Robert Loiselle said the skills he honed as a leader for more than a decade at Native corporations Shee Atiká Inc. and Klukwan Inc. will transfer well to his new job as president and CEO of Goldbelt, Inc.
“The position is essentially the same in terms of the job description,” Loiselle said.
Loiselle said he is already familiar with Goldbelt’s involvements. However, the company does pose some unique opportunities, he said.
“Not too many companies own a tram,” Loiselle said of the Mount Roberts Tramway.
As his first steps at Goldbelt, Loiselle said he plans to get to know all the employees and review the company’s strategic plan with the board.
“There is a lot to look at and a lot to manage,” Loiselle said.
Loiselle gives credit to his predecessors for the strength of the corporation he will inherit.
“The company is in great shape,” Loiselle said. “It has been well run. My job is to continue to move forward.”
Government contracts will be an important part of that forward momentum, Loiselle said.
“We are going to rely significantly on government contracting. We want to see that grow,” Loiselle said.
Loiselle said Goldbelt’s shareholders will benefit from continued Small Disadvantaged Business contracting, commonly referred to as 8(a) contracting. As an example, Goldbelt Cedar is an 8(a) certified subsidiary of Goldbelt. Cedar is focused on the defense industry, providing contract medical and allied health care professional services to the U.S. Army.
Loiselle said the goal is to benefit the shareholders.
“We want our shareholders to be successful,” Loiselle said. “I understand that issue very well. I’m very sensitive to the needs of our shareholders.”
The Native corporation has 3,300 shareholders and has issued 272,200 shares of stock. According to Goldbelt’s website, the company has paid out $63.7 million in dividends since its inception.
Loiselle said he wants Goldbelt to continue to grow in Southeast Alaska and especially Juneau.
Goldbelt owns the Goldbelt Hotel, Seadrome Marina, Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt Transportation, which includes buses and boats
Loiselle said he looks forward to reacquainting himself with Juneau. He lived in Juneau for 16 years, but was away for a decade while at the helm of Shee Atiká in Sitka.
“I’m really excited about the job and looking forward to getting started later this month,” Loiselle said.
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