Meet the Judges (2017)
Angela Astle is an active local Angel investor who also supports the startup community through judging at business plan competitions and other events. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Finance for Chugach Alaska Corporation, where she previously served as Controller-Finance. Prior to joining Chugach, Angela worked as a Senior Auditor at Deloitte and Touche.
Eric McCallum is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who in 1983 founded Arctic Wire and Rope, Alaska's oldest and largest supplier of wire rope and rigging used in heavy lifts. He invests in early stage clean technology and third world social enterprises. He is a guarantor and board member of MCE Social Capital. He is focused on leveraging market solutions to address poverty and global warming.
Chad Steadman is a Regional Unit Manager and Vice President at First National Bank Alaska in the corporate lending division. He specializes in commercial underwriting and lending credit to corporations, residential and commercial contractors. Continuing his love of learning he is currently an Adjunct Professor at UAA teaching Construction Finance Management. In 2014, he was named a top 40 under forty in Alaska.
Jimmy Miner is a Project Manager with JL Properties, Inc. and its affiliates First Alaska Capital Partners and the Anchorage Opportunity Fund. Before joining JL Properties Jimmy spent four years working at Deloitte where he consulted on a variety of projects including: New Markets Tax Credits ("NMTC") and Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credits (“48C”). Jimmy has an MBA from Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder and undergraduate degrees in accounting and real estate finance from DePaul University.
Gary Klopfer is an entrepreneur and Angel investor who is an experienced financial analyst, stock broker, and financial planner. Gary is currently the president of the Alaska Investor Network. Gary was the Managing Member and Owner of the Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Company until their sale in December 2015.
Kelly McCormack is a Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer with Northrim Bank. Kelly manages a diverse portfolio with a focus on dental practices and Alaska Native Corporations. He started with Northrim Bank as a college intern in 2005 and began his career there as a management trainee in 2007. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.