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The Alaska State Chamber Of Commerce Recently Added Two New Employees.


Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Chamber of Commerce recently named Ryan Makinster as communications and events director and Al Cramer as membership representative. Ryan brings more than twelve years of public relations, communications and government relations experience to the Alaska Chamber. His primary role is to oversee communications, public relations, advertising and event functions. Ryan is also responsible for website development and social media initiatives. In addition, he assists with investor relations and government advocacy.

Prior to joining the Alaska State Chamber, Ryan was a partner in Fine Point, a local advertising firm. He previously served as Communications Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and as a legislative and committee aide for multiple legislators in the Alaska State House and Senate. Before that, he spent 5 years in hospitality and tourism marketing in Seattle. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Al brings 22 years of Alaska management, sales, and customer service experience to the organization.

Prior to joining the Alaska Chamber, Al spent the last 7 years in the hospitality industry, most recently as general manager of the Parkwood Inn. He and his wife, Vivian have 2 grown children; Richard who now makes Maui home, and Samantha who lives in Chignik Lagoon with her husband and 3 daughters. Al holds a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California

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