BBRSDA Selects Andy Wink as New Executive Director

Economist Andy Wink, who has analyzed Alaska’s seafood industry for nearly a decade, will come on board as executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) on July 23.

When announcing his appointment, the BBRSDA said Wink’s past work with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and many other industry groups would benefit its mission and membership. His work will focus mainly on improving the quality and appreciation of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in the marketplace.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, where he majored in economics and finance, Wink worked for the state of Alaska for seven years as a labor economist, seafood development specialist and investment officer. In 2010 he began working for the McDowell Group, a Juneau, Alaska based research and consulting firm, where he was the primary industry research analyst from 2012 through 2017 for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Wink left McDowell in January to start his own business as an independent research contractor but has now joined the BBRSDA.

In addition to his work in the seafood industry, Wink has written economic impact studies on oil and gas projects in Africa, done education/training program analysis, administered a large seafood marketing grant program in Alaska, conducted investment research for a $30 billion plus fund, and contributed to local economic planning projects.