Paula, Vice President of employee benefits at USI, has been in the insurance industry since 1976 and involved in Sitka since 1978. As a 22 year Sitka resident she was actively involved in the community. Paula served on many boards and commissions, including the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau, local sports, community and City and Borough of Sitka committees. n July 2000 Paula and spouse Tim relocated to Silverdale, WA. She continues to serve her Alaska clients with frequent visits to Southeast Alaska. Paula remains active in Sitka as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Holland America Community Advisory Board and the current Chair of the Alaska Raptor Center.
Good health has always been one of Paula’s priorities and she works closely with her clients and the Sitka Wellness Coalition to improve the health of Southeast Alaskans.
Tim and Paula make their home in Silverdale. Tim is a retired building contractor and enjoys working in outside contractor sales at a local lumber yard. They enjoy participating in fun runs and races in their area and spoiling their grandchildren. Their oldest son Kris and spouse Erica live in Sitka with their cute kids Baylee and Clayton. Son Mark lives in Seattle.
Diana Fowler is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington State since 1992. She lives there with husband, John, and three cats. An animal lover all her life, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Alaska Raptor Center when she visited Sitka on a cruise to Alaska in 1993. She was immediately engaged by the people at the Center and the wonderful work she learned that they do. So, she became a volunteer, and has since become a bird handler. She feels privileged to work with the resident birds “on the glove”. She also has the joy of cleaning up bird poop and cutting up fish for diets!
Diana and her husband also enjoy travelling in their motorhome and playing golf. She has been a Board member since 1999 and is currently Vice Chair.
Roger is President of Hames Corporation in Sitka, Alaska. The company is a third generation family owned business, begun by his grandparents back in 1949 and consists of two grocery stores and two convenience centers in Sitka. They also own a retail liquor store in Ketchikan. Hames grew up in the family business and knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps since the 5th grade.
Hames was born and raised in Sitka and after attending their public schools, graduated Sitka High School. He attended Oregon State University, then returned to Sitka and began his carrier in the family business. During this time he unexpectedly met Mary Whiteley while in southern California when he was bowling with his grandparents. Shortly thereafter, they married and raised three sons; Andrew, Roger and Brian. They now enjoy spoiling two grandchildren, Justin and Morgan.
He is extensively involved in the Sitka community and has served as President of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce in addition to the Sheldon Jackson College board where he invested many years with each. He currently holds a Sitka seat on the Southeast Alaska Advisory Board for Alaska Airlines, is the Sitka Cemetery Association President, along with serving on the Raptor Center board. His passion is the overall health of the Sitka business community where he serves on the Sitka Economic Development Association board that he helped founded in 1997, and was its President the first twelve years.
Hames was asked to serve on the Raptor Center board after an ambitious and relentless pursuit by its Chair, Paula Scott!
Love for the outdoors that includes the beauty and wildlife that surrounds him in the community he lives and his strong belief in giving back to the community both with his time and resources, are strong and compelling reasons why he serves on the Alaska Raptor Center board.
Tim Thompson has been Alaska Airlines’ manager, public affairs since 2011. Thompson is also the Executive Director for the Alaska Airlines Foundation. With over 20 years of communications experience, Thompson’s specific areas of expertise are corporate communications, community relations, government affairs, social media, crisis communications, broadcast, print, and digital media.
Before joining Alaska Airlines, Thompson was a partner at Thompson & Company Public Relations for three years. Previous to Thompson & Company, he was the director of external affairs for the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the assignment manager for KTUU Channel 2 News.
Thompson holds a M.B.A. in Telecommunications Management from Alaska Pacific University and a B.A. in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He currently serves on the board of the Anchorage Museum Association, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and the Anchorage School Business Partnership.
Linda Huston is Director of Land Excursions & Third Party Revenue for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises’ Alaska division. Linda spent almost 15 years in the Yukon and Southeast Alaska every summer while working for Holland America Line until she moved to Seattle year-round in 2006. Born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia she has always loved living near the ocean and near all of the indigenous wildlife that is a highlight of living in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Linda is a huge sports fan and follows the Mariner’s, Seahawks, America’s Cup and surfing as often as she can. Working for the cruise lines has also allowed her to explore the world as often as she can while still making frequent trips to Alaska, for her job.
Master of Business Administration, University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia
Accounting Management Information Systems, Human Resources
Knightly Tours, President 2003 – Present
Developed FIT program for agents to sell cruise and tour or land only vacations in Alaska and Western Canada
Uniworld Global Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development 2002 – 2003
Developed self-insurance program, which increased cash flow and reduced costs to guests.
Developed strategy to sell company products in Canada complying with all Canadian laws.
Travel Services International President Air and Packaging Division 2000 – 2001
Managed two businesses that retailed travel to consumers.
Managed three businesses that wholesaled travel products through travel agents.
Created a new company to retail package vacations, as a brand extension
Holland America Line, Vice President Marketing 1995 – 2000
Designed strategic and tactical programs, and subsequent communications to achieve revenue targets.
Planned, implemented and managed $40 million annual marketing budget.
Developed and implemented programs to introduce three new ships.
Princess Cruises, Vice President Marketing and Sales Princess Tours 1986 -1995
Designed and implemented sales and marketing programs that moved Princess Tours from the number two market position in Alaska to the number one market share position.
Sundance Cruises, Vice President Tours 1984 – 1986
Designed and implemented the onboard shore excursions sales program.
Developed inventory system to maximize revenue for car deck sales
Designed and implemented tour program to fill ship beds, in both Alaska and Mexico.
Holland America Line, Director South Central Operations 1978 – 1984
Director of South-Central Alaska Operations
Division Manager Anchorage, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Directed all guest logistics in Whitehorse and then Anchorage.
Developed Gray Line of Alaska brand identity and marketing program to sell under utilized company assets.
Develop marketing plan to develop brand awareness of new product and tactical
1984 – 2013
Alaska Travel Industry Association
Board Positions Marketing Council Positions
Vice Chair Planning Chair
Finance Chair Advertising Chair
Government Relations Chair Research Chair
Maxwell S. Rule is Chief Financial Officer at Hames Corporation, a third generation owned grocery retailer with operations in Southeast Alaska. His accounting, finance and retail experience has spanned over 30 years. His professional career includes work in public, governmental, private, and non-profit accounting, business ownership and retail management and operations. Mr. Rule is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Washington Society of CPAs.
As CFO at Hames Corporation, a position he has held for over 20 years, Mr. Rule is responsible for financial reporting, strategic planning, budgeting, project management, IT, and human resources. He serves at the direction of the President/CEO and plays a key role in advising and decision making in all matters related to the operations of the company. Hames Corporation operates under several trade names, including Sea Mart Quality Foods, Market Center, Watson Point Liquors, Cascade Convenience Center and Silver Basin.
Mr. Rule’s past board membership has included both for profit entities and non-profits. As Chairman of the Board, in 2014 he led the sale and merger of Alaska Pacific Bank to Northrim Bank, both publicly traded companies. Mr. Rule was awarded a 2014 Ventana Research Business Innovation Award. These awards identify business and IT leaders who are using technologies and applying best practices to provide the best possible outcomes in productivity, performance and support of an organization’s goals and objectives. Mr. Rule also currently serves on the board of the Alaska Raptor Center (www.alaskaraptor.org).
Originally from Montana, Mr. Rule is proud to call Alaska home where he enjoys the outdoors including sport and commercial fishing, hiking, running and cycling. He and his wife of 27 years, Carol Sue have two children; Matthew, 24 and Andy, 16.
Born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, Mr. Kito graduated from Petersburg High School in 1955. He attended Western Washington State College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. He received technical and management training at the RCA Institute in New York and worked with them in several capacities from 1962-1971.
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Mr. Kito then turned his attention to Native issues, becoming Executive Director of the Fairbanks Native Association, Executive Director of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Executive Vice-President of Doyon, Ltd. He left Doyon in 1975 to become the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives. In 1982 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of AFN and served in that capacity for two elected terms.
Mr. Kito has also been extensively involved in educational issues in Alaska. He was elected to the Fairbanks School Board, and served one year as the Board President. Later, Mr. Kito was appointed to serve on the Alaska State Board of Education, the Commission on Post-Secondary Education, the Vocational Education Advisory Board, and the University of Alaska Board of Regents. He also served as Founding Director of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Native Institute and on the Development Committee for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of the First Alaskans Institute.
Since 1977 Mr. Kito has been President of Kito, Inc., a lobbying firm representing clients in Juneau and in Washington, D.C. He is the proud father of five children and four grandchildren.
After a very brief sojourn into retirement, Jeff joined Confluence Health in Wenatchee, WA as VP of Business Development and Special Projects. Confluence Health is an integrated delivery system in North Central Washington made up of two hospitals and dozens of multi-specialty and primary care clinics spread over a 12,000 square mile area. As VP of Business Development, Davis is involved in a variety of efforts directed towards carrying out the mission of Confluence Health throughout the service area.
Previously, Davis served as President, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s Alaska business. In addition, he has served on a variety of Boards and Commissions, including Chair of ACHIA, the AK high risk pool, Commissioner on the Alaska State Healthcare Commission and Board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Council.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from Whitman College and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Washington.
Tory Korn is the General Manager for Taquan Air, Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Adventure Karts based in Ketchikan, Alaska. Tory has been a resident of Ketchikan since 2001 and has been working in the tourism industry during that time. Tory was born and raised in the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. It was during his time in Bellingham that he started spending summers in Ketchikan working in the tourism industry.
Tory has a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Economics from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Tory is married to lifelong resident of Ketchikan, Erin Traudt, and they have two sons that they spend most of their time wrangling.