Continuity in service and commitment – a new president at PDC
Jun21

Continuity in service and commitment – a new president at PDC

Matt Emerson first came to Alaska in 1986 with the mission of helping his brother remodel his home in Goldstream Valley, just outside of Fairbanks.  With a laugh, Matt added that the other reason for his trip to Alaska was to bring back his brother’s dog, which had stayed with him in Colorado while his brother had spent time in Barrow.  Once the remodel was complete, he decided to make Fairbanks his home, noting he enjoyed the small-town feel—different from his original, more populated home of New Jersey. However, if you’d told him at the time that in just a few years he’d be accepting a position as the president of an engineering firm with multiple offices around his adopted state, he might have scoffed. Back then Matt was a carpenter/plumber, switching hats depending on what each job required, something he had done since he was a teenager.  Soon after deciding to stay, he earned his journeyman’s license and quickly turned into a seasoned Interior Alaskan.  Boasting about his first home in Fairbanks, he said it was a 20-ft. by 20-ft. cabin with a monthly rent of only $300 (self-plumbed, go figure). Reflecting on this stint in his life, he described a time near the end of the ‘80s when the temperature had dropped to -40°F for about a week (some days even dipping past -50°F), leading to 14- to 16-hour working days of remedying frozen homes.  Times like this, combined with aching knees and the constant exposure to harsh plumbing chemicals, made him eager for a change. He enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the age of 28, and other than a brief sidetrack into music (playing the guitar and DEFINITELY not singing, he said), the rest was history.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and promptly accepted a position with Loftus Engineering Associates in Fairbanks. Loftus eventually merged with FPE/Roen Engineering, and the joint owners at the time, deciding any further combinations of names might prove a bit too verbose, instead chose a new name:  P for plan, D for design, and C for construct.  PDC Engineers was born. Soon after the merger, Matt took a short hiatus from Alaska to obtain his master’s degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.  Upon his return, he settled in Anchorage to start a PDC structural department there.  Although Matt can claim to be one of the employees from the inception of PDC, he admits the catchy new name was the brainchild of planning by his predecessors, one of whom was Royce Conlon. Royce has been with PDC for 27 years, serving the past six of...

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Celebrate the Alliance 40th Anniversary
Apr27

Celebrate the Alliance 40th Anniversary

Advertise in the Meet Alaska celebratory celebration. Contact Jada.Nowling@alaskajournal.com or at 907-257-4268

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Northern Air Cargo Inc. launches 767-300 freighter service out of Miami
Apr25

Northern Air Cargo Inc. launches 767-300 freighter service out of Miami

Anchorage, Alaska—Northern Air Cargo Inc. (NAC) has acquired and been granted operating authority for its first 767-300 wide-body aircraft. NAC flight crews and maintenance technicians will be operating and maintaining a total of three newly converted 767-300 freighters by the end of 2018. The three aircraft will be branded for NAC and its sister air cargo brands, Aloha Air Cargo (Hawaii) and StratAir (Florida) and will be flying domestically as well as to International and Pacific markets. Read more....

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VIDEO: Stand for Alaska
Apr12

VIDEO: Stand for Alaska

At our bi-monthly breakfast, an update on the mining industry in Alaska was presented by Alicia Siira, Deputy Director of the Alaska Miners Association, and Karen Matthias, Executive Director of the Council of Alaska Producers. (Presentation) A report on the status of Stand for Alaska, a group that opposes a ballot measure that would overhaul regulations affecting virtually any type of project in Alaska. The measure poses a threat to Alaska’s jobs, communities and the Alaska way of life. It will go before Alaska voters later this year. View video from Stand for Alaska presented at the morning breakfast....

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Take the Senate web poll!
Jan25

Take the Senate web poll!

There are several issues at stake for Alaskans, including creating a favorable business climate that would put more oil in the pipeline. The Alaska Senate wants to hear from you. Let them know what you expect this legislative session. Take the Senate Poll here:...

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CHUGACH ALASKA CORPORATION APPOINTS CHUGACH COMMERCIAL HOLDINGS PRESIDENT JOSIE HICKEL
Jan08

CHUGACH ALASKA CORPORATION APPOINTS CHUGACH COMMERCIAL HOLDINGS PRESIDENT JOSIE HICKEL

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach) appointed Josie Hickel as its President of Chugach Commercial Holdings (CCH), effective December 8, 2018. In her new role, Hickel is responsible for directing Chugach’s portfolio of commercial businesses and land development strategy. “Chugach is fortunate to have a leader with Josie’s expertise and vision as our next President of Chugach Commercial Holdings,” said Chugach CEO Gabriel Kompkoff. “The Board and executive team are confident in her ability to lead our portfolio of commercial companies and land development projects, while also building our culture and making Chugach a great place to work.” To read the entire release, click...

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