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Alaska Business Monthly 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 Monthly 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.

 

Our Team

VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER: JASON MARTIN

Jason is proudly following in his father's footsteps as Alaska Business Monthly's 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 ABM 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.

 

Editorial

 

MANAGING EDITOR: SUSAN HARRINGTON

Susan is the Managing Editor of Alaska Business Monthly magazine and akbizmag.com, each an exceptional business magazine and business website. The magazine continues to win editorial awards since she became its managing editor in 2011. She’s been instrumental in three website launches since joining the company and continues to lead the editorial team in growing the digital edition and perfecting Alaska Business Monthly’s mobile optimization. Prior to her current position, Susan was the Associate Editor of Alaska Business Monthly. Previously she was Editor for a third-party publisher. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and reading.

Susan Harrington, Managing Editor Alaska Business Monthly

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: RUSS SLATEN

Russ joined our team in 2014, as a well-traveled, born and raised Alaskan. He has a diverse background in broadcast radio and television, marketing, and now, print journalism. Russ is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Journalism and Public Communications program and is working on an MBA at UAA with a social media emphasis. He also knows enough Mandarin Chinese to carry on a conversation, and has visited Taiwan multiple times. In every trip he discovers something or someplace new. He is really into live shows and music, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

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 Monthly!

David Geiger, Art Director Alaska Business Monthly

ART PRODUCTION: LINDA SHOGREN

This ad dinosaur has been in the advertising and marketing field for 27 years, starting out as a layout artist for the Anchorage Times in the early 1980s. She’s a guru, learning new design programs as each new breed comes out. Her passion, besides design, is being a volunteer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Linda’s been with this civilian branch for six years, three serving as District 17 (Alaska) staff officer for public affairs. Her husband (Bill) and her travel by boat, or floating cabin as she calls it, May through September. She has five beautiful grandkids and one three-legged grandpuppy. Her pride and joy is daughter, Maree, who followed Linda’s career and has been in newspaper publishing for 16 years.

Linda Shogren, Art Production Alaska Business Monthly

 

Business

 

VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL

Since joining the company  in 1998, Charles has helped grow Alaska Business Monthly 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.

VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL Alaska Business Journal

SENIOR ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: BILL MORRIS

Bill came onboard at Alaska Business Monthly in September 2010, joining long-term staff and wife Linda Shogren as part of the ABM team. Prior to ABM, he worked 13 years as a factory representative and was in newspaper and yellow page print advertising for 10 years. Bill and Linda boat out of Whittier each summer and are volunteer members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. "In the summer, we're the 'lifeguards on duty' for west PWS," Bill says. He brings with him marketing, sales, leadership and other great dualities.

Account Manager Bill Morris, Alaska Business Monthly

SENIOR ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: ANNE TOMPKINS

Anne joined ABM in September 2009. She has more than 10 years in print advertising sales and more than 15 years of marketing and customer service experience. She's lived in Alaska for more than 30 years, enjoys the outdoors, has two sons who live in the Mat-Su Valley, and seven granddaughters who keep her plenty busy. She also has a wonderful Shitzu named McKie. She brings with her a plethora of talent, including the ability to develop great customer relations and provide superb customer service. Her marketing strategies focus on developing strong name recognition, attracting new clients, branding, imaging and much more. She joined ABM because of the quality of the magazine. She said she thoroughly enjoyed it, and saw its value to the business community before coming onboard.

Account Manager Anne Campbell, Alaska Business Monthly

ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: JANIS PLUME

Janis joins Alaska Business Monthly as the newest member of our account management team. Prior to joining Alaska Business Monthly, 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 Monthly 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.

   

ACCOUNTING & CIRCULATION: MELINDA SCHWAB

Melinda was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Alaska in 2001. After starting her family she began to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. In December 2009 she decided to pursue a degree in Accounting. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in November 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree. She is presently enrolled in Western Governor’s University to obtain a Bachelor in Business Administration and will pursue her Master’s after graduation in June 2014. Melinda has more than ten years working in various accounting assignments as well as a year with another media company. Her hobbies include family time, photography, and scrapbooking, baking, and always learning something new.

 

Contributing Freelance Journalists, Writers, and Guest Authors

Tom Anderson, Shehla Anjum, Amy Armstrong, Mel B. Bannon, Tracy Barbour, Mike Bradner, Kori Callison, Kevin M. Dee, Terry J. Fields, Curtis J. Freeman, Louise Freeman, Judy Griffin, Bethany Goodrich, Mouhcine Guettabi, Sourabh Gupta, Shiva Hullavarad, Falk Huettmann, Isaak Hurst, Lee Huskey,  Naomi Klouda, Adam Krynicki, Lisa Maloney, Brian McKay, Terry Nelson, Vanessa Orr, Larry Persily, Andrew J. Romerdahl, Ashok K. Roy, Renea I. Saade, Alex Salov, Nichelle Seely, Anne Seneca, Margaret Sharpe, Susan Sommer, Julie Stricker, Will Swagel, Kirsten Swann, Natasha Von Imhoff, Gail West, Rindi White, Greg Wolf.

 

Photographers

Chris Arend, Judy Patrick, Ken Graham

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