Volume 15 Issue 3

Making the move into retirement

Mark Krizer spent 40-plus years working as a production operator in the oil and gas industry, including more than 30 on Alaska’s North Slope, while wife Susan ran their home like a well-oiled machine.

Mark loved his career, but decreased production and low oil prices created doubt. Both in their early 60s, Mark and Susan were forced to consider life after Alaska’s oil boom. Could retirement work in a downturned economy? They weren’t so sure.

Plan for the future

For nearly a century, Alaskans have counted on First National Bank Alaska for local expertise, decision-making, institutional safety and fiduciary responsibility.

While much of that sterling reputation was earned by meeting the everyday banking needs of its consumer and business customers, the bank also remains steadfast in its commitment to financial planning and investment management.

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson describes his style of investment management as educational.

“Comprehending investment concepts can often be daunting,” Anderson said. “I want every customer to understand the how and why of the superior portfolios we build for them.”

Anderson brought his decades of Trust and investment knowledge with him when he joined First National Bank Alaska’s team in 2014. Born in Minnesota, he first arrived in Alaska as a teenager in 1986 and moved to the state permanently in 2004.

Adam Sikorski

Speaking in front of a group of about 100 relatively-young professionals not long after he started working for First National, Investment Officer Adam Sikorski stressed the importance of working and living in the present while looking to the future.

As an investment management expert, it’s the advice he shares with all his customers.