Advertising, marketing and PR
Brand-marketing firm Oliver Russell has released “Change Makers,” an ebook profiling 25 inspirational people, including several from the Treasure Valley. Among them are Nampa native Dan Price, featured for his efforts to create a living wage for his Seattle employees; Idaho Innocence Project founder Greg Hampikian; Angeli Weller, who leads Boise State University’s Responsible Business Initiative; and Treefort co-founder Eric Gilbert. Download the book free of charge at oliverrussell.com.
Stoltz Marketing Group, a Boise integrated marketing communications company, has added three staff members: graphic designers Alex Rhodes and Greg Montemurro and content/PR specialist and copywriter Cameron Stewart.
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Rhodes has worked in Boise’s creative culture for five years. Montemurro comes to Stoltz from Wirestone, where he worked as a designer. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Idaho.
Adrian Kroes and Mike Siegersma won the Milk Quality Award from the United Dairymen of Idaho for their SunRidge Dairy in the Dry Lake area near Nampa. The 30-employee dairy milks 3,000 cows three times per day and ships about 265,000 pounds of milk each day. Kroes and Siegersma are partners who also control Eagle Ridge Dairy in Nampa, Swan Falls Dairy in Kuna and Black Cat Dairy in Meridian.
The Leadership Idaho Agriculture Foundation has announced participants in Class 36 over the next few months. Treasure Valley-area participants include Brad Griff, Boise; Gretchen Hyde, Emmett; Dusty Kruse, Boise; Kirk Meyers, Nampa; Kate Mink, Mountain Home; A.J. Mondor, Middleton; Shelly Nelsen, Boise; Katie Ratliff, Boise and Crystal Wilson, Boise. More than 900 people have graduated from the statewide program since 1985.
Jeffery T. Ward has been named senior associate stockholder and Scott Hopkins associate stockholder in CSHQA, a Boise architectural and engineering firm.
Ward, a civil engineer, has been with the firm since 2004. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Boise State University in 2003.
Hopkins joined CSHQA in 2005 and earned his Idaho state license to practice architecture in 2012. He received a master’s degree in architecture in 2005 from the University of Idaho – Idaho Urban Research and Design Center.
Peterson Chevrolet raised $19,800 in October for breast cancer awareness. For every vehicle sold during the month, Peterson Chevrolet donated $100 to the Mountain States Tumor Institute.
Maria Peralez has been named executive assistant in the credit administration department at D.L. Evans Bank. Peralez attended the College of Southern Idaho and has 17 years of banking experience.
Angie Castillo has been appointed senior real estate loan officer at Idaho Independent Bank’s Caldwell Branch. Castillo has eight years of mortgage experience. She graduated with a Masters in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Marcy Haynie has returned to Idaho Independent Bank as a real estate loan officer at the Boise Branch. Haynie has 30 years banking and mortgage lending experience, most recently as a real estate loan officer at Freddie Mac.
Kathy Wester has joined Idaho First Bank as vice president and business banking officer. She has 20 years of banking experience.
Sheila Spangler has joined Idaho First Bank as vice president and team leader, business banking. She has 25 years of experience in banking and business advising and launched and operated the Women’s Business Center, a nonprofit providing education to economically disadvantaged individuals seeking self-employment.
Jodi Walker has been named director of communications for the University of Idaho. She will serve as a principal university spokesperson. Walker has worked in the U of I’s College of Natural Resources as marketing and communications manager since 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University.
The late Steve Appleton, a Boise State University College of Business and Economics graduate, has been recognized as one of the first 100 Influential Leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits business schools. Appleton was CEO, president and chairman of the board of Micron Technology in Boise until he died in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 2012, at age 51.
The University of Idaho is giving the Idaho Treasure Award to Thomas F. and Jo Ann S. Trail, of Moscow. The honor recognizes retired university faculty and staff members and family for their contributions of leadership and service to the university.
Elizabeth Cooper has been named director of the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture’s Integrated Design Lab in Boise. Cooper, an associate professor of architecture, joined UI-IDL in April 2015 as a research assistant professor and was a frequent lecturer in the College of Arts and Architecture since 2005.
Alicia Rasmussen has been promoted to project manager/administrative team coordinator at Strata, a Boise company that provides professional engineering, environmental, construction inspection, and construction material testing services. A graduate of University of Phoenix, Rasmussen has been a part of Strata for eight years.
Kent Magleby, a licensed professional civil engineer, has been hired as the business manager in Strata’s Boise office. A graduate of University of Idaho, Magleby has 20 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries.
David Choate has joined Murphy Business & Financial Corp. — Mountain West as an associate broker business intermediary. Choate is a UCLA graduate with 20 years of commercial real estate experience.
Valerie L. Grindle has joined CFO Idaho, which helps businesses secure funding. Grindle was vice president at Telecommunications Inc., CFO of Tenneco Minerals and president of Houston Oil and Minerals Exploration.
Andrea Lau has also joined CFO Idaho as part of the accounting team. Lau has a business administration (accounting emphasis) degree from Rutgers University.
Food and beverage
Dutch Bros. opened its ninth Boise location at 1423 State St. and raised $2,837 for the City Light Home for Women and Children. Dutch Bros Boise is locally owned and operated by Brian and Libby Wight.
Brian Crownover, M.D., U.S. Air Force (retired), marked the one-year anniversary of starting Treasure Valley Family Medicine by adding three employees to the independent primary care clinic near the Village in Meridian, including Christopher Partridge, M.D., a U.S. Navy veteran.
• Dr. John Kriz received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Idaho State Dental Association for his work in dentistry for the last 40 years.
Kjersten Jones, a chiropractor, has joined Live Right Chiropractic in Boise. Jones graduated cum laude in 2011 from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota.
Dr. David Frankl, a pulmonary-critical care specialist, recently joined the medical staff of Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, which provides long-term acute and critical care services. Frankl is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary and critical care medicine. A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., he earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Health and fitness
Episciences Inc. has promoted three directors to vice presidencies: Molly Johnson, RN, BSN, to vice president — domestic sales; Jim Perkins, vice president — manufacturing; and Trish Stack, vice president — marketing.
Scott Short has joined PayneWest Insurance as a commercial insurance sales associate in the Boise office. Short has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Boise State University has chosen PacificSource Health Plans to provide health insurance to the school’s graduate assistants and their dependents for the 2015-16 school year. Nearly 400 graduate assistants have enrolled in the plan.
Chris Middleton, president of Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, has been appointed to the executive committee of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association board of directors. Middleton will be secretary of the executive committee.
Proof Eyewear and Tamarack Resort have announced a partnership for the winter season, providing incentives to homeowners at Tamarack Resort, and to employees and customers of Tamarack and Proof Eyewear.
The Idaho Community Foundation has hired Karen Bilowith to replace President and CEO Bob Hoover, who is retiring after nearly seven years with the community foundation, which has $113 million in assets.
Bilowith is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region in Albany, N.Y., with $65 million in assets. Bilowith graduated cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.
Sonya Lenzi has been named president of the Idaho Botanical Garden board. A longtime Garden friend, donor and board member, Lenzi is an interior designer at Carol’s Design House and president of the Boise Garden Club. She is the daughter of one of IBG’s founding board members, the late Dr. William Lenzi, and his wife, Garden supporter Lois Lenzi. Lenzi succeeds Karena Boesel, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of membership.
Jennifer Jensen, of Holland & Hart, has been named Idaho’s first Young Lawyer Delegate to the American Bar Association.
Tracy Kasper has been named 2016 president of Idaho Realtors. Kasper has 23 years of real estate experience and is the co-owner broker of Silverhawk Realty, which has six offices and more than 80 agents in the Treasure Valley.
Shari Fernandez is the new director of communications for the 3,600-member Ada County Association of Realtors. Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Washington State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University.
Tracy Thompson, associate broker, has been named Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group’s sales manager for the Eagle office. Thompson, a licensed Realtor since 1985 and the former designated broker for the company, returns after a brief time at another brokerage.
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group also has added four agents:
Steve McDermott joined the Meridian office. He has been in Ada County for 25 years and is a notary public.
Patricia Watkins is a sales associate in the Eagle office. Born and raised in Argentina, Watkins has 20 years of experience in customer service.
Kristin Guidry joins the Eagle office. An Idahoan since 1977, Guidry graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
Kent Conrad has joined the Eagle office as a Realtor. Conrad spent the past 40 years as a pastor.
David Cadwell has returned to commercial real estate at Arthur Berry & Co. after taking a couple of years off to coach and teach high school business and economics.
Sandra Cratty has been named Operations Coordinator for Griffis/Blessing, manager of the 36 residential units at The Owyhee in Downtown Boise. Over seven years, Cratty has moved through the ranks from housekeeper to part-time supervisor and to houseman/day porter at the Owyhee, formerly a hotel.
Jeanine McKeon has joined Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate’s property management team. She has 10 years of property management experience.
Sarah Harper has joined TitleOne as an escrow officer in Boise. Harper has nine years of title and escrow experience.
Corey Robertson has been hired by Paul Davis Restoration as a restoration technician. Robertson is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Afghanistan.
AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons Cos.) has named Anuj Dhanda executive vice president and chief information officer.
Since 2013, Dhanda has been chief information officer and senior vice president of digital commerce for the Giant Eagle supermarket chain in Pittsburgh.
Dhanda graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Commerce and received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from Rutgers University. He began his career as a consultant with KPMG in Bahrain in 1984, then worked at JP Morgan Chase before joining PNC Financial Services Group, where he rose to executive vice president and CIO.
George’s Cycles was established in the summer of 1971 in a 200-square-foot wood shed on the east end of Warm Springs Avenue. In February, 45 years later, George’s will move into the remodeled 25,000-square-foot warehouse at the corner of 3rd and Front streets in Boise’s Central Addition district.
Roma Designer Jewelry, an Eagle jewelry company, has been selected by Costco Wholesale, the nation’s third-largest retailer, to be promoted in Costco’s Christmas buyers guide published in Costco Connection magazine, sent to 9 million U.S. homes — the largest monthly circulated publication in the United States. Roma’s sterling silver and semi-precious stone collections popular with Costco customers are priced between $30 and $500.
Guardian Survival Gear, a Boise wholesale survival products firm, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the company’s founding. Guardian was founded in December 2005 by President and CEO Daniel Kunz.
Idaho Power has promoted three senior managers to new officer positions effective Jan. 1:
Lisa Grow, senior vice president of power supply, was appointed senior vice president of operations. Tess Park, director of load serving operations, was appointed vice president of power supply. Lonnie Krawl, vice president of human resources and administrative services and chief information officer, was appointed senior vice president of administrative services and CIO.
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