Meet the Team: Ryan York

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Ryan YorkContinuing our series of Meet the Team Q&As, we learn a little about Ryan York. Ryan is BBNC’s Vice President of Finance.

Q:   Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I came to Alaska to hunt and fish, and my wife and I decided to move here only a week after our wedding.

Q:   What do you do for BBNC?
I am the Vice President of Finance. I started with BBNC in May 2014, and I really enjoy it here. I’ve previously worked for two other regional Native corporations and I feel BBNC is the most well run. The relationships between the board, management and shareholders is very positive, much more so than in many other ANC’s.

Q:   What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Q:   Who inspires you?
Warren Buffet. He is probably the greatest investor there has ever been and his success is remarkable. He is self-made, began from relatively meager means and still drives himself to work every day despite being one of the most wealthy people on the planet.

Q:   What do you like about living in Anchorage?
I like Anchorage because it has many amenities of a big city, but with a small city feel.

Q:   What do you love about your job?
The variety of projects we get to work on and the talented staff we have in our department.

Q:   What do you do for fun?
I like hunting and fishing, all over and as often as possible. I’ve hunted in most of the western states in the lower 48 and here in Alaska. My wife and I even hunted in Africa. I also have three children that keep my wife and I busy all the time.

Q:   What would we find in your workspace?
Spreadsheets, of course, the world’s most perfect form of organization.

Q:   Have you tried any traditional Native foods? If so, what is your favorite?
I’ve tried some muktuk, akutaq, bone marrow, salmon and herring roe. I’ve eaten salmon, of course, tons of it. We eat it three to four times a week and I would guess my wife probably knows how to prepare salmon 40 different ways. I’ve also eaten moose, elk, deer, black and brown bear, caribou, Dall sheep, which was excellent, and musk ox – probably my favorite wild game meat.

Q:   What do you typically read every morning?
Google Finance and the Alaska Dispatch.

Q:   What’s the most recent book you’ve read or the best book you’ve ever read?
The best book I’ve ever read is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.