Randall Kowalke is a highly respected and accomplished Alaskan whose friends describe him as loyal, confident, and engaging. His professional relationships have earned him accolades for an award- winning film on ANWR development and his unique representation of the Alaska Oil Industry to Congress and other national audiences.
Randall and his wife Karen originally came to Alaska in 1975 when he was part of an engineering firm that had the design and construction management contract for the water and sewage treatment facilities for ARCO and BP on the North Slope. Randall’s early career included stops at an iconic Alaskan enterprise, Alaska Industrial Hardware (AIH) and a number of oilfield service companies. At AIH he excelled as the general sales manager and adeptly improved the businesses profitability. Later, as a project manager for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and then Vice President of an multi-million- dollar oilfield service contractor, Randall demonstrated his ability to see complex projects through from beginning to completion and made his mark on helping to build the backbone of Alaska’s developing resource infrastructure.
Randall has helped a number of companies in leadership roles such as vice president, marketing manager, general manager, and project manager. Each of these dynamic and essential positions enabled Randall to improve the effectiveness and performance of companies he worked for in international oilfield services, sports equipment manufacturing, forest products and business communications technology (which included a fiber network, several internet service providers and a small rural phone company)
Randall’s extensive career spans the Northwest from Oregon (with a number of years in management positions in the Wood Products Industry), Washington, to Alaska. During his time in the Wood products Industry he spent a year managing U.S. owned Wood Products company in Canada.
Since 2015 Randall has represented the Mat-Su Borough as an Assembly Member for District 7. His lifetime of experience representing a wide range of constituents as a member of multiple community organizations such as the Central Lincoln PUD in Lincoln County Oregon as a PUD Commissioner and Economic Development Board Chairman, Anchorage, Chamber of Commerce ANWR committee chairman, and as a member of Alaska's first trade delegation to the Russian Far East. Randall also served 14 years on the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Board as well a multi-year member of the Resource Development Council Board.
Randall's love of Alaska is strong, and he listens to the voices of concern our residents share with him. Randall continues to bring Alaska's message to an international audience to promote building a stronger and more diverse economic engine for the future. He has worked tirelessly as a steadfast advocate seeking more significant opportunities for our resource wealth. Randall is humble, and when describing himself, he focuses on family, faith, strong core values, and loyalty to Alaska.
Willow is his home, and it is here where he is closest to activities he enjoys most with friends and family like sportfishing, snow-machining, 4-wheeling and photography.