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The President and all Senior Vice Presidents each certify to the Board of Directors of First National Bank Alaska that in discharging their duties they adhere to and advocate the principles and responsibilities governing professional and ethical conduct (75 KB PDF).

Betsy Lawer

President
As a third generation Alaskan banker, Lawer grew up with many of Alaska's business and community leaders. She learned the banking business literally at her father's knee, earned her degree from Duke University, and returned to work her way up to the leadership position she holds today. In 2011, Lawer began serving a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Board of Directors.

Doug Longacre

Senior Vice President
Longacre's grandparents mined the gold fields north of Fairbanks in 1902. Today, Longacre continues that tradition by mining the potential of Alaskan businesses. The West Anchorage High graduate worked his way through college doing construction work before joining the bank in 1974.

Bill Renfrew

Senior VP & Regional Manager Interior Alaska
Working a gold mine in the 1970s taught Alaska-born Renfrew things about banking he couldn't learn in school, behind a desk or even in the city. The experience of making payroll and borrowing money during his stint as a miner helped Renfrew understand his customer's needs. Today he uses that experience and the relationships he's built from more than 25 years in Fairbanks to serve as Interior regional manager.

David Lawer

Senior Vice President
Lawer came to Alaska more than 30 years ago, working construction to help pay his way through college and law school. When he returned to Alaska, Lawer specialized in commercial and banking law. He has served as the bank's counsel for 24 years.

David Stringer

Senior Vice President
This third generation native of Juneau and University of Alaska graduate worked his way through the bank's trainee program in the 1970s while serving in the Alaska National Guard. He has served in various areas of the bank, including the Kodiak and Seward branches.

Charles Weimer

Senior Vice President & Regional Manager Kenai Peninsula
Weimer worked in Alaska's canneries, the Yukon River fishery and Interior construction to earn his way through college. Upon graduation, Weimer joined the bank's management trainee program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984, where he serves as regional manager.

Bill Inscho

Senior Vice President
Soon after he completed his college education in business, Inscho joined the financial industry and has been a banker for nearly 30 years. He is now a member of the First National Senior Loan Committee, and currently works in Corporate Lending in Anchorage.

Craig Thorn

Senior Vice President
A lifelong Alaskan, Thorn is heavily involved in the local community. His volunteer and leadership experience with various organizations in the Matanuska Valley area helps him in his current position as he oversees bank operations in Eagle River, Palmer and Wasilla.

Cheri Gillian

Senior Vice President
The first full-time graphic designer employed by First National, Gillian owns more than two decades of banking experience. The Board Chair for Boys & Girls Club of Alaska, she's lived in Alaska for more than 40 years and graduated from high school here. Those who know her see she is dedicated to the success of First National Bank Alaska, the bank's customers, and its employees.

John Hoyt

Senior Vice President
Through the course of his 27-year banking career, the Alaska-born Hoyt has worked as a Teller, Management Trainee, Assistant Cashier, Branch Loan Officer, Regional Market Manager, Electronic Services Manager, and finally, Senior Vice President. Not only has Hoyt seen the banking world from virtually every operational and/or lending area, but he's also seen a lot of the Last Frontier. His career has taken him through Homer, Kodiak, Sitka, Wrangell, Soldotna and back around to Anchorage.

Ryan Strong

Senior Vice President
An Alaska banker for more than 16 years, Strong is a member of the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club, participates in the Untwisted Tongues Toastmaster Club, and teaches real estate classes. He has served on the boards of The Alaska Land Title Association, The Downtown Association of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Neighborhood Housing Services, and the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

Phil Griffin

Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Griffin's banking career began in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He arrived in Alaska after holding CIO positions in California and Nevada. Griffin is responsible for the bank's information technology strategic planning, implementation and security, core and item processing systems, network services, software solutions and support, online banking and business continuity planning.

Michele Schuh

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
A third-generation banker, Schuh brings more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience to the Chief Financial Officer position. She held a Certified Public Accountant license in Oregon and maintains membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage's Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School.

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