Vol. 5, No. 7 | August 2011 .

NDC President's Message: A Big Step in NANA's Journey


Helvi Sandvik

I am pleased to announce that NANA Development Corporation has purchased Grand Isle Shipyard (GIS) Inc., a Louisiana-based offshore oil and gas industry support company.  Founded in 1948, GIS has an outstanding reputation and history, both in safety and performance.  With 1,400 employees, the company provides a variety of contract services, primarily focused on the maintenance and repair of more than 700 offshore platforms on the Gulf Coast.  Its primary customers are large and small oil and gas producers such as Shell, BP and Chevron.

This purchase is consistent with NANA’s strategic plan: to build our company through diversification into new markets, while expanding and strengthening our capabilities. NANA companies and employees have delivered outstanding service to Alaska’s oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. The addition of GIS to our family of companies will complement our existing capabilities. NANA can use our expertise to grow in a new geographic area and GIS can help us prepare for offshore oil and gas work in Alaska.


Founded in 1948, GIS services many of the offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and offers a full range of construction services.

While GIS focuses primarily offshore, it also provides support services to some onshore developments. With their strong foothold in the Lower 48, we expect to bring other NANA companies into those attractive markets. This investment will lead to a significant increase in employment opportunities in Alaska and in the Lower 48.

We have been working towards a major acquisition such as this for the past two years and it is an exciting development for NANA. We are bringing two stable, respected companies together who both value doing things the right way, keeping safety and employees first. It is another step, a big step, on our strategic growth path.

Sincerely,
Helvi Sandvik, President, NANA Development Corp.

For more info, visit www.gisy.com

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Shareholders Join Qivliq Family


New employees at Qivliq's Herndon, VA., office includes, from left, Elaine Ramoth, Josephine Huntington and Pam Herron. Misty Billingsley (not pictured) works in Anchorage.

Four NANA Shareholders have joined the Qivliq family of companies.

Misty Billingsley, whose family hails from Kotzebue, joined Qivliq as a payroll administrator in the Anchorage office, where she supports Five Rivers Services. Billingsley wanted a more challenging job in a family-oriented company . She brings a decade of experience to her new job.

Pam Herron, whose family is from the NANA village of Deering, has joined the Qivliq contracts department where she helped communicate Affigent’s name change. Herron is learning how project setup forms are processed and will soon assist with GSA reporting. She lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Josephine Huntington, who was born and raised in Interior Alaska, works on special projects for Qivliq in Herndon, Va. Huntington has worked for NANA off and on for many years. She started out in human resources when the company had fewer than 500 employees, primarily working to promote shareholder hire.

Elaine Ramoth, originally from the NANA village of Selawik, works as a project specialist at Nakuuruq; she is learning about project management while supporting key staff and operations. Ramoth and her son spent a school year in Cairo, Egypt, in 2008.

For more info, visit http://www.qivliq.com

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NANA Does Business and Creates Opportunities Down Under


Libbia Thurman, a survey assistant for Sivuniq from Anchorage, works with James Cooley, a surveyor for AMEC from Nashville, on a topographic survey near Exmouth, Australia.

Sivuniq, Inc., an Akmaaq company, recently completed an on-site contract near Exmouth, Australia, a town about 800 miles north of Perth.

Sivuniq provides professional environmental services in compliance and restoration, construction management and program integration. The project – to conduct geotechnical site evaluations in support of planned U.S. military facilities – was executed under a competitively-won subcontract to AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. (AMEC).

A field team consisting of a geologist and an environmental scientist augmented a larger scientific team to complete the project in a week. “We were in and out, and the project was a success,” said Brad Chastain, Sivuniq’s president. "It’s what we do on a daily basis, and it was nice to have the opportunity to do it at such a new location."

“It is important for a small commercial consulting company like ours to get our foot in the door with a big business like AMEC,” Chastain said.

Sivuniq has worked for years on environmental projects around Alaska and the Pacific Region.

“NANA has a history of getting international work, primarily driven by its federal customers; Sivuniq is a good representation of that,” said Dave Clauson, vice president of international affairs for NDC.

While the Australia job was a first for Sivuniq, NDC has been gradually introducing itself to the country and sharing the NANA story and NDC’s capabilities. It all started when the Australian government invited NDC President Helvi Sandvik and other senior managers Down Under for a visit.

Since that initial trip, NDC representatives have nurtured those business relationships.

“NANA’s not coming to Australia and saying, ‘This is how you do it,’” Clauson said. “We’re saying, ‘This is our story. This is how we’ve done it and we’re here to help if you need it.’”

NANA representatives have gotten positive feedback from this approach and, "It has proven successful in building our relationships with indigenous companies, clients, as well as the Australian government,” Clauson said. “We come from a very respectful and humble point of view.”

For more info, visit http://www.sivuniqinc.com

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DEA Expands SAVA Contract, Company Earns Certifications

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) expanded its contract with SAVA Workforce Solutions and the company earned important new certifications from Microsoft.

DEA selected SAVA to provide network operations, server management, help desk and technical assistance for its field support personnel in 2009, and that contract has now been modified to support the agency’s DNET sites and upcoming new installations.

The company’s IT staff will provide operations and maintenance, including network assistance, monitoring and troubleshooting for the network infrastructure.

“SAVA continues to help the DEA achieve its business, service and cost goals through industry-leading levels of service and competitive pricing,” said Derrick Kessler, SAVA’s DEA program manager. “Through the growth of our contract, we are pleased to help reinforce the expansion of DNET, ensuring that all mission systems are operational.”

SAVA also earned Silver Competency in Microsoft’s Portals and Collaboration Competency and Microsoft Desktop Competency.

“Achieving Silver in the Desktop competency allows SAVA to deliver cost-effective, optimized desktop and collaboration solutions that increase our customers’ productivity, enhance security and control and streamline PC management,” said Dan Hatcher, SAVA’s Director of Technology Solutions.

The certification process required SAVA employees to complete various levels of training and submit testimonials.

SAVA Workforce Solutions, a subsidiary of Qivliq LLC, a NANA company, delivers enterprise IT and mission support solutions to the federal government, serving the defense, law enforcement and intelligence communities. Founded in 2004, SAVA employs more than 350 full-time employees.

For more info, visit http://www.savasolutions.com

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Zinc from Red Dog Mine Could Help Save Children


Teck, which operates the Red Dog Mine, is a primary supporter of the Zinc Saves Kids initiative. The project provides zinc supplements to children living in deprived regions of the world.

Zinc from the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska may soon become a life-saver for children around the world.

The metal – in minute quantities – is a critical element in a healthy human diet but is often missing in the diets of many of the world’s poorest nations. Teck, which operates Red Dog on land owned by NANA Regional Corp., is a major supporter of the Zinc Saves Kids initiative, which works through UNICEF to provide zinc supplementation to children living in zinc-deficient regions. The initiative is a project of the International Zinc Association (IZA), a trade group for companies in the zinc industry, in which Teck plays an active role.

Zinc is needed for proper physical and brain development and it helps fight off infections and strengthen our immune systems. Approximately 450,000 young children around the world will die this year because they didn’t get enough zinc in their diets — and one-third of the world’s population is at risk of zinc deficiency, one of the major factors contributing to diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.

Teck CEO Don Lindsay, through his role as chair of the IZA, has championed the efforts of international non-governmental organizations to combat zinc deficiency.

“We are committed to increase awareness of, and find a solution to, zinc deficiency. We are proud that the zinc mined at our operations in Alaska and Peru helps ensure better crops, healthier people and a vibrant and sustainable agriculture industry for the developing world,” Lindsay said.

The zinc initiative faces three major challenges. The first is a supply chain issue of how to make current treatments — zinc tablets or zinc syrup — available on a much wider scale, the second is funding and the third is educating primary care givers about zinc’s importance.

Lindsay said the IZA has committed $3 million over the next three years to support UNICEF’s zinc supplement efforts and has plans to boost both research and outreach.

“We’re also exploring ways of combating the longer-term problem of zinc deficiency,” Lindsay said. “One promising avenue is the introduction of zinc to fertilizers in regions with zinc-poor soils.”

But for now, the process that could one day send Alaska’s zinc to Africa’s villages is just getting started. More information on the program is available at www.zincsaveslives.com or www.iza.com.

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Customer Service Pays Off – Pegasus to Service China Air Cargo


Pegasus’ excellent customer service was the fuel responsible for landing the contract with China Air Cargo, which merged with Shanghai Airlines Cargo and Great Wall Airlines.

Hard work and high standards pay big dividends for Pegasus Aviation Services.

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, the company provides the full gamut of aviation services, including aircraft maintenance, de-icing, ground handling, flight operations and ground support equipment.

Before a merger, Shanghai Airlines Cargo and Great Wall Airlines were Pegasus' clients. Work with the two airlines was going smoothly when the Chinese government required Shanghai and Great Wall to merge with China Air Cargo.

“Former China Cargo and Great Wall management had the responsibility for selecting the new ramp and flight operations handling agent, while Shanghai Air had the responsibility for selecting the new maintenance and de-icing provider,” explains Linda Close, Pegasus’ director of business development.

“Pegasus had worked very closely and had an excellent reputation and rapport with Shanghai, but China Cargo wanted the current incumbent to retain and expand their contract to include all aviation services in Anchorage.”

So Pegasus received a termination notice from Shanghai, an ending that soon turned into a new beginning.

“When flight crews from Great Wall Airlines found out that this cancellation would also cancel their flight operations services, the pilots started a letter writing campaign to executive management for Pegasus to retain the contract,” says Close. “Within less than a month, Pegasus was negotiating a contract for all ramp and flight operations services.”

The new contract will go into effect Sept. 1, after Pegasus finishes training its aircraft maintenance technicians and ramp service employees on the merged airline’s new operating procedures and paperwork requirements, and an audit by the Chinese Aviation Administration.

“The path to being awarded this contract has been extremely long and difficult and highlights the importance of each job within an organization, how critical it is to provide excellent customer service at every level and the extraordinary value of team work,” Close says.

Founded in 2000, Pegasus became a subsidiary of Akima Management Services in 2009.

For more info, visit http://www.pegasusanc.com

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Fred Smith Returns Home


Fred Smith, left, and Luke Sampson, chairman of the NDC board of directors, at the opening of NOSI¹s North Slope facility building.

Fred Smith is returning home to the NANA region after serving as president of NANA Oilfied Services, Inc. (NOSI). Smith stepped down as president of NOSI this summer after five busy years of improvements that included building a new, six-bay service center and new fuel storage tanks. The new facility will secure NOSI's future for the next several decades.

"The job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year," he said. "And the way I'm wired, I go three to five years at full speed ahead. I live, sleep, eat and drink the job." Today, Smith feels like it is time for someone else to take over the challenge of running NOSI.

Shareholder Brad Osborne has agreed to step in his shoes.

However, Smith will still be a part of NANA, as he will consult with NDC – and you will see him around the region. He will be living in Kotzebue and commercial fishing, hunting, four-wheeling and camping with his 14-year-old son, Sam, the youngest of Fred's three kids. His son Nels, 21, and daughter Christina, 23, are both grown and out of the house.

"Fred's history with NANA Development is one the company hopes to emulate," says Kristina Patrick, NDC shareholder employment and development manager. "He grew with NANA and is a great mentor for many of our young people."

Smith worked for NOSI on the North Slope for about 10 years, served on the NANA board and worked for the Tribe in Noorvik for five years. This array of experiences have helped him grow into the role of a company president who knew what was expected in the region and by the NANA board. "The background I had helped," he said. "I knew the expectations and the drivers for the communities and the board. I could make a decision (at NOSI) and move forward, because I had a good idea what the board was thinking. But I want to acknowledge the capital availability and investments made by our NDC senior management group and NOSI Board was critical to our success.”

The success he leaves behind speaks for itself, but Smith says the credit is due to the staff at NOSI. "It takes good people, and we've had some of the best," he said. "We've been able to attract people with insights, and the company will continue to grow."

As will Fred Smith.

"I am going home to be involved with my community and contribute there," he said. "I am enjoying it."

For more info, visit http://www.nanaoilfield.com

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