Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

Free parking during holiday shopping

Beginning Friday the city of Juneau will offer up to four hours of free parking in coin-operated spaces at the Marine Parking Garage.

The free parking is meant to encourage people to come downtown during the holiday shopping season, officials said. Permit spaces will still require visible city parking permits.

For more information, call Juneau Parks and Recreation at 586-5226.

Alaska USA branch to move into A&P

The Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is moving its Federal Building branch to Willoughby Avenue inside the Alaska & Proud grocery market. The Federal Building branch will close Friday, Dec. 2, and the new branch opens Monday, Dec. 5.

Customers will no longer have to go through the extra security just to cash a check.

"With the added security at the Federal Building, it's impacting member service," said Bill Peters, regional vice president for Southeast Alaska. "We need a better location to provide service to the membership."

Although slightly smaller than the Federal Building branch, the Willoughby branch will have the same level of service, Peters said.

The hours of operation will change when the move is complete. The Federal Building branch operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the new location will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

AK Travel Adventures names president

Kelli Dindinger, 34, has been appointed as the new president of Alaska Travel Adventures, Inc. She will move to Juneau to work in the company's corporate office.

Dindinger, who most recently worked as an associate broker for RE/MAX Properties in Anchorage, is returning to the company after previously working as a lead guide for ATA's Mendenhall River rafting operation.

She has worked in the travel industry for a number of years, including management, sales and marketing positions at the Anchorage Holiday Inn, Westmark Hotels and the Westin Alyeska Prince Resort.

"I am delighted that Kelli has chosen to succeed me as president of the company, and know that she will do what is necessary to lead our company and management team," said ATA Chairman and CEO Bob Dindinger. "Her industry experience and success in her prior employment make her well-suited for this position."

Dindinger majored in international business, commercial recreation and tourism at the University of Iowa. She served on the Alaska Travel Industry Association Board of Directors in 2001, and on its Marketing Committee since 2000.

ATA serves more than 350,000 customers annually throughout Southeast, Southcentral and Interior Alaska.

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