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Mar 19, 2018

Senior Vice Presidents take on expanded roles

Seven experienced and knowledgeable First National Bank Alaska bankers representing key functions and departments across the organization further strengthen the management team after recent action taken by the Board of Directors.

All appointed Senior Vice President, the seven local experts report directly to members of the bank’s 10-person executive management team and further strengthen leadership inside the state’s largest locally-owned financial institution.

Combined Regional Branch Manager Karl Heinz is proud to be a main character in a home-grown Alaska success story. He grew up in the Last Frontier and will always consider it his home. Heinz’s deep understanding of Alaska, how it works and the people in it help make him a valued member of First National’s senior management team. Heinz joined the bank in 2003. Today, the graduate of the respected Pacific Coast Banking School sees to it that customers’ needs are met at the Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak, Soldotna and Valdez branches.

IT Systems and Support Director Dustin Hofeling joined the bank in 2011. In charge of the bank’s core processing systems and technical support, Hofeling has played an integral role in the development of the bank’s online banking solutions. As a child, he received his weekly allowance and sorted out the dollar bills by serial number and Federal Reserve district. Hofeling has also collected coins his entire life. While interested in all things financial, his attention turned to information technology. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a Master in Business Administration degree, combining the best of both worlds.

Controller Brent Kimball owns more than 30 years of banking experience and vast knowledge of bank operations, financial management and regulatory requirements. Kimball is responsible for the accurate reporting of the bank's financial information to the bank’s Board of Directors, shareholders, managers and the public. He also oversees financial forecasting, strategic planning and vendor and insurance management. Kimball’s concise and informative expertise helps First National's relationship bankers gain a clear understanding of the bank’s strength so they can better meet the short- and long-term financial goals of each customer.

Human Resources Director Patty Miller arrived at the bank with more than 27 years of experience working in Human Resources. Miller guides and manages the overall provision of talent management, training, employee relations, compensation and benefits, policies, and programs for the bank’s 600-plus Alaska-based employees. Miller helps build the bank’s culture of engagement, agility and innovation by attracting and developing top talent throughout the organization. Under her leadership, First National has integrated talent functions in the areas of employee skill and career development, succession planning and performance management. Her work has helped First National to earn Best Place to Work two years in a row (2016 and 2017) as voted on by Alaska Business Monthly readers.

Corporate Lending Director Chad Steadman owns a great appreciation for everything the bank and its customers accomplish. His increased leadership role includes more involvement assisting the bank’s executive management team all while expertly specializing in commercial underwriting and lending. He understands that meeting the financial needs of Alaskans is definitely a group effort and he’s proud to be part of the successful team. In addition to leading and coaching a team of commercial lending experts, he works closely with local community businesses, corporations and commercial contractors to help make sure their financial needs are met.

Since 1984, Craig Thorn has played an integral role in meeting the banking needs of Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the fastest-growing community in the state. A life-long Alaskan born and raised in Seward, Thorn has provided Valley customers solutions-based expertise to help make their financial dreams come true. Based at the Wasilla Branch, he oversees branch and lending operations and relationship building there as well at the bank’s branches in Eagle River and Palmer.

Specialty Lending Director Stacy Tomuro believes everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed whether their dreams are big or small. He began working in the financial industry nearly 32 years ago and joined First National in 2001. First calling Alaska home in 1977, Tomuro is a West Anchorage High School graduate. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and graduated from the renowned Pacific Coast Banking School. Based at the Dimond Branch in Anchorage, Tomuro is responsible for leading and coaching the branch’s lending team and expanding the bank’s loan portfolio with Alaska-based commercial customers and through Participation, whole and SBA-guaranteed loans.

“First National’s senior management team brings a wealth of knowledge and critical thinking to the bank,” Chair and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Lawer said. “The team members challenge themselves to take on bigger roles and tackle new opportunities to better provide Alaskans with the best banking solutions.”

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. Alaska Business Monthly readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in five categories, including the Best Place to Work for the second year in a row and best Customer Service, Corporate Citizen, Family-Owned Business and Alaska Ad Campaign. In January 2018, named First National

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