CIRI executive selected for Woman of Achievement Award

The YWCA of Anchorage honored CIRI shareholder Sophie Minich, CIRI’s chief operating officer, with a Woman of Achievement Award on Dec. 14. The award recognizes women who share their resources and expertise with others to accomplish goals and demonstrate leadership qualities which benefit her colleagues, her organization and the Anchorage community.

Minich has been CIRI’s chief operating officer since 2007. She oversees CIRI’s day-to-day operations in its existing lines of business in telecommunications, real estate, oilfield and heavy construction services, tourism and hospitality and private equity and venture capital investments. She is an officer/director of a number of CIRI-owned subsidiaries.

Minich joined CIRI in 1993 as a project accountant and worked her way through to her current leadership position. She has served as accounting manager, accounting director, vice president of administration, chief financial officer and senior vice president of business in addition to her current position.

Minich has been active with United Way of Anchorage for more than 12 years and chaired their 2010 community giving campaign, helping raise more than $10 million. Minich has served as chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., director for The CIRI Foundation and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and as a trustee of Alaska Regional Hospital and the CIRI Elders’ Settlement Trust.