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April 15, 2022

Top talent moves to First National

With over 20 years of management and leadership experience, Tiffany Hoogerhyde joined First National Bank Alaska as vice president and controller. In his new role, Hoogerhyde is responsible for the accurate communication of the bank’s financial information to the bank’s board of directors, managers and the public. His expertise helps First National’s relationship bankers achieve each client’s short- and long-term financial goals. “The great thing about First National is its strong work culture and focus on Alaskans. As a lifelong Alaskan, I look forward to contributing to the success of my community,” Hoogerhyde said. She holds a CPA certificate from the State of Alaska and an MBA from the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Denise BrownRobinson brings over 20 years of marketing and communications experience to her role as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications and Customer Experience. A lifelong Alaskan, Brown Robinson oversees the bank’s business development, customer experience and marketing functions. His expertise has helped First National gain national recognition for its award-winning “We Believe in Alaska” brand and promotional campaigns. She has also been instrumental in the bank’s branch re-engineering and digital adoption initiatives. “With 100 years of local experience, First National understands the people and businesses of Alaska,” Brown Robinson said. “We are committed to the communities and Alaskans we serve – and to their success.”

The Wasilla branch welcomes Jim Kyrisch as a mortgage loan officer. As a 15-year-old Alaskan, Kyrisch has more than a decade of local experience as an investment banker, commercial lender and former escrow agent. As Mortgage Manager, Kyrisch will build on existing relationships developed over years of commercial lending in the Valley. “I pride myself on listening to my clients’ needs,” Kyrisch said. “I love lending and building relationships and helping Alaskans succeed.” Kyrisch has served on the board of the Rotary Club of Wasilla since 2014. He served as its president from 2020 to 2021.

Donny Dormady was promoted to Director of Mortgage Support and appointed Assistant Vice President. Born and raised in Kenai, Dormady received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Finance and a minor in Economics. As Head of Mortgage Support, Dormady will support production staff, including originators, processors, underwriters, closers and more, to streamline business processes, close loans quickly and efficiently, and continue to deliver. a high-quality customer experience. “I appreciate what Alaska has to offer and the resilience of the Alaskan mindset,” Dormandy said. “For Alaskans, no challenge is too big to overcome.”

Continuing to advance his career, Kayte Hughes was promoted to commercial credit officer. Hughes started at First National as a consumer loan processor, worked until Consumer Underwriter and eventually joined the loan officer apprentice program. “What I love most about what I do is helping businesses and Anchorage grow. Our relationship goes beyond a simple transaction.” As a Commercial Loan Officer, Hughes will continue to build new and existing relationships with businesses in the Anchorage area. In her spare time, she volunteers for many non-profit organizations in Anchorage and is currently a member of BNI – Pipeline Chapter.

Herbert Davis returns to the bank’s Fairbanks Johansen branch as loan officer and appointed assistant vice president. Davis develops and maintains corporate banking relationships and helps companies take advantage of opportunities through lending. “I love the bank’s team, customers, vision and philosophy,” Davis said. “My primary focus in this role is to re-engage team members and customers, as well as build and deepen new and existing relationships with Fairbanks customers.” He brings a master’s degree in financial markets and more than two decades of banking and management experience to his role at First National.

With over 15 years of local lending and operating experience, Marc Lonheim was named director of loans and vice president of the Kodiak branch. “The most rewarding part of my job is having long-term relationships with clients. They trust that we will take care of them and always provide them with the best service. We have a great team and I am very proud of what our bank does every day.” His priority is to continue to build lasting relationships with Kodiak customers. Lonheim is a member of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and the Kodiak Realtor Association, and a volunteer with the Kodiak Hockey League. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Crystal Luddington started her first national journey in 2016 in the accounting unit of the loans department before being appointed consumer loans officer. She holds an associate’s degree in communications from the University of Phoenix. “As an underwriter, I use my communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills daily,” Luddington said. She has nearly a decade of banking experience, including real estate processing, loan servicing, accounting and management.

Community Bank of Alaska since 1922, First National has proudly helped Alaskans shape a better future by providing banking services to meet their needs in the state, nation and around the world. In 2021, Alaska Business readers voted the bank “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the sixth consecutive year, Best Corporate Citizen for the third year, and Best Bank/Credit Union. American banker also recognized First National as the “best bank to work for” for the fourth consecutive year, and Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the top financial institutions in the state in the “Best of Alaska” awards.​​​​​​

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