Lynn Rust Henderson to Lead AEDC Board Into 2019
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation kicked off 2019 by announcing Lynn Rust Henderson, Vice President of Sales and Service for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, as AEDC’s board Chair.
Joining her on the board’s executive team are David Knapp, Head of Control for BP Alaska, as Vice Chair; Michael Huston, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Northrim Bank, as Secretary and Treasurer; Raquel Edelen, Vice President of Operations for the Hotel Captain Cook, as immediate past board chair and finally Steve Noble, Vice President of Alaska Operations for DOWL, as at-large executive committee member.
“These five individuals have already made great contributions to AEDC, and we’re lucky to have them as our executive board leadership this year,” said Bill Popp, President and CEO of AEDC. “Their combined years of experience in some of Anchorage’s most important industries are invaluable to our organization’s mission.”
In addition to new leadership in 2019, four new Alaska business leaders will join AEDC’s 15-member board of directors.
New members include: Dave Cavitt, President of Furniture Enterprises of Alaska; Laura Edmondson, Sr. Vice President/CFO of Bering Straits Native Corporation; Marty Bettis, General Manager of Signature Flight Support; and Garret Wong, Director of Capital Management Benefits Corporation.
“We’re very excited to welcome new board members as we head into 2019,” Popp said. “Dave, Laura, Marty and Garret’s expertise will bring fresh perspectives and new ideas for supporting a prosperous, sustainable and diverse economy in Anchorage.”
The AEDC board helps to ensure the organization continues to make steps that align with its mission and achieve its vision statement.
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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.