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Bernie Karl Honored as Business Leader of the Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2010

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management will honor Bernie Karl as business leader of the year during a banquet March 19 at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

This is the 34th year UAF has given the annual award. Recipients are selected for their leadership, business excellence, educational support and community service.

"Being selected as the UAF business leader of the year is one of the most humbling experiences in my life," Karl said. "No man is a self-made man. There are lots of people that help you all through your life, starting with my parents, my family and my wife.”

Karl has been a diesel mechanic, gold miner, hotel owner and recycling entrepreneur; he likes to call himself an “imagineer.” His current business ventures include Chena Hot Springs Resort and K&K Recycling. Karl is known for his work using geothermal technology to make his resort more environmentally friendly. Geothermal energy powers three greenhouses at Chena Hot Springs, which grow fresh produce year-round for the resort’s restaurant. The project has been featured in several national magazines and newspapers.

Along with being an innovative businessman, Karl is an active community and university partner. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Karl arranges numerous visits for children to the resort. He provides educational programs on alternative energy for K-12 students throughout the state and internship opportunities for UAF business and engineering students.

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