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  • 2021 Bill Stoecker Business of the Year Award

    Kinross Fort Knox

    Kinross Fort Knox prioritizes local spending not only through buying and contracting locally, but also by hiring locally. They put people first by investing in their workers, local non-profits, and environmental stewardship. Kinross Fort Knox is nationally recognized for their employee safety programs and commitment to making sure every worker returns home safe and healthy every day.

    Kinross Fort Knox acknowledges the importance of a qualified workforce for all Interior businesses and know that a strong university system is crucial to Alaska’s future. That’s why they have invested 3.1 million dollars into the UAF to support education, athletics, and public media. They have also partnered with non-profits like Trout Unlimited to restore habitat lost through over 100 years of mining by others, and they were the first large modern hard rock mine to reclaim and return land to the state of Alaska successfully.

    You can find employees from Kinross Fort Knox handing out bike helmets, packing boxes at the food bank, picking up trash on Clean Up Day, or keeping the Golden Days parade safe. Their volunteers and their community support make a huge impact across this community.

    2021 Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year Award

    Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union

    Spirit of Alaska believes to its core in launching students into their future with the tools to serve the greater Fairbanks community. This organization had education in its DNA from the start. It was founded to serve the teachers of the greater Fairbanks area. Over the more than 60 years since Spirit of Alaska's founding, they have led or participated in financial education opportunities for students of all ages. Staff partners with teachers in multiple schools to present on personal finance. In 2012, they made a major commitment to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District by launching an online financial education program with age-appropriate courses for students from 8 to 18-years-old. Teachers guide students through real-life experiences like creating a budget, allocating a paycheck, choosing insurance, and responding to unexpected expenses. These courses are made available for free to local schools and to the community at large through their Banzai portal.

    2021 George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year Award

    Lisa Cassino (Herbert) of Usibelli Coal Mine

    This award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer for our community.

    Lisa Herbert has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to numerous organizations throughout the greater Fairbanks area. She is always happy to lend a hand whenever she can. Lisa often identifies areas where her skills would be helpful and offers without even needing to be asked. Whether that’s volunteering for the KUAC fundraiser to support local journalism, helping the American Heart Association put on its amazing GoRED event, or serving on multiple Fairbanks Chamber committees and our Board of Directors, Lisa loves her community and is a tireless advocate for the needs of Fairbanks in any situation.


    The Bill Stroecker Business of the Year award honors the accomplishments in the business community of a member of the Chamber who has shown drive in leading local development with sights on the future of Fairbanks. The business is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation with the public, and as a leader in their own profession and/or field of business.

    Past recipients include:

    2021: Kinross Fort Knox
    2020: McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Spine
    2019: Alaska Universal Productions
    2018: Design Alaska
    2017: Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
    2016: Sunrise Bagel and Espresso
    2015: HooDoo Brewing Company
    2014: Northern Alaska Tour Company
    2013: Date-Line Digital Printing
    2012: Madden Real Estate
    2011: Mt. McKinley Bank
    2010: Chena Hot Springs
    2009: Santina’s Flowers & Gifts
    2008: Advance Printing Company
    2007: Pacific Alaska Forwarders

    The Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year award recognizes a business or individual in the business community that has consistently shown a commitment to education through sustained partnership, outreach, or career development opportunities that improve the educational experience of students and demonstrate partnership, innovation, and creativity. All employees of Chamber member businesses are eligible to receive this award. 

    Past recipients include:

    2021: Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union
    2020: Michele Stalder
    2019: Daniel Domke
    2018: Denise Wartes
    2017: The Associated General Contractors of Alaska
    2016: Dr. Cary Keller
    2015: Sue Hull

    The George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer. It is the Chamber's most visible recognition for volunteer contributions to our community. All employees of Chamber member businesses and organizations are eligible to receive this award.

    Past recipients include:

    2021: Lisa Herbert
    2020: Ken Hall
    2019: Christina Tachick 
    2018: Clark Milne
    2017 : Mike Richards
    2016: Dr. Katherine Johnson
    2015: Derek Miller
    2014: Sarah Lefebvre
    2013: Heather Lambert
    2012: Mary Jane Fate
    2011: Cindy Cevasco
    2010: Lorna Shaw
    2009: Joe Usibelli Jr.
    2008: Billie Blanchard
    2007: Val Cofield
    2006: Jack Wilbur
    2005: Teresa Reed
    2004: Dr. Hugh "Bud" Fate
    2004: Dan Gavora
    2003: John Ringstad
    2002: Steve Thompson
    2002: Karen Lavery
    2001: Gary Roth
    2001: Joe Usibelli Sr.
    2000: Dick Brickley
    1999: Dr. William R. Wood
    1998: Rose Todd
    1996: Mike Kramer
    1995: Richard Wien
    1993: Jeff Cook
    1992: James R. Lentine
    1991: Pamela J. (held) Younker
    1989: Art Buswell
    1988: Frank Chapados
    1987: Jim Messer
    1985: Jo R. Scott
    1984: John Robertson
    1983: Robert Thomas
    1980: Robert H. Dempsey
    1971: Eva McGowan
    1968: Harry J. Porter
    1967: William "Bill" Green
    1965: J.D. Don Vogwill
    1964: Arthur J. Sexauer
    1963: G.A. "Al" Seeliger