AEDC Voice is a webinar series hosted the second Wednesday of every month by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), sponsored by People AK (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 Nov. 10, 10 a.m. for AEDC Voice with sponsor People AK (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.
This month’s webinar is free for AEDC investors, just look for the registration link in the AEDC E-news. There will also be a limited number of registrations available for the general public available by contacting Development Director Kate Matheson at email@example.com or 334-1207.
For the November webinar, Hugh Short of Pt Capital will discuss the COVID-19 impact on the business world, the trends developing as a result and how they relate to the Alaska economy. In addition, Short will provide insight into successfully managing a portfolio of assets that represent tourism, technology and energy services sectors during the unprecedented times we have been living through.
Pt Capital is an Alaska-based investment firm which manages a $315 million portfolio (as of June 30, 2021) of companies operating across the Arctic. The firm is concentrated on investment opportunities in high-potential markets of North America and Europe, which include Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Iceland and Finland. As an emerging manager, Pt Capital has a single-minded drive to invest in great businesses in partnership with global investors and indigenous organizations. A focus on environmental sustainability, gender and race pay equality, and a long-term strategy set Pt apart from other private market firms.Pt Capital was founded in 2013 by Short, who currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Short provides investment oversight and guides overall firm strategy Mr. Short provides Fund investment oversight for both deployment and post-purchase management. He leads capital raises for the Fund and guides overall firm strategy. Short has 20 years of executive level experience and has closed $920 million in debt and equity investments in oil and gas, telecommunications, hospitality, real estate, and infrastructure throughout the target region.
Prior to co-founding Pt Capital, Mr. Short was president and CEO of Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell appointed Mr. Short to the Alaska Industrial Development Authority (AIDEA) and the Alaska Energy Authority in 2011. He was appointed chairman of AIDEA and led the multi-billion state-owned investment bank. During his two-year tenure as chairman, more than a half a billion dollars in capital and associated contributions by partners were appropriated; in addition, the board approved due diligence on another $295 million in infrastructure development projects, including the first investments in offshore drilling rigs. Mr. Short is an Inupiaq, also served as the mayor of Bethel, Alaska from 2002 to 2004, and is a board member for Rural Energy Enterprises. Mr. Short received a Bachelor’s in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
For access to the webinar recordings, please visit your membership portal or contact Kate Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October webinar featured Nuvision CEO Roger Ballard introducing Nuvision Credit Union Alaska, the result of a recent merger with Denali Federal Credit Union. With a behind-the-scenes look at merging with a credit union with a more than 70-history of serving Alaskans, Ballard discusses the challenges and opportunities managed along the way. He shares Nuvision’s commitment in Alaska and provides insight to the credit union’s investment in community and members.
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.