UMIAQ Hires Barrow Office Manager

Friday, August 16, 2013

Richard Reich, General Manager for UMIAQ has announced the promotion of Lars Nelson to the position of Office Manager of UMIAQ’s Barrow office.  Mr. Nelson will represent UMIAQ’s Design and Consulting Divisions in Barrow under the mentorship of executive management team member Kenneth Robbins.  While many of UMIAQ’s resources for performing work on contracts with North Slope clients are located in Anchorage, having a well-known contact established permanently in Barrow to bridge communications and coordination between our valued clients and staff and represent our company as a resident of the community is essential to continue to build UMIAQ’s credibility.

Lars has proven his effectiveness in client and staff relations, business development, and project management over the past four years of employment with UMIAQ.  He is eager to broaden his experience and understanding of conducting business in the North Slope and continue to build upon his established professional and personal relationships.  Lars’ Iñupiaq heritage coupled with his proven business skills reinforce UMIAQ’s fundamental objective in understanding both client and community needs. Lars’ skillset lends itself to cost-effective development knowing what it takes to execute projects in the Arctic.  Richard Reich commented that, “understanding local issues in conjunction with actual ‘on the ground’ operations are key attributes that separate us from our competition.”

Lars is an UIC shareholder and a lifelong Alaskan, born in Anchorage and raised in Barrow.  He is the son of Leonard and Jane Nelson.  Lars and his wife Carrie have been married for 12 years.  Carrie also grew up in Ukpeagvik’s rich Iñupiaq culture and now their 5 children, Kaley (11), Mikal (10), Malachi (7), Kyle (5) and Mackenzie (2) will be able to learn and live their cultural traditions as well.