President's Message: Remembering What's Important This Holiday Season

Helvi Sandvik
Helvi Sandvik

Happy holidays!

As I reflect on the year, I am reminded how much gratitude NANA owes the people who are a part of our family, for their service to our customers, the benefits we are able to deliver to our owners and for their generous contributions of both time and money to those less fortunate.

Our employees gave individual donations of more than a quarter of a million dollars to the United Way — just in Alaska. In Virginia, Qivliq held a fundraiser that contributed thousands of dollars to the Aqqaluk Trust to fund scholarships, language and cultural preservation programs. In Kentucky, NANA Pacific organized a blood drive in memory of a colleague who recently passed away. In Washington, D.C., Akima's James Robinson helped a group of kids by coaching basketball. Marcel Varela took time for a church mission to help heal the wounded in Haiti, and Ryan Bergstrom, from our NDC IT team, collected soccer cleats to send to children in Honduras. The list could go on and on.

Seeing what our employees do for others is humbling.

During this holiday season, let's take time to tell our co-workers how much we appreciate them. It is hard to be away from loved ones during celebrations. Many members of our NANAtkut (NANA family) are working in our hotels, serving our troops and working for our other customers on Christmas and New Year's Day. Thank you for filling these vital and valuable roles!

The celebrations of the season help me remember how fortunate I am to work with all of you — our employees, shareholders and board members. I have had the opportunity to meet with many of our employees who serve our men and women in uniform. To support soldiers and airmen who protect our shores is an honor. I have witnessed our NDC board of directors spending time away from their homes and families to help our company grow. It gives me a sense of pride to be a part of the NANA family.

No matter what type of celebration you enjoy, I wish you a joyous, safe New Year. Thank you for all you do!


Helvi Sandvik
NANA Development Corporation


Akima Employee Coaches Troubled Youth to Victory

Akima Employee Coaches Troubled Youth to Victory
James Robinson (far right) and his team won a state tournament last spring — a victory that qualified them for AAU Nationals in Orlando.

Life is no slam dunk for James Robinson's players.

That's why this Akima employee at Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., volunteers as an assistant basketball coach for a sports program designed to keep troubled youth off the streets. His players are all kids who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to play organized basketball. James has "a very positive effect on the lives of many youths in northern Virginia," according to Marylyn Halligan, Akima's project manager at DOJ. This year, James' team qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Competition in Orlando, Fla. He loaded his 12 basketball players, several parents, the coaches and a few others into two large vans for the trip to Florida where they stayed almost a week.

If you ask James, he'll tell you that it didn't matter whether his kids won or not. Just having the chance to be there was an experience none of them will forget for a very long time.

AAU is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. Its philosophy of "Sports for all, forever" is shared by more than 500,000 participants and 50,000 volunteers in 56 districts. These districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships and more than 30,000 age division events.

You can learn more about AAU at www.aausports.org.


'Flat Ryan' Travels to the South Pole

Flat Stanley
NANA Development Corporation (NDC) helped NDC paralegal Carla Abbud's son Ryan with his school project to document the travels of "Flat Stanley." This figure traveled the world thanks to the good will and help of NDC Employees.

Lisa Von Fumetti is about to become a celebrity in Ryan Abbud's third-grade Virginia classroom.

Lisa is a project manager with NANA Polar Services. She is currently "on the ice" at McMurdo Station, a U.S. Antarctic research center.

Ryan's mom, Carla, who is a paralegal with NDC in Virginia, contacted Charles Fedullo, public relations manager at NDC's Anchorage office, about Ryan's "Flat Stanley" letter-writing project.

Flat Stanley is a character from a children's book of the same name written by Jeff Brown. The project involves students making paper Flat Stanleys and keeping a journal that documents the places he travels. Flat Stanley and his journal are mailed to other people who treat the figure as a visiting guest, adding to his journal before returning him home.

Ryan's Flat Stanley ("Flat Ryan") has already traveled to Seattle, "but I think the kids would be really excited to get a picture from the South Pole," Carla wrote Charles. "Do you think the operations manager would be willing to take a picture of Flat Ryan somewhere on the South Pole if I e-mailed him to you?"

Lisa told Charles she'd be happy to help. "If all goes well, we should be able to get pictures of him at the South Pole McMurdo Station and, if there's enough time, possibly Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as our headquarters in Denver," she wrote.

In Ryan's letter to Lisa, he thanked her for letting Flat Ryan visit and told her he'd given Flat Ryan "a jacket, mittens and boots to keep him warm. Don't leave him outside by himself. That is not being responsible."

Carla put Flat Ryan in the mail Nov. 24. "You and Lisa Von Fumetti are going to be the rock stars of Ms. Snow's third-grade class!" she wrote in an e-mail to Charles. "Thank you both so much for helping with this project."


Akima Helps Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Build a Star

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Akima provides personnel that augment the hundreds of scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel working together on research experiments at the NIF, a facility at LLNL the size of three football fields. Photo credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Akima Infrastructure Services has a new assignment: create a miniature star on Earth.

Akima Infrastructure was awarded a five-year contract to provide more than 600 scientists, engineers and facility operations personnel at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. Many of these employees work in LLNL's National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest energy laser. This facility has the goal of achieving nuclear fusion and energy gain in the laboratory for the first time in history — in essence, creating a miniature star on Earth.

NIF's 192 giant lasers are housed in a 10-story building the size of three football fields. The lasers deliver at least 60 times more energy than previous laser systems and have the potential to meet future worldwide energy needs in a safe, sustainable manner without carbon dioxide emissions.

"For LLNL to fulfill its mission, our supplemental labor provider must be able to supply a workforce in multiple disciplines," Laboratory Director George Miller said. "This contract ensures LLNL will continue to have the scientific, engineering and operations expertise necessary to successfully carry out its program objectives."

Norma Hinds, the general manager at the site, agreed. She has been at the Livermore site since 1999. "Our goal is to be a partner with the lab and help them meet their goals by finding them the right talent to meet their mission."

The transition to Akima Infrastructure began in August with town hall meetings and one-on-one discussions with individual employees. More than 600 new and transitioned employees have been brought into the Akima family with help from Akima's corporate staff in Charlotte, N.C., the on-site team and subcontractor IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.

"Through this contract we will provide, continue to attract and retain the quality workforce the laboratory needs to fulfill its mission," said Tom Thompson, vice president of Akima Infrastructure. "We look forward to working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory."


NDC Surpasses United Way Fundraising Goal: NMS has dramatic increase in contribution

NDC Surpasses United Way Goal
NDC Board member Don Sheldon, with NMS Marketing Communications team members Penny Cotten, Jennifer Reich and Jessi Chavez. Penny acts as Chair for the annual United Way Campaign for NMS, Jennifer provides administrative support, and Jessi coordinates presentations and presentation materials. Jonathon Chavez, (in car seat) provides enthusiastic support for the campaign.

Thanks to generous donations and a little creativity on behalf of employees, NANA Development Corp. (NDC) exceeded its United Way goal by more than $37,000 this year. The original goal was $215,000. As of Dec. 2, NDC had raised $252,340, with several donations yet to be counted.

A NANA company that showed a significant increase in contributions was NMS, which raised more than $84,000, exceeding its original fundraising goal of $47,000 by more than $37,000. The original goal was 10 percent higher than 2009.

The key to the NMS success was a cadre of great volunteers.

"We built a core team of volunteers (employees) who assist with the campaign each year," said Penny Cotten, vice president of marketing communications for NMS.

United Way Donations are made a number of ways. Employees receive a pledge form and those wishing to donate can have the money deducted from their paycheck, paid by personal check, credit card or via electronic transfer.

Each NANA company also has a coordinator and team members who assist with the United Way campaign. "Employees get involved and are very creative," said Carolyn Smith, operations manager/special projects for NDC, who heads up the campaign. "There's a real commitment to helping those in communities across the state who may need assistance."

"We'd like to extend a big thank you to our employees for their efforts and generosity," Smith said. "We set a lofty goal and ended up exceeding it, and we couldn't have done it without each and every one of you."


NMS Training Systems: Building a Better Workforce

NMS Training Systems

Through training and education, NMS Training Systems has helped NANA and other companies meet their safety goals for more than 20 years.

Though NMS Training Services focuses primarily on health and safety, it also offers medical first aid and regulatory compliance training. "We're always looking to understand the needs of our subsidiaries and external customers," Operations Manager Marshall Watson said. "Our ability to customize our services means we can offer high-quality training and consulting at our facilities in Anchorage or Fairbanks, on site at a customer's facility or make arrangements for a classroom nearby — anywhere in the world."

One of the company's most popular and proven safety training models is Safe Start/Safe Track. The behavioral-based training focuses on four states of being: rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency. These four states can cause or contribute to four critical errors: eyes not on task, mind not on task, being in the line of fire and balance/traction/grip.

"We teach folks how to self-trigger on the states, analyze close calls and look for small errors or other patterns that can increase the risk of injury," Watson said. Safe Start/Safe Track is guaranteed to reduce on-the-job injuries by 50 percent to 90 percent within one to two years.

In fiscal year 2009, NMS Training Systems conducted 623 classes and trained 4,900 individuals. Looking ahead, Watson said the company will offer more Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) refresher courses and additional training options to NANA subsidiaries. "Now that we're kind of looking inward, we're hoping to offer the same high-quality training for our brother and sister companies."

For information, visit www.nmstrainingsystems.com.


Magazine Highlights NANA's Uniqueness

NANAkut Magazine Spread
NANAtkut is the new NANA Development Corporation twice-a-year magazine.

By now the first issue of NANAtkut has arrived in your home.

"NANAtkut is a new magazine about what makes NANA Development Corporation great: our people, the services we provide and the clients we serve," wrote NDC President Helvi Sandvik. "Through the pages of this magazine we share our successes and our challenges. You will learn about our companies, what they do and the amazing people on our team."

NANAtkut supplements and expands on the current NDC e-newsletter, says Robin Kornfield, vice president, communications and marketing and NANAtkut's editor. Robin said the format allows NDC to explore stories in greater depth and to more easily share the stories with family members.

The first issue introduces readers to NDC people like Dwight Outwater who works for NANA Oilfield Services (or NOSI) in Deadhorse, Alaska, where the longest night lasts nearly 55 days, Emma Synder who takes readers on a subsistence caribou hunt and John Rense, who joined NANA 25 years ago when Red Dog Mine was still a dream.

"We are always on the lookout for interesting stories about our people and what they do both on and off the job," Robin said. "We know that NANA employees are an integral part of the communities in which they live and work, and the stories they can tell are well worth sharing." Please send story ideas to nanatkut@nana.com. Robin expects to publish the magazine twice a year.


Surviving the Holidays: Don't Drive Impaired

Impaired driving
Stay safe this holiday season by not drinking or using a cell phone while driving.

With icy roads, inclement weather and holiday drivers out until all hours, it's even more crucial to pay attention to what's going on around you when you're driving. That means turning off your cell phone, using a designated driver — or taking a cab — if you've consumed your limit of alcohol and keeping your distance from motorists you suspect are driving impaired.

Drinking and driving

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 32 people die each day in the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes.

In addition to limiting your own alcohol intake, you also need to protect yourself against drunken drivers. Your best defense is to wear your seatbelt and make sure any children in the car are in safety seats. Report drunken drivers to law enforcement, and keep a safe distance from anyone driving erratically.

Cell phone distraction

The National Safety Council estimates 200,000 motor vehicle crashes are caused each year by drivers reading, writing or sending text messages and e-mails while driving. At least 28 percent of all traffic crashes — 1.6 million each year — are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.

Even drivers engaging in a cell phone conversation on a headset are more likely to make errors behind the wheel than a driver talking to a front-seat passenger. Talking on the phone while driving distracts the brain and delays reaction times, making drivers more likely to swerve between lanes, slow down and miss important signs.

So put it down. No phone call or text message is worth risking your life — or the lives of others.


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