General Manager & Vice President
Jason is proudly following in his father’s footsteps as Alaska Business‘ General Manager. Having been with ABM for thirteen years prior, Jason is familiar with the business and is continuously impressed with the talented staff. One of the youngest managers in Walmart history, he supervised more than forty employees before being recruited by the Odom Corporation. While there he created statewide marketing material, covered sales routes, and helped set pricing for the state. Jason originally joined the fantastic team at Alaska Business in 1997 as a graphic designer. He is a third generation Alaskan and one of the founders of Alaska’s longest running comedy improv troupe, Scared Scriptless. He enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and delightful son and is passionate about kayaking, sailing, biking, camping, mountaineering, theater, and improv.
In This Issue
The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.