Larry Cotter, Chief Executive Officer
Larry Cotter is Chief Executive Officer of APICDA and its subsidiary companies. He has lived in Alaska since 1974 and has worked in the commercial fishing industry since moving to the state. Larry spent over four years as a seafood processing worker in Juneau, and eight years as a labor organizer and representative for seafood processing workers and longshoremen. He served on the Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for six years and as a voting member of the Council for an additional six years. This was during the transition years when foreign fishing was being phased out and domestic allocation issues were first coming to the forefront. During that time he was Chair of several committees including the Bycatch Committee and Crab Management Committee. Larry continues to volunteer time for fishery management issues and currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee.
Larry has also been active in his community, and served as a board member of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau (including two years as Chair). He was a member of the Fish & Game Transition Team for both Governor Palin and Former Governor Murkowski. Larry currently chair’s the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Responsible Fisheries Management committee.
Grant Mirick, Chief Operating Officer
Grant Mirick is our Chief Operating Officer and oversees APICDA’s subsidiaries. Grant has been involved in the Alaska fishing and processing industries for more than 30 years with positions and activities in corporate management, production management, quality control, domestic and international seafood sales, and commercial fishing. After working his way through college with fishing industry jobs in Unalaska and Kodiak, Grant moved to Kodiak full-time in the early 1980s to work for Ocean Beauty Seafoods. In 1993 he accepted a job managing the Kodiak Salmon Packers facility in Larsen Bay and worked between Seattle and the village of Larsen Bay for the next 13 years. Community outreach and joint projects with the community of Larsen Bay were some of the most memorable and rewarding parts of his job. He went to work for Snopac Products in 2007 as the Director of Sales and in 2010 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, which included overseeing operations in Dillingham and the M/V Snopac Innovator. After the Sale of Snopac Products in 2013, Grant went to work for Welmar Pacific as their Vice President of Operations where he led the team for Alaska salmon sales and Asian value added product development.
Robert Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Robert Smith is the Chief Financial Officer for APICDA and its subsidiary companies. He has lived in Alaska since 1983. He holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting and has over 31 years working in the financial arena. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and came to APICDA in 1995 after spending two years working for the State of Alaska, Southeast Commercial Fisheries Division.
Gary Chythlook, Chief Administrative Officer
Gary Chythlook is the Chief Administrative Officer for APICDA. Gary grew up commercial fishing out of Bristol Bay and still has many ties to the fishery. He has a broad range of experience in business ownership, marketing, management and project management. He holds a bachelor’s in elementary education and psychology and a master’s in business administration. Having grown up in rural Alaska, he is personally very passionate about APICDA’s purpose of creating stable local economies in each of our member communities. In the past, he has volunteered for many boards and committees that worked to fulfill a similar purpose.
General Manager APICDA Joint Ventures
General Manager Tourism
Director Human Resources
Renewable Energy and Fisheries Liaison
Fleet Manager APICDA Vessels Inc.
Director 8(a), MBE Development
Ellen Lawlor Krsnak
Director Communications and Media
Training and Education Manager
Director Technology Services
Cannon Fish Company
Plant Administrative Manager
Atka Pride Seafoods
False Pass Fuel Company
Nelson Lagoon Storage and Tourism