Achievements in Idaho banking and finance

Job changes, new hires, good deeds and recognition.

February 19, 2014 

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Wiskirchen named Fed branch chairman

Kount Inc. CEO Bradley J. Wiskirchen has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Wiskirchen has been a board member since 2010 and succeeds Scott L. Hymas, CEO of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings Ltd., who is retiring from the board after serving as a director since 2007 and chairman since 2010.

Wiskirchen is also CEO of Keynetics Inc., of which Kount is a subsidiary, and is chairman of Click Sales Inc. in Boise. Previously he was a partner in the Holland & Hart LLP law firm in Boise.

He has worked on local boards including St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center’s Strategic Initiatives Committee, the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho, Boise State University’s College of Engineering, the Public Affairs Committee of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and the Notre Dame Club of Idaho.

A native of Boise, Wiskirchen received a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Notre Dame Law School.

Hickman named branch manager

KeyBank announced that Jacqueline N. Hickman has been named manager of the Capitol Center branch in Downtown Boise.

Hickman previously was assistant branch manager with U.S. Bank in Boise where she was honored as a top performer in 2012. She has a degree from the University of Idaho and is attending Boise State University. A Boise native, Hickman is involved with several local organizations, including the YMCA, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and the Idaho Food Bank.

Bank of the Cascades hires loan officers

Victoria Ramirez has joined the Fruitland branch. Formerly with Orchard Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Sterling Bank, Ramirez has 18 years of experience.

Britney Spiker has joined the Eagle branch. Spiker has knowledge of conventional, Federal Housing Authority, Veteran Administration and USDA Rural Development mortgage loans.

Glen Musser has joined the Nampa branch. With 25 years of experience, he previously held positions with Wells Fargo and other mortgage lenders and credit unions.

Kristine Hines has joined the Garden City branch. With 29 years of experience, she has worked for Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Washington Mutual.

Icon Credit Union names Finance VP

Jesse Harris is a certified public accountant who worked most recently as an controller with Aramark and worked long stints with Supervalu and Citi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and finance from Boise State University and is working on his MBA at Northwest Nazarene University.

Harris lives in Boise with his wife, Yvette, and 2-year-old daughter, Regan. He enjoys landscaping and spending time with his family.

Zions Bank hires new employees

Albert Kang, Dawn Walp, Mike Trueba and Dannea Aylsworth have joined Zions Bank at the new Eighth & Main offices in Downtown Boise.

Kang is a treasury relationship manager. He will work with the bank’s commercial lending, real estate and Women’s Financial Group units and the Boise Main Financial Center to provide cash-flow management to clients.

Kang has worked as a recruiter for the financial services industry. Before joining Zions, he was the account and recruiting manager for Aerotek in Boise. Before that he was an employment specialist with Mountain States Group. He spent five years as a lead firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Boise.

Kang earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Towson University in Towson, Md.

Walp is a residential and construction mortgage loan officer, responsible for business development and customer service for residential construction and mortgage lending in the Boise market. She supports all of the bank’s Treasure Valley financial centers.

Walp has 20 years of banking experience in the Treasure Valley, including mortgage lending, business development and private banking at First Security Bank of Idaho, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Mountain West Bank and CitiBank. She also spent several years in the title industry.

Walp earned a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University and is a graduate of Borah High School. She supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Ultimate Urban Challenge and serves as treasurer of the Women’s Council of Realtors Idaho State Chapter.

Trueba is an executive banking relationship manager in the Boise Main Financial Center. Trueba spent seven years with Wells Fargo in various roles, including manager of the Apple and Broadway locations, learning and development consultant responsible for training new employees, and team lead for Wells Fargo’s phone bank in Boise.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Boise State University and has been a volunteer with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Aylsworth is a commercial relationship manager in the Women’s Financial Group.

Aylsworth spent five years as account manager for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for recruiting and retaining members. She also spent almost five years as a retail relationship manager with Washington Trust Bank in Boise.

Aylsworth earned the 2013 Bronze Lifetime Sales Achievement Award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. She is a graduate of Leadership Boise and a member of the Leadership Boise Alumni Association. She was an original member of the Boise Young Professionals leadership team.

A resident of Boise, Aylsworth earned a degree in business management from Boise State University.

Eide Bailly’s new hires

Laurena Morehouse, Michael White, Jenna Lang, Haseeb Saeed, Justin Armstrong and Allison Bronson have joined the regional CPA and business advisory firm of Eide Bailly LLP in Boise.

Morehouse has six years of experience in public accounting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boise State University and is on the board for Family Advocates. She is also a member of Boise Young Professionals and of Leadership Boise, class of 2012-2014. Morehouse holds the certified public accountant designation and joins Eide Bailly as a tax senior associate.

White is a recent graduate the University of Idaho, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business in accountancy and finance. He is working toward his CPA license. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and joins Eide Bailly as an audit associate.

Lang joins Eide Bailly as a tax associate. She is a recent graduate of Boise State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Montana State University. Lang is working toward her CPA license.

Saeed is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He was an officer at the Iota Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and is working toward his CPA license. Saeed joins Eide Bailly as an audit associate.

Armstrong joins Eide Bailly as a tax associate. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Armstrong has worked in accounts receivable for a publicly traded company and is working toward his CPA license.

Bronson is a recent graduate of Boise State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She was previously the vice president of service for Beta Alpha Psi at Boise State and is working toward her CPA license. Bronson also joins Eide Bailly as a tax associate.

Sterling Bank certifies manager

The bank certified Meridian Branch Manager Marsha Moser as a small-business professional.

To receive this certification, bankers must complete a series of small-business training courses and demonstrate small-business loan and cash-management solutions knowledge and sales proficiency.

Idaho First Bank opens Boise branch

The bank unveiled a full-service branch Jan. 27 at 209 N. 12th St. in Downtown Boise, managed by Stephanie D. Smith.

Smith joined Idaho First Bank in 2012 and brings 20 years of banking experience to her new role, having been a relationship manager in the private banking arena for 13 years. She has seven years of experience in mortgage and retail banking.

Two new customer relationship managers at the branch are Matthew Jamison and Debbie Langer. Jamison is a seven-year banker with previous branch-management experience with U.S. Bank. Langer brings 15 years of retail and mortgage banking experience.

Lewis succeeds Jutting at Idaho First

Idaho First Bank has named Kathleen C. Lewis as executive vice president and chief credit officer to replace Jerry Jutting, who has served in the CCO role for the last six years and plans to retire in June. Lewis, a licensed CPA, will hold responsibility for all aspects of credit administration and credit quality for the bank’s lending functions and credit portfolios.

Lewis has 25 years of banking experience, having led teams and divisions in commercial banking, private banking, and retail and small business banking. Most recently, she served as senior vice president and regional team leader for several U.S. Bank commercial banking locations in western Idaho. Previously, she was senior vice president and region manager of retail, small business and private client services for Umpqua Bank's Washington and Northern Oregon divisions.

Lewis serves on the boards of Saint Alphonsus Foundation, Feed the Gap Inc. and the Ada County Boys & Girls Clubs.

Jones is bank’s local market manager

Idaho First Bank has promoted Adrian Jones to vice president and Boise market manager overseeing all commercial and retail banking in Boise. Jones’ office will be with the commercial banking team in Idaho First Bank’s newest branch at 209 N. 12th St. Downtown.

Jones joined Idaho First Bank in 2013. He has 28 years of commercial and retail banking experience. Most recently, Jones was vice president and senior commercial loan officer with Banner Bank. Before that, he was a vice president and commercial lender with Mountain West Bank.

Idaho First Bank is a state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in McCall with a mortgage office and a new branch in Downtown Boise.

State Finance receives certificate

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators have awarded the Idaho Department of Finance a certificate of accreditation for mortgage supervision.

“The Idaho Department of Finance is the 13th state agency to receive this mortgage accreditation and is now among 12 others that are on the leading edge of mortgage supervision,” says CSBS President and CEO John W. Ryan. “Congratulations to Director Gavin Gee and his team on attaining this accreditation.”

Gee credited Consumer Finance Bureau Chief Mike Larsen and his staff for their work enforcing Idaho’s mortgage laws.

To achieve mortgage accreditation, state agencies must undergo a voluntary comprehensive review by the CSBS and AARMR accreditation team. The process begins with an extensive self-evaluation questionnaire on department operations, including administration and finance, personnel, training, examination, supervision and legislative powers. Next, an external review team composed of veteran state regulators performs an on-site review and presents its findings to an audit team and to the Performance Standards Committee, whose members vote on the reports of the review team and the audit team.

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