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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50 Years of ANSCA
Fifty years ago, as the Watergate scandal swirled around then-President Richard Nixon, he signed into law the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). It was the largest land claims settlement in the nation’s history and a stark departure from agreements forced on Tribes in the Lower 48.