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Shareholder Spotlight: Brandon Pili

Brandon Pili has never been shy about his NFL goals. Playing for the NFL is something he’s aspired to since he was a kid.

Currently in his second year as a defensive li

neman for the University of Southern California (USC), Pili continues to put in the work to make his NFL dream a reality.

Raised in Utqiaġvik and then Anchorage, Pili has been playing football since the third grade. He played for Dimond High School’s varsity football team before moving to Beaverton, Ore., to play for Westview High School his senior year.

Pili understood that if he stayed in Alaska, he wouldn’t garner as much attention as other kids in the Lower 48.

“My dad pushed me to make the move, because he knew I had the potential to make it to the next level,” says Pili. “I didn’t want to at first, but I finally agreed.”

He received his first Division 1 college offer from Oregon State after his first game at Westview.

When Pili ultimately committed to USC, he says it was like “a dream come true.”

Playing at the Division 1 level in college has been an adjustment from Pili’s high school days.

“Everyone I go against is either the same size or bigger than me, and in Alaska I was usually the biggest one.”

That doesn’t intimidate Pili, though. “My parents have always pushed me and my siblings to do our best…Their support and encouragement have been my backbone over the years.”

Being away from his home in Alaska, Pili misses the outdoor activities and the long summer nights, when the sun didn’t set until well after midnight. He also

misses his family and friends.

But he still gets plenty of love from his home state. “I get a lot of support from my family and friends in Barrow and all over Alaska, and it’s a privilege to represent my community and home state.”

For now, Pili is undecided in his major at USC, but hopes to have a long and healthy career in the NFL after graduation.

Pili comes from a diverse background. He is Iñupiat and Samoan, and is very proud of his heritage.

To Pili, being Iñupiat is “very unique,” and he hopes to one day return to his former home in Utqiaġvik to learn more about the subsistence way of life and to give back to the community.

His Iñupiat name is Nasuk, and his Samoan name is Matimatimaivasa. He is the son of Heather and Billy Pili and the grandson of Randy and Virgie Crosby, from Utqiaġvik. His siblings are Darren, Alissa, Trinity, Kayla, Cayden, Braden, Alyna and Billy Jr.


About ASRC

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to approximately 13,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 13,500 people across Alaska and the Lower 48. The company has six major business segments: government contract services, petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, and resource development.

Contact

Ty Hardt
Sr. Director of Communications
3900 C Street Suite 801
Anchorage, AK 99503-5963

Direct: 907.339.6888
Email: thardt@asrc.com