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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News October 21, 2010


Legislative Tie-In Proposed Positions On-Line

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Tie-In is set for October 27 at the Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage. All State Chamber members are encouraged to attend and participate in this important opportunity to help set Legislative Priorities for the upcoming 2011 Legislative Session.


The State Chamber will use this event to establish our priority positions supported by concise action items needed to achieve each position. Positions must have statewide impact and be consistent with the State Chamber's mission.


State Chamber members will consider these proposals to come up with the top priorities. In addition to the priorities, the State Chamber will take a position on a number of other critical issues facing the State of Alaska. The board will ratify both the priorities and positions at a Board meeting Thursday, October 28 in Anchorage.


The legislative priorities will be delivered to all sixty members of the State Legislature and the Governor. "These priorities will serve as the cornerstone of our advocacy efforts with the legislature during the upcoming session," said Kip Knudson, Chair of the State Chamber.


State Chamber members employ the vast majority of private sectors workers. Action on our five priorities will remove barriers to job creation and create opportunities for business development.


The proposals submitted are now on our website, www.alaskachamber.com. Click Here to view the proposals. Hard copies of the packet will be available and distributed to the membership at the start of the Legislative Tie-In meeting.


Alaska Travel Industry Association announces

2010-11 Board of Directors

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Travel Industry Association has recently announced the election and appointments of its 2010-2011 board of directors.  

The executive committee consists of: chair, Deb Hickok, Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau; vice chair, Ken Dole, Waterfall Resort; chair of marketing, Julie Saupe, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair of government relations, Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair of tourism planning, Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; secretary, Paul Goodwin, Holland America Line; treasurer, Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; past chair, Stan Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; and ex-officio, Ron Peck, ATIA president and COO.

The board members are: John Binkley, Alaska Cruise Association and Riverboat Discovery; Roark Brown, Homer Ocean Charters/Otter Cove Resort; Bruce Bustamante, Princess Cruises; Janet Buckingham, Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau; Deb Call, Alaska Native Heritage Center; Ann Campbell, Aurora Consulting; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company/Coldfoot Camp; Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours; Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Paul Landis, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation; Tim McDonell, TEMSCO Helicopters; Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau; Fred Reeder, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska; Scott Reisland, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort; and Catherine Schultz, Sophie's Station Suites by Fountainhead.

The members were inducted at ATIA's annual convention held in Whitehorse, Yukon earlier this month.

"This is an extremely dedicated group of business and community leaders who are sure to bring valuable perspective to the ATIA board," said chair, Deb Hickok. "I look forward to working with them in the coming year and continuing to make strides for Alaska's travel industry."

ATIA is a non-profit, membership-based organization made up of all facets of Alaska's visitor industry and represents over 1,100 large and small travel-related businesses.  The association serves as the voice of Alaska's tourism industry and is responsible for marketing Alaska as a travel destination and maintaining the TravelAlaska.com website for visitors interested in visiting the state.   For more information on the association visit www.alaskatia.org.


Icy Strait Point Positions Available

Icy Strait Point is Alaska's only private tourism destination/cruise port and is Native owned and operated. Located in Hoonah, Alaska, it is a renovated cannery with a strong Tlingit cultural theme. We provide numerous outdoor excursions, the world's largest Zip Rider, Tlingit cultural performances, culinary classes, shopping, and numerous food and beverage venues. We are recruiting for:

Director of Food & Beverage

Responsible for overall management of multiple F&B venues, including purchasing, forecasting, inventory control, budgeting, hiring, training and management of staff, financial and strategic goal planning. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of 5 years management experience in F&B operating multiple venues, superior leadership and mentoring capability, excellent communication, purchasing and negotiating skills, experience with POS systems, proven success in revenue growth, and be creative. A degree in hospitality, restaurant management, business or related field required.


Director of Retail Merchandising

Responsible for overall promotion, operation and management of 6,500 square feet of retail space, both company-operated and leased, including purchasing, forecasting, inventory control, budgeting, hiring, training and management of staff, financial and strategic goal planning, securing tenants and negotiating leases, managing online retail site/sales, development of new Native craft market, and marketing strategy and execution. The successful candidate will have 10+ years in progressively responsible sales management roles, proven success in increasing productivity, revenue and client base, strong communication skills, and an ability to positively motivate staff and maintain a high level of morale. A degree in retail merchandising, business or related field required.


Above are full-time, exempt positions, working in Hoonah on-season and Hoonah/Juneau off-season. Experience living and working in a remote environment preferred. Salary commensurate w/experience. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k). Please submit cover letter and resume to ljackson@icystraitpoint.com or mail to Human Resources, Icy Strait Point, Box 583, Hoonah, AK 99829, or fax (907) 945-3766.



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