Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJune 25, 2013 


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Advertising and PR

Scott Butterfield, a regional manager for Lamar Advertising Co. in Boise, was inducted into the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Hall of Fame.

Butterfield has nearly a quarter century of managerial and executive experience in the out-of-home advertising industry. He began his career with Whiteco in Tucson, Ariz., and later formed Northwest Outdoor, which was purchased by Lamar Advertising Co.

Butterfield has been instrumental in introducing digital billboard technologies, and he successfully advocated for legislation to protect property rights for billboards and landowners in Idaho.


Alumna Casandra Sipes has been named associate director of alumni relations and director of involvement in Boise State University's Office of Alumni Relations.

Sipes will oversee management of events, marketing and communications for the Office of Alumni Relations. She will collaborate with university and alumni employees and the Boise State Alumni Association.

Sipes earned a bachelor's degree in communication at Boise State in 1997 and was assistant alumni director from 2000 to 2004. She developed a brand and marketing campaign, managed all alumni events nationwide including bowl game events, developed strategic marketing partnerships and founded the student alumni association.

Sipes has also held marketing positions at CradlePoint Technology and the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, and MPC Computers in Nampa.

John Foltz has been named dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho until June 2015.

Foltz has served as interim dean since December. He had been associate dean since 2004 and directed academic programs for the college and its 1,200 students. The college has more than 360 employees statewide, 10 research and extension centers, and faculty based in 42 of Idaho's 44 counties.

Foltz first arrived at the University of Idaho as an assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology in 1991. He earned his doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio State University in Columbus.

Foltz has held positions in national land-grant leadership associations. He serves on the National Advisory Committee of the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was chairman of the Board on Agricultural Assembly, Academic Programs Section for the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities in 2009-10 and held executive board roles for the association's Western Academic Program Directors Association.

Foltz also received the Regional Co-op Award presented by the Northwest Regional Cooperative Conference in 2010. He is an eight-time recipient of the University of Idaho's Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence, most recently in 2012.


Rachel Flachbart, John Langfield, Katharine Hoehne, Angie Heuring, Max Pond, Dave Johnston, Jake Garringer, Paul Ritchey and Gary Stroschein have joined the Washington, D.C. and Idaho regional offices of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Interns assist staff members with legislative research, constituent services, communication efforts, administrative tasks and many other duties.

In the Washington, D.C. office:

Flachbart, a native of Eagle, is a senior at the College of Idaho, where she is pursuing a degree in history and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta.

Langfield, originally from Boise, is a student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he is majoring in finance and pursuing minors in entrepreneurial leadership and Italian.

Hoehne, of Boise, will be a senior at the College of Idaho, where she is majoring in international political economy and minoring in journalism and natural sciences.

Heuring, a lifelong Idahoan, grew up in Boise before attending the University of Idaho. She recently graduated with a degree in international studies and minor in public relations.

In the Boise regional office:

Pond recently graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor's degree in political science.

A Marine veteran, Johnston is a senior at Boise State University, where he is studying political science.

In the Coeur d'Alene regional office:

Garringer, a lifelong resident of Coeur d'Alene, will be a sophomore at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

In the Idaho Falls regional office:

Ritchey, a D.C. native, is a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he is studying political science.

In the Pocatello regional office:

Stroschein, born and raised in Pocatello, will be starting his senior year at Idaho State University in pursuit of a degree in political science.


Scot Oliver has joined Idaho Smart Growth as executive director.

Oliver was special projects manager at Capital City Development Corp., Boise's redevelopment agency, working on sustainable development policy, neighborhood design, environmental awareness, arts and cultural investments, public relations and other projects. Before coming to Boise he worked at universities and nonprofits in Idaho, southern Appalachia and elsewhere.

Oliver has served on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter and Radio Boise. He earned a bachelor's degree at Guilford College and a master's degree in architecture at the University of Idaho.

Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization.

Natural resources

Coeur Mining Inc. has been recognized by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals with three national and international safety awards for its operations in North and South America.

The awards recognize safety milestones set by the company's Rochester mine in Nevada, the Martha mine in Argentina and Coeur's exploration group in Mexico.


Dan Jones, store director of the East Bench Fred Meyer at 3527 S. Federal Way, was named director of the year for his district, which encompasses 19 stores in Idaho and central and eastern Washington. He also was named overall director of the year for all seven districts. This is the first year that Fred Meyer has awarded this designation in each of its seven districts, with plans to make it an annual honor.

Among the qualifications Jones met or exceeded are the store's sales goals; customer satisfaction as tallied on customer surveys; goals for training employees in safety procedures and reducing accidents at the store; goals for employee satisfaction surveys and undercover shopping surveys.

Each of the 206 employees at the store will receive a $50 gift card.

Jones lives in Kuna with his wife and three children.

Other businesses

Matt Housley, Curtis Smith, Mike Perkins, Jeremy Alt, Jason Maestas, Jerry Healy and Tim Miller, representing FedEx Corp. operating companies, placed among the top finishers at the 2013 Idaho State Truck Driving Championship in Meridian.

Housley, a driver for FedEx Freight in Boise, captured his second state title in the three-axle class.

FedEx Freight driver Smith of Boise finished first in the tank-truck class.

Perkins, a driver for Silvester Distributing Inc. at the FedEx Ground station in Boise, posted first place in the step-van class. He also earned the Rookie of the Year award.

FedEx Freight driver Jeremy Alt of Mountain Home placed second in the five-axle sleeper class.

Maestas, a driver for Healy Inc., and Healy, owner of the business, completed the sweep in the step-van class with second- and third-place finishes. Both are based at the FedEx Ground station in Boise.

Miller, of Mountain Home, finished third in the twins class. Miller drives for FedEx Freight.

Housley, Smith and Perkins will compete at the American Trucking Associations' 2013 National Truck Driving Championships, known as the "Super Bowl of Safety," August 20-24 in Salt Lake City. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe-driving initiative, The Chairman's Challenge.

The Idaho State Truck Driving Championship allows professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving and safety skills.

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