AEDC Voice

Webinar Series

AEDC Voice is a webinar series hosted the second Wednesday of every month by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), sponsored by Alaska Executive Search and Bradison Management Group. The series will consist of a deeper dive into AEDC reports and interviews with key business leaders from different industry sectors that will provide an opportunity for AEDC investor companies to gain better insights into important companies, business leaders, and industry trends.

Join us Aug. 11, 10 a.m. for AEDC Voice with sponsors Alaska Executive Search & Bradison Management Group. AEDC Voice is a free monthly webinar that takes a deeper dive into AEDC reports and interviews with key business leaders from different industry sectors.

For the August webinar, Allen Ruiz and Patrick O’Hara of Barings will provide an overview and discuss key objectives / target investment areas for its Alaska in-state program (the Alaska Future Fund or “AFF”), in addition to providing a domestic macro summary overview. Barings will be joined by Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President and CEO of Contango ORE, Inc. (a recent AFF investment), to provide an overview of the Metals and Mining industry in Alaska and how Contango ORE is positioned for success.

Barings LLC (Barings) is a global asset management firm with over $326+ billion of assets under management (as of March 31, 2021) across all major asset classes. Barings is dedicated to meeting the evolving investment and capital needs of clients and customers. Through active asset management and direct origination, Barings provides innovative solutions and access to differentiated opportunities across public and private capital markets.

Past Webinars

For access to the webinar recordings, please visit your membership portal or contact Kate Matheson at


The July webinar featured Julie Saupe, CEO, Visit Anchorage. Saupe provided a midsummer snapshot of tourism’s progress on the path to recovery. She also discussed the challenges still facing the industry in the aftermath of the pandemic, consider trends and early-season outcomes for Anchorage from travel, and look beyond 2021 to identify long-term needs and initiatives to keep Anchorage at the top of the traveling public’s desires.


The June webinar featured Rob Gillam, CEO, McKinley Management. Gillam’s presentation focused on private investment opportunities in Alaska. He discussed why global investors are interested in Alaska and how private investment can benefit the state. Gillam also provided an overview of the work being done through McKinley Alaska Private Investment, LLC.


The May webinar featured the Anchorage Homelessness Leadership Council. HLC is a group of 11 Alaska business leaders, representing some of the largest companies in the city, providing their expertise, resources and time to advance solutions to eliminate homelessness. HLC members featured on this month’s AEDC Voice are Carol Gore, president and CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority; Paul Landes, senior vice president of GCI; and Greg Cerbana, vice president at Weidner Apartment Homes.


The April webinar featured Bill Popp, AEDC President & CEO. Popp’s presentation included a recap of reports and trends from the 2021 Economic Forecast Luncheon earlier in the year, with updated analysis on current conditions and what to expect for 2021.


The March webinar featured Dave Karp, Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Saltchuk Alaska.  Dave’s presentation provided an overview of Saltchuk as a global company, with specific information on the company’s Alaska operating footprint, employment impacts, corporate citizenship and role in the overall economy.  He also shared thoughts on the impact of the pandemic and the company’s general outlook for future.


The February Webinar featured Sarah Blair and Laura Morris of BDO talking about The Employee Retention Credit. The “ERC” was significantly expanded and extended as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“Act”). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for wages paid and health coverage provided by an employer whose operations were either fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19-related governmental order or that experienced a significant reduction in gross receipts. Notably, the Act made a retroactive change to the ERC, applicable from March 13, 2020, that may allow employers that received PPP loans may qualify for the ERC with respect to wages that are not paid with proceeds from a forgiven PPP loan.


The January webinar featured Preston Simmons, Chief Executive of Providence Health & Services Alaska and Aaron Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. The discussion focused on innovation in the delivery of health care post-COVID-19.


The December webinar featured Ryan Strong, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer at First National Bank Alaska (FNBA). Learn more about FNBA, how COVID has affected the banking industry and what they’re seeing moving forward as we move into recovery.


The November webinar featured AEDC President & CEO Bill Popp providing important updates, including AEDC’s latest employment report, how Anchorage compares with other Alaska communities, what AEDC is seeing with unemployment, and broader industry and economic data.


The October webinar featured Dr. Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sandeen is an educational leader committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor in September 2018.


The September webinar featured Bruce Dingeman currently serves as Executive Vice President and President Alaska for Oil Search where he is responsible for Operations and Development activities in Alaska. He has over 35 years of global industry experience. Prior to joining Oil Search, Bruce served as General Director for Naftogaz of Ukraine and led the upstream division of the firm. Bruce began his career within Alaska and since that time he has held a wide range of technical, financial, and executive leadership roles covering a number of international and domestic locations at ConocoPhillips, Talisman, CASA Exploration, Naftogaz, and Oil Search.

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