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41st Business Leader of the Year – Steve Lundgren

UAF Photo by JR Ancheta

 

On April 15, 2017, the School of Management honored Steve Lundgren, President and CEO of Denali State Bank, as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year award.

The UAF Business Leader of the Year award is given to a deserving recipient based on leadership in the Fairbanks business community, business achievements, community service, and educational support.

The event sold out for the eighth year in a row. Many SOM students worked hard to make the night a success, volunteering their time in order to earn a ticket to the event. They sold tickets, ironed hundreds of chair sashes, worked with vendors, and decorated the venue.

Funds raised through the Business Leader of the Year event support student organizations at SOM. The audience, made up of the Interior community and business leaders, demonstrated enthusiastic support for our students, collectively raising over $36,000 – all of which will go back to the future business leaders of Alaska: UAF School of Management students.

To view photos and videos from the event, click the links below:

Download the Business Leader of the Year Program.

 

Steve accepted his award from student committee co-chairs, Claire Everts and Zack Morris. UAF Photo by JR Ancheta.

 

The many student committee members and volunteers helped make the event a success. Photo by Latitude 64 Photography.

SOM Speaks: Hear Us Roar – David Hale

 

David Hale is a family man and community leader in Fairbanks, Alaska. David was the winner of the 2013 Business Leader of the Year and is well known for his great involvement in the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. David is the president of Hale & Associates, where he assists clients with commercial coverage for construction, public, and municipal entities. David Hale understands the importance of education and offers SOM students uplifting advice on the opportunities ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Steve Lundgren honored as Business Leader of the Year

Steve Lundgren is President and CEO of Denali State Bank, a locally-owned community bank. Steve’s career in the financial services industry is a true success story spanning over three decades, during which he has served the Fairbanks business community as a leader, mentor, and influencer. He demonstrates the mission, vision, and goals of Denali State Bank every day as he reaches out to our community.  One only has to step into his banking facility to recognize his focus on customers and their needs.

Steve began his career in Oregon as a management trainee at a small S&L after graduating from Oregon State University. Young, single, and adventuresome, Steve then signed a three-year contract in the early 80s to relocate from Portland to Fairbanks and work for Alaska USA FCU.  Finding winters cold in Fairbanks, and finding Susan Virgin, a native Fairbanksan with long-term Alaskan roots, Steve convinced Susan to marry him and they decided to make Fairbanks their home. Steve next accepted a position at Key Bank working with Mike Milam, who would become a lifelong friend. After nearly 15 years at Key Bank, Bart LeBon offered Steve a position at Mt. McKinley Bank, where he worked for six years before moving to Denali State Bank.

Steve has been a progressive leader in the local banking industry and is also well recognized nationally. He’s the Alaskan representative on the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council, and he’s past president of the Alaska Bankers Association, representing all seven banks that operate within the state of Alaska.

Steve serves on the board of directors, is a past board chair, and currently chairs the Finance Committee of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. He’s a member and past president of the Fairbanks Sunrisers Rotary Club, and a former board chair of Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. Steve has also served in leadership positions for many other community and service organizations, including the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Community Advisory Board, the Interior Builders’ Association, Junior Achievement of Fairbanks, and the United Way of the Tanana Valley. He also chaired the American Heart Association Heart Walk in 2016.

Dozens of local businesses have benefited from Steve’s expertise, business savvy and excellent business and social judgment. In the setting of volunteer board venues, Steve impresses others with his ability to access, organize, and prioritize effectively to bring consensus to the board action.  He is able to lead business groups to the best business decision without sacrificing the goal, quality of outcome, or integrity of the individuals working in the group; he’s advocated issues important to his industry and to the community to our elected leaders locally, in Juneau, and in Washington, D.C.

Steve also has a long history of supporting the military. He’s a member of the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board, and he currently serves as National Treasurer of the Air Force Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Steve is also the Alaska vice-chair and Northern Alaska region chair for the Alaska Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Steve served for many years on the Fairbanks Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, and the fruits of his efforts are apparent in the announcements regarding military expansion. He was active in promoting Eielson AFB during the threats of closure or realignment, as well as promoting the F-35s introduction to Eielson AFB. Steve understands the economic impacts on the community and the needs for housing, financing, and community services that adding several thousand new residents will entail. In the year 2000, Steve received the prestigious Jim Messer Award, given by the Fairbanks Chamber at the Military Appreciation Banquet to an individual who best promoted military/community relations over the years.

Steve is a remarkable advocate for education. He serves on the UAF Advocacy Committee and in this capacity, has provided testimony to the UA Board of Regents and other legislative bodies in support of the University’s mission. Steve provides support and mentorship for university students and local young professionals. Steve is proud that 16 of his 80 employees at Denali State Bank have degrees from UAF, many from the School of Management, and others are currently attending school at UAF.

It’s not all work and community service for Steve. He and Susan have three children. After finishing college outside, their daughter Ashley and her husband Mike Strum recently returned to work at Tanana Valley Clinic and are expecting their first child in April 2017; son Derek works in Fairbanks at the Boys and Girls Home; and youngest daughter Kira is a senior at Western Washington University. Steve is an avid racquetball player. He and Susan enjoy spending time in Hawaii, and the entire family, along with close friends the Carsons, enjoy an annual four-day float trip down the Gulkana River.

Join us in celebration! The Business Leader of the Year banquet and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Westmark Hotel.

40th Annual Business Leader of the Year

On April 23, 2016, School of Management celebrated 40 years of outstanding leadership as we honored Bob Hajdukovich, CEO of Ravn Air Group, Inc., as the 2016 Business Leader of the Year award.

The UAF Business Leader of the Year award is given to a deserving recipient based on leadership in the Fairbanks business community, business achievements, community service, and educational support.
The event sold out for the seventh year in a row. Many SOM students worked hard to make the night a success, volunteering their time in order to earn a ticket to the event. They sold tickets, ironed hundreds of  chair sashes, worked with vendors, and decorated the venue.

Funds raised through the Business Leader of the Year event support student organizations at SOM. The audience, made up of the Interior community and business leaders, demonstrated enthusiastic support for our students, collectively raising over $40,000 – all of which will go back to the future business leaders of Alaska: UAF School of Management students.

See more more photos from the event on Flickr.

Watch the student-produced video, “Flying into the Future.”

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Bob’s wife, Leslie, looks on as he accepts the award

 

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Student Committee members helped make the event a success

 

Bob Hajdukovich Honored as 40th Business Leader of the Year

Bob-Hajdukovich-photo creditIn 1984, Bob Hajdukovich was one of 12 employees at Frontier Flying, the company owned by his father, John Hajdukovich. Today, he is CEO of Ravn Air Group, Inc., the parent company for Frontier Flying Service, Corvus Airlines (previously known as Era Aviation), and Hageland Aviation Services. As a business leader, Bob demonstrates a commitment to his employees and the success of his company, but above all else a deep commitment to service for the people of the great state of Alaska.

Bob has vast experience in numerous aviation jobs working his way up from ramp agent, operations agent, computer programmer, office manager, general manager, first officer, pilot in command, director of operations, vice president, and finally to the current CEO of Ravn Alaska. Ravn has been flying for about as long as Alaska has been a state. Bob took the family commuter and freight airline business from a small affair to a regional airline with nearly 1,000 employees serving 100 communities across Alaska.

Bob is active in several aviation-based community organizations. He serves on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee and is also active in progressive safety programs and innovative risk management. He served as president of Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA), as a board member of the Medallion Foundation, and as chair of the AACA Joint Safety Committee. However, not all of Bob’s accolades are aviation-based. In 2011, the Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame recognized the Hajdukovich family as having the Best Backyard Rink.

Bob received his BA in business administration from the University of San Diego. Although Bob did not graduate from the UAF, two of his sons, Alec and Connor, are current students and will graduate from UAF. His eldest son, Nick, graduated from University of Alaska Southeast.

As a part of a well-respected aviation family, Bob is keenly aware of the importance of giving back to the community that means so much to him. Whether it is donating $100,000 to the UAF Aircraft Maintenance School Program, giving to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, or helping to deliver emergency food and supplies to neighboring villages, Bob’s philanthropic contributions are an example to all who know him. In 2013, the first University of Alaska themed commercial airplane in the world was welcomed to the fleet, affirming the strong partnership between Ravn and the UAF and UAA campuses.

Somehow, Bob juggled raising a family of three boys while running an airline that was continually growing and made it all look easy. He has the ability to conquer anything set before him. He’s mastered parenting, basketball, skiing, ping-pong, and was even the first one at Monroe High School to solve the Rubik’s Cube.

While we all know Bob is a tremendous businessman, he is also an outstanding father and husband. Bob and his beautiful wife, Leslie, enjoy spending time in the great outdoors together. Bob is truly someone who has balanced work and family well, and has gone to great lengths to spend as much time as possible with those he loves even more than aviation.

Bob Hajdukovich, a pilot, a leader, a family man, and a man of great wit, compassion, and modesty, couldn’t be a better example to SOM students and the Fairbanks community to receive the 2016 UAF Business Leader of the Year Award.

Business Leader of the Year – Andy Warwick

The Business Leader of the Year award is given to a deserving recipient based on their leadership in the Fairbanks business community, business achievements, community service, and educational support. On April 17, 2015 the 39th Business Leader of the Year award will be given to Andy Warwick of Warwick and Schikora, CPAs.

Andy Warwick 2 2014-cropped 300Andy Warwick, a 1966 graduate of the UAF School of Management, has demonstrated leadership at both local and statewide levels in both public and private sector responsibilities. Andy has worked as a practicing CPA since 1978 and a short time later he and his business partner, Rick Schikora, established Warwick and Schikora, CPAs.

Despite being extremely busy running a business and raising a family, Andy found time to serve his community as well. Andy is a former State Legislator and State of Alaska Commissioner of Administration under Governor Jay Hammond. In addition, he served nine years on the Fairbanks School Board, two years on the State Board of Education, and six years as Chair of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

Andy’s leadership skills were instrumental to the creation of Fairbanks Sewer and Water, a start-up company formed in 1995 to privatize the Fairbanks water and sewer utilities, and he remains the Chair of the Board of Directors. Andy has been a member of the Doyon Utilities LLC Management Committee since its inception in 2005.

Andy graduated from Lathrop High School in 1961. After a brief time at both Oregon State University and University of Oregon he returned to Fairbanks, where he completed his degree in accounting. He then went on to Naval Aviation Officer’s Training in Pensacola, Florida. After an accident in which he re-fractured his wrist, he was honorably discharged.

Andy is a life-long resident of Fairbanks. His grandparents arrived in September 1906 on a sternwheeler. His mother was born in Fairbanks in 1915. Andy was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1943. During the 1940s, Andy’s family mined gold at Livengood and made lifelong friendships with the Dodsons, Roberts, Hefflingers, Parkers, and Lindstroms who are still close to this day.

Andy’s family enjoys a tradition rich with UAF history. His mother Emma (Miller) graduated from UAF in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in business and his daughter Sydney received her bachelor in business administration in 1999.

Andy’s three children: Sydney, Zach, and Jesse continued the family tradition of being born and raised in Fairbanks. In 1994, Sydney married Yuri Morgan, from another multi-generation Fairbanks family. Together they have two daughters named Rory and Massie.

Andy is an avid Skijorer. The year he turned 70, he represented the United States in the International Federation of Sleddog Sports 2013 World Championships. The combination of working with dogs, a competitive spirit and the enjoyment of the outdoors combine to make this one of his passions in life. For the summer months, Andy usually takes two extended motorcycle trips with his friends Jack Hébert, Dan Gavora, Oran Paul, Doug Bishop and George Wise.

A lover of animals, Andy and his lovely wife of 45 years, Judy, currently have seven dogs, the latest named Freddie, who like most of their four-legged family was rescued from the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter. Andy and Judy are advocates for the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, in fact their dog Freddie is the Shelter Fund’s mascot.