Jon Huff of Alaska Universal Productions (AUP) is the recipient of the 2019 Bill Stoecker Business of the Year Award! AUP is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation with the public, and as a leader in their field.Alaska Universal Productions is probably behind the scenes at many of the events you attend, even when you don’t know it, offering full service audio and visual multimedia needs with industry expertise needed to fulfill the vision for Fairbanks’s events and projects. Jon Huff and his team are dedicated to being available and accommodating and put in the work to execute the vision of their clients. They are incredibly supportive of many non-profit events and often donate large portions of their time and resources in-kind, creating more value for these agencies raising funds in support of their missions. AUP is best known for being reliable, dependable, and easy to work with. Jon creates a relationship with his clients that makes it easy to give him a call when you need help. AUP’s commitment to exceptional delivery of service has solidified the company’s reputation as the one to call when you need a trusted provider of audio & visual elements.Jon is always looking to the future and how he can best meet the needs of Fairbanks. He’s often adding to and upgrading his equipment and rental offerings, and is excited about growing his business in our community. Jon is outstanding to work with. He is fun, honest, and a true professional.
Daniel Domke of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is the recipient of the 2019 Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year Award! Dan was born and raised here in Fairbanks and reflects our community’s values of integrity, honesty, and hard work, with a quick wit and an easy smile. Dan has a lifelong record of accomplishments and advances in education. Over the past 30 years, Dan’s commitment to education and workforce development has shone in many ways. He demands that district courses are aligned with business and industry training and employment needs so that real-world employment and training outcomes for students are realized. His winning combination of natural abilities and hard work has created a tremendous amount of reach and empowerment throughout the community, including, business & industry partners, students, parents, and school district staff.
Through his role with the school district, he spearheads the development and implementation of career & technical education and workforce development programs offered at schools district wide. Dan has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of:
- the old and new Hutchison High School
- the career and technical education wing addition at North Pole High School
- Implementation of medical programs at each of the district’s high schools
- increasing the Certified Nursing Assistant program to 40 students per year!
- Supporting the STEM/Engineering lab at Lathrop High School
- Building linkage agreements for Tech Prep with UAF/CTC
- Greatly expanding the district-wide Introduction to Trades and School to Apprenticeship programs
Currently, Dan is developing the addition of aviation and cosmetology programs to the district. He has a remarkable passion for individual student success and believes that a great job is the ticket to the American dream!
Christina Tachick of the Greater Fairbanks Board of Realtors is the recipient of the 2019 George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer for our community.Christina is connected in many ways to our community. She transplanted from south-central Alaska to attend UAF and has since made Fairbanks her home. She regularly looks for opportunities to dedicate her personal time to organizations she aligns with. She’s a long standing volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley, leading a group of young people weekly through educational activities and projects designed to increase exposure to STEM programs, enhance leadership and personal character, and to develop habits for a healthy lifestyle.Christina has volunteered annually for the American Heart Association’s Go Red event here in Fairbanks serving as part of the production team that ensures the events audio and visual elements are executed in a way that really makes that event one of the best in the country. In her role as a UAF alumni, she continues to assist with the annual Business Leader of the Year event where the School of Management recognizes an outstanding business leader while developing networking opportunities and fundraising that benefits UAF’s School of Management students. She’s also an active volunteer with Arctic Innovation Competition to promote local entrepreneurship.Additionally, Christina has shared her talent and passion for baking and decorating beautiful desserts that have benefited Catholic Schools of Fairbanks annual HIPOW event and the annual United Way Dessert Auction, she’s thrown on a high visibility vest and directed traffic for the Water Walk & Run hosted by Golden Heart Utilities, and, as a past employee of the Fairbanks Chamber she’s continued to share her knowledge and skills with us this past year by volunteering at luncheons, the Military Appreciation Banquet, and Golden Days.
BILL STROECKER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
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:
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
BERNICE M. JOSEPH EDUCATION ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
The Bernice M. Joseph 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:
2019: Daniel Domke
2018: Denise Wartes
2017: The Associated General Contractors of Alaska
2016: Dr. Cary Keller
2015: Sue Hull
GEORGE NEHRBAS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
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:
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
Past Annual Award Winners dating back to 1963