Movers and Shakers for March 22
The Armed Services YMCA has honored Alaska USA Federal Credit Union chairman Bobby Alexander with its inaugural Civic Leader of the Year award. The Civic Leader of the Year award is given to individuals who have displayed outstanding dedication to bettering their community and an unwavering commitment to the armed forces. Alexander’s service to his country includes two tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was selected as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the group’s financial section and responsible for more than 5,000 soldiers. During his time in the military, Alexander received numerous awards and commendations. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Alexander returned to serve in a civilian capacity as the deputy chief of staff for the Manpower and Force Management Division. Alexander has devoted more than 38 years of volunteer service to credit union boards and committees and has served on the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors since 1996.
Northrim Bank announced the opening of a Loan Production Office in Kodiak and the hire of long-time Kodiak resident Mark Anderson as VP-commercial loan officer IV. Anderson joins Northrim Bank with 22 years of experience in the financial industry. He worked as a vice president and branch manager in Seward and Kodiak. Most recently, Anderson was the CFO for Brechan Construction in Kodiak since 2014. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson is on the board of directors for the Kodiak Community Foundation and is the current board chair for the Kodiak Island Borough Citizens Board of Equalization. The Kodiak Loan Production Office opened March 2 and is located at 2011 Mill Bay Road adjacent to Northrim subsidiary Residential Mortgage.
Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the promotion of Jørg Jensen to director of operations. Jensen joined BSNC in 2015 and has more than 20 years of operational and management experience managing multi-million dollar programs in government and corporate sectors within the United States and abroad. Jensen was born and raised in Alaska and after graduating from the United States Military Academy, he served in Southwest Asia as an Army officer. Jensen formerly served as program manager and engineer for Raytheon, for whom he led international teams in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea. He earned an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a bachelor’s degree in management and system engineering from the United States Military Academy West Point.
First National Bank Alaska hired Laura Asgari as a management officer and wealth management officer. She will be based out of corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Asgari is an alumna of the American College of Financial Services, a Retirement Income Certified Professional and a Wealth Management Certified Professional. She has worked in finance and financial advising for more than 30 years.