Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

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Hospitality and tourism

Chris Lockner has been named director of food and beverage at the Boise Centre.

Lockner began his career in the convention business in 1990 with Boise Centre, where he served as senior food and beverage supervisor with Marriott Corp.

In 1997, he was named operations manager for Aramark Corp. Sports and Entertainment, the company responsible for food and beverage service at the Tampa Convention Center. In Tampa he worked on events such as the NCAA Final Four "Hoop City," attended by 30,000 guests, and the NHL Fantasy Festival, attended by 20,000 guests. Lockner also was selected to work on events in other cities such as the Microsoft Global Summit and the Microsoft Computer Associates event held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the Bayou Classic held at the Louisiana Superdome and the World Buyers Mart held at the AmericasMart Center in Atlanta.

Lockner returned to Boise for eight years, serving as director of food and beverage at Boise Centre. In 2007, he joined Levy Restaurants, which managed food and beverage services for McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. He oversaw restaurant activity, concession sales, banquets and catering activities for about 200 conventions and tradeshows annually.

In 2008 Lockner was honored by the Chicago Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority with the Chicago Commitment Award for providing exceptional service and guest relations. He was selected among hundreds of managers representing McCormick Place Convention Center and Navy Pier. Levy Sports and Entertainment recognized Lockner five consecutive years for his work with the Kentucky Derby's Millionaires Row.

Since 2009 Lockner has been a food and beverage director/convention consultant with consulting companies. He was involved with events such as the Chicago Auto Show, National Restaurant Association Convention, Radiology Society of North America Convention and the TD Ameritrade Institutional Conference.

The Shore Lodge in McCall, Coeur d'Alene Resort, Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn have earned the AAA's Four Diamond rating for 2013.

The AAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the travel agency's highest designations for hotels and restaurants, and 2013 is the 77th year AAA has provided these ratings.

Beverly's, the on-site restaurant at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, also is a repeat Four Diamond winner, a designation it has earned since 1989.

AAA says its Four and Five Diamond hotels are refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes, personalized attention and extensive amenities.

Media

Boise State Public Radio has been awarded six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards include:

Continuing Coverage: "Election 2012" Reporters: Samantha Wright, Adam Cotterell, Molly Messick, Emilie Ritter Saunders and Frankie Barnhill. Editors: Sadie Babits, Scott Graf.

Feature Reporting: "A Closer Look at K9s" Reporter: Wright. Editor: Babits.

Hard News Reporting: "Why Idaho's Doctor Shortage Won't Be Easy to Solve" Reporter: Ritter Saunders. Editor: Chris Swope, Babits.

Sports Reporting: "Pelota: Basque Sport Keeps Community Culturally Connected" Reporter: Babits. Editor: Graf.

Writing: "A Rancher, a Logger, and Economic Fate in Rural Idaho" Reporter: Messick; Editor: Babits.

Website: Boise State Public Radio. Craig Morgan, Babits, Cotterell, Wright, Graf, Ritter Saunders, Messick and Barnhill.

Founded in 1971, the awards recognize the best work in radio, digital and television news. Boise State Public Radio entries were judged against entries from radio stations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Winners in each category will now compete for national recognition at the Edward R. Murrow Awards in New York later this year.

Nonprofits

Nicole Sirak Irwin has been elected treasurer of the Whitney Foundation's board of directors. Located in Fresno, Calif., the foundation helps fund educational, health and housing projects that bring about positive changes in peoples' lives in Idaho, California and Utah.

Irwin also is the executive director of Family Advocates, which trains volunteers to provide a voice in court for abused children and home visits to educate families.

Technology

TSheets, a time-tracking software company in Eagle, recently secured a partnership with Intuit, creator of QuickBooks. TSheets says it is now one of the fastest-growing apps in the Intuit App Center, offering integration with Quickbooks through the Time Tracking for Employees app. Additionally, new signups for the cloud-based time tracking and management software increased by 60 percent from 2011 to 2012.

On March 26, the Idaho Legislature passed the Cloud Services Clarification Act, which clarified that Idaho cloud-based services are a tax-exempt service, not a taxable product. TSheets says it was a driving force behind the change.

TSheets also recently secured a contract with Snap-on, an equipment and tool business that employs more than 11,000 people worldwide.

TSheets' goal is to become the No. 1 employee-rated and requested time-tracking system.

Founded in 2006 by Matt Rissell, TSheets has 11 full-time employees at its headquarters. The company improves time and labor management with a time-tracking application that replaces paper timesheets with a more accurate, mobile and flexible solution.

Utilities

Roger Greaves has been named director of engineering at United Water Idaho. He replaces Scott Rhead, who retired after 23 years with the company.

Greaves comes to Boise from the Phoenix office of Burns & McDonnell, an international engineering and consulting firm. While with Burns & McDonnell, Greaves worked mainly with municipal clients as a project manager on water and wastewater projects.

Greaves previously was a regional director and lead engineer for Forsgren Associates in Rexburg. He also has worked as an engineer for Dames & Moore in Salt Lake City.

Greaves holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering and a master's in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University.

Other businesses

Tressa McLaughlin, president and chief operating officer of IBF (formerly Idaho Business Forms), a Boise distributorship, has been elected president of the Print Services and Distribution Association board of directors.

McLaughlin will lead the finance committee and the board of directors in setting the association's direction. The board will focus on enhancing the value that association members receive and increasing the association's influence among industry participants.

McLaughlin has a bachelor's degree in advertising design from Boise State University and has worked at IBF for 18 years.

IBF specializes in print on paper and services such as electronic programs, promotional products and graphic design.

Retail

The Boise Co-op is celebrating 40 years of business in Boise. The co-op is a member-owned cooperative, founded in 1973 and located at 888 W. Fort St.

The cooperative plans a community celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The street fair will showcase local vendors, local musicians, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and wine and beer tasting. The event will be held next to the store on Union Street and in a portion of the parking lot. The co-op's main store, Pet Shop and Wine Shop will host tastings and special activities throughout the day.

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