Local professionals are youthful achievers
Eagle River’s John Sims and Chugiak’s Colin Fay were recently named to the 2013 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty Under 40” list.
Here’s a look at each man:
Sims, a 1996 Chugiak High graduate, works for ENSTAR as the director of business development. Outside of the office, Sims serves as the vice president of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and the president of the Chugiak Youth Sports Association.
Being associated with this year’s other recipients was flattering, Sims said.
“It’s really quite an honor,” he said.
A former Chugiak High baseball and Chugiak Post 33 Legion coach, Sims now spends his time mentoring elementary-aged athletes, helping out with his son’s Knik little league, soccer and hockey teams.
“I really try to be involved with the youth in the community as much as possible,” he said.
Sims said he likes finding ways to motivate his athletes and witnessing their improvement throughout the season.
“Through coaching, there’s a unique way to give kids confidence,” he said. “That’s really what I enjoy about coaching.”
For Sims, coaching is one of his favorite activities.
“Coaching is a big part of my life,” he said. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.”
A 2005 Chugiak High graduate, Fay is a mechanical engineer for PDC Inc. Engineers in Anchorage.
The award surprised Fay.
“I was not expecting this,” he said.
Fay serves as chairman of the Cascadia Green Building Council, which advocates for sustainable building designs. He’s also helping lead his company into more energy efficient designs.
Fay’s interest in living more environmentally friendly stems from wanting to protect his home state’s beauty for generations to come.
“I want to preserve the Alaska that I grew up knowing and loving,” he said. “The best way to do that is to promote responsible development.”
A former ski patroller, Fay teaches CPR classes to incoming and current ski patrollers and serves on the Gold Nugget Triathlon race committee.
He’s also been volunteering at the annual Bear Paw Festival for the past decade. Last year, Fay earned a Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce community service award for Outstanding Individual.
As a lifelong Chugiak-Eagle River resident, Bear Paw has been a part of each year of Fay’s life.
“I grew up as a kid participating,” he said. “It’s carried on into adulthood.”
Fay couldn’t pick just one aspect of the festival as his favorite.
“There’s just so many great events,” he said.
Editor’s note: The Alaska Journal of Commerce and Chugiak-Eagle River Star are both owned by parent company Morris Communications.