Shareholders Help Grow Sealaska from Within

Meet Heath Barger, civil project manager/estimator for Sealaska Constructors, LLC, one of the subsidiaries in the Sealaska Government Services Group (SGS) and Rigel Shaw, administrative assistant intern for Sealaska Environmental Services.

Meet Heath Barger

Sealaska welcomes shareholder Heath Barger, who was hired as Civil Project Manager/Estimator for Sealaska Constructors, LLC, one of the subsidiaries in the Sealaska Government Services Group (SGS). Barger says this has been a long-term goal of his, to work for his regional Native Corporation. He previously served as a construction inspector with the City of Sitka, Alaska. He holds a Master’s degree in construction management form Arizona State University and a bachelor of business administration and management from University of Alaska Southeast.

Barger’s grandmother Ethel Staton, an original founder of Shee Atiká Corporation, was instrumental in him continuing his education. During her tenure on the board of directors of Shee Atiká Staton was a champion for helping shareholders and their descendants achieve their educational dreams. Barger also contributes his strong work ethic, family values and goal setting to his mother Candi Barger, owner of Sitka Reality, and a Sealaska and Shee Atiká shareholder. Barger hopes to one day be a board member at Shee Atiká and make an impact in the lives of shareholders and descendants like his grandmother did.

Meet Rigel Shaw

Sealaska shareholder Rigel Shaw first joined Sealaska as an intern in 2007.  Today, he serves as a subcontract administrator with Sealaska Environmental Services (SES), a subsidiary in the Sealaska Government Services (SGS) group..

Sealaska continues investing in shareholder capacity through its intern and scholarship programs. The intern program provides professional experiences, while interns support the functions and mission of Sealaska at headquarters or at one of the subsidiaries.

“As an administrative assistant intern for Sealaska Environmental Services, I was able to support the development of a company that had just started in 2003,” said Shaw. “I helped develop several of the basic company policies and operating procedures that are still implemented today. If it wasn’t for the internship, I would have had limited real-world business experience, which has proven to be invaluable compared to the knowledge one can gain from text books or lectures.”

2003 – Sealaska Scholarship

2007 – Sealaska intern

2008 – SES Procurement Technician

2011 – SES Buyer II

2014 – Subcontract Administrator SES

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