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CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich represents two companies featured on the 2014 list of Best Places to Work in Alaska. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. came in first and its parent company CIRI was ranked seventh.

Advertising Director Tom Wardhaugh (907) 275-2114 tom.wardhaugh@morris.com Account Executive Ken Hanni (907) 275-2155 ken.hanni@morris.com

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509 W. 4th Ave. Anchorage ciritourism.com

Top executive: Paul Landis, President Employees: 60 CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. is the umbrella company that owns the package tour and booking company, Alaska Heritage Tours. CATC also operates the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge; and a glacier and wildlifeviewing day cruise company, Kenai Fjords Tours. CATC’s mission is to develop and grow Alaska-owned, premiumquality tourism products, which provide customers with a safe, adventurous experience and exposure to Alaska's cultures and history; and to offer CIRI shareholders future job opportunities and a profit on their investment. 4

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Paid holidays: 11 Paid time off, first year: 20 days 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: Financial bonuses can be earned based on an annual performance and goals review process. Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: CATC pays 100 percent of premium Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: CATC pays 75-99 percent of premium Dental coverage, employee and dependents: CATC pays 25-49 percent of premium Vision coverage, employee and dependents: CATC pays less than 25 percent of premium

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Community initiatives: Food Bank of Alaska, Bean's Café, United Way (Volunteer opportunities during work hours) Other perks: Housing is also available in Seward and Talkeetna. Employees are able to experience incredible Alaska tourism opportunities for free or reduced rates to become familiar with many adventures available in the area. Paternity leave (either paid or unpaid) for the birth or adoption of a child; flexible hours to accommodate school events, taking a family member to the doctor, etc.; immediate families invited to corporate events. Wellness programs: CATC employees receive discounts to join gym and/or fitness clubs. The discounts are through various methods: EAP program, directly negotiated with facilities, and through some medical plans. Employees can do a health assessment designed to understand their health. At Annual Health Fair, vendors set up booths and distribute health information. Employees can have full blood draw, mammograms and blood pressure checked. All lab work is covered under medical insurance. Nutrition and preventative care are included. CATC encourages participation in a variety of community health walks/runs. Our operations in Talkeetna and Seward also have softball teams. Employee recognition: Awards given at End of Season meeting for Spirit, Achievement and Manager of the Year. Nominations are submitted by employees. CATC recognizes years of service by awarding employees with company pins; holiday gifts.

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The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is one of several properties operated by CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. in addition to booking company Alaska Heritage Tours and Kenai Fjords Tours.

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The Wilson Agency

Top executive: Lon Wilson, President/CEO (15 years) Employees: 21 The Wilson Agency specializes in helping Alaskan companies that need the best employees to help them achieve success and believe that employee benefits are a strategic way to do that. At the most basic we provide brokerage services, helping organizations find the right insurance for medical, dental, vision, disability and life as well as group retirement services. We are successful because our highly qualified team goes well beyond these basics to provide strategic advice, education, advocacy and communication services, along with tools that build a robust value-added employee benefits package. Additionally, we work to keep our clients informed on all legal matters concerning employee benefits. 6

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Paid holidays: 11 Paid time off, first year: 15 401(k) match: No Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: Discretionary bonuses are given during holidays, for major achievements such as certification or degree completion, company performance, and to client service staff based on subjective high performance marks. All eligible employees receive profit sharing contributions based upon profitability and are discretionary. Typical rewards average 7 percent over the last 13 years. And, eligible employees receive a safe harbor contribution of 3 percent of their salary Office attire: Business Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes

Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Advanced or postgraduate degrees, certifications Life insurance and ong-term disability: The Wilson Agency pays 100 percent of premium Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: The Wilson Agency pays 75-99 percent of premium for employees, less than 25 percent for dependents Dental coverage, employee and dependents: The Wilson Agency pays 75-99 percent of premium for employees, less than 25 percent for dependents Vision coverage, employee and dependents: Not offered

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5050 Cordova St., Anchorage cornerstoneak.com Top executive: Joe Jolley, President (since January 1, 2014) Employees: 35 Cornerstone is a commercial general contractor specializing in collaborative project delivery methods, often called “Design Assist,� Construction Manager/General Contractor, Construction Manager at Risk, or Integrated Project Delivery. Office attire: Casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Certifications, business education workshops and/ or conferences

Paid holidays: 7 Paid time off, first year: 15 401(k) match: No Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: All employees are eligible for our bonus pool which is allocated by the owners annually; employees with one year of service are eligible for our profit sharing plan which has traditionally made contributions of 25 percent of salaries and wages in every year to date. Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: No Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: Cornerstone pays 100 percent of premium Dental coverage, employee and dependents: Cornerstone pays 100 percent of premium Vision coverage, employee and dependents: Cornerstone pays 100 percent of premium

Community initiatives: Habitat For Humanity, Clare House, Police Navidad Other perks: Flexible hours to accommodate school events, taking a family member to the doctor, etc.; immediate families invited to corporate events; free or discounted tickets to local family entertainment or sporting events. Productivity or time management workshops, seminars or classes; on-site personal development and/or stress management workshops, seminars, or classes; financial education workshops, seminars or classes Wellness programs: Incentivized Safety Program

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Employee recognition: Birthday celebrations; company-wide parties or lunches; new project celebrations.

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1650 Cowles St., Fairbanks bannerhealth.com/fairbanks Top executive: Mike Powers, CEO (18 years) Employees: 1,260 FMHDC is a non-profit, community owned health care provider with extensive ambulatory care services and acute care with 152 beds, and skilled nursing at Denali Center with 90 beds. The service area covers a population that resides over 250,000 square miles of Interior Alaska. The hospital opened in 1972 and is the second-largest private employer in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and among the top 15 in Alaska. The hospital joined with Tanana Valley Clinic, the first and largest health care clinic in the Interior. Our mission is to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care. 10

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Paid holidays: 0 Paid time off, first year: 23 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: No Bonuses: Each associate is able to earn a merit based pay increase dependent on their job performance and goals met. Associates at the director level and above are eligible for a management incentive annual bonus. Target is typically at 10 percent of base salary, based on organizational, department and individual performance. Office attire: Uniforms Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Tuition assistance and reimbursement, professional development sponsorships and continuing education opportunities Life insurance, short- and longterm disability: FMHDC pays 100 percent of premium

Medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents: FMHDC pays 75-99 percent of premium Community initiatives: Circle of Hope supports cancer education, equipment, and care. Hospital employees support this cause with volunteerism for project events: Stick-it-to-Cancer, Empower health workshops, Woman’s Affair, Breast Health Conference, and speaking engagements. Interior Alaska AHEC, a community collaborative sponsored by FMHDC, supports health career exploration for students throughout the Interior with job shadowing, tours, internships, workshops, and job fairs. Bone Builders Backpacks is a volunteerism project that supports elementary school students with weekend nutrition throughout the school year. Other perks: Onsite massage

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therapy for staff and family; LivingWell Program with dietician and physical therapist consultants; numerous discount programs including meals, movies and products; off-site toddler, preschool, school-age childcare; family flu vaccine clinic. Employees of Denali Center bring pets to work. Wellness programs: Employee exercise room that includes treadmills, bikes, elliptical, and weight training equipment available free of charge and open 24/7. Employees are provided maps of the indoor and outdoor walking paths stairways and hallways

with mileage mapped out with estimates for time needed to complete the loops at brisk pace. Approximately six of the facility meeting rooms are routinely available for exercise classes of various types: yoga, zumba, circuit band conditioning, etc. Free annual biometrics screenings to all associates and adult partners. Once completed they are given a discount to their monthly benefits cost, or additional employer contribution into their Health Savings Account. Employee recognition: National program recognizes outstanding nurse/

DAISY Award: Awarded quarterly, nominated and decided by peers via six criteria. Celebration with gift of statue for winner and pins for all nominees. Thank an Employee program: Ongoing recognition by patients and visitors, forms in all public areas may be submitted to FMHDC.

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Fairbanks Memorial Hospital associate administrator Karl Sanford explains cardiological imagery displayed on monitors in the cardiology reading room of the Harry and Sally Porter Heart Center.

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Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Tuition reimbursement; certifications; business education workshops and/or conferences Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: Swan pays 100 percent of premium for life insurance, does not offer short- or long-term disability Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: Swan pays 100 percent of premium for employee, less than 25 percent for dependent Dental coverage, employee and dependents: Swan pays 50 percent of premium for employee, less than 25 percent for dependent Vision coverage, employee and dependents: Swan pays 50 percent of premium for employee, less than 25 percent for dependent

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Community initiatives: Awana Big Brothers Big Sisters; Veteran’s Combat Fishing Tournament

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Swan Employer Services 1306 E. 74th Ave., Suite 200 Anchorage swanhr.com

Top executive: Hank Swan, President/CEO (15 years) Employees: 16 Professional Employers Organization: Human Resource outsourcing, Safety and Risk Management services; Workers' Compensation claims management; benefits administration; payroll services

Paid holidays: 8 Paid time off, first year: 15 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: No Bonuses: All staff is eligible after one year of hire. Annual employee cash bonus based on profitability of company; all staff is eligible for cash for prospect referrals; Sales team has cash incentive bonuses based on exceeding expectations. Office attire: Business Casual Mentoring, job shadowing or cross training offered? Yes

Other perks: Birthday lunches and potlucks; Free Coffee Fridays; annual vehicle maintenance; birthday pay; annual Christmas party; annual picnic or carnival; flexible hours to accommodate school events; taking a family member to the doctor, etc.; immediate families invited to corporate events; free or discounted tickets to local family entertainment or sporting events; no overtime, or overtime kept at a minimum; productivity or time management workshops, seminars or classes; financial education workshops, seminars or classes; fresh flowers throughout the office; boss buying lunch; spirit days

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4720 Business Park Blvd., Ste. G42, Anchorage www.alaskacleanseas.org Top executive: C. Barkley Lloyd, General Manager (2 years) Total employees: 86 Services: To protect the environment by providing effective response services to the Alaska North Slope crude oil producers and the first 167 miles of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System in accordance with the oil spill response agreements and plans. Office attire: Business casual Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Advanced or postgraduate degree; certifications; business education workshops and/or conferences

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Paid holidays: 10 Paid time off, first year: 10 vacation days/14 sick days 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: No Bonuses: Variable Incentive Performance Program. ACS employees are recognized for group achievement and contributions to ACS. Award criteria is determined by management and approved by the board of directors. Company performance is evaluated against established objectives. Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: Alaska Clean Seas pays 100 percent of employee premium, less than 25 percent for dependent Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: Alaska Clean Seas pays 75-99 percent of premium Dental coverage, employee and dependents: Alaska Clean Seas pays 75-99 percent of premium Vision coverage, employee and dependents: Alaska Clean Seas pays 75-99

percent of premium Community initiatives: Habitat for Humanity; United Way; Clare House Wellness programs: Wellness room at base; exercise rooms at the hotels; fitness areas throughout the Slope. Employees participating in the program exercise regularly and record time and type of exercise on exercise log. Employee is awarded an incentive of $150 for the quarter. Employees may also participate in the Wellness Essentials portion of the Wellness Program. If all of the wellness essentials are met, submitted and verified, then the employee will be eligible for $350. Employee recognition: Spot Award: An immediate monetary recognition given to any non-management employee by a coworker, supervisor or manager, for specific day-to-day performance that is exceptional and/or outside his/her customary job duties. The Safe Acts Recognition Program encourages ACS employees and contractors to conduct, observe, and document safe acts in the workplace.

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CIRI (Cook Inlet Region Inc.) 2525 C St., Suite 500 Anchorage ciri.com

Top executive: Sophie Minich President/CEO (1 year) Employees: 88 An Alaska Native regional corporation and world-class leader in business. More than 8,300 shareholders proudly own Cook Inlet Region Inc., one of a dozen Alaska-based corporations created by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Our reason for being is to provide economic, social and cultural benefits to current and future generations of Alaska Native shareholders. CIRI’s diversified portfolio of businesses include traditional and alternative energy, resource development, oilfield and construction services, environmental services, real estate investment and management, tourism, aerospace defense, private equity, venture capital and marketable security investments. CIRI provides economic benefits to its shareholders by investing its assets to maximize long-term growth and profitability. 16

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Paid holidays: 11 Paid time off, first year: 20 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: Bonuses: Annual performance-based bonus for non-executive staff. Max bonus for hourly is 3 percent of earned pay, average awards are 2.6 percent; Max bonus for mid-level managers is 10-17 percent, average is 12.7 percent; Max bonus for upper management is 20-25 percent, average is 21.3 percent. Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: College Assistance Program provides 100 percent reimbursement upon completion of four years service. CIRI also has a Continuing Professional Education program designed for both in and out of Alaska training in which CIRI pays all associated costs. CIRI helped create a Leadership Program through a local college to develop future leaders at CIRI. Participants receive training in nine key functional areas. CIRI pro-

vides mentors, covers all costs and offers time off. Credits apply toward MBA. CIRI supports career development by encouraging employees to seek training opportunities, both in and outside Alaska. Cost is absorbed by employee's department budget. If outside training approved, CIRI also pays associated costs. Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: CIRI pays 100 percent of premium Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: CIRI pays 75-99 percent of premium Dental coverage, employee and dependents: CIRI pays 25-49 percent of premium Vision coverage, employee and dependents: CIRI pays less than 25 percent of premium Community initiatives: In 2013 CIRI pledged $150,000 to a Wellness Center, which will be a fullyintegrated facility offering western medicine and traditional healing

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services to more than 5,000 Tribal members and other residents of the Kenai Peninsula. CIRI has supported the Anchorage United Way since the early 1980s and has raised well over $2 million. CIRI leverages employee donations with a 50 percent match. Other perks: Annual holiday party and annual employee picnic; annual employee appreciation week; birthday off as a holiday; two hours paid time off for volunteerism; casual Fridays Wellness programs: Health assessment, with resources to reduce health risks included. At annual health fair, vendors set up booths and distribute health information. Employees can have full blood draw, mammograms and blood pressure checked. All lab work is covered under medical insurance. Nutrition and preventative care are included.

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Paid holidays: 10 Paid time off, first year: 20 401(k) match: No Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: All employees are eligible for an annual bonus made at the discretion of the Board of Directors, based on individual performance, contribution to the company, and operating results for the prior year.” Then continue with the rest. Education program incentives and bonuses; "Good Job" gift cards.

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Alaska National Insurance Co. 7001 Jewel Lake Road Anchorage www.alaskanational.com

Top executive: Richard Suddock Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration Employees: 244 The primary purpose of Alaska National is to provide Alaska businesses with financially secure risk protection, supported by consistently superior underwriting, loss control, claims and premium audit service. While we have grown and expanded our operating territory over the years, our core mission of providing customers with secure financial protection, backed by highly tailored, superior quality service programs has not waivered. We strive to be recognized as the leading provider of personalized, high quality protection and service to businesses of all sizes operating in the Western United States. To achieve that goal, our superior service provides more than what is expected of the typical insurance company, offered willingly and eagerly by our employees, achieving the desired results for all stakeholders. We have always sought to create optimum solutions for our policyholders’ specific needs, regardless of our customers’ business complexity, scope of operations, or unique service requirements. That was true in 1980, and thanks to the diligence and resourcefulness of our dedicated employees, it remains true today. We are proud to have earned an “A” (excellent) IX rating from AM Best; a rating we have held in since 1991 and hope to hold well into the future. 18

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Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: Alaska National pays 100 percent of premium Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: Alaska National pays 100 percent of premium for employee, pays 50-74 percent of premium for dependent Dental coverage, employee and dependents: Alaska National pays 100 percent of premium for employee, pays 50-74 percent of premium for dependent Vision coverage, employee and dependents: Alaska National pays 100 percent of premium for employee, pays 50-74 percent of premium for dependent Community initiatives: Annual United Way campaign; substantial corporate contribution schedule Other perks: Career growth opportunities and educational awards; 37.5 hour work week, casual dress Fridays, back-deck barbeques Summer picnics; glacier cruise in 2013; division competitions centered around holidays; fun committee activities throughout year; Ice cream days, watermelon days, pizza days; Halloween costume party; decorating; trivia contests Wellness programs: An Employee Assistance Program is offered at no cost to each employee and their families. Debuted wellness program in February 2014. Currently hold an annual health fair with employer paid flu shots and blood panels. We offer to pay for smoking cessation classes Not currently, but have held Weight Watchers meetings on site. Employee recognition: “Good Job” gift cards; president offers personal congratulations at employee anniversaries; promotional announcements are made.

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Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Advanced or postgraduate degree; certifications; business education workshops and/or conferences; CPCU, insurance classes. Encourages CPCU certification with $250 awards for individual classes and $1,500 for completion, with travel to annual conference. Have trainee programs in place for underwriters, loss control representatives and claims adjusters. Primarily new university graduates provided six to twelve months formal in-house paid training.

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Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services Inc. 800 Cordova St., Anchorage beaconohss.com Top executive: Holly Hylen, President/CEO (15 years) Employees: 267 Beacon is a turn-key solution for medical, safety and training services. We offer high quality, convenient, market competitive medical, safety, training programs and professional services to employers. Our focus is on providing comprehensive professional services to companies seeking assistance with development, implementation and maintenance of their required medical, safety and training programs. Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Certifications; business education workshops and/or conferences

Paid holidays: 9 Paid time off, first year: 10 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: No Bonuses: Spot Awards; Christmas bonus; Beacon also has a referral program rewarding employees their choice of eight hours of Paid Time Off or a bonus of $250 to $500 (depending on the position filled) for their referral(s).

contest, pizza, games, costume contests, and door prizes) for employees and their families; Summer family fun day; March of Dimes Employee Fundraisers and company walk; monthly birthday celebrations. Team building activities (fishing charters, rafting, cooking classes, scavenger hunts, four wheeling, awesome holiday parties, etc.)

Life insurance, shortand long-term disability: Beacon pays 100 percent of premium Medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: Beacon pays 75-99 percent of premium for employee, 50-74 percent of premium for dependent

Wellness programs: Beacon provides the Family Clinic usage benefit to promote wellness to the Beacon Team and their immediate family members. Beacon bills insurance and charges employee & immediate family members zero out of pocket. Beacon promotes wellness through sponsoring team recreational sporting activities such as summer baseball, winter snow shoe baseball and summer walking and running groups.

Community initiatives: March of Dimes; breast cancer awareness; Special Olympics Other perks: Talent shows; ugly Christmas sweater contests; Fall family festivals (face painting, bouncy house, pumpkin carving

Employee recognition: Spot Awards: monthly identification of "Rock Stars" to company owners.

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Kodiak Area Native Association

Kodiak Area Native Association

3449 East Rezanof Dr., Kodiak kanaweb.org Top executive: Andy Teuber, President/CEO (7 years) Employees: 133 The Kodiak Area Native Association was formed in 1966 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation providing health and social services for the Alaska Natives of the Koniag region. KANA’s management and staff continue to focus on three broad organizational categories for process improvement: Customer Service, Quality, and Stewardship. Community initiatives: KANA supports and helps develop social activities for its Elders to gather, dance, and socialize; works with other community health organizations to host the annual Kodiak Community Health Fair; works collaboratively with other community programs to reach out to the vast majority of the Kodiak Island population 20

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Paid holidays: 11 Paid time off, first year: 10 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: Bonuses: For the past several years KANA has provided Christmas bonuses to all staff. Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Business education workshops and/ or conferences. Progressive career development opportunities for Community Health Aide and Behavioral Health Aide positions located in our rural villages. Both programs offer multi-level certification from trainee to Practitioner level. In 2013, KANA sponsored its first employee in the two-year Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist program, designed to improve access to dental care in rural communities. Life insurance, short- and longterm disability: KANA pays 100 percent of premium

Medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents: KANA pays 75-99 percent of premium Other perks: 37.5-hour workweek; discounted travel coupons for employees and their family members; loan repayment for eligible healthcare professionals Wellness programs: The KANA Fitness Center provides a complete gym experience and provides two trainers and two attendants who staff the gym 7 days a week. The Center offers circuit style workout classes, MMA/ Kickboxing cardio classes Tai Chi and Yoga groups. Employee recognition: Kodiak Employee of the Quarter and Village Employee of the Quarter; Employee of the Year and Village Employee of the Year; Nurses Week; Admin Professionals Day, birthdays

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Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell 3335 Arctic Blvd., Suite 100 Anchorage hdlalaska.com

Top executive: Scott Hattenburg, President (13 years) Employees: 77 Civil engineering, surveying, geotechnical, aviation design, transportation, bulk fuel, site development , water and Wastewater, environmental, construction, administration, material testing.

Paid holidays: 6 Paid time off, first year: 10 401(k) match: Yes Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: Year-end performance bonus; Spot Award for extra effort; Safety Santa gifts; employee referral Office attire: Casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? No Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Yes Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: HDL pays 100 percent of premium Medical and coverage for employee and dependents: HDL pays 75-99 percent for employee, 50-74 percent for dependents Prescription coverage for employees and dependents: HDL pays 75-99 percent of premium

Dental coverage, employee and dependents: HDL pays 75-99 percent for employee, 50-74 percent for dependents Vision coverage, employee and dependents: HDL pays 75-99 percent for employee, 50-74 percent for dependents Community initiatives: Adopt-afamily (Salvation Army); American Cancer Society; Relay for Life Alaska Lung Association, bike ride to Talkeetna. Other perks: Flexible schedule; Holiday party and gifts; root beer float Fridays; summer BBQ Wellness programs: Alaska Club FITGO-Fitness Challenge Employee recognition: Christmas party service awards for five, 10 and 15 years of service.

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3831 Piper St., Ste. 220, Anchorage afoc.com Top executive: Paige Cripe, Executive Director (6 years) Employees: 88 Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic is Alaska’s premier provider of orthopedic medical services. Our physicians and staff work together to ensure that you receive complete care and employ a fully integrated and customized approach to your musculoskeletal repair and recovery. The talented and experienced physicians and staff who make up the Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic bring expertise in orthopedics, several sub-specialties, physical therapy and hand therapy. Seamless integration of innovation and tradition has distinguished Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic as the leader in patient-friendly care. 22

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Paid holidays: 7 Paid time off, first year: 20 401(k) match: No Profit sharing plan: Yes Bonuses: Physicians Assistants receive a portion of a bonus pool based on their specific income for the company; Physicians Assistants receive incentive pay for days "on call" and "after hours surgery; Physical Therapists receive as a bonus a percentage of their net collections. The percentage varies depending on length of employment. Office attire: Business casual Mentoring, job shadowing and cross training offered? Yes Tuition reimbursement or assistance: Certifications, business education workshops and/or conferences; continuing education for providers as required. Physicians Assistants, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Technicians, Billers and Administrative employees are given an annual budget for use in attending career development

conferences and courses. Expenses are to include cost of class, travel, and subsistence while at the class or conference. Life insurance, short- and long-term disability: AFOC pays 100 percent of premiums for Life, AD&D, and Long-term Disability Insurance coverage’s. Short term disability insurance is paid totally by the employee and at the employee’s option. Medical and prescription coverage for employee and dependents: AFOC pays 75-99 percent of premium for employee, 50-74 percent of premium for dependents Dental coverage, employee and dependents: AFOC pays 100 percent of premium for employee, 50-74 percent of premium for dependents Vision coverage, employee and dependents: AFOC pays less than 25 percent of premium

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Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

Other perks: Clinic Services Plan: orthopedic services provided by our clinic are at no cost to employee; monthly Lunch and Learn with physicians; ability to cash out unused leave twice a year. Anchorage Fracture provides a high deductible Medical/Prescription plan. Employees must meet the first $500 of deductible, the remaining $2500 is paid by the company through a Health Reimbursement Account. Wellness programs: Anchorage Fracture has an informal program where the company pays registration fees for employees who participate in community runs and walks. Anchorage Fracture offers an annual health screening in office to employees covered on the company health plan. There is a counterpart the employee completes online. Employees participating are rewarded with a prepaid gift card. Employees of Anchorage Fracture receive discounted fees at a local gym. Employee recognition: For employees celebrating anniversaries of five, 10, 15, etc., years, the company provides a celebration in the company lunchroom. Cake and beverages are provided. As the years get larger, so does the celebration (i.e. lunch or meals are provided). The company recognizes those employees receiving a

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Staff and physicians from AFOC at the Run for Women. The company sponsors staff registration fees to participate in local runs, bikes and ski races.

new certification of any kind, with a company email and celebration in the lunchroom. Summer picnic, holiday parties, monthly birthdays, Nurses Day, Physicians Assistant Week, etc.

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