I have deep Unalaska roots and a strong desire to support the community and Ounalashka Corporation (OC) shareholder prosperity. This drives me to stay current with the unique opportunities and challenges that face Unalaska. These include the shipping, fishing, Arctic issues and the oil industry. I follow all of the above, via weekly fish reports and fishing industry policy changes that affect our community’s economy. I immerse myself in shipping trends locally and worldwide as well as staying abreast of what is happening in the oil industry, what they will require from our community, and what, in turn, will ultimately benefit present and future shareholders.
I spent 12 years on the Board of Directors of OC, from 1982 until 1994. Six of those years I was Chairman of the Board. As a Board member during those years I participated in setting up most of the policies and procedures that are still used today as well as the controls for the company’s assets. I participated in many of the Company’s current major leases.
I have completed my twelfth year as a City Council member in Unalaska where I have had the opportunity to work with and pass many operating budgets ranging from around 16 million to over 30 million. To review with input and pass capital expenditures well in excess of $200 million since I have been on the Council. While on the Council I have been in contact as well as met with various businesses in the three sectors that affect Unalaska’s economy. I have continuously sought out economic opportunities for Unalaska.
I was Chairman of the Interim Tribal Council; five of us wrote the constitution that gained the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska Federal Recognition as a tribe thus reactivating the tribe after many years of inactivity. This constitution was used as a model for 22 other tribes to successfully gain recognition as sovereign governments.