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About Us

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; and by featuring stories on the 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 Staff

PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER: JIM MARTIN

In the know, Jim has 31 years successful experience as a publisher and general manager in the newspaper and magazine industry. Currently the head of ABM, he leads the organization with a wealth of knowledge. He was co-founder of the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 1977, where he led a 16-person staff to four consecutive years of 30 percent growth. He was also chief photographer at the Anchorage Times and has been involved in many professional and community service activities. He received his degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has taken numerous executive level management seminars. This award-winning journalist and photographer is well respected in the community and well liked among his employees. He is married to wife Billie Grace (43 years) and has two children. His hobbies include camping, cooking, reading, computer graphics and telecommunications, bicycling, hiking and backpacking.

Jim Martin, General Manager Alaska Business Monthly

Editorial Staff

MANAGING EDITOR: SUSAN HARRINGTON

Susan came to Alaska in 1979 and has lived here full-time since 1985, mostly, with a couple of years Outside in the West and Southeast. She's a former business manager who's been in the publishing business since before the new millennium, joining Alaska Business Monthly in 2008 and becoming Associate Editor in 2009. She was named Managing Editor in 2011.

Susan Harrington, Managing Editor Alaska Business Monthly

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: RUSS SLATEN

 

 

 

 

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 Staff

VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL

Charles knows ABM, having served time with the magazine since 1998. While known for being a hard worker and a tenacious advocate for his clients (in a good way), he is also really compassionate and an all-around nice guy. When not managing his accounts, leisure time for Charles means spending time coaching youth sports, playing basketball, golf or enjoying a nice cold margarita. Other hobbies include fishing, photography and cooking. He received his BBA degree in Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has a diverse background in marketing that has enabled him to be a valued asset to his clients and to the magazine.

VICE PRESIDENT SALES: CHARLES BELL Alaska Business Journal

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. Bill is a welcome addition to the staff.

Account Manager Bill Morris, Alaska Business Monthly

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER: ANNE CAMPBELL

Anne joined ABM in September 2009, coming from competitor Morris Communications. 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 dog named McKie, a 3-year-old Shitzu. 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
   

SURVEY ADMINISTRATOR & EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: TASHA ANDERSON

Tasha joined our team in April 2012. She recently graduated from the University of Wyoming, where she got her BA in English, with minors in Latin and Business Writing. Tasha has lived in Alaska since the age of 7, when her father was transferred up through the Air Force. She has a hodgepodge of skills, ranging from editing to InDesign to payroll, which qualify her well for her various duties as our front-desk woman, editorial assistant, and survey manager. She enjoys reading, handcrafts, swimming, and going out with friends.

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 Writers & Guest Columnists

Tom Anderson, Shehla Anjum, Tracy Barbour, Nicole A. Bonham Colby, Mike Bradner, Paula Cottrell, Kevin M. Dee, Sam Dickey, Eliza Evans, Laurie Evans-Dineen, Curtis J. Freeman, Judy Griffin, Sourabh Gupta, Dr. Falk Huettmann, Isaak Hurst, Dimitra Lavrakas, Wesley Loy, Vanessa Orr, Kevin Pearson, Dr. Ashok K. Roy, Renea I. Saade, Alex Salov, Nichelle Seely, Margaret Sharpe, Susan Sommer, Julie Stricker, Will Swagel, Gail West, Rindi White, Greg Wolf.

Photographers

Chris Arend, Judy Patrick, Ken Graham, JR Ancheta, Becky McCord, Dimitra Lavrakas, Nichelle Seely