Thomas (Tom) Panamaroff is vice president, lands and corporate affairs and interim president of Koniag, Inc. Koniag is one of 13 Native Regional Corporations established by Congress in 1971 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA). Koniag represents approximately 3,800 shareholders of Alutiiq descent from the Kodiak Island region.
Born and raised in Kodiak, Panamaroff’s work experience began at age 11 fishing on his father’s commercial salmon seiner. Panamaroff would ultimately skipper a commercial salmon vessel while earning a degree in finance from the University of Oregon.
After earning his degree in 1983, Panamaroff served as a legislative staffer for a variety of state legislators in Juneau, including three years as chief of staff for Kodiak Sen. Fred Zharoff and four years for Kotzebue Rep. Reggie Joule. During this time, Panamaroff was elected to the Koniag, Inc. Board of Directors, a position he held for 11 years.
Panamaroff, an employee since 2000, accepted the position of president and CEO of Koniag Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koniag, Inc. in 2005.
Panamaroff is senior liaison within the Kodiak region, working with other ANCSA corporations, tribal councils, borough and city governments and the business community of Kodiak.
Panamaroff’s civic involvement includes past service on the executive committee of the Resource Development Council of Alaska. He has also served on the boards of directors for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition and the Kodiak Maritime Museum. Panamaroff’s interests include fishing, hunting, reading and sports.