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Blake and Beer bring years of banking experience to First National

Aug 13, 2019

Blake and Beer bring years of banking experience to First National

First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors recently announced the appointments of a new Business Support Manager and a Vice President/Loan Officer.


Kara Blake returns to First National as Business Support Manager in the Wealth Management Operations Unit. Blake first arrived at First National as a Teller in 2004, then worked her way to overseeing Northern Lights and Main branches as Branch Manager. In this new position Blake will provide additional support to Wealth Management customers to help meet their short and long-term goals. “I’m looking forward to being back and continuing my career at First National,” Blake said.


Paul Beer joins the bank as the newest Loan Officer and was appointed Vice President. Beer brings 30 years of banking experience to the Wasilla Branch where he will help small business owners in the Mat-Su Valley with their deposit and lending needs. Beer is passionate about small-business and is looking forward to bringing his expertise to First National. “I am very proud and excited to work for a company with such a great reputation in the community,” Beer said.PaulBeer-square.jpg


Alaskan-owned and -operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and branches in 18 communities throughout the state, and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world. In 2019, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the fourth year in a row. In 2018, American Banker recognized First National as a “Best Bank to Work For” and named First National the most admired company in the state. In October 2018, First National received the Rita Sholton Large Business of the Year Award from the Alaska Chamber.


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