Making Good in Idaho Business

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition.

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Associations

Raymond Davis has been elected chairman of the Treasure Valley SCORE Chapter. In this position, he will coordinate community outreach, recruiting and the chapter’s small business counseling and workshop programs.

Davis has been with Treasure Valley SCORE since 2005 and has 40 years of business experience, including small business ownership. He has served as chapter vice-chair and executive committee member and as a mentor to the Taiwan graduate student program sponsored by Boise State University.

Treasure Valley SCORE has provided no-cost small business services to entrepreneurs since 1971.

Education

Brian McDevitt has been named director of the new research computing department at Boise State University. Before taking on this position, McDevitt was associate director for technical operations within the Office of Information Technology.

The Division of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Information Technology established this new office to centralize and improve support for the university’s cyberinfrastructure computing assets. The term cyberinfrastructure describes research environments that support computing and information processing services distributed over the Internet beyond the scope of a single institution. These include advanced data acquisition, data storage, data management, data integration, data mining and data visualization.

Research Computing will assist researchers and faculty with centralized high-performance computing, visualization and the Geographic Information Systems Center and related software. The department will liaison with researchers, centers and colleges to provide communication on emerging technologies and services, engaging in outreach to build trust and develop a willingness to turn to centralized resources instead of funding and duplicating established Boise State cyberinfrastructure services. It will use results from this outreach to provide feedback to university executives on existing and future needs.

Research Computing also will work to implement the Research Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Council’s strategic plan, available online.

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, along with TransForm Idaho, have joined Idahoans for Excellence in Education, a coalition that is working for successful implementation of the Idaho Core Standards.

TransForm Idaho is a grassroots organization that aims to improve education and health care in Idaho.

Financial services

Jake Emery and Charlotte McKinney have joined Harris & Co. PLLC as staff accountants.

Emery is a certified public accountant, licensed to practice in Idaho. His accounting experience started with three years in the accounting department of a large title and escrow company and an internship at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. After completing his accounting degree, Emery joined a local CPA firm and gained more than three years of experience in auditing not-for-profit and governmental entities.

McKinney will graduate this fall from Boise State University with a master’s of accountancy, with a concentration in taxation. While in school, she interned with a local accounting firm.

Harris & Co. is an adviser and provider of specialized accounting, tax and consulting solutions.

Natural resources

Marshall Murrin has been appointed vice president and treasurer of Intermountain Industries Inc., and its principal operating company, Petroglyph Energy Inc.

Marshall has been with Intermountain & Petroglyph since May 2004, most recently as director of finance and accounting, and assistant treasurer.

Marshall holds an accounting degree from Boise State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

He is active in community and school affairs and serves as president of the Sacred Heart School Board.

Retail

Ken Stokes has joined Moxie Java International as vice president of business development and strategy.

Stokes, a native of Twin Falls and a graduate of Twin Falls High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in food science from Oregon State University, followed by an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Stokes’ career has centered on brand management and new business development for national and global marketers including The Clorox Company, Jack in the Box, The Kellogg Company and The Walt Disney Company. He also has consulted for several Northwest retail, service, business-to-business and packaged goods companies including Bill Gates’ Corbis Corp.

Stokes won an American Marketing Association award for New Product of the Year for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Cereal Bars.

Stokes is charged with overseeing Moxie Java International’s strategic planning across all business disciplines, honing the brand’s positioning, expanding the company’s franchise network and adding new revenue streams.

Founded in 1988 in Boise, Moxie Java is Idaho’s largest specialty coffee roaster, as well as the state’s largest locally owned and operated brand of franchised coffeehouses.

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