Helvi Sandvik's Leadership Experience
  • Former president of a $1.5 billion holding company with more than 60 subsidiaries, 15,000 employees and operations in all 50 states, 3 United States territories, 11 countries, and 4 continents. Grew revenues from $100 million to $1.6 billion.

  • Broad experience in the government contracting, oil & gas, hospitality and professional service sectors

  • First Wall Street financing for an Alaska Native Corporation

  • Evaluated and managed resource development opportunities, including landowner oversight of one of the world’s largest zinc mines

  • Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation

  • Director, Alaska Department of Transportation Statewide Aviation division

  • Economic Development planner for Maniilaq Association

Board Service

  • Director, Alaska Air Group, an $8 billion Fortune 500 holding company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air
  • Director, HDR, a $2 billion employee-owned engineering, environmental & construction firm with 225 locations around the globe
  • Director, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
  • Past commissioner of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
  • Former chair of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Past director for numerous startups, joint ventures, and other operations
  • Past board member, Native American Contractors Association
  • Past chairman, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce board of directors
  • Past board member, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Energy Authority, and United Way of Anchorage
  • Past Regional Vice President, National Association of State Aviation Officials
  • Past Trustee/Advisor, Aqqaluk Trust

Awards & Recognition

  • Athena Leadership Award
  • William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year
  • Junior Achievement Alaska Business Hall of Fame Laureate
  • University of Alaska Business and Professional Alumni Achievement Award


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, Kalamazoo College, Michigan
  • Master’s degree in business administration, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Helvi Sandvik



About Kidways

Kidways is a place on the Kobuk River in Northwest Alaska where the river flows between the Baird and Waring Mountains. The Western Arctic caribou herd migrates through the area and Sheefish run in the river. Helvi's family gathered there to camp, hunt and fish. It's a place where they regroup in beauty and solitude.