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 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.
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:2021: Kinross Fort Knox2020: McKinley Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Spine2019: Alaska Universal Productions2018: 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:2021: Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union2020: Michele Stalder2019: Daniel Domke2018: 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:2021: Lisa Herbert2020: Ken Hall2019: Christina Tachick2018: 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