Sealaska directors have named shareholder, Morgan Howard, to the board slate for the 2017 election. Howard takes the place of Director Rosita Worl, who announced on February 2, 2017, that she did not intend to seek reelection at the end of her term which ends June 24, 2017. The board began the process to fill the board slate vacancy with an announcement February 3, 2017.
Sealaska is pleased to announce that it has acquired a majority interest in Odyssey, a company that specializes in the marketing and value-added processing of predominantly frozen seafood under several retail brands.
“The board and management are focused on developing existing businesses that have growth potential, match our values and are aligned with our strategic direction,” said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. “We have narrowed our operational focus to three segments; natural foods, natural resources, and government services.”
“We are interested in a strong regional economy and working forests managed by a trained, local workforce,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Maintaining a focus on sustainable harvests helps achieve that.”
Since being crowned Miss Alaska USA 2017 in February, Alyssa London has shared her vision of empowering women entrepreneurs, she’s been named a Cultural Ambassador for Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), appeared at numerous community events such as the yearly Fur Rendezvous event in Anchorage and has been celebrating the honor to be the first Tlingit women to hold the title Miss Alaska USA.
Two Southeast Alaska businesses have been recognized as innovative entrepreneurs. Skya’ana Coffee Co. and Wild Alaska Kelp Co. will each receive up to $40,000 in seed money for consulting/technical assistance to develop the business concept, along with support in finding investor funding.
"Marlene and Ethel both served the company with dignity and respect for many years, not unlike many other directors," said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. "The difference with Marlene and Ethel is the sheer amount of time and energy they contributed to the betterment of our people and communities over their lifetimes. The other notable difference is Marlene and Ethel not only encouraged the next generation of leaders to step up, they both made room for them on the board by stepping down. On behalf of the board, I thank each of them for their tremendous leadership, their commitment to the perpetuation of our culture and their humble service."
Each year, Sealaska shareholders elect directors to serve a three-year term on the board. Qualified Sealaska shareholders seeking candidacy as an Independent Nominee on the 2017 Sealaska Corporation proxy card, are required to complete the 2017 Nominee’s packet.