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John Binkley, President, Cruise Lines International Association Alaska
John is a third-generation Alaskan; he grew up in the family tour business operating sternwheel riverboats. He saw firsthand the growth of the tourism industry from its humble beginnings during the 1950’s and 60’s, to the dramatic growth of the 1980’s and 1990's when the larger cruise ships started coming to Alaska; to now having almost two million visitors a year to the state. John served as CEO of the family business, and now his sons operate the successful family tourism business through the fourth generation.
In 1977 John and his wife Judy founded and operated a tug and barge business in western Alaska. It was there that John began his public service, first as a member of the Bethel City Council in the early 80’s and then representing the region in the Alaska House of Representatives. He went on to the State Senate, serving as co-chairman of the Finance Committee. John’s extensive record of civic service includes serving as Chairman of the Alaska Railroad Corporation for 13 years, continuing to serve as a member of the Board of Directors since 1995; he serves or has served on many statewide boards including Doyon Tourism Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Alaska Travel Industry Association and many other corporate and non-profit boards. He currently serves as President of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska.
John and Judy live in Fairbanks, and have four adult children and nine grandchildren, all in Alaska.