“Don’t give up. Even though your goals may change, always grow and continue to work hard.”KEF Board Member Tony Cange
Tony Cange’s connection to Kodiak started with his grandparents, Pete and Deloris Peterson. Cange’s grandparents’ roots are from Seldovia and Palmer, but in 1966 they moved to Kodiak to try their hand in the commercial fishing industry and work towards financial freedom. His mother, Leona Cange, attended school in Kodiak and married Joe Cange, and now resides in Anchorage.
Like his grandparents, Cange’s compass for his career has always pointed towards securing his independence. To achieve this, he knew he wanted to pursue a degree in finance which brought him to the University of Utah, where Cange studied tirelessly and received his bachelor’s degree.
Upon graduating, Cange acquired a position with the Seldovia Native Association and the Aleut Real Estate, LLC. For nearly 15 years, Cange developed skills and experience in commercial and residential real estate and property management. This led him to become the Chief Executive Officer of Seldovia Native Association Inc. and Aleut Real Estate, LLC president. He used his talents to underwrite and complete due diligence for real estate acquisitions and manage commercial real estate assets totaling more than $100 million in asset value in five different markets –Alaska, Seattle, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Phoenix.
In 2016 he joined the Cange Group, where he works on leasing, sales, and leading their acquisition team. He also became a Certified Commercial Investment Member and now holds a salesperson license with the State of Alaska.
Each step Cange took has led him to where he is today. Cange is currently the owner of Agyaq Group, LLC, a holding company for various investments in real estate and managing businesses like Alaska Medical Waste, Alaska Scrap and Recycling, and Spill Shield Inc. He works with owners and investors to define strategic goals for properties. Cange also serves as a Director of Natives of Kodiak Inc., Full Metal Minerals, and Koniag Education Foundation. He began serving on the KEF Board in 2005 and has been with the foundation for 11 years.
When asked what advice Tony would give KEF students mapping out their journeys, he shared, “Don’t give up. Even though your goals may change, always grow and continue to work hard.”