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Join us in 2024 for this celebration of Alaska business leaders
Please join 600 of Alaska's top business leaders for this celebration as we welcome five new members into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame.
This event kicks off the calendar year and is a major fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Alaska; a non-profit organization that provides financial literacy, career/work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to 15,000+ students in Alaska annually.
Read the full press release here.
A huge thank you to the 2024 sponsors of the
Alaska Business Hall of Fame.
We appreciate you.
Alaska Business Magazine
Laureate Video Sponsor
Upper 1 Studios
Photo Booth Sponsor
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
Laureate Reception Sponsors
Leonard & Martens Investments
Chugach Alaska Corporation
NANA Management Services
Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
Mary K. Hughes & Andrew Eker
Meet the 2024 Master(s) of Ceremonies
Gloria and Tom will kick off the 2024 event and lead the induction ceremony.
Serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) since 1998, Gloria O’Neill has led the organization’s growth in becoming one of the most significant service providers in Alaska and the nation.
Through rigorous attention to community-based results, Ms. O’Neill has established CITC’s national reputation as a leading innovator of replicable and effective service models for education, workforce development, family preservation, and substance dependency. Through her role at CITC, Ms. O’Neill has been a strong advocate for youth and the advancement of all Native people.
CITC provides approximately 50 essential programs serving more than 12,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people each year. In 2016, CITC incorporated the Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) into its programming; in 2017, established the Clare Swan Early Head Start Center, which provides year-round childcare and Early Head Start programming to working families, along with the community’s first Yup’ik Immersion Language classes for toddlers. In 2020, Get Out The Native Vote (GOTNV) was established as a CITC affiliate.
Through its for-profit subsidiary, CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI), CITC established a new model of sustainability for its programs and services. Under Ms. O’Neill’s leadership, CEI founded the first indigenous video game company, Upper One Games, LLC, and in November 2014, launched the first-of-its-kind puzzle-platform video game “Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa)” with global acclaim. In 2020, CEI and Ninilchik Traditional Council formed Tuyan, LLC, for subsidiary business. In her role of President and CEO of CEI, Ms. O’Neill also serves as Executive Chair and Board member of partnering agency E-Line Ventures, LLC. CITC is now a 30 percent shareholder of E-Line.
Ms. O’Neill served on the University of Alaska Board of Regents from 2012 – 2020 and is a director for the Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) boards. She is also a Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship Program. In addition, Ms. O’Neill serves as Chair for the National Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.
Ms. O’Neill earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Originally from Soldotna, Ms. O’Neill is of Yup’ik, Sámi and Irish descent. She is married to Roger Phillips and has two stepsons, Owen and Hunter Phillips, and a daughter, Ravynn Nothstine.
-Biography from the University of Alaska website
Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (Ret.)
As the former President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Barrett focuses on building a high-performance culture. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration.
He also spent 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he commanded operations in Alaska and the North Pacific. Barrett chairs the board’s Wealth Management & Trust Committee.
Adm. Barrett was inducted into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame in 2018.
- Biography from First National Bank Alaska website
2024 Event Program
Dinner & Awards Ceremony
JA Educator of the Year presentation
Major Sydney Topf, Dimond High School
JA Volunteer of the Year presentation
University of Alaska Anchorage
Denali Award Presentation
Jen Schrage, Signature Land Services
Laureate - Sheri Buretta
Chugach Alaska Corporation
Laureate - Dave Karp
Laureate - Mark Pfeffer
Closing Remarks & Raffle
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I nominate an Alaskan to become a Laureate?
Select the 'Nominate' button at the top of the page. Laureate selection for the next year begins annually in February.
I bought my tickets. Now what?
Tickets are not issued, names are held at the door. When you attend the event, please stop by the Hospitality desk to view the seating diagram (for a company table) or speak with an Event Volunteer to find your table assignment.
Do I need to provide the names of the guests at my table?
It is not required, but highly recommended to provide the names of your guests ahead of the event. This helps ensure that your guests will be guided to the correct table and reduces confusion.
When will photos from the event be posted?
Photos will be posted on the Junior Achievement of Alaska site within 72 hours of the event. Click 'Gallery' tab at the top of the page. Photos will also be uploaded to JA Alaska's Facebook page.
How do I make a donation?
Text instructions will be presented during the program, or go to alaska.ja.org and click donate.
I didn't receive a receipt, how do I get one?
Contact Tiana Taylor at [email protected].
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes. Junior Achievement of Alaska is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible where allowable by law. Tax ID # 92-0045091. For official information regarding the value of the dinner, etc. contact [email protected].
I can't attend but I want to support the charity. How do I do that?
You can make a donation ahead of time by visiting alaska.ja.org and selecting 'Donate'.
How can I make sure I am seated next to the Laureate that I am there to support?
The JA staff makes every effort to seat guests according to their preference, however preferred seating cannot be guaranteed for individual ticket holders. Email [email protected] with a specific request. Please keep in mind there will be many opportunities to visit and network before/during/after the event.
How long is the program?
The event typically concludes by 8:30 PM.
Where should I park?
The Easy Park parking garage on the corner of 7th and G Street are available at an hourly rate. JA Alaska will validate parking for this garage and the Linny Pacillo Parking garage. Street parking is available at no cost after 5:30 PM.
Are vegetarian options available? Do I need to notify staff ahead of time?
Yes, vegetarian options are offered. Advance notice is appreciated to ensure timely dinner plating.
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