2013 Business Leader of the Year
David moved to Fairbanks in 1977, graduated from North Pole High School (NPHS), and was a member of the Plumber and Pipefitters Local 375 until 1986. He then changed careers, joining an insurance company that would later become Willis of Alaska. David quickly advanced to President/CEO and, in 2007 when the company left Alaska, David made a significant investment in the community, forming Hale & Associates. David had always wanted to be in the restaurant business so in January 2012 he made that dream a reality and purchased majority ownership of Los Amigos Tex-Mex and Steakhouse and Sports Bar.
David is active in the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and various trade associations. He gives generously in terms of time and financial support to youth sports, including coaching basketball at NPHS, donating funds for the NPHS gymnasium floor and score board, and co-chairing the School Bond committee. He’s also involved with Interior Youth Basketball Association, the youth activities at the Elks Lodge, and the State Insurance Association, serving as president two separate times. He is currently the National Director for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
David encourages his employees to be engaged in the community. The employees of Hale & Associates, spearheaded by David, raise money for KUAC’s annual fundraiser, volunteer for Breast Cancer Detection Center’s Gala Affair, and volunteer at Catholic School of Fairbanks’ annual HIPOW event. David’s leadership, professionalism, dedication to his business and our community exemplifies the characteristics deserving of this award.
Business Leader of the Year Program
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Previous Business Leaders
|2012 Dan Gavora||2000 George Gordon||1988 Walt Scholtfeldt|
|2011 Kyong Hollen||1999 Rhonda Curwen-Boyles||1987 Mike Kelly|
|2010 Bernie Karl||1998 Margaret Russell||1986 William Green|
|2009 Dr. Cary S. Keller||1997 Morris Thompson||1985 Jeff Cook|
|2008 Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman||1996 Norm & Angie Kruckenberg||1984 Lawrence Heiner|
|2007 Jack Wilbur||1995 Gary Wilken||1983 Judy Robertson|
|2006 Jim Lund||1994 Larry Doll||1982 Marc Langland|
|2005 Ginger Stock-Mackenzie||1993 Jim & Jinx Whitaker||1981 Ray Kohler|
|2004 Michael Cook||1992 Gary Roth||1980 Wally Burnett|
|2003 John Hill||1991 Tim Fargo||1979 Ron Nerland|
|2002 Bart LeBon||1990 Ralph Seekins||1978 Joseph Usibelli Sr.|
|2001 Steve Frank & Linda Anderson||1989 Captain Jim Binkley||1977 Paul Gavora|