New manager at Alaska Seafood International: Neal Forde was hired as manager of procurement for Alaska Seafood International, a value-added seafood processing organization in Anchorage. Forde is contacting seafood suppliers, fishermen and local businesses to make certain the raw products meet the ASI's quality standards. Most recently Forde was general manager of The Fishin' Place, a manufacturer providing fresh and frozen seafood meals in Seattle. Alaska Seafood International begins production in June and expects to be processing more than 100 million pounds within two years.
Tabby's expands lounge: Tabby's Dreamland Lounge in the Mendenhall Mall reopened its expanded lounge Friday night. The 4,700-square-foot club now has a dance floor, bandstand, 60-foot bar, restrooms, shuffleboard, pool tables, dart boards and televisions. It is named after a favorite Juneau dance club of the 1960s and will have live music and karaoke.
New manager at Remax: Evangeline Cabalhin recently became the new office manager at Remax of Juneau, a realty agency in the Jordan Creek Center. She came to Remax from the Capital City Weekly where she was an advertising consultant. Before that she spent three years in Seattle majoring in social service and business. She's also worked at the Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
Foresters honor Keith Hutchison: Retired forester Keith Hutchison was given the highest honor by the Society of American Foresters Alaska branch. Hutchison's peers elected him as a Society of American Foresters Fellow for his years of service to the society and the forestry profession since joining in 1946. Hutchison was a Forest Service project leader and served a term as the Alaska State Society's chairman. He was previously recognized in 1997 for 50 years of continuous membership.
NBA forms insurance subsidiary: The National Bank of Alaska is forming an operating subsidiary to sell property and casualty insurance, with a focus on individuals and small business clients. NBA will buy two Alaskan-owned insurance companies on the Kenai Peninsula, Last Frontier Insurance Cache and the Pate Insurance Agency. The new company will be based in Homer.
Ricardo Worl heads housing loan department: Ricardo Worl on Feb. 17 leaves his job as assistant vice president at National Bank of Alaska to head the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority loan department. Worl replaces Kathy Jo Cook, who relocated to Newark, N.J., last month. Worl's background includes director and management positions with Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Alaska Native Education & Technical Assistance Center in Anchorage, and Sealaska Corp.
Bonnie Jo Savland joins central council: Tlingit-Haida Central Council hired Bonnie Jo Savland as the new manager of the business and economic development department, starting Feb. 8. Savland has 17 years of professional experience in business finance, development and management. She worked with the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development for more than 10 years. Savland replaces Catherine Edwards, who left the central council to attend the University of Alaska Southeast full-time.
Alaska Sightseeing Cruise West reorganizes: Alaska Sightseeing Cruise West is splitting into two independent divisions, one responsible for land operations and the other for cruise programs. John Kreilkamp will be general manager of the land division, known as Alaska Sightseeing. He will be headquartered in Anchorage. The cruise division will remain based in Seattle, and Capt. Del Blanchard has been named the new general manager of marine operations. The company is also expanding the number of departures of its seven-night adventure cruises between Ketchikan and Juneau.
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