ARCO Alumni gathered on a sunny evening at O’Malley’s on the Green in Anchorage where Kirk Barker tells me he summers and works as a marshal at the golf course in exchange for free golf several days a week. Kirk winters in Bellingham WA.
Pat Elverum tells us his daughter is also a member of ARCO alumni. Lynette Elverum was with Nortel most recently which was acquired by Erikson. In the IT/ engineering side of the business, according to Pat, “she followed in my footsteps and worked for ARCO not so much because I encouraged her as because of the fold with whom I worked. Of course, I discouraged her as I knew these guys better” laughed Elverum tongue in cheek. Elverum and Mattison traded name tags the entire evening and caught up with fellow IT folk including Russ Doig and Mack Padgett.
Russ says he literally crossed the street when he took the ARCO package and does at GCI what he did at ARCO. “I even have the same individuals working for me and now we provide the same service to BP and they outsource what we did internally at ARCO to us here at GCI”. GCI cosponsored the happy hour along with AWS and Advancial.
Talk was not just about the ARCO days- several watched baseball on the widescreen TV. John Melvin, Dan Eck and Gerry Suellentrop were among those for St Louis and Mike Clonts as the only Dodger fan was sorry to see his team lose.
Dan Kruse now at COP tells us to visit firstname.lastname@example.org and learn about his efforts to improve trails and access...at Big Lake of course. Other attendees from COP included Dan Eck, John Melvin, Brian McClaskey and Mack Padgett.
Vicki Oliver is an outsourced service partner to BP providing data and documentation management through ASCI. Vicki was with ARCO for 21 years, 18 of those years in Facility Engineering at Prudhoe.
Other Alumni present included Wayne Swann from ASRC Energy Services, Frank Paskvan and Gordon Pospisil of BP and Nancy Hill who is now at UAA at the Institute of Social and Economic Research.
But what about Palin? One person said he knew there was a God when he was driving home and learned Palin was stepping down from Governor of AK one year early. Another ARCO alumnus however said he expects to see Palin win the Republican nomination and run against Obama in 2012. That was a bet Cathy Clonts was willing to take so we’ll see who is buying drinks at the reunion in 4 years! Most alumni were inclined to think the state was better off without Palin and felt the industry in particular had been dealt a heavy hand by Palin.
As the evening drew to a close our Anchorage Alumni vowed to stay in touch and with the promise of future events and a favourable football result (for most!) said goodbye.
Pictured below are photos of the event. Carol Padgett with Becky Schumacher are pictured top with Mack and Carol Padgett pictured below.
Kenneth Elmore, Wayne McBride and Kirk Barker are pictured top with Kirk Barker and Russ Doig pictured below.
Linda Petrie and Wayne Swann are below pictured top with Dennis Bickford and Pat Elverum pictured below.
Pictured below are Tom Brennan with his spouse Marni Brennan, Susan Andrews and Jim Posey.