Vol. 6, No. 7 | July 2012

NDC President’s Message:
Summer Safety - On and Off the Job

Helvi Sandvik

This month I was in Kiana for the funeral of a family friend, an esteemed Elder. Her memorial service was held at the church in Kiana, then her family and friends traveled by boat upriver to her much-loved camp where she was buried.

I traveled up and down this river a lot when I was younger. In our short summer months, the Kobuk River is busy with boaters heading to favorite fishing or berry picking sites. Back then, we never wore life jackets. Over the years we've learned through experience — and through loss — that life jackets save lives.

What I noticed in this last procession to our friend's burial site was that everyone, on every boat, from the littlest kids to the Elders, was wearing a life jacket. Some of them were distributed to our villages through NANA's efforts.

In this e-Bulletin, we're sharing a reminder on boating safety. In the e-Bulletins to come, we'll share safety tips as part of our priority to promote safety excellence at work and to encourage you to continue that practice while off the job.

Our goal is to provide a safe work place, but safety doesn't stop when you leave work. Safety matters!

Helvi K. Sandvik, President
NANA Development Corporation


NANA Board Gets VIP Tour of President Obama's Plane Fleet

NANA's leadership and staff paid a visit to Joint Base Andrews where Akima Technical Solutions provides aircraft maintenance and fueling services for Air Force One.

When NANA leadership recently visited Joint Base Andrews, they were met with a surprise "ramp freeze" that requires all traffic on and near the base to stop. That's because the board arrived just as President Obama's plane was taking off. The June visit took NANA board and staff members to Akima, LLC project sites in Maryland and Virginia. Akima Technical Solutions' (ATS) contract location at Joint Base Andrews, Md., was their first stop.

ATS provides aircraft maintenance and fueling services for the VIP Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) in support of the safe and timely transportation of the President of the United States, the Vice President, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, and senior civilian, military, and foreign leaders. The visitors received full VIP treatment from the more than 100 Akima VIPSAM employees. An overview presentation and tour of ATS work areas included the opportunity to board two of the VIP Gulfstream aircraft. Helvi Sandvik, NDC president, sat in Hillary Clinton's seat on one of those planes. They also toured the customer service areas and viewed several VIP helicopters being readied for takeoff.

The next stop was the U.S. Capitol for a special tour provided by one of the U.S. Capitol Police. The Board and senior management were allowed access to the main staircase that has been closed to the general public since the Sept. 11 attacks. It was a rare vantage point.

The Board also visited the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) where SAVA is a prime FBI contractor. The TSC maintains the U.S. government's consolidated Terrorist Watch List — a single database of identifying information about those known, or reasonably suspected, of involvement in terrorist activity. The group saw one of the steel girders from the Twin Towers that remained after the Sept. 11 attacks. The TSC requested to display the remnants as a daily reminder why the TSC was created.



NANA Construction Hits a Milestone on Alaska's North Slope

NANA Construction's first, full-service fabricated camp built at the company's Big Lake facility was recently delivered to the North Slope.

You can add camp fabrication to NANA Construction's list of capabilities. The company recently turned over its first, full-service camp to its new owners on Alaska's North Slope.

The facility took 10 weeks to complete and was manufactured at NANA Construction's Big Lake fabrication plant. It sleeps 58 people and includes kitchen, dining and recreation facilities for up to 150. The 31 modules were trucked up to the North Slope where they were assembled somewhat like high-tech Legos for MagTec Alaska, an oilfield service company.

NANA Construction was formed four years ago and its Big Lake facility has primarily built large-scale process and control modules for the oil, gas and mining industries. This housing camp is the first of its kind for the company.

"Two years ago we saw an opportunity to expand our facilities to enter the camp fabrication business," said C.O. Green, NANA Construction vice president and general manager. "The market was underserved. We invested in new capabilities and now our vision has become a reality. This camp is just the tip of the iceberg for our business - and it's really exciting."

Building modules at Big Lake instead of Anchorage reduces delivery distances and saves customers significant money on required highway permits.

"The location of NANA Construction's fabrication shop greatly reduced our costs and played a large factor in the bid selection," said Roger Wilson, MagTec Alaska's North Slope operations manager. "There were two sets of transportation numbers and the Big Lake departure point changed that number dramatically from the other bidders."

NANA Construction is capable of building up to six large to medium scale full-service camps each year and is already at work on its next order - a camp that will house 82 workers.



Piksik Helps Deliver Taco Bell to Remote Alaska Town

Bethel residents enjoyed free tacos after Taco Bell flew in a taco truck following a false rumor that the company was opening a restaurant in the remote community.

Piksik lived up to its Iñupiaq name late last month when it helped Taco Bell pull off its epic "Operation Alaska."

The fast food chain wanted to surprise the residents of Bethel, Alaska, a remote community in western Alaska far from the road system. Local residents thought Bethel was getting a Taco Bell when posters appeared around the town of 6,200, located some 400 miles west of Anchorage. But elation turned into disappointment when the posters turned out to be a hoax - the result, police say of a feud between two residents.

Taco Bell decided to feed the town - for free - and arranged to fly in 950 pounds of seasoned beef, 300 pounds of lettuce, 150 pounds of cheddar cheese, 500 pounds of sour cream and 300 pounds of tomatoes, along with a large Taco Bell truck.

While most people in Bethel knew there was an event with Taco Bell, few had any idea of how the tacos were to be delivered.

Enter Bob Crockett, general manager of Piksik, NANA Development Corporation's film support company. He was called the Tuesday before the Sunday event to see if he could travel to Bethel and handle the logistics. Piksik is an Iñupiaq word that means "respond quickly." Living up to that name, Crockett was in Bethel by Thursday, meeting with the city manager, fire chief, police chief, Alaska State Troopers, Bethel airport and key vendors.

With his experience, it's no surprise that Crockett had worked with the production company that was orchestrating the delivery; and that he knew the owner of the helicopter company that was going to airlift the truck into Bethel. "So, we hit that sweet spot of knowing everything was coming together — not to mention that the community was very excited to see Taco Bell tacos in their town," Crockett said.

Crockett reported to the Bethel airport early Sunday morning to offload the taco truck from a cargo plane. "The first thing we did was to hoist the truck to determine a center of gravity and confirm that it was properly rigged. The next test was to actually lift the truck to make sure it flew properly and the load didn't spin," Crockett said.

"The only challenge we faced occurred when rotor wash (a strong downward blast of air from the propellers) blew the truck across the ramp so we had to come up with a method to ensure the vehicle was stable at liftoff and landing. We found wooden blocks and my job was to make sure the truck was securely blocked once the pilot set the load perfectly."

Then it was show time.

Cameras were quickly put into position, the Taco Bell prep crew loaded fresh tacos into the truck and the side window slid open. Out popped a Taco Bell employee who asked the crowd, "Is anyone ready for a Doritos Taco Bell Taco?"

The crowd roared and began to chant "Taco Bell, Taco Bell" as they ran to the waiting truck where they lined up for nearly 10,000 free tacos. As Taco Bell Chief Executive Greg Creel told the Associated Press, "If we can feed people in Afghanistan and Iraq, we can feed people in Bethel." So the town of Bethel got its taco fix, the production company pulled off a spectacular feat, the client was elated with the results and Piksik's expertise contributed to yet another successful commercial.

Watch it: www.tacobell.com/discover



Hengen Named New President of NANA WorleyParsons

Rock Hengen is NANA WorleyParsons' new company President.

Rock Hengen is his name, but you could call the new president of NANA WorleyParsons "rock solid."

"Like his name implies, Rock brings a significant and distinguished background of leadership roles in the delivery of both large and small projects in the oil and gas industry," said Helvi Sandvik, president of NANA Development Corporation.

A veteran engineer, Hengen brings more than two decades of experience in project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, startup and operations to his new job.

"At NANA WorleyParsons, engineering and design are a given. It's how we document and exceed our customers' expectations that distinguishes us," Hengen said.

Previously he was NANA WorleyParsons' vice president and general manager. He succeeds Allan Dolynny, who is the new general manager for Western Operations of WorleyParsons USAC (United States and the Caribbean).

Hengen's career began as a lead technician for Dome Petroleum in Canada. After earning a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987, he joined Fluor Constructors Canada as the lead instrumentation engineer. He was hired by Colt Engineering Corporation in 1994 and served as the senior instrument engineer during the startup of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s Badami production facility on Alaska's North Slope.

"I was one who said, ‘Sure, I'll go there!'" said Hengen of his stints across Canada, the continental United States and now Alaska.

Hengen holds a master's certificate in project management from the University of Lethbridge in Canada.

NANA WorleyParsons provides multidisciplinary engineering and design, project management, project controls, procurement and construction management to the oil and gas, power and mining industries. Headquartered in Anchorage, about half of its staff works on Alaska's North Slope in customer field operations facilities providing plant engineering services. The remaining staff works in Anchorage.



Akima Construction Beefs up Pentagon Security

One of the Pentagon's main access gates just got a major facelift from Akima Construction.

Security at the Pentagon just got better and more efficient, thanks to Akima Construction, LLC.

Akima recently replaced one of the Pentagon's main entrances with state-of-the art security equipment and improved access for drivers. The $5.5 million design and construction project took about a year and a half to complete. The entrance gate overhaul included widening the vehicle access way from one lane to three, building a new police monitoring station, installing additional security cameras, license plate readers and under-body scanners, which allow Pentagon guards to detect explosive devices.

More than 22,000 people work at the Pentagon and each day about 900 cars drive through the gate that Akima refurbished, one of five main entrances.

"Ever since 9/11 (when hijackers crashed a 757 into the Pentagon), the Pentagon employees have been concerned with having secure access where they work," said Barbara Price, Akima Construction project manager. "The high tech security equipment allows police to do a better job of keeping out the 'unwanted,' thereby better protecting Pentagon employees."

The additional lanes speed up traffic flow for employees who drive through the gate each morning, taking the processing time from about six minutes per car to one or two minutes. Feedback from the Pentagon has been so positive that Akima Construction won the bid for two more access control upgrades, including one for commercial vehicles entering the Pentagon.

"This latest project really planted the seed, giving us a good ‘past performance' record," said Kevin Morton, Akima Construction senior project manager. "It proves to the industry that we competitively price and manage our projects, so it really has opened up doors for us."

The next $10 million project will include upgrading another employee entrance as well as building a new security gate for delivery trucks and will take about a year and a half to complete.



NMS's Kiana Salad Bar Video Wins National Attention

Miki Thomas enjoys a lunch of fresh orange slices and salad from the Kiana School salad bar this spring.

When Dawn Kimberlin, NMS food and facilities management division director of marketing, put together a short, three-minute video about the new Kiana School salad bar, she was hoping to win the "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" contest. Instead, the video garnered national recognition with a feature on the "Let's Move!" blog sponsored by the White House (http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2012/06/18/kiana-school-alaska-gets-salad-bar).

"Let's Move!" is a health initiative launched by First Lady Michele Obama dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

NMS implemented the Kiana School salad bar in January to overwhelming kudos, not only from the kids but also with teachers and staff. Students enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, including pears, apples, oranges, carrots and lettuce every day. Kiana is a village of about 375 residents, 57 miles from NANA's home in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Through the video - which has generated extensive media coverage in Alaska - NMS shows that salad bars are possible even in the most challenging conditions, and thanks to Della Karmun and the NMS Northwest Arctic Borough School District team, salad bars are available in all NANA region villages during the school year.

The Kiana School salad bar video was produced as part of a video contest sponsored by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, Child Nutrition Programs; the Farm to School Alaska Program; and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Obesity Prevention and Control Program through a grant from "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools."

"Several national organizations hooked into the video because it's a unique story," says Kimberlin. "Parts of our video will continue to be used by DHSS to develop a great Alaska school salad bar training video - something that will help get more fresh fruits and vegetables to Alaskan kids' plates. Now that's something to be proud of."



Akima's Proposal Expert Traded the Stage for the World of Federal Contracting

Lee Anne Ross brings experience as a family law and contract attorney as well as dreams of becoming an actress to her job as Akima, LLC's senior director of proposal operations.

Lee Anne Ross never expected to become a proposal expert. In fact, she was going to be an actress.

"Nobody graduates from college and says, ‘Man, I really want to work in proposals,'" Ross says, laughing. "That's not any little girl's dream."

But it's exactly what Ross does now in her capacity as senior director of proposal operations for NANA subsidiary, Akima, LLC - and she really loves what she does.

Ross joined the NANA family of companies in October 2011. An attorney by training, she worked first in family law and then moved into corporate and contract law. Now she's helping NANA companies achieve contracting success by establishing a single proposal center for the corporation's subsidiaries.

"What we try to do with the whole business development organization is take the 28 NANA companies and bring everyone together so that we can leverage everyone's strengths and go to market together," Ross explains.

Sometimes NANA companies pass on contracting opportunities or subcontract needlessly with non-NANA companies because they don't realize there are other NANA subsidiaries that can provide additional services. There are also varying levels of experience with the federal contracting world within the NANA family of companies.

"Some of our companies are just a little more mature in how they're approaching federal business, for a variety of reasons," Ross says. "Some other companies don't have the resources or haven't been around as long. We want to work on bringing everyone up to the same level of maturity."

That means working to identify and master best practices for federal contracting the way other corporations have done.

"There's a reason Lockheed Martin is as big as they are - they know how to pursue federal business," Ross says. "It's not magic."

In addition to best practices, she says, NANA companies have a lot to learn from one another. "Who's doing things in the company that really work? Let's not lose that. Let's see if we can use it everywhere else. Let's share everything we've learned. As we move forward and discover better ways to do things, that will get shared across NANA so that every company benefits."

NANA's proposal center will make responding to RFPs less burdensome by providing full-time proposal professionals who will manage the proposal process. They'll also develop a library of shared resources to make the process a little easier each time.

"Every lesson learned on every proposal can be used on one going forward," Ross explains. "That way, you don't have to reinvent the wheel every time. We can reuse stuff that works."

Ross, who grew up in Texas and studied drama in college (and did work as an actress before going to law school), lives in Ashburn, Va., with her husband and two teenage sons - one of whom is following in his mother's footsteps. And no, he's not interested in proposals. He's just been accepted to the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Ross doesn't have time for theater herself these days, as work takes up most of her waking hours, but she's excited about the challenges and opportunities presented by consolidating NANA's proposal efforts.

"I've taken companies from 8(a) contracting to full and open before, but to do so with 28 companies at the same time is new," she says. "Plus, it's really nice to come into a company where the proceeds don't go straight into the pockets of a CEO."

Ross says she was floored when learning how much profit comes home to the NANA region.

"It was astounding to me that so much money had been put back into a real community as opposed to buying a CEO and his friends new Harleys and BMWs," she says.

In fact, NANA's integrity and mission to improve the quality of life for its people was a big part of what drew Ross to the job.


Wellness Portal Offers Tip for Healthy Life

For Winston Churchill, "Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have." For NANA Development Corp. (NDC), it's our employees.

That's why NDC introduced the SayyaaÄ¡iksa initiative, Iñupiaq for "Let's get healthy."

NDC employees on NANA's health plan can access a wellness corner on the NANA intranet with lots of activities and other wellness tips. "Just a few small things can lead to a healthier lifestyle," says Lawrence Mucciarelli, NDC senior vice president for human resources. "Whether it is walking at lunch, a salad instead of pizza or just spending a little more time with family and friends, it can help you grow as a person and as a professional."

To set up your personal account, go to www.nana-dev.com/wellness. Click on "New Users Register Now" under the log-in information. When asked for "Authentication and Security Information," type in:

  • Your nine-digit Premera identification number followed by your two-digit suffix. Do not add any spaces. These numbers are under your name on your insurance card.
  • Create a username that consists of six or more letters/numbers.
  • Create a password that consists of eight or more characters, including at least one letter and one number.
  • Retype your password.
  • Select your security questions.
  • Fill out the "My Information" section.
  • Click on the box next to "I have read and agree with WebMD's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy."
  • Click the orange "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

If you are a returning user who has forgotten your username or password:

Go to www.nana-dev.com/wellness.

Click on "Forgot your Username or Password."

Click on the appropriate option.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Get healthy!


Two New Attorneys Join NDC

Attorneys Joyce Ballack, left, and Melanie Osborne are new members of NANA's legal team.

From working as a clerk for the Federal Bankruptcy Court, as Joyce Ballack did, to sitting on the board of Breast Cancer Focus, like Melanie Osborne, NANA's new attorneys bring diverse experience to NANA Development Corporation (NDC).

Ballack joined NANA in March as senior staff attorney at Akima, coming from Harris Corporation's corporate office, where she supported real estate, the commercial division and mergers and acquisitions, along with corporate governance. Previously she was a senior attorney supporting Harris' ground support division. Ballack holds a bachelor's in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in government contracts from Florida Institution of Technology and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University.

Ballack enjoys working at Akima, and says, "I love knowing that my efforts help the shareholders!"

Osborne started her position as senior corporate counsel in April where she supports NDC's operations and a number of its subsidiaries. Osborne most recently was in Stoel Rives LLP's labor and employment group, and previously served as vice president and general counsel at Ahtna, Inc. Osborne earned her bachelor's in justice and psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

We welcome both as great additions to the NANA family.


Tips for Responsible Boating

Shareholders, from left Mabel Gooden, Tina Russell, Elizabeth "Ellie" Bayou and Shiloh Johnson, wear life jackets provided by NANA to families in the NANA region.

Here's a boating and canoeing safety reminder: calm waters can conceal rocky crevices, high waters or lurking dangers. Each stream or river presents different challenges and dangers. Even if you're a well-seasoned veteran, be sure you become familiar with the body of water before you embark on a journey.

To ensure a safe trip, use good judgment. Keep your watercraft maintained and your fuel levels high. Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and make sure you have enough life jackets, in the right sizes, for all your passengers. Always tell someone of your travel plans.

When you canoe, kayak or raft, again always wear a life jacket and be ready for an occasional dunking. Don't panic. Stay upstream of the boat to avoid being pinned between the boat vessel and a rock. In calm waters, angle your way up to shore instead of paddling straight. Stay behind the boat, and hold onto it for flotation. Don't attempt rivers or rapids beyond your ability. Unfamiliar waters are certainly no place to "test the waters" to challenge your skills or to impress your friends. You can progress gradually from one skill level to the next.

Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior. Be prepared and be safe!

If you're heading out on the water, here are more dos and don'ts: ow.ly/bLJUz

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