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BSNC hires new CFO and COO


BSNC hires new CFO and COO
August 6, 2012 - Nome, Alaska.  Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) has added two new members to its executive team. Leslie Williams has been named Chief Financial Officer and Kurt Hermes has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Williams has been BSNC’s interim CFO since November 2011. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, has a Masters Degree in Contract Management, and more than 23 years professional experience in federal contracting. She has worked as a financial consultant for BSNC since 2008, providing staff augmentation, software implementation services and government contracting consulting services. Williams also spent eight years as CFO at Chenega Corporation.

Hermes has been with BSNC for four years as a project estimator and in other capacities related to management and financial control. He has worked in construction and project management since he was in high school and continued as project manager while obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Hermes spent five years at the Municipality of Anchorage managing department budgets and a multitude of maintenance contracts. He also spent time estimating and managing projects for the Bethel Native Corporation and Chugach Alaska Corporation before joining BSNC in 2008.

About Bering Straits Native Corporation
Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) was formed in 1972 as the regional Alaska Native Corporation for 6,333 original shareholders under authority of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.  The Bering Straits region encompasses the majority of Alaska's Seward Peninsula and the coastal lands of eastern Norton Sound. BSNC owns and manages nearly two million acres of subsurface estate of land selected by 17 village corporations in the region. This region is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the state with three Native languages spoken: Siberian Yup'ik, Central Yup'ik, and Inupiaq.

BSNC is headquartered in Nome, Alaska. Regional operations include real estate management and development, tourism, construction, mining services and sales of rock and aggregate. BSNC also has offices in Anchorage, which oversee the company's government contract work under the SBA's 8(a), HubZone and small business programs. Anchorage operations also include construction and various support services for commercial clients and shareholder services.

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