Garry Plimmer, owner of Garrys Automotive in Boise, has been named the 2013 NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year by Napa AutoCare. Achieving automotive service excellence master technician status requires an ongoing series of tests and certifications, combined with many years of experience in the industry.
Criteria for this award include a commitment to excellence as shown by involvement in the community, business philosophy and industry involvement
Plimmers desire to become an automotive repair shop owner was fueled by working on vehicles belonging to family and friends out of his home garage. He also provided used tractor parts to neighboring farmers. In 1997, he opened Garrys Automotive in Boise. He joined the NAPA AutoCare network in 2003.
Jerry Jones, Idaho State University-Meridian video instruction manager, has achieved the credential of certified technology specialist awarded by InfoComm International, the professional association representing the worlds audiovisual industry.
Jones, who joined Idaho State in 2006, operates and maintains the distance-learning technology for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.
He is among 12 Idahoans to earn CTS certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, the International Organization of Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission.
Barry Brooks has been appointed campus director at the University of Phoenix Idaho Campus.
Brooks will oversee recruitment and hiring of campus staff and implement the goals and objectives of the Idaho campus.
Brooks served as director of academic affairs and student services at the University of Phoenix Eastern Washington Campus. He designed training programs that provided faculty with skills and resources to equip students for success. Brooks also worked to ensure retention of current students and foster campus growth.
Before joining University of Phoenix, Brooks was an independent management consultant specializing in organizational behavior in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He holds a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Warner Pacific College, a masters degree in counseling and guidance from Oregon State University and a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Capella University.
Doug Ooley has been appointed as director of information security services in the Office of Information Technology at Boise State University.
Ooley has 25 years of experience in technology and information systems, including software development, materials management, quality assurance, information security and business systems analysis in corporate and university environments. Before becoming the universitys manager of information security services in 2010, he served three years as a financial systems analyst in the controllers office and seven years as a PeopleSoft developer and senior developer and analyst in the Enterprise Application Systems department.
Ooley has a degree in computer information systems from Boise State and was awarded certified information security systems professional designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
Ooley is responsible for overseeing the security of all information systems, applications, networks and security appliances; operations of the Information Security Services department; and educating the university community about information security responsibilities. Other responsibilities include development, implementation and management of information security standards, and researching, evaluating and informing the campus community about security policy, procedure and best practices
Current Information Security Services projects include university enterprise road-map identity and access management solutions, PeopleSoft security architecture and deploying an intrusion detection system to monitor university network traffic.
Mike Mathews has been appointed state director for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, following the retirement of Barbara Strickfaden. Kari Emond will become deputy regional director in the Twin Falls office.
Mathews has been Rischs Twin Falls regional director since January 2009 and is active in the local and state Republican Party. He is a graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a bachelors degree in political science.
Mathews will continue his work as regional director and will stay in Twin Falls.
Strickfaden served Risch for nearly five years in various capacities, including state director. She also worked as the constituent services supervisor in then-Gov. Rischs office in 2006.
Emond, constituent services representative in Rischs Twin Falls office, also will be a deputy regional director, assisting Mathews in representing the senator at meetings and events throughout the Magic Valley.
Hospitality & tourism
Steven Topple has been named executive chef at the Shore Lodge in McCall. A veteran of the luxury resort culinary scene, Topple will oversee catering, events and in-room dining as well as three food-and-beverage outlets at Shore Lodge: fine dining at The Narrows, the adjacent Narrows Grill and the Lake Grill. He also will manage two restaurants at the nearby Whitetail Club, McCalls only private golf community.
Topple has been selected to appear at a number of events hosted by the James Beard House in New York City, including The Best of Rock Resorts celebration in 2006 and the The Great Rocky Mountain Pinot Noir Dinner in 2007. In 2005 he published his first book, So You Want To Impress!, followed by his second work, a cookbook entitled Signatures. He was named Young Chef of the Year by Nestle Food Service in 1997.
A United Kingdom native, Topple comes most recently from the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Colo., where he oversaw five restaurants and banquet operations. Topple also was executive chef for five years at Beanos Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colo., and served as the executive sous chef at the Lodge at Vail for three years. He earned his diploma from Highbury Catering College in Portsmouth, England.
Local resident John Whipple was selected to join the Presidents Club of USG Corp., a building products company.
The Presidents Club is a group of USGs top salespeople, and this is Whipples second time receiving this honor. He was previously awarded in the early 1990s.
Winners were selected based on success in the promotion and sales of new products, achieving and exceeding operational targets, managing and growing customer relationships, and demonstrating commitment to excellence.
Chicago-based USG makes and distributes building systems through its United States Gypsum Co., USG Interiors LLC, L&W Supply Corp. and other subsidiaries.
Idaho Public Television has received seven Northwest Regional Emmy Award nominations.
Winners will be announced during the June 15 Northwest Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards ceremony in Seattle. Here are the nominations, listed by category.
Station Excellence: Idaho Public Television, Peter W. Morrill, general manager.
Historic/Cultural Program or Special: Outdoor Idaho, Salmon River Lodges & Legacies, John Crancer, producer.
Historic/Cultural Program or Special: Outdoor Idaho, A Sawtooth Celebration, Bruce Reichert, executive producer; Pat Metzler, director-videographer.
Health/Science Segment: D4K, Animal Migration, Joan Cartan-Hansen, producer/writer.
Health/Science Program or Special: Outdoor Idaho, Idaho Geology, a Convergence of Wonder, Bruce Reichert, executive producer, Pat Metzler, director-videographer.
Public/Current/Community Affairs Program or Special: Outdoor Idaho, Idaho Salmon, Aaron Kunz, producer/writer.
Promotion Program/Campaign: Outdoor Idaho 30th Anniversary Campaign, Jim Stoner, producer.
Cartan-Hansen will receive a Silver Circle Award for her 25 years in the industry and her contributions to openness in government.