Business in Brief

Wells Fargo announces new Homer business relationship manager 

Wells Fargo has named Jess Sarsfield as a business relationship manager serving customers in Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula, Wells Fargo announced in a press release. He will focus on meeting the financial needs of business owners and managers in the lower Kenai Peninsula and helping their businesses succeed financially.

Sarsfield joined Wells Fargo three years ago as an assistant store manager in Juneau. He has spent the past two years serving as a store manager in Juneau and Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Sarsfield earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. Sarsfield originally hails from England, and he is a certified scuba dive instructor. 

Wells Fargo has 800 team members in Alaska who serve customers through a network of 53 banking, mortgage and investment offices and 115 ATMs, in 28 communities.  


Peony growers hold

conference Jan. 28-30

The annual winter conference of the Alaska Peony Growers Association will take place at Land’s End Resort Jan. 28-30. With more than 27 sessions and 23 speakers, there is certainly something for everyone from the experienced peony grower to Grower Schools for the beginners, say organizers in a press release.

Speakers include Don Hollingsworth, who is respected world-wide for his breed- ing contributions and his 48 years of experience, and Gay Smith, technical consulting manager for Chrysal USA who will share her many years of traveling and teaching the best methods to maintain the integrity of peonies from cutting to cooler storage to shipping. 

The conference will include local grower panels, website construction classes, and several sessions on field maintenance including pest and disease management. 

Interested persons may register at 

For more information, contact Rita Jo Shoultz at 235-8116 or Wayne Floyd at 907-741-0204.


Chamber’s membership

meeting set for Jan. 26

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual membership meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. The meeting is for chamber members only. 

For more information, contact Jorge Davila at 235-7740 or

AmericasCuisine will host this month’s chamber Business After Hours event. It takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Homer Elks Lodge. 

There will be plenty of door prizes, refreshments and opportunities to mingle and network with others.

The chamber is seeking information on lodging availability for visiting anglers for the Winter King Salmon Tournament, which is scheduled for March 19.

Chamber members with accommodations that have availability during March 17-20 are asked to contact Melanie Campagne so she can add you to the list of referrals and to the chamber website. She can be reached at 235-7740 or by emailing