As I approach my 12th season at Icy Strait Point, I reflect on my journey. I had just completed my 16th year at Hoonah Public Schools as the high school volleyball Coach and Instructional Aide when I decided to make a career move and go with my heart to seek employment with Point Sophia (Huna Totem Corporation). Jon Kveum hired me during the construction phase of 2003 as part of the landscaping crew. That was a very physical summer for me, raking, transplanting, exposing underground rocks, and watering the trees and plants hours before other employees even showed up for work. Then coming back for hours after everyone had gone home for the evening.
I knew that the creation of Icy Strait Point was going to be BIG: the investment, the idea, and the impact. Huna Totem Corporation and the community of Hoonah would come to life with visitors from all over the world. I wanted to be front and center to welcome them to my home.
I worked my way from the landscaping crew to the construction crew by the end of the first summer. I worked with Howie in the tool shed for a few months before inching my way into the office to help with time sheets and coding different projects. I made myself available and never said no.
In 2005, I was introduced to the Fish House Excursion Lounge, I had to observe the lead dock rep from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. and then it was all me; talk about being thrown into the hot coals. I didn’t realize it at the time but that was my ultimate test of leadership. I survived, and that year I was promoted to Program Supervisor.
That promotion inspired me to strive for more, Program Manager and now the Director of Shore Excursions. As I look back at my journey and look forward to my future, I am exactly where I want to be. I am living the dream… I work for my corporation, I live in my hometown, I work side by side with family and friends, and I get to meet people from all over the world.
Julie Jackson, Director of Shore Excursions
Icy Strait Point