansen, 39, Principal Consultant, Information Insights, Fairbanks

Sarah Harrington, 37, Executive Director, Kodiak History Museum, Kodiak

Joy Huntington, 36, President/Owner, Uqaqti Consulting LLC, Fairbanks

Derek Leichliter, 37, Owner, Legacy Electric LLC, Soldotna

Dr. William Magnuson, 39, Medical Director, Advanced Oncology Associates and The Alaska Cyberknife Center, Anchorage

Mary Michaelsen, 34, Learning & Development Consultant, Wells, Anchorage

Lindsie Mills, 33, Grants Manager, Providence Alaska Foundation, Anchorage

Jake Moe, 35, Senior Line Design Engineer, Municipal Light and Power, Anchorage

Martha Qaggun Monnin, 37, President/CEO, Arctic Slope Native Association, Utqiagvik

Becky More, 34, Vice President, Wells Fargo, Anchorage

Dr. Sarah Murphy, 39, Family Physician; Clinical Guide Lead, Alaska WWAMI; Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Anchorage

Dr. Heidi Ostby, 34, Peditric Dentist/Owner, Just Kids Pediatric Dental Center, Anchorage

Dr. Xiomara Owens, 38, Director of Behavioral Health Aide Training, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage

Ralph Pasana, 31, Nurse Manager, Caregiver Health Services, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Anchorage

David Messier, 34, Rural Energy Manager, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks

Alana Peterson, 34, Executive Director, Spruce Root, Inc.; Owner, Front Door LLC, Backdoor Café, Fisheye Café, Sitka

Ayyu Qassataq, 39, Vice President & Indigenous Operations Director, First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage

Laurel Renkert, 32, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed, Anchorage

David Rittenberg, 33, Program Director, Brother Francis Shelter, Anchorage

Levi Robinson, 39, Senior Vice President Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Anchorage

Kirk Rose, 33, CEO, Anchorage Community Land Trust, Anchorage

Jarom Schmidt, 35, COO, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer

Alicia Siira, 32, Executive Director, Associated General Contractors of Alaska, Anchorage

John Thies, 31, Owner, Worry Free Alaska/Worry Free Restoration, Co-owner Golden Heart Waste Management, Fairbanks

Eric Wieman, 39, General Manager, Northern Energy Services, Anchorage

Updated: 
04/15/2020 - 11:43am