Achievements in idaho real estate and construction

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

January 15, 2014 


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Knipe wins awards

John Knipe of Boise, president of Knipe Land Co., was named America’s Board Certified Land Broker of the Year for 2013 by the World Organization Land Foundation. He also was named Board Certified Land Broker of the Year in Idaho and Washington.

Knipe is a real estate broker serving Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Montana. He is a member of the Idaho Cattle Association, the Oregon Cattle Association, the California Cattle Association, and the National Beef and Cattle Association, and he serves as executive vice president of the American Land Foundation. He is a founder of the American Land Colleges.

McHugh receives master’s degree

Tami McHugh has earned a Master of Real Estate degree from Realtor University. She is one of five graduates of the inaugural class for this graduate program and the only graduate from Idaho.

McHugh is the broker/owner of Heritage Real Estate in Meridian, a firm she founded in 2004. She is a licensed certified public accountant in Idaho and Nevada.

Thompson installed as BCASWI president

Jeff Thompson, of Thompson Homes, has been installed as the 2014 president of Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho. Other officers are Jon Hastings, 1st vice president; Zach Evans, vice president and secretary; Jason Peery, vice president and treasurer; Pat Minegar, associate vice president, and Joe Atalla, member at large.

The 2013 Builder of the year is Bobbie Jordan-Schultz of Jordan Homes. The Associate of the Year is Jason Peery. The Company of the Year is ProBuild. The awards are based on members’ involvement and leadership in the association.

A new award was launched in 2012 recognizing a building official based on his or her relationship with the association. The 2013 Building Official of the Year is Mark Ferm, who has worked for Ada County Development Services for 19 years.

Ferm “has a strong passion for the building industry and for the safety of our community, which helps make him the exceptional leader that he is,” department Director Meg Leatherman says.

Arneson joins J-U-B Engineers

Mike Arneson will open a field office in Idaho Falls for J-U-B Engineers Inc. to serve the eastern Idaho market. Arneson will lead J-U-B’s Federal Markets Group and assist with transportation and alternative delivery projects.

Arneson was a vice president with the North Wind Group in Idaho Falls. He managed a division of nearly 40 employees and revenues in excess of $11 million per year. His previous experience includes stints with both the Idaho and Oregon transportation departments. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Arneson has 21 years of professional engineering and management experience.

Ruby joins The Architects Office

David J. Ruby is a new partner in The Architects Office, based in Boise.

Ruby, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED-accredited professional, has worked on mixed-use, historic preservation, assisted-living and other private-sector projects in his nearly 20 year career. His current projects include the Owyhee Place project (previously The Owyhee Plaza), which includes the conversion of hotel rooms into rental apartments; and the 87-bed Grace Assisted Living center under construction on West State Street near Eagle.

TAO specializes in multi-family/senior housing, office design and historic preservation/renovation projects. John Price, Mark Sanders, Elizabeth Cooper, Matt Rhees, and Ruby are TAO’s five licensed architects.

The business’s current projects are in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Colorado and California.

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