Achievements in Idaho real estate and construction

Job changes, new hires, good deeds and recognition.

February 19, 2014 


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Cooley elected to welding panel

The American Welding Society in Kansas City, Mo., has elected Boise’s John Cooley, an internationally recognized welding expert, as chairman of the main committee for the society’s Code B2.1, Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification.

The B2.1 code is the most recognized American national standard for welding procedure and welder qualification. Cooley has previously served as chairman of three other national welding codes: “Railroad Welding Specification,” “Sheet Metal Welding Code” and the “Brazing Qualification Code.” He has also been appointed to the AWS Technical Activities Committee, which performs the final technical review before publication of all AWS national standards. His term as chair of B2.1 began Jan. 1.

After a 25-year career with the Morrison Knudsen Co., Cooley started a welding engineering and consulting company, JC & Associates Inc. He is also the chief operating officer of an international fabrication company, TLC Contractors.

Cooley is a member of the American Welding Society and has served as chairman of the Idaho State University and Boise State University welding advisory boards. He served six years on the AWS board.

Gowland named to Boise Cascade board

Boise Cascade Co. has named Karen Gowland to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Gowland served as the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Boise Inc. until it was acquired by Packaging Corporation of America in late 2013. She has 30 years of experience in the forest products industry and over 15 years of experience as a corporate secretary for various public and private entities in the industry.

“She brings a unique mix of skills given her knowledge of our company and experience in the industry, and understanding of securities laws and corporate governance,” says board Chairman Duane McDougall.

Gowland chairs the Professional Conduct Board for the Idaho State Bar Association, is a past chairwoman of the Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law, and is a member of the board of directors of the University of Idaho Foundation. She holds degrees in accounting and law from the University of Idaho.

AGC members elect Graves to board

Chuck Graves, president of McAlvain Construction Inc. and McAlvain Design Build Inc., has been elected to the Idaho Associated General Contractors Board of Directors for 2014. He will serve a three-year term as one of eight general contractor directors. The board serves members of the AGC in promoting success within Idaho’s construction industry.

Graves has 28 years of experience in the construction industry with an extensive background in government, institutional, high tech, industrial and commercial business sectors. He also serves on the Boise State University Construction Management Advisory Board.

Tomlinson Group names agents

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group has hired Jason Sonne, Franco Gelsomino, Mia DeBolt, Kayla Schlador and Tony Esquivel.

Sonne will be in the Eagle office. He plans to focus on residential resale properties, new construction and first-time home buyers.

Gelsomino also joins the Eagle office. A 10-year veteran in the industry, he specializes in commercial and residential real estate.

DeBolt joins the Eagle office. DeBolt grew up in the California Bay Area and moved to Idaho in 2009. She served seven years as a U.S. Navy flight officer and has seven years of online marketing experience. She will use her skills to focus on first-time homebuyers, residential resale properties and relocating homebuyers.

Schlador has joined the Eagle office. Experienced in the customer service industry, she will focus on residential resale properties and first-time homebuyers.

Esquivel is a customer service specialist and has joined the Downtown Boise office. A top producer and marketing manager in the flooring business for over 14 years, he will focus on residential real estate in Ada and Canyon counties.

Sundquist named Coldwell manager

Longtime Coldwell Banker agent Julie Sundquist has been named the new branch sales manager of the brokerage’s Nampa office, taking the helm from retiring manager Jim McNabb, who will continue as a sales associate.

Sundquist, who has been a licensed Realtor for 13 years, was recently elected president of the Nampa Association of Realtors for 2014.

Thornton Oliver Keller recognized

Idaho Power recognized the commercial real estate firm for its approach to energy efficiency by participating in the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s regional Existing Building Renewal initiative.

TOK made a commitment to reposition its Capital Gateway Plaza II in Boise as a sustainable, energy-efficient commercial real estate property to serve its tenants.

“The value of reduced energy usage goes well beyond monthly utility savings. It increases the property owner’s value and benefits tenants, as well,” says Sheree Willhite, an Idaho Power program specialist and professional engineer who worked with the alliance to identify energy saving measures and opportunities.

TOK began retrofit work in July, and the project is expected to be completed in 2016. In all, the project is expected to result in 40 percent energy savings for TOK and the tenants at the 31,000-square-foot building.

Bird joins Colliers International

The commercial real estate firm announces the addition of James Bird to its Office Services team.

Bird practiced as a certified public accountant with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he assisted clients with required SEC filings, managed engagement profitability and economics, and oversaw client-service engagements. Bird is familiar with utilities, manufacturing, health care and financial services.

Bell succeeds Stokes at Boise Cascade Co.

Stan Bell, president of the company’s Building Materials Distribution business, has elected to retire effective March 7. The board of directors has appointed Nick Stokes, executive vice president of the Building Materials Distribution unit, to succeed him.

Under Bell, the unit has grown into a national wholesale building products distributor with 31 locations, 1,800 associates and $2.5 billion of revenue. Bell has 42 years of service with Boise Cascade.

Stokes joined Boise Cascade in 1979. He was appointed vice president of BMD operations in 2001 and senior vice president in 2011.

Harris joins restoration firm

Vance Harris is a new project manager at Paul Davis Restoration of Southwest Idaho. His primary responsibilities include water and fire damage reconstruction and remodeling.

Harris has 30 years of experience in construction trades and construction project management and as a general contractor. He has experience in caisson and grade beam construction, which is used in hillside home stabilization and retaining walls.

Based in Meridian, Paul Davis Restoration specializes in loss mitigation, emergency restoration, contents restoration and reconstruction.

Builders association installs officers

The Idaho Building Contractors Association installed its 2014 leadership at its annual meeting of the members.

Installed as president was Dennis Schaffner, Schaffner Signature Homes, a Treasure Valley builder. Other officers installed were: John Cotner, vice president and treasurer; Jace Vance, second vice president; and Barry Stearns, vice president and secretary.

Also at the meeting, the 2013 Builder of the Year award went to Steve Pinther, the 2013 Associate of the Year award went to Pat Minegar and the 2013 Company of the Year award went to Tradewinds General Contracting.

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