BBNC shareholder Adam Anderson, an apprentice mechanic with Peak in Kenai, recently started the NCCER- certified, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technologies Apprenticeship Program through AVTEC. His studies will prepare him with the necessary technical knowledge, while his training with Peak will supplement his instruction with real-world experience. Adam is expected to finish the program in July 2022, after completing his coursework and performing 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, making him a journeyman- level mechanic. He will then be ready to take the National Institute certification for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a respected industry certification that will strengthen his resume as he develops and enhances his career opportunities.
BBNC shareholders Jesse Hobson, William Wilson, Joe Kalmakoff, Earlene Franklin, and Aaron Kalmakoff joined Bristol Alliance Fuels in June. Hobson, a former Peak employee with a Class A CDL, joined BAF as a fuel technician. Wilson, who came on as a seasonal dock attendant, will transition into a full- time fuel technician upon completion of Northern Industrial Training’s Professional Truck Driving program in mid-September. Joe Kolmakoff joined as a seasonal dock attendant; he will also transition to a year-round, full-time position as a plant operator and mechanic. Franklin, another former Peak employee with a Class A CDL, and Aaron Komakoff came on as a temporary fuel technician and a temporary dock attendant, respectively. Both have been instrumental in assisting BAF with temporary labor needs.
BBNC shareholder Andy DeLombard, quality manager for Kakivik Asset Management and CCI Industrial, recently passed an exam to be named an ASQ-Certified manager of quality and organizational excellence. “Earning an ASQ certification is more than a great accomplishment. It’s a formal recognition of professionals that have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality practices in their field,” said ASQ Chair Cecilia Kimberlin. “This distinction represents an investment in one’s future and provides a competitive advantage to those who earn ASQ certifications.”
Before relocating to Alaska, Andy worked in a similar role for Eaton Aeroquip, an aerospace company in Michigan. “I pursued the certification mainly for professional development, and it was very challenging to complete,” said DeLombard.