Ryan Gregg has been re-elected as Boise State University student body president, and Bryan Vlok has been elected vice president.
Gregg is a junior from Boise majoring in political science. This is his second term as president; he also previously served as an ASBSU senator and student assembly speaker. He is a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and has been involved with Honors College and the Political Science Association.
Vlok is a junior from Durban, South Africa, studying business administration. He previously served as ASBSU speaker of the assembly and as president of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also has been a volunteer for Student Programs Board, a marketing intern with Boise State Athletics and an employee of the Student Union Information Desk.
Other officers include Assembly Speaker Lauren Albright, a junior from Ocala, Fla., majoring in marketing; Secretary of Academic Affairs Christopher Bower, a junior from Meridian majoring in social work; and Secretary of Student Organization Affairs Megan Buxton, a junior from Caldwell majoring in mass communications.
Idaho Power made a formal presentation and recognition of the College of Western Idaho for its building efficiency design in the remodel of the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education.
The design and remodel of the previous Sam's Club location exceeded local building codes to achieve energy savings estimated at nearly 713,000 kilowatt-hours annually, enough energy to power 57 average-sized homes in the area for one year.
Building Energy Inc., Meridian, has received the 2012 Most Innovative Verifier of the Year award from the Northwest Energy Star Program. Building Energy is an Energy Star/Home Energy Rating System score verification company, and this award recognizes its commitment in helping area builders incorporate energy efficient building techniques and design into their homes.
Building Energy has verified and audited residential and commercial buildings in the Northwest for several years. The company specializes in certification, code standards compliance, energy audits and consulting services in energy efficiency.
"We are very pleased to be recognized for the implementation of internal systems that enable us to provide real-time, quality services to our clients," says owner Ingo Stroup, who has worked in the building science industry for more than 30 years.
In addition, Brighton Homes, one of the company's Energy Star partners, has received the 2012 Regional Builder of the Year award.
Peter Butler and Cristina Georgescu-Hansen have joined Pensionmark Boise to assist its growing number of plan sponsors.
Butler, the new director of investments, is responsible for assisting the development of investment policies and corresponding analyses of retirement plan clients' investment portfolios. He also coordinates the research and determination of whether investments are meeting the guidelines outlined by their clients' investment policy statements.
Butler has 18 years of financial analysis experience, ranging from analysis of publicly traded stocks to valuation of privately held companies, including venture capital investment. He is a published author and has been invited to speak at numerous national, regional, and international business valuation conferences.
Georgescu-Hansen, Pensionmark Boise's new client relationship manager, is responsible for processing new business for clients, providing support with plan administration, assisting with plan compliance, and new plan installation and conversions. She is a graduate of Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in international business with a minor in finance.
Pensionmark was recognized by PlanAdviser as one of the "Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers" and by Inc. Magazine as one of "America's Fastest Growing Companies."
Patricia Nilsson, AICP, has been hired by Canyon County as its new development services director.
Nilsson has been a public sector planner in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Idaho for 25 years. She has extensive experience in long-range planning and has been a project manager for comprehensive plans, a multi-million dollar open space program and transportation plans. As the manager of comprehensive planning for the city of Boise, she recently completed a major update to the comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise.
Nilsson is a member of the 2005 Leadership Boise class, past president of the Idaho chapter of the American Planning Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Tech. She is active in Rotary and the Bishop Kelly Booster Club.
Chuck Mark has been selected as forest supervisor for the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Mark currently serves as deputy forest supervisor of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana.
As supervisor of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Mark will be responsible for managing 4.3 million acres of national forest land in Central Idaho, including the 2.3 million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. The forest includes seven ranger districts.
Mark earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Montanas School of Forestry in 1981. He has continued studies in forest ecology and is a certified silviculturist. He also serves as a fire behavior analyst and long-term fire analyst.
Mark served as the St. Joe District ranger in northern Idaho from 2004 through 2010. Since then, he has been deputy forest supervisor for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Dillon, Mont.
Bessie Katsilometes, Ph.D., Idaho State University, and Julie Taylor, West Valley Medical Center, have joined the March of Dimes Idaho Chapter.
Elected officers for 2013 are: Chair Dave Self of PacificSource Health, Vice Chair Chris Roth of St. Luke's Health System, Secretary Lyn Darrington of Gallatin Public Affairs, Treasurer Tommy Ahlquist of Gardner Co., and immediate past Board Chair George Iliff of Colliers International.
Additional members of the board for 2013 are James Christensen of Farmers Insurance, Laura Cobb of CitiCards, Jennifer Johnson of Saint Alphonsus Health System, Alyson Outen of Micron Technology, Jayson Ronk of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Stacy Seyb of St. Luke's Maternal Fetal Medicine and Dave Terrell of Washington Trust Bank. Denise Brennan is the executive director.
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit focused on the prevention of premature births. March of Dimes funds research on a national level to help conquer birth defects and premature births, also focusing on community programs, advocacy, education and support.
Dr. Chad Hunt has joined Intermountain Pet Hospital as an associate. Hunt received his veterinary degree at Washington State University in 2008 and completed an internship under specialists in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology and physical therapy at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Garden City.
Hunt sought other educational opportunities with ophthalmologists from Oregon, Illinois and Idaho before starting in general practice in 2010. In 2012 Hunt decided to pursue advanced training and certification in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation from The Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Jon Petersen, Jeff Leavitt, Zack Stone and Steve Leavitt, owners of Shipping Services Boise, doing business as Unishippers, earned a Gold award for 2012 from Unishippers Global Logistics LLC as one of the year's top performing franchisees.
Unishippers says winning franchisees excelled at delivering savings and customer service to small and mid-sized businesses for their shipping needs, ultimately leading to increased new customer acquisition and revenue.