2022 Board-recommended candidates

In selecting the Board-recommended candidates, the CIRI Board looks for demonstrated decision-making, leadership experience and communication skills, a strong understanding of business and basic financial knowledge, a college degree or equivalent business experience and relevant industry experience in one or more of CIRI’s primary business segments. Familiarity with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and involvement in the Alaska Native/American Indian community are essential, and applicants are expected to exhibit professionalism, sound judgment, equanimity and integrity. After a thorough and careful review the individuals below were selected for their commitment to CIRI’s long-term viability, and because they have the experience and ideals that best match CIRI’s short-term and long-term investment strategies and goals. Please take a few moments to read the biographies of each of the Board-recommended candidates, including in-depth histories of their professional and civic involvement and personal statements to support their candidacies.

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Michael R. Boling

Athabascan

I firmly believe that CIRI shareholders should determine if and what benefitswhether stock, trust, buy-back of shares or another financial mechanism—should be extended to new Natives. Even the youngest original CIRI shareholder is now 50 years of age. CIRI now has over 9,000 shareholders, with an increasing number of those shareholders having 10 or fewer shares. We must decide how to involve the next generation of CIRI descendants to lead our company.”  

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Margaret L. Brown

Yup’ik

How do we move the company forward for the next 50 years? This will be the challenge before the current CIRI Board of Directors as well as CIRI Boards to come. CIRI will need to look to new tools such as the CIRI Settlement Trust to optimize benefits to CIRI shareholders. CIRI will need to strengthen its engagement with the next generation of CIRI shareholders so that it may draw on their energy and ability to innovate.”  

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Gregory L. Craig

Inupiat

“The most important thing I can share is my love for CIRI, and my strong interest in helping our Board guide CIRI into a rapidly changing business world. CIRI was my first job ever. I grew up with CIRI. Now, I'd like to use my experience and knowledge to help CIRI's earnings grow significantly. I promise I will always put shareholder interests first, look after our heritage and culture, and make sure I am doing everything I can to see that CIRI earns record profits for our deserving shareholders.”  

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Rolf A. Dagg

Yup’ik

It was recently the 50th anniversary of the passage of ANCSA, the act that created Alaska Native corporations. I was born a few months after ANCSA passed, so I am not an original shareholder. My dad gifted me my shares. I have two young sons, Gosta and Arthur, and I have given them shares so they are also CIRI shareholders. They have been attending shareholder meetings since they were very small.”  

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Thomas P. Huhndorf

Yup’ik

While the current CIRI BOD has an excellent balance of talent, we always need to be attentive to the future at a time that the corporation is experiencing an ever-increasing fractionalization of shares. The descendant challenge is one of the major ones the current BOD and CIRI executive team will need to address. I believe the BOD has a responsibility to make sure it manages change on the Board by making sure we are refreshing the makeup of the Board with the talent that exists within CIRI's shareholders.”  

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