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For Immediate Release

June 05, 2017

Goldbelt, Incorporated—Announces 2017 Board of Directors Election Results and New Officers

Juneau, Alaska— Goldbelt, Inc. held its 43rd Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 3, 2017, at Centennial Hall in Juneau.  The three directors up for election were Joseph E. Kahklen, Randy Wanamaker, and Andrea Cadiente-Laiti.  This year, eight shareholders ran as candidates for the open board seats. 

Two new members to the board of directors, Lori Grant and Leilani Wilson Walkush, will replace the board seats held by Joseph E. Kahklen and Randy Wanamaker. Andrea Cadienete-Laiti was re-elected to the board. The newly elected board members were sworn in at the annual meeting and will serve a three-year term. 

The board of directors immediately convened after the meeting and held a reorganization meeting to elect new officers.  Ben Coronell was elected Board Chair while Katherine Eldemar was elected Vice Chair. Richard A. Beasley was elected Treasurer and Lisa-Marie Ikonomov was elected Secretary. Other board members include Andrea Cadiente-Laiti, Derek Duncan, Leilani Wilson Walkush, Lori Grant, and Trudy Skan.

“I am very humbled that my fellow board members have selected me as the next Chairman of the Board,” said Ben Coronell. “With the uncertainty of federal, state, and local budgets and the declining economy – Goldbelt continues to grow. Currently, Alaska Business Monthly ranked Goldbelt at number 15 on the Top 49’ers list. I predict we will continue to climb higher. The political and business landscape is changing. Most of Goldbelt’s revenue comes from government contracts, but we are exploring new business opportunities. Goldbelt continues to support and develop employment, training, and educational opportunities for shareholders and their descendants. It will be an exciting year!”

Goldbelt. Inc. recognizes and thanks, former Directors for their service to the company. Randy Wanamaker served 24 years on the board and Joseph Kahklen served 35 years on the board. Kahklen was one of the original signatures to incorporate Goldbelt in 1972 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and was the first Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Headquartered in Juneau, Goldbelt, Inc. has more than 3,700 shareholders and was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. 

 

During a July 9 shareholders meeting, the Native Corporation announced Elliot “Chuck” Wimberly would serve as its President and CEO, a position Wimberly has held in the interim since January.

Wimberly previously served as Goldbelt’s Senior Vice President since 2010 and filled the President and CEO role in the interim in 2011.

 “Chuck’s ability to lead our company is well-proven and he stood out through the interview process as the best candidate to accomplish the lofty goals set by the Board of Directors,” said Joseph Kahklen, Goldbelt Board Chairman, in a statement.

Wimberly brings with him 10 years of experience as a senior executive with Alaska Native Corporations, read his statement.

“I am excited to lead Goldbelt to new heights,” Wimberly said. “We have a strong team of dedicated employees who are focused on accomplishing the results set out by the board.”

Goldbelt shareholders also elected three directors to its board from a slate of 10 candidates. Incumbent Trudy Skan won reelection, and Lisa-Marie Ikonomov and Derek Duncan will be newcomers to the board. Ikonomov and Duncan will fill vacancies by Lori Grant and Kathy Polk, who chose not to seek reelection. Board members serve three-year terms.

Board members selected Joseph Kahklen as Board Chairman, Andrea Cadiente-Laiti as Vice Chair, Trudy Skan as Corporate Secretary and Randy Wanamaker as Treasurer.

 

Below are the total votes each candidate received:

Bill Abbott 27,718
Todd Patrick Antioquia 40,601
Gail Marie Dabaluz 34,536
Lisa-Marie Ikonomov 102,484
Ursula Jones 6,131
Mike Mann 13,921
Paul Marks 41,618
Lillian Petershoare 45,525
Trudy Ann Skan 51,574

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors we want to thank the shareholders who voted and attended the 42nd Annual Meeting, it was great to see you!

Gunalchéesh

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