The Alaska Chamber conducts an annual public opinion poll with a sample size of 800 registered voters. This research measures Alaskan attitudes and perceptions on a range of topical issues affecting Alaska businesses, industries, and the state economy. It is the most comprehensive public survey conducted in Alaska. A detailed presentation of the findings will be shared by Mr. Thayer at the luncheon.
Curtis W. Thayer
is the President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber, advocating for favorable economic conditions for Alaska’s private companies. It is a role well-suited to a long career in government and corporate affairs.
Curtis served as Commissioner for the Department of Administration and a cabinet member for Governor Sean Parnell, with responsibility for 1,100 public employees and an annual budget of $350 million. His public service also includes deputy commissioner with the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
Prior to public service, Curtis worked on the management team of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company and for the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He has also worked in Washington, D.C. with Congressman Don Young and Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski.
Curtis has served on boards at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Alaska Retirement Management Board, Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board and chaired the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots for five years.
He was selected to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, an elite group of chamber executives that represents the perspectives and needs of chamber and their members to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
A life-long Alaskan, Curtis is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was recognized as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 under 40” community leaders.