About NOK

Natives of Kodiak, Inc. (NOK), is an Alaska Native Urban Corporation, incorporated in 1973 as a for-profit corporation organized under Alaska Law and pursuant to the 1971 federal Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (16 USC B 1601 et seq.), commonly referred to as “ANCSA”. NOK is managed by its President and CEO who is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors comprised of elected NOK shareholders.


  • Corey Gronn, Chairperson
  • Leonard 'Pat' Heitman, Vice-Chair
  • Laurence Anderson, Secretary
  • Carla Schauff, Treasurer
  • Anthony Cange, Director
  • Alexis  'Sonny' Chichenoff, Director
  • Donene Tweten, Director
  • Jeannine Marsh, Director
  • Margaret Roberts, Director


  • James K. Erickson, President & CEO
  • David Anderson, Vice-President

Business and Financial Management Experience

NOK’s extensive business and financial management experience includes:

  • Management of approximately 23,040 acres of land on Kodiak and Afognak Islands including the creation, implementation and oversight of a professional land use policy, and permitting system;
  • 100% ownership (through KOMAN Holdings, LLC) of KOMAN Diversified Services, LLC, an 8(a) company specializing in general construction and Base Operations and Support Services (BOSS);
  • Master planning and development of Kodiak Island’s Spruce Cape Subdivision, a master planned 122 unit single family housing project located on 55 acres of NOK land at the north end of Kodiak, including sewer and water design and construction;
  • Environmental restoration coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at NOK’s Buskin Beach property;
  • Construction and management of Kodiak’s 18,000 square foot, $3 million dollar Alutiiq Center, built to exacting national archival standards, which houses the renowned Alutiiq Museum as well as professional office space;
  • Professional management and oversight of highly diversified investment portfolios for Natives of Kodiak, Inc.
  • Partnership and present management of one of Alaska’s largest and most successful forest management companies, Koncor Forest Products Company;
  • Limited partnership in the Portland Paramount Hotel including initial construction and planning of this first class, 154 room, downtown Portland, Oregon facility and on-going limited partnership activities.