Enkvist to head Alaska Power Association and ARECA Insurance Exchange
Crystal Enkvist has been selected for the position of Executive Director of Alaska Power Association and Executive Vice President of ARECA Insurance Exchange. Enkvist, who starts August 1, is a lifelong Alaskan who has served the association as its Director of Member and Public Relations for the past 14 years. Prior to coming to Alaska Power Association, she was the Public Information Officer at Anchorage Municipal Light & Power and Director of Communications for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Enkvist replaces Marilyn Leland, who has served as Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the organizations since 2006 and is retiring on August 1.
Enkvist holds a Master of Public Administration degree in public management and Bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also Accredited in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.
The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of policies adopted by the boards of directors of both entities (APA and AIE), as well as management of the business activities of the organizations and their government relations program, including state and federal lobbying activities.
“Crystal brings a strong background in Alaska electric utility issues and trade association experience to the Executive Director position,” said Ben Frantz, President of the Alaska Power Association Board of Directors. “She is a known quantity in our industry and we are pleased to promote from within the organization after having conducted a national executive search.”
The Executive Director also has responsibility for the operation and management of ARECA Insurance Exchange, a member-owned, multiple-line insurance company that issues policies to Alaska electric and telephone utilities.
“I have known Crystal since she entered the Alaska electric utility program 16 years ago and have seen her mature into a strong and respected player in the industry, qualifying her to serve in this leadership role,” said Meera Kohler, President of the ARECA Insurance Exchange Board of Trustees. “We are looking forward to her leadership as we seek ways to enhance the services we provide to our membership.”
Alaska Power Association is the 62-year-old statewide trade association for electric utilities across the state of Alaska. It provides advocacy and program services to member utilities. APA members supply power to Alaskans in communities from Barrow to Unalaska, though the Interior and Southcentral regions, and down the Inside Passage.
ARECA Insurance Exchange, APA’s sister organization, provides multi-line coverage to Alaska non-profit electric and telephone utilities. AIE is an Alaska-based reciprocal insurance company that holds an A.M. Best rating of A-, the highest achievable rating for a company its size.