Barney Uhart Announces Retirement from Chugach Alaska Corporation
Anchorage, Alaska – Barney Uhart, President of the Government Contracting Division of Chugach Alaska Corporation, announced his retirement from Chugach effective July 6, 2012. The Chugach Board of Directors appointed Barney “President Emeritus” in honor of his 19 years of service, dedication and leadership.
“Chugach climbed out of bankruptcy and has become a successful, resilient company with an excellent reputation under Barney’s leadership. It is with a heavy heart that the board accepted his decision to retire to spend time with his family,” said Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board. “What Barney means to all of us cannot be put into words, but we know he wants the Chugach family to continue with our success and move forward as we transition.”
Sheri Buretta will continue her role as full-time Chairman of the Board which she has held for the past 15 years.
Gabriel Kompkoff was appointed CEO in addition to his current position as President of Chugach’s Commercial Division. Gabriel, a former Vice President at Bentall Kennedy, an Investment Advisor Firm, served as a director on the board of Chugach Alaska Corporation from October 2010 to December 2011 and was appointed President of Chugach’s Commercial Division in 2011.
Mel Lynch, Vice President of Operations, was appointed Executive Vice President of Chugach Alaska Corporation. Mel, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years’ experience in government service contracting, has been with Chugach since June 1999.
“The success Chugach has enjoyed over the past nearly 20 years is directly attributable to the faith and trust placed in me by the shareholders of Chugach Alaska Corporation,” said Mr. Uhart. “To have had the honor of leading this organization for this period has not only been a distinct pleasure, but one that I am, and will always be, incredibly proud of. In addition, the board’s decision to name Gabe and Mel to these new leadership positions only solidifies their own commitment to the strategic goals of Chugach. Both are incredibly talented individuals with stellar leadership qualities and histories that can only bring greater success and growth to Chugach in the years to come. Success and growth I will enjoy watching from the sidelines!”
Chugach Alaska Corporation is a regional Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) with its corporate headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska. The company is owned by over 2,300 shareholders of Alutiiq, Eskimo and Indian heritage.