Aaron Schutt (Native Village of Tanana) has been with Doyon, Limited for more than two decades, rapidly rising through the ranks from Senior Vice President to Chief Operating Officer to, in 2011, President and CEO.
Since its founding in 1972, Doyon, Limited has developed 12 subsidiaries across the oil and gas, utilities, construction, information technology, tourism and telecommunications industries. With headquarters in Fairbanks, Alaska, and offices in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and Federal Way, Washington, Doyon, Limited counts among its most notable clients the United States Army’s Defense Logistics Agency and multinational energy corporation Conoco-Phillips.
During his tenure, Doyon, Limited (through Doyon Utilities) has seen the completion of the largest utility privatization in military history for 12 utility systems at three Army bases in Alaska. Today, his company (through Doyon Drilling) is currently transporting North America’s largest land drilling rig to Alaska’s North Slope to work for Conoco-Phillips.
He says that one of the biggest lessons he’s learned about leadership is that every person “has needs, motivators, and a preferred communication style. If you take the time to learn and respond to each individual, you will get more from your team. If you ask everyone to meet you at your comfort zone, you will not.”
He also says that it’s important to read constantly, including politics, business, economics, and general news trends in our state and industries in Indian Country. In so doing, you can see what is coming down the road.
“There is a surprising amount of publicly available information to help predict future trends and understand the industries your business participates in,” he says.
At the end of the day, the best part of his job is being able to help people and see an impact.
“I love working for our shareholders,” he says. “Although we have more than 20,000, I have many friends and relatives in that group. Even for those I don’t know personally, I appreciate the opportunity to work for our people.”