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Governor Parnell Makes Appointments to AEA and AIDEA


September 27, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the board of directors for the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA).

Robert Sheldon, of Anchorage, is a third-generation Alaskan and a founder of Arbor Capital Management, Inc. where he currently serves as a principal. Sheldon has extensive business development, financial, and project management experience and has served as a director or partner for privately-held organizations in aviation, banking and finance. He is a commissioner for the Commission on Judicial Conduct and has served on several trade efforts for the State of Alaska. Sheldon is reappointed to a seat representing the private sector.

Gary Wilken, of Fairbanks, is a retired Alaska legislator and small business owner. He represented Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright in the Alaska Senate from 1997 – 2008. Wilken also owned Husky Foods, Fairbanks Distributors, and Great Alaskan Food Co., all wholesale food distribution companies. A Fairbanks resident for 55 years, he has served in numerous community roles, including membership with the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, the Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation, the First United Methodist Church, and as an inductee to the Alaska State High School Sports Hall of Fame. Wilken earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in business administration from Oregon State University. He is reappointed to a private-sector seat.

Wilson Hughes, of Anchorage, is a 40-year Alaskan. He has served as chief operating officer of GCI since 1991, and in June, was named the chief executive officer and president of The Alaska Wireless Network, LLC, formed by GCI and Alaska Communications. Hughes has more than 40 years of experience as an executive, engineer and project manager in the communications, engineering, aviation, and construction industries in Alaska. He is past chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and former president of Northern Air Cargo, Enserch Alaska Services Inc., and Frank Moolin & Associates, Inc. Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a master's degree in science and engineering management from the University of Alaska. A current board member of The Conservation Fund, he is reappointed to a seat representing the private sector.

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