Alaska Business was established in 1984 and is Alaska's premier business magazine and website. Its goal is to promote economic growth in the state by providing a thorough and objective discussion and analysis of the issues and trends affecting Alaska's business sector. We feature stories about individuals, organizations, and companies that shape the Alaska economy.
Alaska Business emphasizes the importance of all enterprises, from the large multinational corporations that do business in the state to the numerous sole proprietorships. It stresses a statewide approach to business coverage with stories from all regions of the state and offers topical diversity just as broad as the Alaska economy itself.
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER: JASON MARTIN
Jason is proudly following in his father's footsteps as Alaska Business' General Manager. Having been with ABM for 13 years prior he is familiar with the business and continuously impressed with the talented staff. One of the youngest managers in Walmart history, he supervised 40+ employees before being recruited by the Odom Corporation. While there he created statewide marketing material, covered sales routes, and helped set pricing for the state. Jason originally joined the fantastic team at Alaska Business in 1997 as a graphic designer. Jason is a third generation Alaskan and one of the founders of Alaska's longest running comedy improv troupe, Scared Scriptless. He enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and delightful son and is passionate about kayaking, sailing, biking, camping, mountaineering, theatre, and improv.
MANAGING EDITOR: KATHRYN MACKENZIE
Kathryn Mackenzie joins Alaska Business after spending the past two decades writing and editing about commodities markets, finance, and healthcare from locations all over the United States and in Canada. Kathryn also loves the world of social media and has worked as social media manager for a number of organizations. She adores her hometown of San Francisco where she attended San Francisco State University to obtain her undergraduate degree in Journalism. She now lives near Anchorage and enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and playing video games. Along with wordsmithing and spreading the joy of social media, Kathryn is passionate about animals and loves spotting wildlife and spending time with her own little pet family… oh, and her actual people family.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: TASHA ANDERSON
Tasha joined our team in April 2012, having graduated from the University of Wyoming, where she got her BA in English with minors in Latin and Business Writing. Except for the brief detour to the Lower 48 for school, Tasha is a (mostly) life-long Alaskan, moving with her family to Anchorage at the age of seven. Tasha got her feet wet in the Alaska Business community as ABM's front desk editorial assistant. Her growing knowledge of that community has turned into a delighted interest, which makes every interview and article an exciting opportunity to learn even more: especially after being promoted to Associate Editor in early 2015.
ART DIRECTOR: DAVID GEIGER
I've been putting out fires, soothing egos & pulling off the almost impossible for well over a decade in the printing industry. I was born and raised here in Alaska, left for a few years to study in Arizona at Al Collins School of Graphic Design, then promptly ran from the heat to get back here were I felt I belonged (and wouldn't melt). What came out of a need to get my work done has grown into an enjoyment for technical troubleshooting and basic IT work (let's see a show of hands, all you people who have been held up on a project too long due to a IT department mired in molasses, put 'em up, come on, they can't see you right now). My most enjoyable leisure activities are just time spent with my wife Samantha and sons Ivan and Joseph. I have had the chance to work with so many wonderful folks throughout the years in directly related and totally unrelated fields (some of them being those poor overworked IT guys), and find myself amongst top notch company again here at Alaska Business!
ART PRODUCTION: LINDA SHOGREN
This ad dinosaur has been in the Anchorage advertising and media community for over 30 years, starting out as a graphic designer for the Anchorage Times in the early 1980s. Linda later added skills such as media buying, writing and producing retail and political ads for radio and TV. She attended New York State University at Potsdam before moving to Alaska. She later studied graphic design, advertising and marketing at Anchorage Community College and UAA. Graphic design skills drew her back to print advertising after working as a computer graphic illustrator and marketing director for a local TV station, she has been with the magazine since 2008. Boating is a passion and she has been a volunteer with the Whittier Coast Guard Auxiliary along with husband Bill for many years. Other interests are hiking, gardening, reading, researching family genealogy and spending time with family.
VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL
Since joining the company in 1998, Charles has helped grow Alaska Business into one of the leading regional business magazines in the United States. Starting out as an Advertising Account Manager, he has progressively taken on new roles and management responsibilities. As Vice President of Sales, he oversees the sales team and is passionate about the magazine providing exceptional customer service. A strong advocate for a vibrant local economy, he believes in promoting responsible resource development in Alaska. Born and raised in Alaska, Charles has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing. Aside from work, his passions include spending quality time with his beautiful family, basketball, golf, fishing, and photography.
ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: JANIS PLUME
Janis joined the Alaska Business account management team in 2015. Prior to joining Alaska Business, he spent much of the past twenty-five years working at two of the most prominent advertising agencies in Alaska. Janis is excited about joining Alaska Business and is looking forward to getting to know his clients and helping them build effective advertising campaigns in the magazine. His vast experience and advertising agency background will be a valuable asset to his clients and to the magazine. In his spare time Janis helps officiate football games and is a member both of the Anchorage Football Officials Association and the Alaska School Activities Association, and is also an active volunteer in the community.
ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: CHRISTINE MERKI
Account Manager Christine Merki is the latest to join the team. She has more than thirteen years of local media sales experience and ten years of television writing and producing experience. Merki brings a comprehensive set of skills to Alaska Business' advertising sales team. Her marketing knowledge includes strong creative, media planning, product pricing, sales strategy, customer support, and market research. She has a deep sense of community and is passionate about helping businesses with the challenges and opportunities Alaska offers.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE: EMILY OLSEN
Emily Olsen is Alaska Business' Customer Service Representative. Her duties at Alaska Business will include managing subscriptions, distributions, DataJoe survey collection, and general office and customer support. Previous to Alaska Business Olsen worked at CH2M as a Reprographics Specialist and Project Coordinator. She graduated from Brigham Young University.
Contributing Journalists, Writers, and Guest Authors
Mel B. Bannon, Tracy Barbour, Michael Branham, Deantha Crockett, Kevin M. Dee, Curtis J. Freeman, Sam Friedman, Owen J. Graham, Marleanna Hall, Judy Mottl, Vanessa Orr, Larry Persily, Renea I. Saade, Alex Salov, Isaac Stone Simonelli, O’Hara Shipe, Julie Stricker, Will Swagel, Dale Willerton, Greg Wolf.