Movers and Shakers for Sept. 13
Steve Brown is the new director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office. Prior to assuming the role of district director in August, Brown served as the chairman of the Bannock County Commission in Idaho for two years where he oversaw all county, support city and municipality government services for 88,000 citizens with a staff of 450 employees. From 2010 to 2017, Brown served on the Pocatello City Council and was council president for the last two years. He also served on the board of directors for the Bannock Development Corp. and the Pocatello Development Authority where he helped both organizations build the economic health of eastern Idaho. Additionally, Brown has worked as a regional director for former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, both of Idaho. Brown has also owned several small businesses including an insurance agency and a consulting company which he operated for 24 years.
Four women will take on new leadership roles at Anchorage-based Thompson &Co. Public Relations. Ariel Walsh-Amand and Ally Day will help lead the agency’s executive strategy, and Bri Kelly and Kailee Wallis will contribute to the agency’s senior management team. Walsh-Amand was promoted to chief operating officer. Walsh-Amand is already an expert in onboarding new employees, accounting and managing employee benefits, among many other skills developed over 11 years at T&C. Day was promoted to vice president, Client Services. Day brings 10 years of T&C experience in leading client successes to the agency’s executive strategy team with her promotion. Day will further develop T&Cs client services practice with a focus on client-agency relationships, retention and continuity. Kelly was promoted to senior account manager. After nine years at the agency, Kelly will also take on an increased role as mentor for T&C’s management team. Wallis was promoted to Digital director. Wallis is a founding member of T&C’s digital team, and she has largely contributed to it being T&C’s fastest-growing department. Having helped create the path for digital services offered at the agency, Wallis will lead the digital department in mediums like graphic design, video, photography, social media strategy and more.
Stephanie Gann has joined KeyBank as branch manager of the Behrends branch in Juneau, which is scheduled to re-open Sept. 8. In this role, she will be responsible for day-to-day operations and coaching her team, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. Gann relocated from Phoenix, where she was branch manager for the Delta-T Group and managed regional sales. She has also served as a senior business development manager for Accountants International and as an assistant branch manager for a mortgage company. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.