Good morning everyone!
I am pleased to announce Nadja Kookesh as the new HR Director for Alaska. Nadja brings a wealth of experience and a clear understanding of our shareholder hire goals and objectives. Please join me in congratulating her in this new leadership role.
I look forward to working with Nadja, and the entire Goldbelt team to continue the success we have seen in 2016. We must continue to work together and build each other up to develop a strong and healthy Goldbelt team.
Thank you so much for all you do to make Goldbelt a successful company!
Vice President of Alaska Operations
During a July 9 shareholders meeting, the Native Corporation announced Elliot “Chuck” Wimberly would serve as its President and CEO, a position Wimberly has held in the interim since January.
Wimberly previously served as Goldbelt’s Senior Vice President since 2010 and filled the President and CEO role in the interim in 2011.
“Chuck’s ability to lead our company is well-proven and he stood out through the interview process as the best candidate to accomplish the lofty goals set by the Board of Directors,” said Joseph Kahklen, Goldbelt Board Chairman, in a statement.
Wimberly brings with him 10 years of experience as a senior executive with Alaska Native Corporations, read his statement.
“I am excited to lead Goldbelt to new heights,” Wimberly said. “We have a strong team of dedicated employees who are focused on accomplishing the results set out by the board.”
Goldbelt shareholders also elected three directors to its board from a slate of 10 candidates. Incumbent Trudy Skan won reelection, and Lisa-Marie Ikonomov and Derek Duncan will be newcomers to the board. Ikonomov and Duncan will fill vacancies by Lori Grant and Kathy Polk, who chose not to seek reelection. Board members serve three-year terms.
Board members selected Joseph Kahklen as Board Chairman, Andrea Cadiente-Laiti as Vice Chair, Trudy Skan as Corporate Secretary and Randy Wanamaker as Treasurer.
Below are the total votes each candidate received:
|Todd Patrick Antioquia||40,601|
|Gail Marie Dabaluz||34,536|
|Trudy Ann Skan||51,574|
On behalf of the Board of Directors we want to thank the shareholders who voted and attended the 42nd Annual Meeting, it was great to see you!
Goldbelt,Inc. held its 41st Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 6, 2015 at Centennial Hall in Juneau.
At the meeting, three directors were elected to the Board. "I am honored that my fellow board members have
selected me to represent them in this capacity," said Lori Grant.
For more details, read the full press release.
Goldbelt is named after a richly mineralized zone in Southeast Alaska that encompasses the corporation’s land holdings encompasses approximately 33,000 acres of land.
After the passage of ANCSA in 1971, the corporation selected 33,000 acres of lands initially chosen for timber and strategic value. Goldbelt’s land holdings include:
Hobart Bay—Goldbelt owns approximately 30,000 acres of land in and around Hobart Bay which is located on the mainland about 70 miles south of Juneau. Logging ended in 1999. With abundant regrowth of young spruce and hemlock trees, Goldbelt has been actively commercial thinning to promote a health forest regrowth.
Goldbelt is also in the experimental stages in aqua farming exploration and has planted 80,000 geoduck (gooy duck) seed. Geoduck is a large long-neck clam that’s popular in Asian markets.
Echo Cove – Goldbelt owns approximately 1,400 acres of land completely surrounding Echo Cove with the exception of 5.5 acres traded to the City & Borough of Juneau for use as a launch ramp and parking area. Echo Cove is located 40 miles north of Juneau at the end of the paved road and is one of the more beautiful areas in the area. In 2013, the extension of the Glacier Highway was dedicated. Goldbelt continues to work on plans for the development of a marine facility at Cascade Point—just north of Echo Cove—that will be used for transportation of mine workers across Berners Bay. Moreover, we expect a road will eventually be built out of Juneau and that will provide many more opportunities.
West Douglas – Goldbelt owns approximately 1,600 acres of coastal lands on the west side of Douglas Island from Outer Point to south of Point Hilda. The City & Borough of Juneau is currently applying for an Army Corps of Engineering Permit to build a pioneer road that will eventually extend the North Douglas Highway and opening up new areas for future development and wilderness recreation.