Legislative advocacy veteran Thor Stacey to lead small-business association
JUNEAU, Alaska, Jan. 4, 2019—The state’s leading small-business association is ringing in the new year with a new state director as legislative advocacy veteran Thor Stacey takes the reins of NFIB Alaska.
“We wanted someone who would make for a seamless transition from the superb small-business advocacy work Denny DeWitt did for us for past 12 years, and we are delighted to have found the perfect candidate and honored Thor Stacey has agreed to come on board,” said Gary Selvy, NFIB’s executive director of state governmental relations. “His experience and talents are perfectly suited to meet the challenges ahead. We wish Denny the best in his well-deserved retirement and look forward to working with Thor. He will be joined by Stacy Jenkins, NFIB senior grassroots manager, who will be working to engage small-business owners throughout Alaska in supporting small-business issues.”
For the past six years, Thor Stacey has been the director of government affairs for the Alaska Professional Hunters Association and has also led legislative initiatives for Trident Seafoods, Alaska Air Carriers Association, Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, and IPOP Mining.
A lifelong Alaskan, Stacey served in the United States Marine Corps under Colonel and now Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. A graduate of AJ Diamond High School in Anchorage, he later attended the University of Alaska Southeast to study political science and government, Stacey also studied in the aviation maintenance program of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Stacey holds a competitively awarded guide concession in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Also included in his work history are stints in mining, as a deckhand in gillnet fisheries, and as a door-to-door salesman in insurance.
“This is a particularly exciting time to be an advocate for small business,” said Stacey. “With federal initiatives aimed at fostering small business growth often running up against state efforts across the nation that would impede entrepreneurial viability, a balance must be sought and if impossible to find, then defeat of bad for Main Street bills must be the goal. Small business optimism set a record last year. Lawmakers in Juneau should do all they can to piggyback on it.”
NFIB is the state’s leading small-business association. To learn more, visit www.nfib.com/AK and follow @NFIB_AK on Twitter.
For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
National Federation of Independent Business/Alaska
P.O. Box 211231
Juneau, AK 99821