Bert Bell is a lifelong Fairbanksan. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska in 1975. He has been with the GHEMM Company, an Interior Alaska general contractor, since 1976. The company is well-known for commercial and industrial contracting throughout the Interior and northern Alaska. Since Bert started with GHEMM, the company has performed over 650 contracts worth more than half a billion dollars. He is currently the president and majority owner of GHEMM Company, and has been a registered Professional Engineer in civil engineering since 1985. He is past president of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers, Fairbanks branch, as well as past president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. He has served on numerous advisory boards to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, including the Post-Graduate Engineering and Science Management Program, civil engineering department, the College of Engineering and Mines Board, and is currently on the Chancellor's Advisory Board. Community involvement includes the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, United Way, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, past youth sport coach and past PTA officer. He currently serves as a trustee for the Alaska Carpenter's Health and Welfare Trust, the Alaska Carpenter's Pension Trust and the AGC Alaska Construction Industry Advancement Fund Trust. As a board member at the research center, he hopes to bring more of CCHRC's research and successes to the world of commercial construction.