Another of the good guys
Scott Hawkins, an energetic visionary and business leader, lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer this week. He was 60.
Hawkins over the years became a trusted and wise adviser to Alaska’s political candidates and its leaders, and he ran for governor in 2018.
Working first in banking, he was named the then-newly created Anchorage Economic Development Corp.’s first executive director. He was highly successful in attracting businesses to the city and launching the Ted Stevens International Airport as a busy cargo hub.
Hawkins founded an economics consulting business, an Anchorage-Japan tour company, and co-founded the Alaska Supply Chain International oil field services company. As CEO and president, he developed business for ASCI in Chile, Trinidad, Sakhalin Island, and North Dakota, as well as on the North Slope and in Anchorage. Before his death, he had been working on a project to expand the business to Angola.
Over the past decade, he waded more deeply into politics, supporting business-oriented candidates to ensure the business community was more politically engaged as lawmakers exert much control over the business climate. He founded Prosperity Alaska, which later changed its name to Alaska Wins, a pro-business policy group. He had served on the Alaska Chamber board and as chairman of BIPAC, the oldest industry-focused political action committee in the nation.
He ran for governor last year on a pro-business platform, and traveled the state widely, leaving the contest only after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Hawkins was a positive force for good in Alaska, a guy who was trusted and respected. He was a champion for Alaska and is people, a kind, generous man who left his mark and made this state a better place.
He was another of the good guys. He will be sorely missed.