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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 Harrington, Managing Editor Alaska Business Monthly

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.

 

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 David Geiger, Art Director Alaska Business Monthly

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!

 

ART PRODUCTION: LINDA SHOGREN Linda Shogren, Art Production Alaska Business Monthly

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.

 

Business

VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL Alaska Business Journal

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.

 

SENIOR ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: BILL MORRIS Account Manager Bill Morris, Alaska Business Monthly

Bill came onboard at Alaska Business Monthly in September 2010, joining his wife Linda Shogren on the ABM team. He was born and raised in Anchorage. Bill earned an Advertising degree from Washington State University and worked at two newspapers in Oregon after college. Moving back to Anchorage, he was hired by the Anchorage Daily News. Afterwards he worked as an auto parts manufacturers representative traveling extensively throughout Alaska. As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary he assists with boating safety missions in Prince William Sound. For fun Bill reads sci-fi, longs for a new boat, and spends time with his kids and six grandkids.

 

ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER: JANIS PLUME 

Janis joined the Alaska Business Monthly account management team in 2015. 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.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE: EMILY OLSEN 

Emily Olsen is Alaska Business Monthly's newest team member. She joins Alaska Business Monthly as a Customer Service Representative. Her duties at Alaska Business Monthly will include managing subscriptions, distributions, DataJoe survey collection, and general office and customer support. Previous to Alaska Business Monthly Olsen worked at CH2M as a Reprographics Specialist and Project Coordinator. She graduated from Brigham Young University.

 

Contributing Journalists, Writers, and Guest Authors

Tom Anderson, Shehla Anjum, Mel B. Bannon, Tracy Barbour, Mark Begich, Susan Bell,  Mike Bradner, Christopher Brill, Samuel Callen, Kori Callison, Andrea N. Canfield, Melanie C. Curtice, Kevin M. Dee, Molly Dischner, Han Donker, Ron Duncan, Terry J. Fields, Curtis J. Freeman, Louise Freeman, J. Pennelope Goforth, Judy Griffin, Bethany Goodrich, Mouhcine Guettabi, Sourabh Gupta, Gwen Holdmann, Shiva Hullavarad, Falk Huettmann, Isaak Hurst, Lee Huskey,  Jessa Joehnk, Reggie Joule, Bob Kaufman, Naomi Klouda, Meera Kohler, Adam Krynicki, Sharon Guenther Lind, Lisa Maloney, Daniel McCue, Brian McKay, Andrew Metzger, Terry Nelson, John Nofsinger, Vanessa Orr, Larry Persily, Bob Poe, Molly Rettig, Andrew J. Romerdahl, Heather A. Resz,  Renea I. Saade, Alex Salov, Rod Shipley, Julie Stricker, Will Swagel, Kailee Wallis, Rindi White, Greg Wolf.

 

Photographers

Chris Arend, Judy Patrick, Ken Graham