Bristol Bay Alaska Tourism Strengthens Management Team, Filling Three Key Roles
Anchorage, AK—As part of its goal to create economic development opportunities in the Bristol Bay Region and help Alaska diversify and grow its economy, Bristol Bay Alaska Tourism (BBAT) has bolstered an already strong team by filling three executive roles.
Sarah Fullhart is adding to her responsibilities as General Manager of Mission Lodge and will now serve as Vice President of Guest Services for BBAT. Sean Petersen is the new Director of Flight Operations for Katmai Air and Suzanne Lohr has taken on the role of Accounting Analyst.
As BBAT Vice President of Guest Services, Sarah will review our properties and assets and discern what services and amenities should be added to enhance our customer’s experience. This will include a focus on how to make BBAT facilities more attractive for repeat visits. Sarah was instrumental in introducing BBNC to Mission Lodge as a potential in-region investment. She will play a key role in enhancing the awareness of shareholder opportunities within the network of tourism. BBAT looks forward to having Sarah’s experience in this role helping our lodges achieve new heights in guest satisfaction.
As BBAT Director of Flight Operations Sean will oversee the 8 aircraft in Katmai Air’s fleet, as well as pilot hiring and training. He grew up in and around Katmai Lodge and served as Chief Pilot for Katmai Air. Sean will be based at Kulik lodge for most of the summer and will oversee the air operations for the popular King Salmon to Brooks Lodge flights. His institutional knowledge of lodge operations as well as his 20 + seasons of flying in Katmai/Bristol Bay region make him uniquely qualified to oversee the day to day flight operations at Kulik, Grosvenor and Brooks Lodge as well as our King Salmon flight terminal. We’re excited about having a third generation Petersen at the helm of Katmai Air.
As BBAT Accounting Analyst Suzanne will manage payroll and financial forecasting for all of the Katmai business units as well as Mission Lodge. She comes to BBAT from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation where she was their Subsidiary and Trust Accountant. Prior to that, Suzanne worked in various accounting positions at the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Kakivik Asset Management. Suzanne’s background and experience are a valuable tool for BBAT.
BBAT President and CEO John Kreilkamp said, “These are all great hires in key positions and will help BBAT continue as a top drawer organization to turn to for unforgettable fishing and wildlife experiences for guests to our region.”
About BBAT: Bristol Bay Alaska Tourism is the holding company for Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s tourism assets, which includes four lodges in the Bristol Bay region: Mission Lodge, Kulik Lodge, Grosvenor Lodge and Brooks Lodge. BBAT is the official Park concessionaire for Katmai National Park and operates the land tour into Katmai’s Valley of the 10,000 Smokes. BBAT also owns Katmai Air which operates eight aircraft. Mission Lodge, near Aleknagik, was purchased in 2012. The Katmai properties were acquired in Spring 2016. For more information on Mission Lodge go to www.missionlodge.com. For information on the Katmai properties go to www.katmailand.com.
About BBNC: Bristol Bay Native Corporation is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, BBNC works to protect the land in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders. Learn more at www.bbnc.net.