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Tara Troutman has joined Rizen Creative as an account executive. Troutman received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from James Madison University in 2003. MUG
Colby Thueson joined to Rizen Creative as an art director. Thueson received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Boise State in 2009. MUG
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Tyler LaDouceur has joined brand marketing firm Oliver Russell as a producer. LaDouceur has a decade of advertising experience, is the 2015-16 incoming president of the Boise Advertising Federation and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. MUG
Karena Boesel, vice president of membership for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, received the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Platinum Lifetime Sales Achievement Award. Boesel has brought in more than $750,000 in membership sales during her career with the chamber.
Ray Stark, the chamber’s senior vice president for government and community relations, was recognized by ACCE for his 25 years of service.
Leadership Boise (LB), a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, announced the 53-member LB Class of 2017:
Libby Adams, Healthwise Inc.; Dan Anderson, St. Luke’s Health System; Karen Ashby, Slalom Consulting; Tammy Barry, Boise Fire Department; David Bergdolt, Brown and Caldwell; Josh Bishop, PacificSource Health Plans; Melissa Bixby, Girls on the Run Treasure Valley; Lisa Cahill, The Arc Inc.
Preston Carter, Givens Pursley LLP; Natalie Chatfield, Idaho Central Credit Union; Sarah Cortez, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Dempsey, Andersen Banducci PLLC; Colin Dow, PayneWest Financial Group; Monique Evancic, Delta Dental of Idaho; Blaise Exon, CH2M HILL.
Matt Fuxan, Boise Consumer Co-op; Gemma Gaudette, University of Idaho; Haley Grigsby, Fisher’s Technology; Blake Hansen, Alturas Capital; Lisa Harloe, Tetra Tech; Jess Harrison, Idaho School Boards Association; Aaron Hegstrom, Northwest Bank; Brett Lensing, Micron Technology; James Marsh, CSHQA.
Karlee May, Downtown Boise Association; Dena McFarlin, Idaho Power Co.; Philip McGrane, Ada County Clerk’s Office; Nicola McIntosh, Zions Bank; Cody McRoberts, Idaho Army National Guard; Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children; Suzie Owen, PacificSource Health Plans; Dean Pape, Kendall Auto Group.
Natalie Podgorski, Gallatin Public Affairs; Lindsey Pontious-Brist, KeyBank N.A.; Sarah Reed, Hawley Troxell; Andrea Reynolds, Stoel Rives LLP; Mary-Michael Rodgers, Boise Centre and Greater Boise Auditorium District; Jessica Ruehrwein, United Way of Treasure Valley/TVEP; Jordan Salo, Eide Bailly LLP; Saul Seyler, Boise Co-op.
Erin Sorensen, Idaho Power Co.; Danielle Taniguchi, Oppenheimer Development Corp.; David Thornton, Idaho Power Co.; Kimberly Tower, Business Psychology Associates; Alexis Townsend, LCA Architects P.A.; Joe Tueller, Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Eric Vehlow, Holland & Hart LLP.
Tyler Victorino, CTA Architects Engineers; Jeff Walker, Access Idaho; Eric Wing, city of Boise; Kyle Woods, Associated Insurance Services; Stacey Workman, Ada County Highway District and Shelley Zimmer, Hewlett-Packard Co.
Wells Fargo & Co. is donating $50,000 for American Red Cross relief efforts for people affected by wildfires in Idaho and Washington. Also, Wells Fargo customers were able to donate to the American Red Cross at any of Wells Fargo’s ATMs in Idaho and Washington through Sept. 7.
Peter Wren has joined Zions Bank as manager of the Fairview and Cole Financial Center, 7402 W. Fairview Ave. He is responsible for business development, customer service, community outreach and overall management of the center. MUG
Chris Beesley has joined Zions Bank’s wealth management team to serve clients in the Boise market. His office is in the bank’s Idaho headquarters at 800 W. Main St., on the first floor. Beesley joined Zions in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the university of Utah and an MBA from Western Governors University. MUG
Jedd Fly has been hired by Bank of the Cascades as a mortgage loan officer serving Canyon and Payette counties. He is a graduate of BYU-Idaho and has completed courses to attain Certified Mortgage Lender status through the Praedo Institute. MUG
Bank of the Cascades has named Dale Conrad vice president, commercial relationship manager in the builder finance group in Meridian, serving residential construction contractors in Idaho and Utah. She is a graduate of Idaho State University. MUG
Professor Brian Johnson has been named the first Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories chair in power engineering at the University of Idaho College of Engineering. The position was made possible by a $2 million gift from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
University of Idaho professor Louise-Marie Dandurand will lead a $3.2 million project to combat microscopic worms that threaten potato production. The project includes researchers from the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and Cornell University, as well as the USDA Agricultural Research Service and international experts. The team’s goal is to reduce the threat of invasive pale cyst nematode and golden nematodes to the U.S. potato industry.
Dr. Heidi Rogers, CEO and executive director of the Northwest Council for Computer Education, has been recognized as Global Hero in Education by Microsoft. The council is located at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene campus. MUG
NASA astronaut Steve Swanson has joined Boise State University full-time as a distinguished educator in residence. With nearly 200 days of space-flight experience, Swanson retired from NASA on Aug. 30. Swanson has a Ph.D. in computer science. In February 2014 he became a Boise State professor of the practice, an outside expert who offers unique experiences to Boise State students. MUG
Idaho State University assistant history professor Yolonda Youngs has received a $39,000 grant to preserve American Indian artifacts at Grand Teton National Park with 3D scans. The project will scan historic, social and cultural objects in the David T. Vernon Collection of American Indian art (1830-1940) that are part of the Grand Teton National Park Museum Collection. Youngs is the principal investigator, and Donna Delparte, assistant professor of geosciences at ISU, is co-principal investigator. They collaborated with Grand Teton National Park Museum Director and Tribal Liaison Bridgette Guild and the Acting Cultural Resource Specialist Elizabeth Engle. MUG
Christopher Fasel has been hired as director of technology transfer at Idaho State University. Fasel is a patent lawyer who has biochemistry and biology undergraduate degrees. MUG
Yellowstone Partners, an Idaho Falls registered investment advisory firm, has opened a Boise branch in the Belgravia Building at 465 W. Main St. The firm recruited veteran financial advisers Kevin Donovan, Sterling Russell and Daniel Richards to lead the office.
Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Galen Carlson received the Governor’s Task Force on Children at Risk Prosecutor’s Aware of Excellence. Carlson has been a deputy prosecutor for eight years, handling the child protection docket since 2008.
Clark Hamilton, Ririe, has been appointed to the Idaho Wheat Commission by Gov. Butch Otter. Hamilton will replace Gordon Gallup, who completed 10 years representing the wheat producers of District Four, which includes Clark, Butte, Jefferson, Bingham, Bonneville, Madison, Teton, Fremont and Custer counties. MUG
The Canyon County Board of Commissioners has hired Greg A. Rast as director of information technology. Rast has 20 years of experience in IT management. He has an associate degree in electronics engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute and has also maintained a consulting technology business since 1997. MUG
Taylor Davis, an Idaho native and University of Idaho graduate, has been named executive director at Edgewood Spring Creek Memory Care in Boise. MUG
Karen Vauk, president and CEO of The Idaho Foodbank since 2009, has joined the St. Luke’s Health System board of directors. MUG
Tim Marsano, former spokesman for the Idaho National Guard, has been named director of public relations for St. Luke’s Health System.
Fred Belau, a local physician assistant, is one of 224 physician assistants in the country to be certified for 40 years by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He was among the first PAs to be nationally certied by NCCPA in 1975.
The Academy of General Dentistry has given its Fellowship Award to Dennis J. Garpetti, DDS, of Boise. Garpetti completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the academy. Garpetti graduated from Ohio State University in 1998. MUG
The Idaho State Bar honored several Fourth District attorneys for contributions to the community, justice and the legal profession.
James Davis, Boise, and Hugh V. Mossman, Boise, received the Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award.
Debrha Carnahan, Amber Ellis, Cpt. Stephen Stokes, Kimbell D. Gourley and G. Lance Salladay, all of Boise, each received the Idaho State Bar’s Service Award for their volunteer work.
John E. Rumel, B. Newal Squyres and Kenneth L. Pedersen, all of Boise, received the Distinguished Lawyer Award, the highest honor given by the Idaho State Bar. Rumel was the chief attorney for the Idaho Education Association for 17 years before joining the faculty of the University of Idaho College of Law in 2011. Squyres, of Holland and Hart LLP, has served as a state bar commissioner and held several volunteer roles. Pedersen has challenged large companies over dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Joseph Pirtle, 36, Boise, of Elam & Burke, was named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Stephen S. Trott, Boise, received the Distinguished Jurist Award. Cheri C. Copsey, and Thomas F. Neville were recognized for their public service as Fourth Judicial District judges, having retired in the previous year.
Reginald R. Reeves, a longtime humanitarian and community benefactor, has earned the Richard C. Fields Award from the Idaho State Bar Professionalism and Ethics Section and Concordia University College of Law. MUG
Daniel Mortensen has joined the firm of Andersen Banducci PLLC, a Boise firm specializing in civil trial practice and commercial dispute litigation. Mortensen received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Pomona College. MUG
Givens Pursley has 15 attorneys recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for 2016, including two Boise Lawyers of the Year: David Lombardi, medical malpractice-defendants; and Debora Kristensen, employment law management.
Ten Moffatt Thomas attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2016. The attorneys selected are Larry C. Hunter, Gerald T. Husch, James L. Martin, Christine E. Nicholas, Patricia M. Olsson, Randall A. Peterman, Mark S. Prusynski , John S. Simko, Stephen R. Thomas and Tyler J. Anderson.
Holland & Hart had 11 Boise attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2016: Walter Bithell, Thomas Chandler, Robert Faucher, Murray Feldman, Scott Hess, Fred Mack, William Myers, Larry Prince, Walt Sinclair, Kim Stanger and Newal Squyres.
Stoel Rives had seven attorneys in the Boise office chosen for The Best Lawyers in America 2016 directory: Kevin J. Beaton, Paul M. Boyd, James C. Dale, Mark S. Geston, Quentin M. Knipe, Krista K. McIntyr, and Kris J. Ormseth.
Parsons Behle & Latimer has three Boise lawyers in Best Lawyers in America’s 2016 edition. Robert B. Burns, 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Litigation-Real Estate category,; J. Kevin West and John N. Zarian.
The Newsletter Pro, a marketing company at 9941 W. Emerald St. in Boise, ranks No. 120 on Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list with a three-year sales growth of 2,975 percent.
The Idaho Section of the American Water Resources Association has announced officers for 2015-16: Steven R. Hannula, MWH Americas Inc., president; Ryan Carnie, GeoEngineers Inc., president elect; and Nancy Nething, HDR, vice president. Continuing officers are Ellen Berggren, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, past president; and Kathy Peter, secretary/treasurer. MUGSx4
TitleOne, a Boise-based provider of title insurance and settlement services, has purchased Sun Valley Title Co. in Ketchum and Hailey. Cassie Jones, Sun Valley Title’s manager, and other employees will become part owners of TitleOne and retain their current positions.
Chris Keith was promoted to escrow assistant at TitleOne in Boise. An Idaho native, Keith brings nine years of customer service experience and studied at Boise State University. MUG
Lisa Sholz has joined Title One as an escrow assistant. A University of Idaho graduate, Sholz brings 15 years of experience in real estate, including two in title and escrow. MUG
Jill Farwell has been promoted to Canyon County team leader for TitleOne. Farwell has 23 years of title and escrow experience. MUG
Emily Williams has been promoted to Canyon County escrow officer for TitleOne. A longtime Caldwell resident, Williams has 10 years of title and escrow experience. MUG
Ben Zamzow has joined Rocky Mountain Companies as vice president of real estate development. Zamzow is a graduate of Bishop Kelly High School and the University of Puget Sound, and he received an MBA from Boise State University.
Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce has promoted DJ Thompson to associate director. Thompson reached exemplary percent-of-quota sales benchmarks and received the organization’s 2015 Lease of The Year Award. MUG
Proof Eyewear donated $12,000 toward housing materials, cocoa bean trees, eye glasses and other goods, and a team from Proof went to El Salvador and partnered with nonprofits Help International and Ventanitas de Luz to volunteer time and services such as eye testing, community outreach and labor.
U-Haul Company of Idaho Inc. announced that Idaho Self Storage, with partners Chip Gallagher and Frederick Neser, signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer in Boise. Idaho Self Storage is at 10908 W. Fairview Ave.
Intermountain 3D Inc. has hired Jesse Helms as prototyping service bureau lead. Helms has an associate degree in CAD and drafting from ITT-Technical Institute and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in program management. MUG
The Cutting Edge Lawn Co. and Total Maintenance Solutions have merged to form Cutting Edge Landscape. Bob Wheeler of Cutting Edge Lawn and Ben Helton of Total Maintenance Solutions will lead Cutting Edge Landscape as co-founders. Wheeler will primarily oversee logistics and operations while Helton will focus on sales and business development. The business, which has 150 employees, will maintain its current locations in Garden City and Meridian and will add a third site in Garden City.
Nurface Games, a Boise startup, has won a global award in virtual reality software development and innovation. The startup business received a two-week trip to China to meet with top industry investors, venture capitalists, and gaming companies in the cities of Guangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai. The award was given by the Global Archiact Jam, a game jam run by Archiact, a virtual-reality studio in Vancouver, B.C. The founder of Nurface Games, Ryan Zehm, also organizes “Idaho Game Developers” groups on Facebook and Meetup.com with more than 100 local members.
Idaho Power has recognized employees with 25 or more years of service. Tracy Bartolome was hired Aug. 18, 1980, as a groundman in Vale, Ore. and now works as a regional system operator in Boise. Tom Harvey was hired Aug. 18, 1980, as a junior accountant in the general office and now works as the Resource Planning and Operations director at the corporate headquarters. Greg Said was hired Aug. 4, 1980, as a junior resource analyst in the general office and now works as the vice president of regulatory affairs. Idaho Power also announced the retirements of Mark Everhart, 16 years; Ernest Gardner, 17 years; Dan Golden, 31 years; Blaine Johnston, 34 years; Terry Martens, 5 years and Don Smith, 39 years.