Koenig Distillery and Winery in Caldwell won the 2013 USA Wine Producer of the Year award in the China Wine and Spirits competition in Hong Kong. The competition judges wines for the Chinese market.
Koenig also won a double-gold medal for its 2012 Riesling Ice Wine and a gold medal for its 2011 Riesling Ice Wine.
Koenig Winery was founded in 1995 by Kristen and Greg Koenig. A couple of years later, Kristen's brother, Andy, began Koenig Distillery, where he produces European-style brandies, along with potato and huckleberry vodkas.
The idea for the distillery and winery stemmed from the siblings' time living in their father's hometown in Austria, where they were exposed to local artisan wines and spirits. Their mother grew up in southwestern Idaho, and during many visits to their grandparents' farm in the Snake River Valley, the two realized the area's potential for growing fruit and grapes.
The Koenigs bought property in the Sunnyslope area in 1994 and began planting vineyards and orchards the next year.
While the businesses have grown much larger over the past 18 vintages, the family continues its craft production.
The Koenigs made contacts in Taiwan and mainland China with help from Idaho state agencies. They used State Trade and Export Promotion grants to further the relationships by visiting Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Koenig also sends products to Canada, Brazil and Denmark.
Tomas Baiza has been named director of advising and academic enhancement at Boise State University. He will begin in early June.
Baiza has more than 10 years of experience. Originally from California, he received his undergraduate degree in history from San Jose State University, master's degrees from Indiana University (in central Eurasian studies) and the University of Michigan (in early colonial Mexican history), and his doctorate in higher-education policy and management from the University of Oregon.
Baiza comes to Boise State from the University of Michigan, where he is associate director of a program.
He will report to the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Baiza is charged with fostering campus partnerships to promote student success.
Richard Brey, chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics at Idaho State University, has been elected to the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements.
The council formulates and disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements that represent a consensus of scientific thinking. The council was chartered by Congress in 1964.
Brey is also director of Idaho State's health physics program.
Corey Schou, of Idaho State University, has been elected to the board of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc., a nonprofit that educates and certifies information-security professionals in more than 135 countries.
Schou, who is also vice chairman of the consortium, is a professor of informatics, professor of information systems and associate dean of the computer information systems program. He is also director of the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center and the Informatics Research Institute at Idaho State He is a founder and chairman of the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.
Schou's research and publication interests include information security and privacy, ethics, collaborative decision-making, the impact of technology on organization structure, and the application of technology to managerial decision-making. His work has resulted in more than 200 monographs, books, articles and formal presentations.
Using tools he designed for curriculum development, he compiled and edited computer security training materials and standards for the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards. Idaho State says these have since been adopted across the federal government.
Gordon Cruickshank, Valley County commissioner, has been appointed chairman of the Idaho Council of Governments Serving Southwest Idaho.
Greater Boise Auditorium District Director Judy Peavey-Derr was appointed vice chairman, and Payette County Commissioner Marc Shigeta was named secretary-treasurer. Also joining the council is mayor of Weiser Diana Thomas, Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule and Ada County Commissioner Dave Case.
Cruickshank, Peavey-Derr, Thomas, Rule and Case join the existing 20 members that guide the group's role as the 10-county umbrella organization for the Area Agency on Aging, Economic Development District Region III, and the Idaho Hunger Task Force. The council also supports the Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership and the Payette River Scenic Byway.
Joe Phillips has been named senior vice president and chief development officer of Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. William N. Holder has been appointed vice president of health and safety.
Phillips will oversee the corporation's capital projects, including the new La Preciosa Project in Mexico, which is the major asset of its pending acquisition of Orko Silver Corp., subject to Orko shareholder approval and other closing conditions.
Phillips brings 40 years of experience in mine development and operations. Most recently, Phillips served as senior vice president of operations and development and acting chief operating officer at Silver Standard Resources. Before that, he served as senior vice president of project development at Pan American Silver, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and led the construction and commissioning of four mines over seven years in Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.
Phillips is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and has completed graduate studies in engineering management at the University of South Florida. He has served as a director of the Chambers of Mines of Mexico, Chile and Ghana, Africa.
Holder will be responsible for designing and implementing the company's global safety and health systems and programs, as well as improving health and safety performance companywide.
He will join Coeur d'Alene Mines in mid-April after transitioning from his job as director of health, safety and security for the potash division of The Mosaic Co., where he carried out ISO 18001 standards, a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management systems. Holder's background also includes environmental, operations, maintenance and continuous improvement leadership experience.
Holder holds a bachelor's degree in business management with an emphasis on leadership and human relations from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico.
Mary Jo Nyblad of Boise Cascade Co. has been named chairman of the board of the APA, The Engineered Wood Association. The group formerly was called the American Plywood Association.
Nyblad has served on the APA board for six years, the last two as vice chairman. She has also chaired the APA Marketing Advisory Committee and the APA Finance Committee.
The association is governed by a board of 15 executives from structural panel and engineered wood products companies in the United States and Canada. Nyblad is the first woman to chair the board in its 78-year history.
Her current responsibilities at Boise Cascade include sales and marketing for plywood and particleboard, as well as the transportation department for those products. She has an undergraduate degree from Whitman College and an MBA from Idaho State University.
Ron Price of Price Associates has been designated a certified professional growth curve strategist by TTI Performance Systems.
Price is an international business adviser, speaker and author. He founded Price Associates in 2004 and works with executive leadership teams to improve organizations, especially those dealing with turmoil and transition.
Price is a member of the National Speakers Association and is the author of five books, the latest of which was published in 2011, "Treasure Inside: 23 Unexpected Principles That Activate Greatness."