Former Fur Rondy leader named to head Iron Dog
August 10th, 2017 | Staff Report
Outgoing executive director lead snowmobile race through growth period
The Board of Directors o?Iron Dog, Inc., the world's longest toughest snowmobile race, announced last week that Susan Duck has been selected as executive director. Duck replaces Kevin Kastner, who successfully led the organization through a critical seven-year period of growth and transformation. Kastner resigned to pursue a new opportunity in the Lower 48.
"The Board of Directors is pleased to have Ms. Duck on board," said Jim Wilke, President of the Board, "With her professional qualifications and record of success, we are confident that Susan is the right person to insure that the Iron Dog organization will enjoy continued growth and success in the future."
"I am honored to take the reins from Kevin Kastner and look forward to continuing the positive momentum and growth of Iron Dog," said Duck. "I am very excited about the potential of the Iron Dog, as well as the opportunities to create inclusive and interactive opportunities for members of our communities in Alaska. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors staff, volunteers, racers and families, and sponsors, together, to continue the Iron Dog success.
Duck is a marketing, event and development professional and has garnered success with her leadership in the financial recovery and stability of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous. Working with the Rondy Board of Directors, Duck led the Rondy organization out of over $220,000 of debt and certain demise. Duck is a co-creator of the wildly popular and internationally famous event "Running of the Reindeer" along with the 106.5 Alaska's Rock Morning Show host Bob Lester and producer Brad Stennett. The event has raised over $100,000 for Toys for Tots over the last 10 years.
As the mayoral appointee overseeing the Anchorage Centennial Celebration, she coordinated the multitude of Centennial events and projects that were made possible by grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Municipality of Anchorage and private corporate sponsors.
With this experience, including being the mayoral appointee in charge the Anchorage Winter Olympic Exploratory Committee, Duck is very familiar with the unique challenges of development, fundraising, public relations and logistics of an organization such as Iron Dog.
Furthermore, her history in incentive travel and VIP relations adds to her qualifications for the job.