Jack is a fifth generation Alaskan resident; his maternal great, great, grandfather was a gold miner in the Circle District at the turn of the century and his great grandmother and great grandfather moved to Fairbanks in 1904 where his grandmother was born in 1905. He is proud of his pioneer heritage and believes that there is no better place to live and raise a family than Alaska. Jack graduated from Lathrop High School and went off to college, receiving BS and MS Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also served in the military, but was lucky enough to spend most of his time at Fort Greely. He returned home to Fairbanks where he started as a mechanical engineer-in-training with Design Alaska in 1975. In 1995 he became its President and served in this capacity until January 2014. He is currently serving as Chief Financial Officer and taking more time to enjoy the outdoors. He and his wife, Carol, raised two children in Fairbanks, Sara and Aaron.
Jack believes being a good corporate citizen is vital to the health of our community and to be a good corporate citizen a business must be supportive of a wide variety of community activities. His current community leadership roles include Board Chair for the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation and Treasurer of the Midnight Sun Chapter of the Air Force Association. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber Commerce (GFCC), the Alaska Chamber, and the Interior Gas Utility. Past leadership roles include President of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, Board Chair for GFCC, and Board Chair for UWTV. Jack encourages others to get involved and understands that by empowering others he can extend his reach and further strengthen the community.
Jack has received numerous awards in recognition of his leadership within the Fairbanks business community including the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Engineering and Mines Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the UAF Alumni Association Cashen Service Award in 2009, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce George Nehrbas Award in 2006, and the United Way of the Tanana Valley Golden Heart Award in 2005. Jack was also selected by the UAF School of Management as Business Leader of the Year in 2007 and by the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers as Engineer of the Year in 2002.