Shareholder Cindy Massie Honored at AFN

BSNC shareholder Cindy Massie and her husband Tom were awarded the Alaska Federation of Natives Small Business Award for their generous philanthropic efforts advancing causes in Alaska.

Tom and Cindy met in Nome, Alaska where Tom was working. Cindy was working construction as a flagger. From the day Tom spotted Cindy flagging, he never wanted to just drive by her again! The couple had humble beginnings in Fallbrook, Calif. where they started a television show in the garage with Tom’s father, George. Eventually the show became so popular that they decided to purchase their own channel and named it “The Outdoor Channel.” The channel expanded its programs, became known worldwide and was subsequently sold.

In time, Tom and Cindy created The Tom and Cindy Massie Foundation. Through this foundation, the Massies have generously supported the Bering Straits Foundation and many Alaska nonprofits and organizations, including the Covenant Youth of Alaska, the UAA Music program, Nome Fine Arts Club, and the Unalakleet Elders Assisted Living Facility. When presenting scholarships to Unalakleet’s class of 2018, the quote they passed on was, “If you can believe it,
you can achieve it!”

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