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BBNC Names Sr. Vice Presidents and Vice President


Anchorage, AK – – Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is pleased to announce the promotion of April Ferguson to Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Jeffrey Sinz to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and L. Tiel Smith to Vice President Land and Regional Operations.

April Ferguson has worked at BBNC for nearly 15 years and most recently was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Corporation. She is a shareholder of BBNC, Choggiung, Limited, and a member of Curyung Tribal Council.  Ms. Ferguson was born in Seward and raised in Fairbanks, where she earned a degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Like both of her sisters, she went to law school earning her JD from Harvard Law. She has one son, a daughter-in-law and a five year old granddaughter.

Jeffrey Sinz joined BBNC in September 2007 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining BBNC, Mr. Sinz served as Chief Fiscal Officer for the Municipality of Anchorage. His responsibilities at BBNC include accounting and financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and budgeting, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and oversight of all financial activities of the Corporation and its subsidiaries.  Mr. Sinz earned a MBA from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  Mr. Sinz is married to Heather Arnett and has two children, Alicia and Cameron.

L. Tiel Smith is has worked as the Land and Resources Manager since 2004. He is from Dillingham and is a BBNC and Choggiung, Limited shareholder, and a member of Curyung Tribal Council. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University. Prior to joining BBNC he worked at Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to train and manage the first telemedicine units to Bristol Bay villages. Mr. Smith served as a BBNC subsidiary board member to Vista International Operations. He also is civically involved and has served as Scout Master for a local troop, Vice Chair for the Salmon Habitat Partnership, member rep for a local watershed council, ANCSA Land Managers Chair, and as an executive RDC board member. In his new role as Vice President Land and Regional Operations, Mr. Smith remains committed to maintaining the balance between land development and culture preservation. His parents are Lyle and Silke Smith of Dillingham. He is married to Erin Smith and together they have two sons and one daughter.

“BBNC is growing at a rapid rate. It’s important to keep qualified staff on board and allow them to excel within the Corporation,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Metrokin. “I am excited for April, Jeff and Tiel to gain more responsibility within BBNC, and am confident they will continue to help execute BBNC’s mission of ‘Enriching Our Native Way of Life’ on behalf of our shareholders.”

About BBNC: BBNC is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation is diversified with investment and business holdings in a stock portfolio and petroleum distribution, construction, government services and oilfield and industrial services.

The corporation has approximately 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. More information can be found at www.bbnc.net.

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