Making Good in Idaho business and nonprofits

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition. 2013 Idaho StatesmanOctober 29, 2013 


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The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce was honored by Northwest Nazarene University with the 2013 Eugene Emerson Award for fostering a spirit of cooperation between the Treasure Valley and the university. The award was presented to Chamber President Bill Connors at the NNU Centennial Gala on Oct. 10.

The gala celebrated 100 years of Northwest Nazarene University’s presence in the Valley, and the chamber was highlighted as a partner of NNU. Since first joining the chamber in 1996, the university and the chamber have had a growing relationship.


Dave Kerns has joined the management team at Lyle Pearson Company as general sales manager.

Kerns will oversee the sales team responsible for selling the six luxury brands that Lyle Pearson represents. Kerns has 30 years experience in the auto industry. He previously worked for two years as general manager at Dan Wiebold Ford in Nampa and 11 years as used car manager at Peterson Toyota–Lexus in Boise. He graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in management.


The University of Idaho is one of 16 institutions nationwide honored as the inaugural group of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The designation acknowledges universities working with public- and private-sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development.

The University of Idaho worked with the other Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities over the past year to shape and apply tools that help institutions measure economic engagement and demonstrate innovation and involvement.

In addition to being an early adopter of APLU tools, the university was noted for multiple programs that contribute to Idaho’s economy. University of Idaho Extension programs provide support for agriculture, nutrition, personal finance and more across the state, and the Office of Community Partnerships helps Idaho communities connect to university research and student projects. The university also facilitates the new Idaho Pathways project, an initiative to link regional economic development strategies to a statewide vision.

University of Idaho Interim President Don Burnett praised his university and fellow honoree Boise State University for their joint commitment to Idaho’s economy. The APLU will formally recognize the universities at its November annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Bethany Schultz-Hurst, Idaho State University assistant professor of English, recently won the 2013 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry for her collection, “Miss Lost Nation.”

In addition to having her winning manuscript published by Anhinga Press, Schultz-Hurst will tour Florida institutions of higher learning to present poetry readings.

Anhinga Press publishes three to four poetry volumes per year, and the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize volumes are its signature series. Receiving on average 600 entries per year from around the world, the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry is judged by nationally recognized poets.

Schultz-Hurst was hired as an assistant professor of English in 2012 after serving as a lecturer in English since 2003. Her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Gettysburg Review, River Styx, Sixth Finch and other journals. Her manuscript “Miss Lost Nation” has been a finalist in numerous poetry prizes, including the Yale Series of Younger Poets and the National Poetry Series.

Schultz-Hurst holds a master of fine arts degree from Eastern Washington University. In 2008, she received Idaho State University’s Distinguished Teacher Award.

Financial services

Marsi Luna and Ray Furlong have joined the regional certified public accountant and business advisory firm of Eide Bailly LLP in Boise location.

Luna has two years of experience providing public accounting services to industries, both for profit and not for profit. She earned her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting from Midland University in Fremont, Neb. She holds the Certified Public Accounting designation and joins Eide Bailly as an audit senior associate.

Furlong is a recent graduate of Boise State University, where he earned his bachelor of business administration in accountancy. He also has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He is working toward his CPA license and joins the firm as an audit associate.


Boise Airport was ranked seventh in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s America’s Best Airports listing in their October issue. In the magazine’s annual survey for the “World’s Best Awards 2013,” readers ranked 67 domestic airports in six categories: flight delays, design, food and drink, shopping, check-in and location.

The magazine’s readers identified a growing trend with busy travelers, a focus on smaller airports for their smooth check-in process and efficient layouts, as well as a friendly atmosphere. Boise Airport was noted as No. 1 for fewest flight delays and called “the very model of an efficient airport.”

Boise Airport also scored for free Wi-Fi access and recharge stations for electronic devices.


Boise Towne Square celebrated its 25th anniversary in October. It opened its doors on Oct. 19, 1988 with anchors J.C. Penney, Sears, Mervyn’s and Bon Marché, plus 130 smaller retailers. Twenty-five years later, Boise Towne Square is anchored by Macy’s (which took over Bon Marché), J.C. Penney, Sears, Kohl’s and Dillard’s, which was added in a 1998 expansion. The enclosed, super-regional shopping center has 180 smaller retailers and includes many first-to-market and unique retailers.

Since 2011, retailers such as H&M, Vans, Oakley, Apple, PS from Aéropostale, Pandora Jewelry and Francesca’s Collections have been added. In 2013, more retailers were added, including ALDO Shoes, AVEDA, J.Jill, The Art of Shaving, Got Sleep?, Aroma Expresso Bar, Prestige and Posh Boutique.

The Macy’s Thanks for Sharing campaign will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County through December 31.

The campaign directly impacts nearly 4,000 local at-risk children. The community-focused partnership provides year-round support for programs and helps the clubs remain accessible and affordable to children.


Rob Werdann and Zendon Hamilton have joined the coaching staff of the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, the Portland Trail Blazers announced.

The hiring of Werdann and Hamilton round out Head Coach Michael Peck’s coaching staff for the 2013-14 NBA Development League season.

Werdann was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft out of St. John’s. He appeared in 47 games over three NBA seasons with Denver and New Jersey, averaging 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Most recently head coach of Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico, Werdann has been on the bench as an assistant coach in New Orleans (2009-10), Golden State (2010-11) and Charlotte (2011-12). Before becoming an assistant in New Orleans, he spent six seasons as an advance scout with the team.

Hamilton split five NBA seasons with the L.A. Clippers, Denver, Toronto, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Cleveland, posting averages of 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 11.6 minutes in 134 games (15 starts). A native of New York who played college ball at St. John’s, Hamilton appeared in six preseason games for the Trail Blazers in 2006, averaging 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 11.7 minutes.


Jim Pace has been promoted to the position of sales engineer at DataTel Communications, a regional telecommunications group.

Pace, working with his sales team, is responsible for the architecture of telephone solutions and their successful implementation. He will work as the engineering liaison with DataTel’s technical suppliers and vendors to assure that the best hardware and program options are available to DataTel Customers

Pace attended Boise State University and began work at DataTel Communications in the summer of 1994. He has worked at most every level of technical responsibility within the telecommunications industry, starting with bench services, field tech, and service management over a crew of 10. The position of sales engineer is the culmination of extensive hours of advanced training, education and certification in system platforms and networks. It reflects the prodigious amounts of knowledge required to effectively position and create communication solutions.

For 50 years, Idaho’s DataTel has been an agent for global telecommunications manufacturers and carrier services as well as provider of the full scope of communication, Internet, virtualized, “hosted” and business telephone platform sales and service. The company is offering 50th anniversary specials throughout the year with offices and showrooms in Meridian and Twin Falls.

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