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Jim's Story

My family moved to Alaska in 1970. I spent summers playing little league baseball at Nussbaumer Park and riding bikes around Hamilton Acres. I would play little dribblers basketball in the winter. Growing up, our favorite family activity was boating on the Tolovana River and Swan-Neck Slough. We would launch from Nenana and go northern pike fishing. The Alaska wilderness has always been a huge part of my life. 

I married Cheryl Looney in 1988, after meeting her king fishing on the Gulkana River. 5 years later we had our first of 2 wonderful children. 3 years later our second arrived. Both were born at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and raised Alaskan. 


During that time I also earned two degrees from UAF: my Bachelors of Business Administration in 1991 and my MBA in 2000. My kids carried on the family tradition I started by attending UAF as well. My daughter, Sarah, graduated with the same degrees I did. 

My interests have always involved adventuring in the great outdoors - especially fourwheeling and jetboating. Another past time is reading about early Alaskan history - one of my favorite books is "Alaska's Wolf Man" by Jim Rearden.