Meet Our Management Team
Our Management Team holds the vital role of representing the interests of our employees, customers, and our communities.
As a result, we as a company are empowered to do what is right for our customers and community. We strive to provide excellent service, innovative solutions and value our work.
Meet the Management Team of Alaska Communications who help inspire these values and lead by example.
Jim McCarley serves as chief executive officer, overseeing the entire organization as it executes its industry leading expansion of connectivity to all Alaskans. He is serving in this role on interim basis until a permanent replacement CEO is named.
McCarley has 35 years of technology experience, including aerospace, oil & gas, and advanced additive manufacturing. He has more than 20 years’ experience leading large organizations, including multi-national corporations and technology companies.
He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. McCarley brings a proven record of working in industries that are highly regulated and require advanced technology, inspiring teams to execute strategic plans focused on delivering sustainable deep value to stakeholders, shareholders, and employees while delivering high customer satisfaction.
McCarley and his wife, Lynn, have two sons and enjoy serving their community. They will be residents of Anchorage for the duration of his service to Alaska Communications.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Patrick Bergt leads the company’s legal and human resource functions, which include contract administration, regulatory compliance, regulatory advocacy, risk management, labor relations and other human resource functions.
Bergt is an experienced attorney with civil, criminal, municipal and regulatory experience in matters unique to Alaska. He received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.
He’s a lifelong Alaskan and lives in Anchorage with his wife and two young children. He speaks Spanish and enjoys being outdoors.
Chief Financial Officer
Brea Schmidt serves as Chief Financial Officer, leading the company’s revenue, treasury, and finance departments. Ms. Schmidt joined the company in 2022. She has served in several leadership roles in private equity, most recently as vice president at Freedom 3 Capital, an investment firm that provides structured credit and equity capital. Prior to Freedom 3, Brea worked in private equity at Lone Star Funds and Paceline Equity Partners in Dallas, TX.
Brea holds a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from Washburn University. She was formerly a CFA charterholder and licensed CPA, both of which are currently inactive. She and her husband live in Anchorage with their two children.
Our Advisory Board
Meet Our Advisory Board Team
Comprised of Alaskans, the Alaska Communications Advisory Board brings unique community and customer perspectives to guide decision making. Together with the leadership team, the Advisory Board evaluates the needs of Alaska businesses and consumers, identifies new opportunities, serves as the eyes and ears in the community, acts as ambassadors for Alaska Communications, supports business development and creates dialog with community members and business and political leaders.