From the Desk of the Executive Director

As we start the 2019/20 policy year, I wanted to thank our members for their support and confidence in APEI, welcome some new members, and let everyone know of some upcoming offerings at APEI.

This was a challenging renewal for many APEI members.  Several large property and liability losses in Alaska have resulted in an increase in the cost of primary insurance and the premiums we pay for excess insurance.  These costs, unfortunately, must be passed onto members.  We were able to mitigate some of this increase with the decision by the APEI board in March of 2019 to distribute about $920,000 in longevity credits to APEI members.  We very much appreciate the loyalty of the APEI members who recognize the value in maintaining membership in the pool, despite the vagaries of the insurance market.

We at APEI strive to offer our membership a strong insurance program as well as a wide selection of services to assist our members in reducing losses and saving money for their organizations. We work hard to identify those services that will provide the most value to our members and this year we’re pleased to be offering some new services to help our members expand their risk management programs:

  • Drug and Alcohol Signs and Symptoms Training for Supervisors: If your organization has vehicle operators that are regulated by the US Department of Transportation, this two-hour training program is mandatory. Even if your employees are not US DOT regulated, this training provides valuable information to help you identify issues that may present risks in your workplace. We have made this training available online through our website at no cost to APEI members. To access this online training, please contact Cole Cummins at to receive your personal login and password.
  • New Supervisor Bootcamp: Comprehensive supervisor training is difficult to come by, especially for our smaller and more remote members. On October 23-24, 2019, Carleen Mitchell will be presenting in Anchorage on a wide variety of subjects, including conducting job interviews, performance management and evaluations, addressing disciplinary issues, and key employment laws. Watch this site for more information as we get closer to October.

If you aren’t familiar with our other loss control offerings or haven’t reviewed them in a while, we encourage you to look at the loss control tab on this website.  APEI’s Loss Control Manager, Cole Cummins, is also happy to provide more information on what is available.

We will be reaching out to members over the next few weeks to touch base and to assist in identifying loss control needs that APEI may be able help with.

Please give me a call if you have questions or concerns with any of our varied activities or would simply like to get acquainted.  If you are in Juneau or are passing through, we’d love to have you stop by our office near the airport to meet APEI staff, and let us put a face to your name!

Barbara Thurston
Executive Director