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TOM BOUTIN

CEO / Executive Director

Prior to AIDEA, Mr. Boutin spent 40 years in the private sector and 17 years in state government. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Revenue - Treasury, Child Support, Administrative Services, and Permanent Fund Dividend Divisons, and was the Chief of Staff for the State Bond Committee.

Tom received a BS in Forest Resources from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon School of Business.

CHRIS ANDERSON

Commercial Finance Director

Ms. Anderson was appointed to this position in May 2006. Ms. Anderson is in charge of AIDEA’s Commercial Finance department and general business development. In that capacity, Chris heads AIDEA’s Loan Committee, as well as its financing programs which include loan participations, business and export assistance and conduit revenue bonds.

A former banker, she held the position of Vice President and Manager of the Real Estate Construction and Income Property Department, as well as serving as the Appraisal Review Officer during her 19-year career at Key Bank. Her public service record includes President of the International Right of Way Association, where she obtained her Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) certification, serving on the Municipality of Anchorage’s Board of Equalization and also serving on the Board of the American Red Cross, Southcentral Chapter. Most recently, Ms. Anderson came to AIDEA from the Alaska Railroad Corporation where she was Program Manager for Land and Right of Way, responsible for acquiring land for all of the Railroad’s capital projects.

Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education with an emphasis in Business Administration. She has taken the state test for general certified appraisers and is an income property financier.

MARK DAVIS

Chief Infrastructure Development Officer

Mr. Davis was appointed to this position in July 2011. State of Alaska - Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development; Director of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; and Director, Banking and Securities

Education, Stanford Law School, Stanford, Oxford.

ALAN WEITZNER

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Weitzner was appointed to this position in August 2018. Prior to AIDEA, Mr. Weitzner has focused his career on the project finance and financial management of global infrastructure projects. He has advised and structured over $16 billion in debt underwritings, equity capitalizations, and project developments for energy, gas infrastructure, transmission, storage, and port/terminal facilities in the US, Europe, Australia and the emerging markets.

Prior to joining AIDEA, Mr. Weitzner was the founder & managing director of Stakeholders Infrastructure, as well as having served in senior management positions with ABN AMRO Bank NV as part of its global leadership team in energy and infrastructure project finance, ABB Equity Ventures (ABB Ltd) as Head of Asia Pacific project development and with an alternative asset investment advisory group managing EMEA based private equity infrastructure funds.

Mr. Weitzner holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.


BRENDA APPLEGATE

Chief Financial Officer

Brenda Applegate is the Chief Financial Officer for the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as part of the shared services group. She joined the Authority in June 2000 as Controller for AIDEA. As Controller she supervised the accounting, financial and budgeting functions of AIDEA and also worked on projects owned by AEA. In March 2017 she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Applegate is responsible for the financial functions of both Authority’s and the Information Technology department.

Prior to her work at AIDEA and AEA Mrs. Applegate was employed by the Municipality of Anchorage as an accountant for the Water and Wastewater Utility, Municipal Controllers office and an internal auditor in the Municipal Internal Audit department. Mrs. Applegate began her career as a tax accountant and auditor for a national public accounting firm.

Mrs. Applegate is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and currently holds her license in an inactive status.



KARSTEN RODVIK

External Affairs Officer

Mr. Rodvik was appointed to this position in 2007. In this capacity, he works with Alaska, national and international media on wide-ranging issues as the spokesman for both AIDEA and AEA.

Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, Mr. Rodvik served as Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of Governor.

Mr. Rodvik has an extensive background in the private sector. Prior to his state service, he worked for 20 years as a Public Affairs, Media and Government Relations consultant with primary focus on Alaska’s oil and gas industry. Before starting his own firm, Mr. Rodvik worked on Alaska’s North Slope providing support to offshore exploration drilling. In this capacity, he had the opportunity to see many wonders of the Arctic.

Mr. Rodvik received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

LINDA SENN

Human Resources Director


Linda Senn was appointed to this position May 2017. Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, Ms. Senn’s previous experience includes 15 years with a local telecommunications company, serving as their Human Resources Director, and is a past President of the Society for Human Resource Management, Anchorage Chapter.

Ms. Senn holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding University; a Master’s in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University; and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.