Right Moves
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) Board named Alan Weitzner as its Executive Director. Weitzner has served as chief investment officer for the AIDEA since August 2018. Weitzner’s career has focused on project finance and financial management of global infrastructure projects. He has advised and structured more than $16 billion in debt underwritings, equity capitalizations, and project developments for energy, gas infrastructure, transmission, storage, and port/terminal facilities. Weitzner holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Weitzner Portrait
RIM Architects
RIM appointed David L. McVeigh as President and CEO. Since joining the company in 1986, McVeigh has spearheaded initiatives across the company’s portfolio, working with each of RIM’s five offices to maximize the potential of each regional site and strengthen the offerings of the entire firm. He has introduced and led the firm into foreign markets including Australia, Russia, and Asia.
McVeigh Portrait
RIM also announced Michelle Klouda and Jason Arnold as Principals in RIM’s Anchorage office.

Klouda, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in architecture, began her career at RIM in 2007 as a summer intern. She serves as an ambassador for RIM in several organizations including the Downtown Community Council and Anchorage Post.

Klouda Portrait
Arnold is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s in architecture and minors in digital media design and philosophy. Prior to joining RIM, he served in the US Army for ten years as an army resources sergeant with several deployments to Iraq.
Arnold Portrait
USACE Alaska
Colonel Damon Delarosa became the 29th commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers–Alaska District. A native of San Antonio, Delarosa will oversee a multi-million dollar program that provides engineering, construction, planning, contracting, real estate, emergency operations, environmental, and regulatory services to the military; federal, state, and local governments; and the public in Alaska. Delarosa was commissioned in the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1998 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.
Tlingit & Haida
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced that Catherine Edwards will serve on the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women for a term of two years. Edwards has served as a Seattle Tlingit & Haida delegate since 2012 and is currently seated as the Tribe’s sixth vice president. She also serves as chair of the Tribe’s Audit Committee and on the Executive Committee for the Tlingit & Haida Washington Chapter. She has extensive experience in tribal governance, budgets, domestic violence, and drug prevention.
Edwards Portrait
Ambler Metals
Ramzi Fawaz has been selected as President and CEO of Ambler Metals—the 50/50 joint venture company formed by South32 and Trilogy Metals to explore and develop the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects. Fawaz joins Ambler Metals from Newmont Corporation where he was senior vice president of projects, with responsibility for the development and execution of Newmont’s major gold and copper projects globally. Fawaz brings extensive leadership experience in US and international project development. Fawaz holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and a master’s in power engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Fawaz Portrait
SBA Alaska District Office
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) Alaska District Office announced Steve Brown as its new District Director. As leader of the SBA Alaska District, Brown oversees delivery of all SBA programs and services in Alaska including technical training and assistance, funding programs, and small business certifications connected to government contracting. Prior to assuming the role of district director, Brown served as the chairman of the Bannock County Commission in Idaho for two years where he oversaw all county, support city, and municipality government services for 88,000 citizens with a staff of 450 employees.

During those two years, he restructured the budgeting process, restored employee trust and morale, and increased transparency and trust with the voting public..

Brown Portrait
Thompson & Co. Public Relations
Thompson & Co. Public Relations announced four women at the company will take on new roles. Ariel Walsh-Amand and Ally Day will help lead the agency’s executive strategy, and Bri Kelly and Kailee Wallis will contribute to the agency’s senior management team.

Walsh-Amand, while already an expert in onboarding new employees, accounting, and managing employee benefits, among many other skills developed over eleven years at the company, will further contribute to the overall strategic direction and decision-making of the company as COO.

Walsh-Amand Portrait
Day brings ten years of experience with the company leading client successes to the agency’s executive strategy team. Day will further develop Thompson & Co.’s client services practice with a focus on client-agency relationships, retention, and continuity.
Day Portrait
Kelly excels at client communications and account leadership after nine years at the agency. As she continues to deliver results for clients, Kelly will also take on an increased role as a mentor for Thompson & Co.’s management team.
Kelly Portrait
Wallis is a founding member of the company’s digital team, and she has largely contributed to digital being its fastest-growing department. Having helped pave the path for digital services at the agency, Wallis now leads the digital department in mediums like graphic design, video, photography, social media strategy, and more.
Wallis Portrait
Stephanie Gann joined KeyBank as branch manager of the Behrends branch in Juneau. In this role, Gann is responsible for day-to-day operations and coaching her team, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. Gann relocated from Phoenix, where she was branch manager for the Delta-T Group and managed regional sales. She has also served as a senior business development manager for Accountants International and as an assistant branch manager for a mortgage company. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s in finance.
PND Engineers
PND Engineers welcomes three new hires to its team.

Tanner Stephens earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering with a minor in mathematics from UAA in 2019. He joined PND’s civil team in Anchorage in March—just days before staff began working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic—following a year as a project engineer with the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources’ Department of Design and Construction. At PND, he has been working on the California Creek fish passage and connecting Anchorage trails projects.

Addison Yang, born and raised in Anchorage, earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering from UAF in 2015 and is currently completing his master’s remotely. Previously a project engineer and design engineer for the Alaska Department of Transportation, Yang’s projects since joining PND have included a Washington Department of Transportation project with Kiewit to replace a culvert under the I-5 highway with a fish passage while minimizing impact to motorists and the local community.

Obadiah (Obi) Dawson grew up in Juneau and attended UAA, earning his bachelor’s in civil engineering this past spring. He is interested in structures and previously interned in transportation and civil site development. His recent assignments include structural calculations for the Wendell Avenue temporary trestle.

Cornerstone General Contractors
Cornerstone General Contractors announced two new hires: Brittany Larson as an Accountant and Macki McDonald as a Project Engineer.

Larson joins Cornerstone with more than three years of Alaska construction accounting experience as well as an extensive customer service background. Larson is responsible for assisting the accounting department with payroll, accounts payable, account reconciliation, contract compliance, and office support.

Larson Portrait
McDonald brings more than sixteen years of project procurement, logistics, and Alaska construction experience, along with a strong grasp on remote and complex projects. As a Project Engineer, McDonald works directly with Cornerstone project managers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients to ensure projects progress smoothly and are completed successfully.
McDonald Portrait