Spring Event 2013 Speaker Bios

Karen King

Karen King has more than 25 years’ experience in the marketing communications industry. Before she came to Alaska in 1997, she worked in sales promotion, and in sports and entertainment marketing and advertising, with national clients such as Coca-Cola USA, Kraft Foods and Pillsbury – and with entertainment organizations such as Warner Bros. Television, the NFL and Major League Baseball.

Karen joined Nerland Agency in 1999. She is expert in marketing strategy and brand development, and led the team that created the Big Wild Life brand for the city of Anchorage, and the recent “Amazing Stories Being Written Every Day” brand for the University of Alaska Anchorage. In addition to her role and duties as the Agency’s president and CEO, she continues to work directly with clients such as BP, The Alaska Club and the University of Alaska.

Karen is a board member of the Rotary Club of Anchorage (Downtown); United Way of Anchorage; Pratt Museum in Homer; and Erik’s Ranch & Retreats, a residence and life-long learning center for young adults with Autism. She also sits on the board of advisors for UAA’s College of Arts & Sciences.

She is married to Michael King, and enjoys skiing, boating, cooking and traveling.

Rollin Hansen
As an Alaskan Native, Rollin is proud to have traveled the world while serving in the US Navy and working for Fortune 500 companies before returning back to Alaska with his family.

After leaving the military Rollin started his career in the financial segment as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. At Merrill Lynch he specialized in Retirement and Estate Planning for affluent individuals and businesses owners. After a few years with Merrill Lynch, Rollin then joined Wells Fargo in 2008 as a Investment Banker were he devised appropriate planning and implementation strategies based on the client's objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance for the Southeast Alaska market.  Prior to Rollin taking his current position, he spent 2011 playing a critical role in the Wachovia/Wells Fargo mergers process.  As a consultant, Rollin trained managers in Baltimore, D.C. and parts of Virginia on the culture of Wells Fargo visions and values.  Currently Rollin is the Regional Program Manager for the state of Alaska.  As the program manager Rollin cultivates ongoing relationship with decision makers with Alaska businesses as a trusted financial resource in providing employees a financial benefits package and helping employees succeed financially. Rollin also manages Wells Fargo military and college banking programs for the state.

Rollin is a graduate from Chapman University with a Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently in process of completing his MBA (school name not be mentioned).