Laurie Butcher Named CFO of Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications named Laurie Butcher Chief Financial Officer. Butcher, who joined Alaska Communications in 1997, has served as senior vice president of finance since October 2015 and principal financial and accounting officer since November 2015.
“Laurie has been critical in implementing Alaska Communications’ initiatives to reduce debt, lower interest obligations, navigate the changing regulatory landscape and generate cost savings, all of which have yielded an improved bottom line. We recognize her dedication and congratulate her on successful performance as the company’s principal financial and accounting officer by naming her CFO. We are excited about Laurie’s continued leadership and look forward to her future contributions,” said CEO Bill Bishop.
“During my career, I have had the privilege of working with very talented professionals at Alaska Communications and other state and national entities,” said Laurie Butcher. “As life-long Alaskans, our new CEO, Bill Bishop, and I are deeply committed to supporting our employees, to delivering exceptional service to our customers, and to promoting the long-term success of the company. As CFO, my role is driving our company’s strategic and financial growth to benefit our shareholders, lenders, and the local economy. I am excited to continue expanding our position as a leader in advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers.”
Butcher joined Alaska Communications in 1997 and has served in several leadership roles in finance and accounting, including senior vice president of finance. In addition to the Free Cash Flow growth and EBITDA margin expansion strategies, she leads SEC reporting, SOX compliance, accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and more. With more than twenty-five years of finance expertise, Butcher’s prior roles include controller for Teamsters Local 959 and public accounting at Price Waterhouse and Deloitte & Touche.
Butcher serves as a board member of the United Way of Anchorage and is a management trustee for the Alaska Electrical Trust Fund Pension Plan and Money Purchase Plan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska and is a licensed CPA.
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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.