Movers and Shakers for Nov. 22
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s 63rd Annual Gold Pan Awards “Back to the Past, Into the Future” was held virtually on Nov. 6. Awards were given to organizations and businesses for their commitment to community service, as well as those who have shown business and entrepreneurial excellence. The winners are: TOTE Maritime, Business Excellence; ConocoPhillips Alaska, Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business with over 30 Employees; Alaska Skylar Travel, Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business with fewer than 30 employees; Alaska Premier Auctions &Appraisals, Entrepreneurial Excellence. In addition, the Anchorage Chamber relies heavily on volunteers, whether they serve on the board of directors, committees, Ambassador Council, or the Young Professionals Group. Ambassadors are an energetic group of people who work together to promote the Anchorage Chamber. The 2020 Ambassador of the Year is Tito Muñoz of Alaska 529. Julie Anderson, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, was also honored with a Gold Pan Award for her accomplishments and commitments to the Anchorage Chamber.
Alaska Air National Guard Col. Matthew Calabro succeeded Col. Kenneth Radford as the 176th Operations Group commander during a ceremony Nov. 8. The group provides wartime and peacetime mission support of deployment operations, combat search and rescue, air control, rescue coordination, and strategic airlift for the 176th Wing. During the ceremony, Radford was presented with the Legion of Merit. The award citation highlighted the 176th OG’s efforts under his command. Under Radford’s leadership, the group saved 159 lives during rescue missions, deployed dozens of Airmen to Iraq, Africa, and other nations, and provided strategic airlift assistance after hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Florence. Radford will assume duties as the 176th Wing vice commander, a position most recently held by Calabro.
Alaska-based Ahtna Environmental Inc. announced it is the recipient of the 2020 Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Award during SAME’s Centennial Year of existence. The Small Business Award recognizes SAME sustaining member firms that “achieve outstanding results in support of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy as well as company support for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and activities.” Ahtna Environmental received its first U.S. military contract in 2010 and joined SAME the same year.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Blake Rod to associate vice president, branch manager, at the Lake Otis Community Branch; Ian Sikeo to assistant branch manager at the Eastside Community Branch;, and Kevin Anderson to corporate training manager. Rod has been with Northrim Bank since 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Minnesota State University Mankato and is the coordinator for Northrim’s School Business Partnership at Fairview Elementary School in Anchorage. Sikeo joined Northrim in 2010 and has worked as lead teller, universal banker and branch supervisor before being promoted to assistant branch manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in computer science from Charter College. Sikeo was awarded the Northrim Customer First Service Award in 2020 and has received the United States Army Good Conduct Medal. He served in the United State Army and United States Army National Guard. Anderson came to Northrim Bank in 2019 and has six years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage.