Vol. 7, No. 10 | November 2012    Having trouble reading this email? View it online.

NDC President’s Message:
Thanks for Giving

Helvi Sandvik
Helvi Sandvik

It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when there is so much work to be done and so much need all around us. It’s impossible not to feel saddened when I hear of the suicide of a young man, the hospitalization of an Elder, a tragic accident that has impacted a family or a young person who is homeless.
What we need to remember, as we approach Thanksgiving, is to express gratitude.

To give thanks to the response teams and volunteers helping those who suffered great loss after Hurricane Sandy — and who acted quickly to assist after the recent explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

To give thanks to communities which come together.

To give thanks to caregivers — in hospitals and in homes.

To give thanks for families who may have differences but try to bridge those gaps.

Last week Robin Kornfield and I represented NANA and joined other business leaders across the country in a Sleep Out to raise awareness around homeless youth and the vital services provided to them by Covenant House. It was eye-opening to see firsthand the daunting challenges faced by young people who find themselves on the streets. Our goal was to show our youth that they are not alone.

Thanks for the hard work you do every day in your communities.

We just completed our 2012 United Way Fund campaign. More than $224,000 was raised by employees of the NANA family of companies. Thank you all for your generosity and commitment to helping others! Through your contributions you are truly making a difference in the lives of others.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Helvi K. Sandvik, President
NANA Development Corporation


‘Force Multiplying’ Paying Off Far Above the Arctic Circle

NANA Development Corporation President Helvi Sandvik speaks at the White House as part of a forum for Business Leaders in Indian Country.
Point Thomson, located 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay, is the world’s highest-pressure gas cycling project. There is an estimated 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the field.

Three hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, six NANA companies are helping ExxonMobil develop one of the most complicated and challenging oil and gas fields in the world.

Point Thomson, which lies near the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay, is the world’s highest-pressure gas cycling project. Cycling is a process of producing natural gas, stripping out the condensate liquids, re-pressuring the gas and then re-injecting it back into the reservoir. It’s never been done before with temperatures and pressures as extreme as they are at Point Thomson.

NANA WorleyParsons is a subcontractor to prime contractors WorleyParsons and Fluor Corporation on the $1.3 billion project. NANA WorleyParsons manages three subcontractors and is engineering the modules for the west pad drill site and the air traffic safety building (ATSB). NANA WorleyParsons will be working closely with NANA Construction to build the ATSB modules to further incorporate “force multiplying” among NANA Development Corporation companies.

“As the work progresses, we’re optimistic that there will be other opportunities to work with NANA Construction,” said Rock Hengen, NANA WorleyParsons president.

Another major player is NANA Oilfield Services (NOSI). Their Point Thomson contract is their largest – and they’ve been able to subcontract with NANA subsidiary, NANA/Lynden.

“Our celebration was short-lived because we had to quickly turn our focus into ensuring safe and timely execution,” said Brad Osborne, NOSI president. “There are a lot of companies involved with much to coordinate, but so far it has been a great relationship with WorleyParsons/Flour, ExxonMobil and our subcontractors – NANA/Lynden and Crowley. We look forward to being part of the successful completion of Point Thomson.”

NOSI holds the contract to provide all of the fuel and urea and to manage the permanent tank farm located at Point Thomson.

“We will be performing basically three types of services with the fuel: bulk delivery, spot fueling and retail sales,” Osborne explained. NOSI will load bulk fuel into tanker trucks and take it via ice road or on barges from Deadhorse to Point Thomson. Deadhorse is the community that services Prudhoe Bay and the other North Slope oil fields.

“Spot fueling will occur in Deadhorse on ExxonMobile’s pad, as well as at West Dock. Spot fueling is taking a truck that can dispense fuel into equipment at its location. Retail fuel sales occur at our gas station in Deadhorse,” Osborne said.

“Urea, or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), will be provided for use in equipment both in Deadhorse and Point Thomson. Urea is used in equipment to reduce pollutants in exhaust gases from combustion from engines,” he said.

NOSI is also managing and operating the permanent tank farm at Point Thomson. This entails loading/offloading fuel and ensuring compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.

Penny Cotten, vice president for marketing communications for NMS, said they are providing staffing and security services.

The state estimates Point Thomson holds hundreds of millions of barrels of recoverable liquids, and 8 trillion to 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.



NANA IT Chief Gets National Spotlight

Dawn Kimberlin, NANA Management Services director of marketing for the food, facilities and management division, was awarded a “Native American 40 Under 40” award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
NANA’s IT chief, Ngoni Murandu, is featured in Profile magazine, a national business publication.

NANA Development Corporation’s chief information officer is getting some ink in a national business magazine.

“Profile,” a magazine that highlights executives and their business strategies, is running a feature story on Murandu in the current fourth quarter issue that describes Murandu’s journey from Zimbabwe to Anchorage, Alaska.

“It’s an honor to get this type of recognition,” said Murandu. “But the real stars are the 40 other IT employees in the company who make my job so much easier.”

To read more: http://profilemagazine.com/2012/nana-development-corporation/


NMS Clients Benefit from New Partnership with Sysco

Amos Sage, Noatak student and shareholder, runs through the village as a training exercise for fall cross-country season. Lars Flora, retired two-time Nordic skiing Olympian visited some of the NANA region villages — Noatak included — as part of a fall-preparedness campaign for the upcoming winter Nordic skiing season.
NMS has partnered with Sysco to provide meals for its food services contracts that include the Northwest Arctic Borough School District.

NANA Management Services (NMS) has broadened its partnership network by contracting with Sysco, one of the nation’s largest food suppliers — and the kids of the NANA region are enjoying the fruits of the new relationship.

NANA Development Corporation (NDC) and Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food services companies, own NMS. By combining the resources and expertise of Sysco and Sodexo, NMS can provide its clients with a better product at a lower cost.

One good example is the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, home to many of NANA’s children. NMS has been making a concerted effort to provide schools in the NANA region with healthy food options, an effort that has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama. Through NMS, the school district now provides fresh, high-quality food, which has resulted in kids enjoying eating healthy things like oranges, salads, fish and chicken.

NMS Vice President of Sales Matt Dickens said, “We’re very excited to be doing business with the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. We have buying power through Sodexo, and then we go direct to Sysco Foods, which I would say, is the largest food supplier for this type of customer. They have lots of options for us to choose from.”

NMS sources as much food locally as possible, but as Dickens notes, access to fresh fruits and vegetables is difficult much of the year. Partnering with Sysco allows NMS to keep healthy foods like whole grains, dairy and lean meats on the daily menu.

“Being able to provide healthy choices and food service for the children in our home region is an honor for us,” Dickens says. “Whether we’re servicing a hospital or a school or even a business— doing business with Sysco allows our dietary professionals to source high-quality foods on a consistent basis.”

Sysco has sales and service relationships with approximately 400,000 customers and operates from more than 180 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland, The company had $37 billion in sales last year and 45,000 employees.



Tuuq Drilling Gets a New General Manager

This summer NANA placed 32 interns in 12 NANA companies at 11 locations - the largest intern group to date. Some of the college students are pictured here. Front row, left to right: Janelle Sharp and Kristine Zajac. Middle row: Lance O’Neill, Robinson Culver, Forrest Williams, Andrea Adams, Janelle Atoruk, and Jaclynne Oyoumick. Back row: Christopher Black and Christopher Zajac.
Tuuq Drilling, LLC’s new General Manager Mike Baker comes from the Red Dog Mine where he created the heavy equipment training program.

NDC subsidiary Tuuq Drilling, LLC, has a new general manager—Mike Baker.

A longtime heavy equipment operator at Red Dog Mine, Baker was instrumental in creating Red Dog’s heavy equipment training program. Tuuq is actively attempting to expand its capabilities, so having an experienced trainer in the leadership role during this period of growth is ideal.

NANA has been in the drilling business for a quarter century, but Tuuq, which is an Iñupiaq word for a tool used by fishermen to make holes in ice, was created three years ago. Tuuq owns a fleet of advanced drills, but so far, the company has used partners to do the drilling and limited its operations to exploratory core drilling in the Red Dog area. Baker was brought on board to transition the company into using its own personnel to drill – and that means hiring and training.

A NANA shareholder born and raised in Kotzebue, Baker says that Tuuq is focused on hiring shareholders. “We need experienced drillers, but there will be a lot of opportunity for people who have no experience. The drills that we run require a driller and a driller’s helper. That’s where we bring the younger shareholders on to gain experience and, eventually, become drillers themselves. It’s a great chance to build a good career.”

Currently, Tuuq works seasonally, up to nine months of the year. The type of drilling the company does requires running water, so the equipment needs to be put away during the coldest months. Tuuq’s advanced drilling gear is taken to Red Dog for storage and any needed maintenance and repairs. One of Baker’s goals for the company is to work year-round.

“By next year, I’ll have a core group of people in place and then go from there. I’ll build off of that,” he says. “Our second goal, after we establish ourselves, is to look at the Upper Kobuk contract with NovaCopper. That’s my next goal, to increase what we’re good at – exploration drilling – to other properties beyond Red Dog.”

For the last six years, Mike Baker has worked as mine general foreman and equipment manager for NovaGold and NovaCopper in Nome.



NANA Meets with Indian Tribes, Discusses Benefits of Collaboration

This summer NANA placed 32 interns in 12 NANA companies at 11 locations - the largest intern group to date. Some of the college students are pictured here. Front row, left to right: Janelle Sharp and Kristine Zajac. Middle row: Lance O’Neill, Robinson Culver, Forrest Williams, Andrea Adams, Janelle Atoruk, and Jaclynne Oyoumick. Back row: Christopher Black and Christopher Zajac.
Kutraluk Bolton, NDC director of government affairs & indigenous relations (right), poses with Oklahoma Chickasaw tribe member, Congressman Tom Cole, the only registered Native American in the United States Congress.

The “wind came sweepin’ down the plain” last month when Kutraluk Bolton, NDC’s Government Affairs Director, traveled to Oklahoma City, Okla., and joined members of the Native American Contractors Association and local Oklahoma Indian tribes to meet with Oklahoma business and political leaders.

When asked why Oklahoma, Kutraluk answered, “Government Affairs’ mission is to promote and protect the NDC Family of Companies. We do that by, among other things, meeting with local business and political leaders to tell them the NANA story.”

The basic message is, “the work that we do, whether in Oklahoma, Colorado, or New Mexico, is a collaborative endeavor that benefits both the people of the NANA Region and their constituents. We employ local people to do local jobs, and that work touches the lives of people living thousands of miles away.”

Along with NANA, representatives from local Oklahoma-based tribes, the Potawatami and the Cherokee, and two other ANCs, spoke to first-term congressman, James Lankford, and long-time congressman, Tom Cole. They also had meetings with local business people and spoke to the staff of the local SBA office.

In all of these meetings, the local tribes talked about the importance of the SBA’s 8(a) Program and how they were inspired by what was happening up in Alaska, particularly with NANA.

“Tribes all across the United States recognize that Alaska Native People are on the forefront of using the 8(a) Program to transform communities, provide educational opportunities, and deliver much needed revenues in some of the most isolated places in the world. It’s a program that actually works as intended,” said Bolton.

For the past year, NDC Government Affairs has been actively delivering that message to different parts of the United States. With visits to Colorado, Louisiana, Washington, and plans to do outreach in New Mexico, Virginia, and California — Kutraluk will be busy.


NANA Services Takes Care of Eielson and Shareholders

NANA Services employees sing "Happy Birthday" at Eielson Air Force Base, Two Seasons Dining Facility.

Through a dining services contract with NANA Services, three NANA shareholders working temporary jobs at Eielson Air Force Base are now full-time employees, and Jeff Hills at Akima, LLC in Virginia was a big part of this effort.

Eielson holds field training exercises called Red Flag-Alaska several times a year. More than 1,000 personnel and up to 60 aircraft deploy to Eielson for this training. The goal of Red Flag-Alaska is to increase pilots’ experience through joint air combat training thereby increasing their chances of survival in hostile environments.

NANA Services supports this collaborative training environment through a dining services contract, managing the base dining facilities 24/7.

Without an adequate support staff to conduct training exercises last July, Hills said something had to be done. The senior director of operations and site support group had a plan.

“Hiring more people was our solution,” said Hills, eventually recruiting in Fairbanks, located roughly 25 miles from Eielson.

Allen Matthews, project manager for NANA Services at Eielson, commends the recruiting efforts of NANA, attracting employees who showed exemplary performance on the job. “It was worth recruiting in Fairbanks,” said Matthews. “We got some really hardworking folks. All are willing to come to work and do their jobs.”

The three Fairbanks-based shareholder employees hired full-time at Eielson are Marilyn Sullivan, Noah Skin and Cheryl Phillips.

Hills has high hopes that more NANA shareholders will be employed by NANA Services. “We hope other shareholders hear about the opportunity and more shareholders are hired.”



NANA Gives Back

This summer NANA placed 32 interns in 12 NANA companies at 11 locations - the largest intern group to date. Some of the college students are pictured here. Front row, left to right: Janelle Sharp and Kristine Zajac. Middle row: Lance O’Neill, Robinson Culver, Forrest Williams, Andrea Adams, Janelle Atoruk, and Jaclynne Oyoumick. Back row: Christopher Black and Christopher Zajac.
NDC President Helvi Sandvik and Vice President of Communications & Marketing Robin Kornfield participate in a candlelight vigil and helped raise $116,412 for the Covenant House of Anchorage on Nov. 13. They, and other business leaders, participated in a national Sleep Out to bring awareness to the issues around homeless youth.

It’s the holiday season, a time to reflect on giving and appreciation. At NANA we understand the importance of giving back and helping to make a positive impact on the communities we live and work. NANA participates in several community outreach programs on a national scale—United Way and Covenant House Sleep Out—to hosting our own local food and clothing drives and volunteering at homeless shelters.

United Way

Through friendly competitions amongst coworkers, like the coin war, and incentives like winning shiny new prizes in the campaign raffle, the NANA family of companies have raised more than $224,000 so for the United Way campaign.

United Way is a support and leadership organization that provides important services to a network of community-based non-profits.

“It was an enriching experience, being able to work on something that gives back to the community,” Eric Billingsley, one of the campaign coordinators and the operations program manager for NANA Development Corporation, said.


Covenant House Sleep Out

NDC President Helvi Sandvik and Vice President of Communications & Marketing Robin Kornfield had a life-altering experience when they participated in the Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition, Nov. 13.

Kornfield and Sandvik slept on the cold floors of the Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter, and also had an opportunity to tour the city of Anchorage to see the popular sites where the homeless youth sleep and the Covenant House does their outreach.

“I was most surprised to find out about those most in need of the Covenant House services are the young people, coming out of foster care at 18 years old and don’t have any support program in place, and are left at the front door,” Kornfield said. “It was shocking for me to hear that, and it was shocking for the others there as well.”

With Kornfield and Sandvik’s help, the Covenant House was able to surpass their goal of raising $100,000 by over 27 precent. They are still accepting donations at any point throughout the year.



Safety Around the Holidays

By Robert Bulger, NANA VP, Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality – and the National Safety Council

The holidays are a busy time of year. Most of us have some time off, travel by various modes of transportation, host parties and spend time with those we care most about. Many of us celebrate different holidays and have our own special traditions we follow each year. Make it a point to include safety as a part of your holiday traditions.

The Winter Holidays

  • On average, about 5,800 people, or two to three every hour, were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries that occurred while decorating during each of the holiday seasons between 2000 and 2003.

  • Candle fires peak in December; the top day for candle fires is Christmas day, followed by Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Candle-ignited home fires result in 166 deaths each year and close to 13,000 injuries. Never leave burning candles unattended. Plan and practice your family fire escape route.

  • More and more children are going to the emergency department for exposure to medications. Every year, almost 60,000 children visit the emergency room for unintentional drug poisonings. With family and friends visiting during the holidays, ask houseguests to keep purses bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.

  • Cooking and hosting are a huge part of the holiday season. Every year, 76 million people get sick from a food-borne illness. Take the correct food safety precautions to keep your loved ones healthy and safe.

  • In December 2011, there were over 750 people killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. Celebrate safely; drive sober.

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