Shareholders return Goldbelt incumbents

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Shareholders have returned three incumbents to the board of the Goldbelt Inc., the city's Native corporation.

Juneau residents Del Cesar, Edith McHenry and Carl C. Nelson were returned Saturday to three-year seats on the nine-member board. Nearly 83 percent of Goldbelt's nearly 3,100 voting shareholders participated in the election, according to the company.

Nelson has served on the board since 1987 and is a retired data operations manager for the state. He said increasing shareholder hire and turning around Goldbelt's tourism operations are among his goals.

''I'm very hopeful we're going to establish ourselves as a small vessel tourism company and be a major player in that area,'' he said.

Nelson predicted the company will return a profit in the next two to three years.

Cesar has served on Goldbelt's board since 1992 and is the vice president of administration for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. He said he is optimistic the company is moving in the right direction.

''It's my goal to work with management to ensure that investments are performing and work with management to divest ourselves of investments that aren't working,'' he said.

McHenry is a program support specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's office of general counsel and has been on Goldbelt's board since 1998.

Ten people ran for the three open seats on the board. Former Goldbelt director Alberta Aspen of Juneau was a close fourth in the race, according to Andrea Cadiente-Laiti, chairwoman of the nominations and elections committee.

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