On the move

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Gerhard heads Southeast Conference: Loren Gerhard has been named executive director of the Southeast Conference, a nonprofit organization with 80 municipal and business members.

Gerhard, 51, previously served 11 years as general manager of Juneau operations for Allen Marine Tours. He was hired April 1 on an interim basis to succeed retiring Southeast Conference Executive Director Frank Homan, and then was offered the position permanently April 24.

The conference will be advocating regional solutions to solid-waste management problems in smaller communities, in cooperation with the Tlingit-Haida Central Council, Gerhard said. The organization also is keeping track of the implementation of the Southeast transportation plan and promoting an electrical intertie in the region, he said.

Gerken follows Green at UAS: Keith Gerken, former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, starts Monday as regional director of facilities for the University of Alaska Southeast.

Gerken replaces Bob Green, who retired after 25 years with UAS.

Gerken, who since 1995 has been leasing and facilities manager for the Alaska Department of Administration, said his new position is a natural progression. ``I have continued to move beyond the traditional practice of architecture to the more practical role of building owner and operator. ''

Juneau man on board: Larry Johansen of Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West in Juneau has been elected to the board of directors of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association.

The AWRTA board also oversees the Alaska Institute for Sustainable Recreation and Tourism.

Wright wins home brew ribbons: Bill Wright, owner of the local home brew supply store Gourmet Alaska in Nugget Mall, recently won two ribbons in the 2000 World Cup of Beer in San Francisco. The contest was sponsored by an area home brew club.

Wright won first place for Pale Ale and second place for India Pale Ale, a stronger version with more hops and more malt. The first-place award qualifies Wright to enter the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing to be held in February 2001.

Wright has been operating Gourmet Alaska for three years. The store primarily sells kitchenware, but also some beer and winemaking supplies.

On The Move appears occasional Tuesdays on the business page of the Empire. Please send your business-related items of interest to Bill McAllister, Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801; or fax them to 586-3028.

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