Carrie Jokiel grew up playing with Lincoln Logs on the floors of ChemTrack's Anchorage office, which was founded as a construction company in 1973 by her father and transitioned into an environmental services and engineering company in 1985. Jokiel became the company's majority shareholder in 2010 and has led the company since. "I love who I work with and I am so grateful for my team," she says. Jokiel is passionate about the positive impact that engineering can have for Alaskans: "I love our state and that [ChemTrack] gets to be part of the mission to make our state safer and the kind of state that we want to raise our families in."
Alaska Business: What do you do in your free time?
Carrie Jokiel: I love to go to Girdwood. I have an A-frame cabin there, and I love spending time in the mountains.
AB: Is there a skill you're currently developing or have always wanted to learn?
Jokiel: I'm learning to play golf, and I'm super falling in love with it and trying to become better.
AB: What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Jokiel: Owning my own business is wild and pretty crazy and challenging and it takes a lot of moxie, though I don't know if it's daring. I'm pretty risk-averse anymore, though I did go heli-skiing a bit ago and that felt pretty daring.
AB: What's your go-to comfort food?
Jokiel: Lasagna--I save up for it and I have it almost every Sunday night at Little Italy.
AB: Other than your current career, if you were a kid today, what would your dream job be?
Jokiel: I'm really falling in love with Danish and Scandinavian furniture, just the clean lines and the craftmanship of it--I'd either make furniture or be some sort of purveyor of furniture.
AB: What's your favorite way to exercise?
Jokiel: I have a gym that I enjoy going to, Elite Sports Performance. I love skiing, I love playing hockey, and I love going for a run every now and then.
AB: Dead or alive, who would you like to see perform live in concert?
Jokiel: Tom Petty would have been pretty amazing; I'm really bummed I missed him.
AB: What's your greatest extravagance?
Jokiel: Travel, especially foreign travel, and I really love a long meal: having the salad, having the cheese platter, having the dessert, the whole thing. I enjoy fine food and spending time enjoying it with company.
AB: What are you superstitious about?
Jokiel: [When I play] hockey, I always set out my equipment the same way before I put it on.
AB: What's your best...