Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanMay 29, 2013 


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Advertising & marketing

Edward Moore of DaviesMoore, received the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award at the recent Idaho Advertising Federation creative awards show. The award was established in 1959 and is the federation's highest honor. It is given to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to advertising by furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibilities in areas of social concern.

Edward Moore founded Marketing Media Group as a one-man shop in 1998. The firm acquired Idaho's first advertising agency, Davies Rourke, in 2009 to create DaviesMoore. Today, DaviesMoore is one of the fastest growing, full-service advertising communications agencies in the state. The agency employs 17 people and was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list based on three-year revenue growth.

DaviesMoore includes among its client relationships: Davies Rourke's original client, Intermountain Gas, as well as MMG's first client, the Idaho Steelheads Hockey Club.

Tony Harrison and his firm COMMposition Public Relations have been invited to join a national network of public relations counselors called PRConsultants Group as its Idaho representative.

Harrison, who also serves as PR director for Boise's Stoltz Marketing Group, has worked for 26 years as a public relations counselor and copywriter at PR and advertising agencies in New York City, Phoenix, and Boise. He has worked with such clients as Anheuser-Busch, Blue Cross of Idaho, Catholic Health Initiatives, First Interstate Bank, Genentech, HP, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, J.R. Simplot Company, The NutraSweet Company, Ore-Ida Foods, RedBuilt and its predecessor Trus Joist, Shore Lodge, University of Idaho, and University of Phoenix Idaho Campus.

He earned his bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Idaho and tends to focus on clients in the technology, food and beverage, health care, building products, and travel and tourism industries, as well as the public sector.

Founded in 2000, PRConsultantsGroup is comprised of senior-level public relations and marketing-communications consultants representing every major U.S. market.

Colbi Ditter, Dan Stone and Tony Hart have joined Stoltz Marketing Group.

Ditter is an account executive and production manager. She worked as a senior account manager at Balihoo in Boise and operated her own marketing-communications practice, CMD Brandsource, working with clients in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Oregon. For most of the past decade, Ditter served as Northwest marketing director at LandAmerica Financial Group in Boise. Previously, she worked in account management and coordination at marchFirst Advertising Agency and in Salt Lake City. A native Boisean, Ditter holds a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising from San Diego State University.

Stone is a copywriter and PR manager. Previously, Stone was a senior copywriter at Horizon Hobby - one of North America's largest radio-control hobby distributors - in Champaign, Ill.

He has worked at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and advertising agencies in Bethesda, Md., and Herndon, Va. A Corpus Christi, Texas, native, he has assisted clients including Comcast, the U.S. Department of Defense, Amtrak, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Virginia Tourism Corp., Washington National Opera, Oasis Winery and Wintergreen Resort. Stone has also worked as a reporter for newspapers in Florida and Utah. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing communications from Brigham Young University.

Hart has worked in print and interactive graphic design for the past decade, most recently as a graphic designer for the Athens-based University of Georgia in the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. While at the university, he helped the faculty publish reports and assessments for the state of Georgia and the university, including master plans for cities and communities statewide. He launched an anti-obesity initiative and generated materials for the Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference. A Boise native, Hart earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in computer art and motion graphics from the Savannah College of Art & Design.


Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, earned three gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 US Championship Cheese Contest. In addition, Glanbia's joint venture plant, Southwest Cheese in Clovis, N.M., was a gold and a silver medal. The event is hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association in Madison. Of 1,702 entries representing 30 states, Glanbia and Southwest Cheese were awarded four gold medals for Monterey, reduced fat, Bandaged Cheddar and Colby; three silver medals for Colby Jack, reduced sodium Cheddar and Colby; and two bronze medals for Gouda/Black Olives & Garlic and Flavored Pepperjack.


Shannon Newhouse has been appointed deputy director for sales at the Idaho Lottery. Newhouse's appointment comes after the retirement of 23-year veteran Mike Helppie in April.

A native Idahoan, Newhouse joined the Idaho Lottery in 1993 as a customer service representative. From 1997 to 2002, she was the lottery's retail accounts manager. In 2002, she became a lottery sales representative in the Treasure Valley. In 2007, she was promoted to regional sales representative manager, responsible for the day-to-day operations and oversight of the Idaho Lottery's thirteen statewide sales representatives.

Hospitality & tourism

Eugene Bonfilio has been named director of golf at the Whitetail Club in McCall. Bonfilio has 25 years of private club experience, including leadership roles at luxury clubs and courses across the western U.S.

Bonfilio will be responsible for the management and continued development of the community's golf program. An accredited PGA member since 1991, he will manage instructional clinics and tournament events and oversee the club's staff while assisting in member development and recruitment.

Whitetail Club's par-72 course has earned a "Top 100" nod from Golf Digest and appointments to Golfweek's Best Courses list. It spans 7,200 yards across 18 holes. The club maintains a driving range and practice putting and chipping greens, plus a clubhouse.

Bonfilio served as general manager of the Rock Creek Cattle Co. in Deer Lodge, Mont. He was responsible for real estate sales and marketing while overseeing all daily department operations for the club, which specializes in golf, accommodations and outdoor pursuits.

Previously, he was director of golf at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif., where he worked with Jack Nicklaus to assist in the design and development of facilities and programs, including the annual Harmon Brother's Golf School.

Before Toscana, Bonfilio served as the head golf professional at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells for 15 years. At the time, Bonfilio was ranked among the top 50 golf instructors in California, served on the board of the Vintage/Arco Senior Tour and worked to enhance prospect development at the club.

Natural resources

Peter C. Mitchell has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.

Mitchell has served as chief financial officer of Taseko Mines Ltd., a Vancouver, B.C.-based mining company, since September 2008. He led Taseko's financial operations, including sourcing strategic capital to fund the company's strategic growth plan.

Previously, Mitchell was involved in leading and managing growth in private equity portfolio companies through acquisitions, integrations and greenfield initiatives.

He has served as president of Florida Career College, a for-profit college in Fort Lauderdale; president and CEO of Vatterott Educational Centers Inc. in St. Louis; vice chairman and chief financial officer of Von Hoffmann Corp., a commercial and educational printing company in St. Louis; senior vice president and chief financial officer of Crown Packaging Ltd., a paper packaging company in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C; and vice president and chief financial officer of Paperboard Industries Corp., a packaging and container manufacturer in Toronto.

Mitchell is a chartered accountant with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree from the University of British Columbia.


United Water Idaho has made a $1,500 donation to the East Boise Youth Baseball and Softball League in honor of Mike Waters, an employee and recipient of the company's annual "Care to Share" Award, which recognizes United Water employees for their community service.

Waters, a control system technician in the production department, has volunteered as a coach, league board member and umpire for more than 20 years.


Jack in the Box stores donated $5,700 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho. The fund was created by Treasure Valley residents who purchased $1 or $5 Shamrock mobiles from Feb. 25 through Apr. 5. MDA's Shamrocks program is the nation's largest charitable fundraising campaign associated with St. Patrick's Day.

The Shamrocks help fund worldwide research and local services to benefit more than 730 Southern Idaho families living with muscular dystrophy. Services include a clinic at Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise and the Quaker Hill summer camp in McCall.


Melanie Brown has been promoted to program director and Nikkita White has been promoted to psychosocial rehabilitation coordinator at Community Partnerships of Idaho, a multi-service agency supporting children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

Brown's duties include the overall management of the children's and adult programs in Mountain Home and surrounding areas. She is responsible for building relationships with community members and the Mountain Home school district and for supporting families with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has been with Community Partnerships for five years as a developmental specialist.

White's duties include supervision of the psychosocial rehabilitation services in Mountain Home and the Mountain Home School District and providing opportunities for children to learn and achieve their goals in a structured environment.

Other businesses

Kevin Blankmeyer has joined the Office Environment Co. as account executive. He has nine years of experience in commercial interior design, integration and project management.

Kristofor Snider and Neil Fox have joined Torf Environmental Management.

Snider is an environmental engineer. He is a professional engineer licensed in Idaho with seven years of experience. He received his bachelor's degree in biological system engineering from the University of Idaho in 2005 with an emphasis in environmental engineering. Snider designs treatment systems, obtains environmental permits and evaluates compliance with laws and regulations. Snider's experience includes designing solutions that prevent pollution, treat wastewater and ensure safe drinking water.

Fox is an engineer in training, working toward his professional license. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Northwest Nazarene University in 1993 and a master of engineering in civil engineering from Boise State University in 2011.

Fox spent 10 years in semiconductor process engineering. His work documents compliance with air, water and waste regulations, emphasizing greenhouse gas emissions, air quality permit compliance and hazardous chemical reporting.

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