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2019 Business Leader of the Year

BLOY 2019


Jim Dodson, President/CEO of Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, is the 2019 Business Leader of the Year!

He was honored at a dinner and award ceremony on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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Thank you for your support of the 2019 UAF Business Leader of the Year. Almost 400 Alaska community leaders, faculty, and students came together to support SOM students at the sold-out, Northern Lights themed event. Thanks to the generous commitment of businesses, individuals and our sponsors, we raised more than $85,000 in support of SOM student organizations, development and scholarships.

If you were not able to attend, but would still like to support SOM students, you can do so here. To use your cell phone to give, please text BLOY to 41444, and enter the amount and your name(s).

Jim Dodson

Jim has been President/CEO of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) since 2005. Prior to his position with FEDC, Jim ran successful aviation and transportation businesses in the Interior. He was an owner of Frontier Flying Service, a scheduled and chartered aviation company, and later went on to own Denali Group, a trucking transportation company with gross sales of approximately $20 million and 200 employees.

Jim is a lifelong Fairbanksan. He and his wife Kathi raised four children and have five grandchildren. Jim is a graduate of the University of Alaska and served in the US Army Vietnam 5th Special Forces Group.

Much of Jim’s success is due to his love of community, his work ethic and the relationships he has built over the last 40 plus years with many of Alaska’s influential decision-makers. He reaches out to these leaders to discuss Interior issues and they listen. Furthermore, his reach in advocating for Alaska extends beyond the 49th State to our nation’s capital.