Alliance elects new board members; welcomes new President
Oct25

Alliance elects new board members; welcomes new President

For Immediate Release Contact: Renée Limoge Reeve: (907) 563-2226 October 24, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska – On Thursday, October 20th, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance held its Annual Meeting & Board Elections at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Bryan Clemenz with Bristol Bay Industrial became the Alliance Board President for 2016-2017 and the membership elected six directors to the board.   Patrick Walsh with Peak Oilfield Services ran as an incumbent and was reelected to the board.   The membership elected five new board members: Randy Beltz with North Star Equipment Services, Ken Hall with Lynden Transport, Josie Hickel with Chugach Alaska Corporation, Weston Howe with Olgoonik Corporation and Doug Longacre with First National Bank Alaska.   All directors elected will serve a three-year term.   The Fairbanks Chapter elected Joan Johnson with Span Alaska, President, Jerry Walker with First National Bank Alaska, Vice President and Nancy Trunnel with AES-Electric, Secretary.   The Kenai Chapter elected Al Hull with Petroleum Equipment and Services, President, Art Karvonen with Lynden, Vice President and Regina Daniels with Davis Block and Concrete, Secretary.   The Alliance is a statewide trade association with over 600 member companies in the oil, gas and mining support industry. ### The Alaska Support Industry Alliance • 3301 C Street, Suite 205 • Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 563-2226 • info@alaskaalliance.com •...

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Trabits Group Receives Trademark Registration for FlexCem Product!
Oct21

Trabits Group Receives Trademark Registration for FlexCem Product!

Alliance member company Trabits Group LLC was recently awarded an official Trademark registration by the United States Patent and Trademark office for their FlexCem® product! The Alliance offers a hearty congratulations to the Trabits Group team for their innovation and success! Check out their official Trademark document...

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Alaska Chamber announces winners of 2016 top business awards
Oct13

Alaska Chamber announces winners of 2016 top business awards

The Alliance would like to give a hearty congratulations to two of our members: Davis Block & Concrete, and Jim Udelhoven founder of Udelhoven Operating Companies! Davis Block & Concrete won the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Award, while Jim won the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Award from the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. See the press release below detailing their awards.   Kenai, AK, October 13, 2016 – The recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year and of the were announced on Wednesday, October 12 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Top Business Awards in Kenai, Alaska. William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Jim Udelhoven is the recipient of the celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year award. The award is presented to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. Udelhoven’s companies serve the special needs of general contracting and oil production in Alaska, and around the world. His support of local-hire and Alaska charitable organizations – both personally and through his companies – is well known. Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Davis Block & Concrete is the recipient of the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year award. Established in 1993, the award pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. Since 1975, Davis Block & Concrete has provided livelihoods on the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage and throughout the state of Alaska. The Davis family is a model of the determination and sound judgment that drives Alaska’s successful small companies. Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year award. The award recognizes consistent community involvement and excellent business reputation. The Wrangell Chamber supports local businesses with well-planned large events, marketing assistance, and day-to-day support. It is a shining example of how local business can enrich an entire community. Please join the members of the Chamber in recognizing each of the 2016 award winners. ### About the Alaska Chamber The Alaska Chamber, a private, non-profit corporation, operating since 1952, works to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber is the voice of small and large business across the state with a Board of Directors comprised of 80 members representing all regions of the state. For more information visit...

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Better Business Bureau Recognizes Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage
Oct04

Better Business Bureau Recognizes Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage

Alliance member company, Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage is the Alaska winner of the 2016 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics. The five companies named from the Pacific Northwest region were chosen for “meeting BBB’s Standards of Trust and for their dedication to honoring their employees, clients and the community.” Pamela Whitfield, president and owner, as well as district general agent of Colonial Life, was originally based in the Puget Sound area until 2012. That’s when she won a bid for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. As it turned out, this now 56-year-old was a trapper and fishermen in Kodiak, and used to fish for halibut in Homer decades ago. So when she won the bid to replace Kenai’s benefits carrier at the time, Whitfield felt like she was coming home. She immediately fell back in love with Alaska and its people, the salt of the earth, good, kind working folks. Upon realizing there was an underserved market, with only one carrier for 25 years, she decided to move her agency here. Concentrating on growing the Anchorage office, Whitfield Benefit Solutions now has more than 150 accounts across the state. (Another 150 accounts remain in Washington.) She took a colleague’s advice, to “do what you say you are going to do,” and in 2015, sales doubled from 2014, partly due to securing a key Native corporation client and other businesses. “What creates success? Is it about doing the right thing in the right way every day? I really think that is the case,” she said. Although Whitfield Benefit Solutions does not sell medical, dental or vision, the rising costs of healthcare affects the need for her company’s portfolio of voluntary benefits, making them even more timely. In Alaska, there are tons of out of pocket costs, and unforeseen medical expenses are one of the biggest reasons for bankruptcy, she said. Advertisement “If you have injury or illness, there is travel cost,” she explained, noting how difficult it is for rural residents to see specialists. The array of products offered, from accident to cancer insurance, are therefore designed to “lessen financial risk for really pennies a day,” she said. Working only through businesses and brokers, Whitfield Benefits Solutions adheres to a high standard of ethics across the board, the main reason the company was recognized by the BBB. Sales reps are required to present options only in informational ways, for example, and never misrepresent what is being offered. After all, the local marketplace does not appreciate pushy salespeople, overselling and heavy sales tactics, Whitfield said. “For Alaska it has to be simple, personal, and modern,” she said. With the fourth...

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