Vol. 6, No. 5 | June 2012

NDC President’s Message:
Summer Is Here!

Helvi Sandvik

Summer is short — especially in the NANA region. Our inclination is to squeeze every bit out of every day. The days are long. Above the Arctic Circle, the next sunset will be on July 11.

Last weekend I went up to Kiana to visit my mother and to spend some time with my youngest son, who has been up there since school got out for the summer. My mother was quick to put me to work pounding hammers, "fixing stuff," painting, and pumping gas — but I like that kind of work. To me, it’s satisfying. At the end of the day I can actually see what has been accomplished — besides, my son and I did it together. After a day at my desk or on my computer, I often don’t have as much evidence of what I’ve done.

In summer there’s a short window for us to work with the board. We’re juggling their very busy schedules. Over the winter, they’ve accumulated a long list of chores and activities to do when the snow has melted and the rivers are running clear of ice.

Wherever you live, you might feel that same burst of energy. At the same time, you might feel a need to get things done but be overwhelmed by your to-do list.

My advice is simple; find a way to recharge. For me, that meant going to Kiana to spend time with my family and friends, and to be on the river. For others, it might be gardening, going fishing or lying on a beach. When you do that, you get your second wind.

That same satisfaction I got by helping my mother on routine maintenance tasks makes that big mound of paperwork waiting for me on my desk more manageable. For our board, getting their to-do list checked off at home helps them when they need to focus on their vision for NANA.


Helvi K. Sandvik, President
NANA Development Corporation


New Tank Farm Provides North Slope Customers with Safety Net

Steven Barry, a laborer for NANA Oilfeild Services (NOSI), conducts routine checks on the 200,000-gallon fuel tanks on NOSI's new North Slope tank farm.

NANA Oilfield Services (NOSI) will soon open a new oil storage tank farm on the North Slope to store the ultra-low-sulfur diesel now required for use in vehicles and equipment.

Previously NOSI would simply buy so-called "dirty diesel" from a topping plant on the slope and deliver it to customers, said Brad Osborne, the company's president. But when regulations changed, the Slope’s topping plant shut down and fuel had to be trucked in.

The tank farm, located near the Deadhorse Airport, can hold 1.2 million gallons of fuel in six 200,000-gallon tanks. Osborne said the haul road was shut down for several days last year so fuel stored in Deadhorse allows NOSI to provide continuous service.

"We never want to be in a position where the client is waiting for fuel to be delivered," said Osborne.

Construction on the tank farm began last September, Osborne said, and is wrapping up now.

"We're working out the bugs right now," he said.

The amount of fuel stored at the facility will vary seasonally, Osborne said, with more fuel in the winter months and less in the summer.

"It just means the activity we're supporting coincides with ice roads," he said. The drilling and other activities the tank farm will supply are primarily occurring offshore, he said.

The new tank farm requires additional workers and the opportunity for NANA shareholders to learn a new set of skills, Osborne said.

Building the tank farm in such a cold environment presented some challenges, Osborne said. "This past winter was the coldest winter on record as far as average temperatures go."



WHPacific Welcomes New President

Robert Macomber, WHPacific’s new president, brings more than two decades expertise to the company.

WHPacific welcomed Robert "Bob" Macomber, its new president, in late May. With 22 years of distinguished leadership and business development experience in the real estate, land development, and energy industries, Bob's expertise includes enterprise planning and growth, strategic initiatives and mergers and acquisitions.

Bob comes to WHPacific from Bowman Consulting Group in the Washington, D.C., area, which specializes in residential, commercial and retail development across a broad range of markets. Prior to that, Bob was with Atwell-Hicks, LLC, a nationally recognized land development and energy consulting firm, where he led the company to 20 years of 25 percent annual growth.

Bob’s path to WHPacific came via Jeff Daggett, co-founder and former CEO of W&H Pacific, the company that eventually became WHPacific. The two served on a board together and became friends. Jeff thought Bob would be a good fit for WHPacific, so he introduced him to John Rense, WHPacific’s former president. Bob was attracted to WHPacific because of the company's breadth of services, its clients, and its diverse portfolio. He also was attracted by the opportunity to bolster WHPacific's growth and profitability.

Bob's career began when, as a high school junior, he interned at Atwell-Hicks as a co-op drafter.

That prompted him to pursue a bachelor's degree in surveying. He also studied engineering and became licensed as both a registered land surveyor and a civil engineer.

Bob has been married to his wife, Jane, for 38 years. They have two grown children: Rob, a political consultant in Lansing, Mich., and Molly, who lives in Chicago and is pursuing a career in interior design. Bob and Jane enjoy power boating and traveling in their spare time.



NANA Fills Leadership Roles in New Australian Subsidiary

Simon Haigh, left, is the Chief Executive Officer of NANA Australia, and Neil Willmett, right, joins the NANA Australia Board of Directors.

When NANA Development Corporation went on a search for the best professionals to lead its new Australian venture, it landed two highly accomplished men.

NANA Australia will provide support services to Western Australia’s growing resource development industries and its new leaders bring years of experience.

Simon Haigh, a proven senior executive with a diverse business background, is the new Chief Executive Officer of NANA Australia, which opened its doors last month in Perth.

Neil Willmett, one of Australia’s most respected and prominent Aboriginal businessmen, joins Charlie Curtis and Dood Lincoln on the NANA Australia Board of Directors.

With its vast natural resources and booming economy, NDC President Helvi Sandvik sees Australia as a land of ample opportunity.

"We believe our path into the resources sector is through our status as an Indigenous owned/operated company with deep resource-sector experience," Sandvik said. "We think we can become the Indigenous program manager for resource customers in Western Australia. That means we help create Indigenous business capacity by building programs for resource customers who want an Indigenous partnership."

Haigh previously was a Principal, Economic Development-Sustainability, for BHP Billiton, a multinational mining, oil and gas company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. It is the world's largest mining company measured by 2011 revenues and ranks as the world's third-largest company measured by market capitalization.

He was responsible for implementing and managing Indigenous employment strategies for BHP Billiton and its contractors.

Haigh is author of "Contract Law in an E-Commerce Age," founder and chair of the Western Australia Knowledge and Innovation Forum and a frequent speaker at Australian business strategy conferences. He was keynote speaker at the Australian 2011 Sustainability Conference, where he spoke on optimizing Indigenous business models. He holds a law degree and a Masters of Business Administration.

Willmett is CEO of the Willmett Group, a consortium of companies that provide professional services to clients in human resources, aviation, technology and telecommunications, finance and hospitality.

In addition, he has been a mentor and driving force in the development of Australia’s emerging Indigenous business sector.

An accomplished author, Willmett has written the "Australian Guide to Aboriginal Employment" and "How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia." He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the monthly ABM – Aboriginal Business Magazine.


Portico Services Improves Newport News Traffic Flow

Portico Services project manager, Dale Pasley, adjusts one of 260 new traffic signal boxes in Newport News, Va. Portico is upgrading the city’s traffic monitoring system.

There’s good news for Newport News, Va. – the city’s 30-year-old traffic monitoring system is getting a major facelift, thanks to Portico Services. Newport News, a city of about 180,000 on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is known for its Navy shipyards – and its horrendous traffic. When 10,000 workers leave the shipyards each afternoon, it’s a mad dash to get out of the parking lot and avoid the traffic jams caused by an outdated traffic system.

But Portico Services is installing a state-of-the-art traffic monitoring system called the Intelligent Traffic System. It includes 260 new traffic light signal boxes, 27 cameras and 20 radar detectors that work together to improve traffic flow. Portico is phasing in the new system and has already laid 66 miles of fiber optic cable to connect it all.

"What makes this system ‘intelligent’ is how the different parts talk to each other," said Dale Pasley, Portico’s project manager for the traffic system contract. "The radar detectors know when cars are driving too slow, indicating a traffic jam. The detectors will then tell the signal boxes ahead to keep the lights green longer until traffic speed picks up again."

Cameras are monitored at the Newport News Transportation Operations Center, where technicians can see what’s causing traffic jams and can either manually adjust traffic signals or send out a work crew. Overall, the new system has cut commute time across Newport News in half while also making the city safer and cleaner.

"When traffic keeps moving, it’s a safer operation than the stop-and-go traffic," said Jackie Kassel, chief transportation engineer for the City of Newport News. "And because we keep traffic moving, we have fewer stops and delays, therefore we have better air quality."

The $10 million contract with Portico is partially funded by a federal environmental grant.



NMS Reaches Safety Milestone on BP Contract

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. President John Mingé, left, congratulates part of the North Slope NMS team on a superb safety record.

The NMS team on the North Slope BP contract recently achieved a phenomenal 5 million man-hours without a lost time incident. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. President John Mingé recognized this achievement in a letter to NMS President Mary Quin: "We value contractors such as NMS and their employees that embrace safety and make meaningful contributions to improving our safety performance."

Mingé continued, "I congratulate the leadership and all the employees of NMS who commit each day to make their workplace safer. This safety milestone helps make BP Alaska a safer place to work and sets a high standard for others to follow."

NMS’ safety programs are based on a process of continuous improvement. Employees first understand compliance in a behavior-based program, then move to engagement in a people-based program and finally move to a daily commitment to safety in a commitment-based program. This process is proven to produce a strong, sustainable safety-performance-oriented workforce. NMS’ success with this approach and programs is clearly reflected in our exceptional safety statistics and most recently with the major achievement of 5 million hours worked without a lost time incident.

NMS would like to give a big, "Congratulations," to all NMS employees whose commitment to working safely and watching out for others’ safety made reaching this goal possible. Keep up the good work!



Five Rivers Keeps Outer Space Safe

Jessie Driggers, Five Rivers station manager, and technician, Neil Fordham, inspect a receiver at the Air Force Space Surveillance System Tattnall station in Glennville, Ga.

You might not think of outer space as a garbage dump, but thousands of pieces of space junk orbit the earth each day, some of them potentially dangerous. From spent rocket stages to defunct satellites Five Rivers, LLC tracks man-made materials that are no longer in use, making sure they don’t collide with functioning satellites or the International Space Station (ISS).

Five Rivers’ six-year, $45 million contract with the U.S. Air Force includes operating and maintaining the Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS) known as the FENCE, the oldest segment of the U.S. Space Surveillance Network. The program started after the Russians launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, more than 50 years ago. The FENCE is made up of nine monitoring sites on the 33rd parallel from Georgia to California and consists of six receiver and three transmitter stations. The transmitter stations send up a fan-shaped beam of electromagnetic energy across the country and receivers then collect reflected energy from orbital objects as they pass through the FENCE. The system can detect basketball or larger-sized objects orbiting the earth out to about 17,000 miles. The collected data is sent to a computer center in Virginia where it’s analyzed.

A few months ago, data collected by Fiver Rivers showed a fragment of the defunct Russian satellite Cosmos-2251 was on a direct course to crash into the ISS. The crew was told to get ready for evacuation.

"Our information was able to tell them that if they didn’t move the International Space Station, they were going to have a collision and it was probably going to have devastating results," said Jessie Driggers, Five Rivers’ manager of the AFSSS Tattnall station in Glennville, Ga. Tattnall is one of the nine AFSSS stations serviced by Five Rivers. "As it turned out, the International Space Station was moved slightly and the wreckage passed by without any harm."

When Driggers first started working at the Tattnall station nearly 30 years ago, his facility was tracking about 4,000 pieces of space junk each day. With modern technology and increased debris, the Tattnall station now detects about 17,000 daily.



Employee Spotlight: WHPacific Compliance Officer Helps NDC Lead the Pack on Ethics

Julie Cobb, WHPacific

Julie Cobb is pretty sure no one envies her job title.

Cobb is senior corporate counsel and compliance officer for WHPacific.

"Most people just groan when they hear the word ‘compliance,’" Cobb says. "But it’s a very important function, and I’m very proud of NANA. They’re at the forefront of the trend of making sure the corporation is operating ethically."

Cobb, who has a law degree from Wake Forest College, recently completed a high-level global certification from the Society of Compliance & Ethics Professionals. The process required that she pass an hours-long test assessing her understanding of compliance and ethics issues. While the international certification is relatively new, Cobb says more corporations will follow NANA’s lead in the coming years as compliance and ethics become more important and more globally standardized, much in the same way human resources has become more standardized in recent years.

Compliance and ethics have become especially important for NANA Development Corp. (NDC) since 2008, when contractor compliance requirements were added to federal contracts and subcontracts.

"What I do is kind of like risk management," Cobb explains. "I’m not buying insurance, but I’m reviewing policy, auditing and monitoring policy practices." For example, Cobb ensures that WHPacific has a timesheet policy in place and that all employee timesheets conform to that policy.

Compliance is much more than checking boxes and implementing policies, however. Cobb is also responsible for making sure the company operates in an ethical manner – ensuring that a code of conduct is promoted and followed, that customers, vendors and employees can submit concerns, and that any issues are investigated and resolved. In short, she makes sure WHPacific acts as a good corporate citizen. It’s a job Cobb says is made easier by the company’s leadership.

"Our executives are a very ethical group of people," she says. "They’re very caring. I’ve been privileged to be associated with NANA."

Cobb joined WHPacific in 1998, just a few years after her family moved to Alaska. Her husband, Richard, is a former Deputy U.S. Marshal who commanded the Alaska State Troopers’ air wing until he retired in 2008. Their daughter Amanda graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks earlier this year with a degree in art. Their son Adam, a decorated Marine, died in a motorcycle accident last November. Cobb says NANA has been very supportive of her and her family, particularly when they made the decision to move across the country to Richard’s home state of North Carolina to be near ailing family members. Cobb now works remotely from the East Coast.

"I’m very fond of our board at WHPacific," she said. "Especially in the last year, I’ve come to appreciate their depth of human kindness."

Cobb has been working for Native corporations as long as she’s been an attorney and says she couldn’t be more content with her career path.

"I’ve long since forgotten anything I knew about litigation, and I’m happy about that," she says. "I like the way NDC operates. For as big as it is, it functions very much like a family business. You know everybody, and you know the dollars you’re bringing in are not going to pay for somebody’s third vacation home. They’re going to put fuel in people’s tanks in rural Alaska."



NANA Joins NACA on Capitol Hill

Kutraluk Bolton, NANA Development Corporation’s Director of External Government Affairs, leads a discussion at the NACA Congressional Outreach Summit in Washington, D.C., last month.

Meet, educate and advocate – if you had to describe what the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) does during its annual Congressional Outreach Summit, it would be those three words. NACA’s members – Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian Organizations – spent a day meeting with U.S. House and Senate members, as well as Congressional staff, to explain why Native 8(a) contracting is a valuable tool that provides economic benefits to Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Also part of the discussion was why the Small Business Administration program provides an essential service to taxpayers that helps spur job growth both locally and nationally.

Approximately 30 NACA members came from across the country to Washington on May 10 where they met with more than 40 legislative offices. The meetings highlighted NACA’s recently published Economic Impact Study: a report on the economic, social, and cultural impacts of the Native 8(a) program. View report here

NACA Executive Director Kevin J. Allis said, "The event was a great success and a great way to advocate on behalf of our members the importance of the Native 8(a) program.

"Our Congressional Outreach Summit works because NANA and all the NACA members take the time to come to D.C. and tell our compelling story of how the Native 8(a) program is empowering our communities to grow and succeed, and it is a good story to tell," he said.



NANA Communicators Get Together

NDC’s Communicator’s Summit group at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

How do you communicate in a crisis? Can social media help grow a business and how does IT interface with communications? These and several other questions were discussed at the third annual NANA Development Corporation (NDC) Communicator’s Summit. The two-day event was held at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, in early June. More than two dozen "communicators" from several NANA companies and departments attended.

"It is a valuable opportunity for people from all over the country, who are part of the NANA family, to discuss successes and challenges in communicating what NANA is and what we do both internally and externally," said Robin Kornfield, NDC’s vice president of communications and marketing.

NDC Public Affairs Director Charles Fedullo agreed. "This couple of days allows us to compare notes with people across the country and help one another find new, creative solutions to problems. I think the highlight is getting to know people so it is easier to reach out and ask for advice or information."

Lauren McCarty works in NANA’s federal sector for SAVA and is based in the Washington, D.C., area. She goes even further. "This kind of interaction helps us look for opportunities to team with other NANA companies in hopes of growing our business. When you see people, you develop a trust that is much harder to attain over the phone. This conference is very valuable for me."

In hopes of keeping those attending engaged through a jam-packed agenda, the conference even included a group hike on a new trail on the hotel property.


Internships Give Shareholders First-Hand Look
at NDC’s Businesses

By Janelle Towarak
2012 NDC Intern

Janelle Towarak is one of NDC’s 32 summer interns.

The goal and mission of NANA Development Corporation (NDC) is to improve the quality of life for its people. One of the ways NDC contributes to its shareholders is by providing them an opportunity to work with NANA and see first-hand how NDC and its companies operate.

Kristina Patrick, shareholder development manager at NDC, believes that through jobs and other opportunities, NDC can have positive impacts on shareholders lives. "The internship’s purpose relates directly to our mission," says Patrick. "It’s a great opportunity to expose [the interns] to our business and to help them prepare for their futures."

Janelle Towarak, 23, an intern with external affairs, agrees. "The work experience I’m receiving has introduced me to possibilities that I never considered," said the NANA shareholder from Kiana.

There are 32 interns at NANA companies in Alaska and the Lower 48 this summer. The exposure to NANA and its subsidiaries is a valuable aspect of the internships; the impact on both the interns and the companies has lasting impressions.

Patrick clearly appreciates the intern program, which she believes is valuable to both the interns and the companies they intern with. "Shareholder hire is so important to us. We want our shareholders to be leading our companies."

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