State Department of Administration Commissioner Bob Poe accepted the position of executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Following a statewide search, the AIDEA board of directors selected Poe as the executive director and as executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority. Poe, 46, worked for AIDEA as business development manager from August 1997 to 1998, where he was responsible for AIDEA's development finance program and management of AIDEA-owned and -operated projects.
Gov. Tony Knowles named Jim Duncan of Juneau to replace Poe as commissioner of the Department of Administration. Duncan, 58, served on the Juneau Assembly and was a lawmaker for more than 24 years. Knowles hired Duncan in 1999 as a special assistant on labor issues where he was active in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with public employee unions.
Department of Natural Resources
Gov. Tony Knowles named former legislator Pat Pourchot to head the state Department of Natural Resources. Pourchot served as Knowles' legislative director for the past six years. Pourchot was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1984 and served two terms, followed by one term in the state Senate, where he served as chair of the state affairs committee and co-chair of the finance committee.
Pourchot succeeds John Shively, who recently announced his resignation citing family reasons.
Spenard Builders Supply
Spenard Builders Supply of Anchorage hired Barbara Russell for its outside sales force for the millwork department. Russell has experience in sales and marketing and prior to Spenard Builders Supply she was sales representative for numerous companies, including Huttig Building Products and Reeb Millwork Corp.
Con Jager joined Hawaiian Vacations as director of product development. Jager has more than 17 years experience in international marketing and sales, including his recent three years as the international sales manager for Alyeska Resort & The Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel in the tour, wholesale, ski and international markets.
Network Business Systems
Network Business Systems hired Kitty Grosse as technical account manager in its sales and marketing department. She has nearly 20 years experience with information management support solutions and previously was employed by GE Capital IT Solutions in Northern Wisconsin. She relocated to Alaska in December and now lives in Wasilla.
HMH Consulting LLC
Alfred Bohn, PE, recently joined HMH Consulting, an Anchorage-based Alaska company specializing in air quality management services. Bohn will manage the air quality permitting/ regulatory compliance section. Bohn has more than 18 years environmental experience in research, government and industry, including having managed ADEC's permitting section during Alaska's transition to the Title V program.
Brady & Company
Patty Gename joined Brady & Co. as a property and casualty account manager. She has more than eight years experience in the insurance industry and previously was with NBA Insurance Services. Rebecca Stalder joined the company as an administrative assistant for the executive offices and aviation department. She has two years experience in the insurance industry and previously was with the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Cheryl Fullerton joined Brady & Company's accounting department. She is responsible for premium trust accounting. She brings more than 16 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries. Barbara Donato joined the company as an administrative assistant for the employee benefits department. She recently was with the U.S. Army at Ft. Richardson.
Donna Orr joined RE/MAX as an associate broker. She has worked in Anchorage for the past eight years as a Realtor and also has worked in Seattle as a personnel manager. Orr specializes in residential properties.
Mary Chouinard, a Calista shareholder, has recently been named as an asset manager in charge of Cook Inlet Region Inc.'s out-of-state real estate. She has been with CIRI for five years and previously was property manager for CIRI's Anchorage real estate. Carmen Lyon was promoted to property manager for CIRI's local real estate. She is a 12-year CIRI employee and was the realty specialist involved in the management of CIRI's out-of-state portfolio. Hazel Felton, a CIRI shareholder, has been promoted to special projects manager for the real estate department. Felton has been with CIRI since 1991 and has held numerous positions within the company.
International Association of Administrative Professionals
Dianne Hillemeyer of Anchorage was elected recently as northwest district director of the International Association of Administrative Professionals at the association's 55th international convention in Chicago. Hillemeyer is executive assistant to the general manager at Chugach Electric Association Inc., where she has been employed since 1988. She earned a certified professional secretary rating in 1997.