Southeast Alaska Guides Organization Names New Executive Director
February 12, 2015
(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - The Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) recently named Ryan Makinster as Executive Director. Makinster brings more than 16 years of non-profit administration, public relations, communications, and government relations experience to SEAGO. His primary responsibilities will include member relations, industry education and advocacy, and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. He will also be responsible for communications, development and government relations.
Prior to joining the SEAGO, Makinster served as Chief of Staff to Representative Mia Costello. He has also worked as Communications and Events Director for the Alaska Chamber and Communications Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Before that, he spent 5 years as a legislative aide in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate.
“I believe this is a great chance for me to help grow the organization and promote a sustainable industry that benefits not only Southeast communities but all of Alaska,” says Makinster. He goes on to say, “By working together with all stakeholders we can promote tourism, economic development and an industry that works to benefit local communities while protecting the resource on which it depends.” Makinster is an avid sport fisherman and is looking forward to spending some additional time in Southeast during the summer. "When I heard that fishing in Southeast was one of the perks of the job it definitely cemented my interest in the position."
SEAGO Board President, Tom Ohaus, is excited about the next stage of SEAGO's development, "In comparison to our commercial gear group counterparts, we are still a relatively new organization. One of our goals continues to be the inclusion of more and more members of our industry as part of the decision-making process. Ryan brings a significant amount of experience to the table in regards to recruitment and development and we are anxious to put him to work encouraging more people in our industry to take an active role."
Makinster holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.
The organization states it is the voice of Southeast Alaska charter fishing and lodge operations in Alaska and their supporters who are committed to representing the industry on all critical issues, for the long-term. The organization promotes the tradition of sport fishing in Southeast Alaska through reasonable regulations that ensure the long-term sustainability of our businesses and fish resources.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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