John Shively came to Alaska in 1965 as a VISTA volunteer. What began as a one-year assignment turned into a career involved in issues that have shaped Alaska. Shively worked with NANA Regional Corporation to negotiate development of Teck's Red Dog zinc mine. He served under two governors, including as Natural Resources Commissioner. He's been a Trustee for the Alaska Permanent Fund, Regent at the University of Alaska and board member for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Resource Development Council of Alaska - serving the latter as president for five years. Shively received the Bill Egan Award as the State Chamber's Alaskan of the Year in 2009, and has also been recognized by the Alaska Federation of Natives with its prestigious Denali Award.