Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Announces New President Andrew Halcro
Anchorage – The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has selected Andrew Halcro of Anchorage to serve as its new president. Halcro is an Anchorage businessman who previously served in the Alaska Legislature and ran for governor of Alaska in 2006. As president of the Anchorage Chamber, Halcro will direct Alaska’s largest non-profit business organization with nearly 1,100 members representing roughly 54,000 employees.
Halcro, 48, has held senior management positions in his family’s statewide small business, Avis Alaska, was a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, hosted a talk radio show, and became a business consultant after his unsuccessful bid for governor. He recently authored an online news blog, AndrewHalcro.com, focusing on public policy issues and politics in Alaska.
Sandra Heffern, chair of the Anchorage Chamber board of directors, said the organization chose Halcro because of his small business experience and background in public policy, as well as business advocacy. Heffern said the Anchorage Chamber wanted a strong leader and an experienced communicator to help move the organization forward.
“Andrew Halcro understands the needs of our diverse community and will be an effective leader of our efforts to advance a successful business climate,” said Heffern. “The Anchorage Chamber president is the public face of the city’s business community, and Andrew has the skills and experience to be a strong advocate on the issues that matter to our members. He is the right person to help us realize our ‘Advancing Business, Advancing Anchorage’ mission that the Anchorage Chamber has embraced.”
Halcro has lived in Anchorage for more than four decades and resides in the Sand Lake area, which he represented in the Legislature from 1998 to 2002. He studied at Willamette University in Oregon, and has participated in professional development programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School. He is an experienced public speaker on topics ranging from
Alaska’s natural gas pipeline plans to Alaska state government tax and spending policies. He and his wife, Vicki, have two daughters.
Halcro will begin work at the Anchorage Chamber in early January.