Amy M. Bowman has joined the Nampa Chamber of Commerce as director of membership development. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boise State University.
Mick Wiskerchen, Micron Technology Inc., has been named the 2016 chairman of the board of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership . Todd Cooper, Wells Fargo Bank, will be the incoming chair-elect for 2017.
Gov. Butch Otter recently appointed Wiskerchen to serve on the Idaho Department of Commerce’s Economic Advisory Committee as a Region 3 representative.
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Charity Nelson has joined the Boise Valley Economic Partnership as its first project and strategy manager. Nelson will help design, build and launch a new talent attraction effort and will manage site location and expansion projects. Nelson has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in in psychology and communication.
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Boise Young Professionals announced its 2016 leadership team.
Executive leadership members include Renee Bade, Serve Idaho, as BYP chair; Sophie Sestero, Fahlgren Mortine, as chair-elect; and Nick Taylor, Stoel Rives, as the immediate past chair.
They oversee five foundational work teams: professional development, marketing and communications, community engagement, events and outreach. The chairs are:
Professional development: Dylan Eaton, Parsons Behle Latimer. Kyle Rosenmeyer, city of Boise, is chair-elect.
Marketing and communications: Jennifer Yribar, city of Boise. Meg Boyer, Idaho Statesman, is chair-elect.
Community engagement: Michela Swarthout, First to File. Dave Sherman, T-O Engineers, is chair-elect.
Events: Shelley Bennett, Idaho Wine Commission. Zach Bethel, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, is chair-elect.
Outreach: Laura Chiuppi, Boise State University College of Business and Economics.
Program Sponsor representatives are Joshua Hersel, CTA Architects Engineers; Alison Hunter, Perkins Coie; Matt Jantz, Albertsons Intermountain Division; Joe Tufts, KeyBank; David Leaman, Idaho Statesman; and Lauren Hamilton, Boise State Alumni Association.
Executive Leadership At-Large members are Wyatt Shroeder, CATCH Inc.; Chase Erkins, Lee & Associates; and Kristin Cole, Soundwave Music and Lighting Design.
Idaho Central Credit Union has expanded its home-loan team.
Erica Martinez has been with ICCU for about four years. She graduated from Nampa High School.
Wally Hartje has been in banking since 2010 and has been producing mortgages since 2013. Hartje is new to ICCU.
Chris Helbling comes to ICCU after spending the last nine years as a collegiate basketball coach, most recently with the University of Idaho.
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Kasey Farrar has been promoted to deposit support manager and compliance analyst for Idaho Independent Bank. Farrar joined IIB in September 2013 as a compliance specialist.
Kelly Parker has been named vice president of community relations and product development for Idaho Independent Bank. Parker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and decision sciences from Washington State University.
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Melissa Christensen has been promoted to operations supervisor at the Boise Vista branch of D.L. Evans Bank. She has been with D.L. Evans Bank for six years as a teller and a financial services representative.
David Lowder has been promoted to agricultural/commercial loan officer at the Nampa branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Lowder has been with the bank since 2014.
Crystal McConnachie has been promoted to senior operations officer for D.L. Evans Bank and relocated to the Boise Fairview branch. McConnachie has been with the bank for 11 years as a loan assistant and operations officer IV at the Boise Vista branch.
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Justin Page has joined Zions Bank as a residential and construction mortgage loan officer. He is based at the Fairview and Cole financial center in Boise.
The professional business fraternity at Idaho State University named Kent Oram, CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union and a long-time Pocatello resident, as the 2016 Idaho Business Leader of the Year.
Construction & Design
Patrick Gaasch has joined the McAlvain Group of Companies Inc. as project manager. Gaasch has 30 years in the commercial construction experience.
Rebecca Shepard has joined the University of Idaho as senior director of marketing. Shepard has worked for Lucasarts Entertainment, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures and Hasbro. She a bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising from Washington State University.
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The University of Idaho Alumni Association honored three Vandals for long-term service to the university and the association. Craig Olson and James H. Ritter received the Silver and Gold Awards, Lou Aldecoa received the Jim Lyle Award, and Debra Ujiiye received the Honorary Alumni Award.
Olson worked 28 years for Albertsons, including 10 as chief financial officer. Ritter is former president and CEO of Aviation Manufacturing Group LLC and a member of the Boise Angel Alliance. Aldecoa has worked for Hewlett Packard and Stinker Stores and is former president of the U of I Alumni Association’s national board. Ujiiye recent retired as director of student teaching at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.
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Ted Epperly and Edward Lodge will be honored at the Concordia University School of Law’s fourth annual Leaders in Action Awards. The awards acknowledge two statewide leaders — one in law and one in education — who have made significant contributions to improving the state. Epperly, a physician, is a professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Lodge is senior judge in the U.S. District Court for Idaho.
Rod MacKinnon has joined Buffington Mohr McNeal, a registered investment-advisory firm in Downtown Boise, to further develop the firm’s equity portfolio management process. MacKinnon spent the past 25 years at Mountain Pacific Invetment Advisors.
Steve Kovach has joined Buffington Mohr McNeal as a wealth management adviser. Kovach received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1992 and is a certified financial planner.
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Harris & Co., a certified public accounting firm, has hired four people and promoted two.
Patricia Zurfluh is manager of the audit department. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Portland.
Matthew Goodfellow is a staff accountant. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Washington State University.
Corey Smith is a staff accountant. He received his master’s degree in accounting from Boise State University concurrently with his law degree from the University of Idaho.
Troy Earl is a staff accountant. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from Idaho State University.
Kristi Halford has been promoted to senior manager. She has been with Harris & Co. for five years with has 15 years of experience in public accounting.
Mike Howe has been promoted to senior accountant. He was a staff accountant and has been with the firm for two years.
Food & Beverage
Joely Rhodes, longtime employee at Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, has been named the company’s first chief operations officer. Rhodes started serving at Bardenay Boise in 2005, was promoted to assistant manager in 2007 and became events coordinator in 2010. Rhodes will oversee Bardenay’s three Idaho locations.
Susan Buxton, Boise attorney, has been named administrator of the state Division of Human Resources by Gov. Butch Otter, effective March 1. She will succeed David Fulkerson, state fiscal officer for the Division of Financial Management, who has been acting administrator since Vicki Tokita retired in 2014.
Michelle M. Watts, CPA, has been hired as fiscal officer for the Idaho Endowment Fund Investment Board. She worked previously for Clearwater Analystics in Boise.
St. Luke’s Foundation Board Chairman Darin DeAngeli received the 2016 Luke Award for leadership, philanthropy and fundraising efforts for the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. DeAngeli has been on the board in 1999 and was its chairman from 2013 to 2014. His firm, Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group, has donated more than $75,000 to St. Luke’s Children’s since 1999.
Hospitality & Tourism
Aaron Black, a luxury hotelier from Portland, Maine, has been hired by Obie Development Partners as general manager for the Inn at 500 Capitol, scheduled for opening in late 2016 in Downtown Boise. Black has 20 years of hotel management experience.
Weaver & Associates, a human resources consulting firm in the Treasure Valley for 10 years, has been sold to Patti Perkins. who has three decades of human resources and business experience in financial services and wireless communications. Kandy Weaver will remain as a senior consultant and CEO emeritus to ensure continuity.
Meuleman Law Group attorney Joe Meuleman has been elected to serve his second term on the board of Idaho Associated General Contractors.
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Hawley Troxell partner Paula L. Kluksdal, the first woman to serve on the board of partners, has been re-elected to a four-year term. The board also includes Steven W. Berenter, Brad P. Miller, Thomas J. Mortell and Nicholas G. Miller, who is managing partner.
Hawley Troxell attorneys Mike Baldner and Jon Bauer have been elected to the firm’s partnership. Baldner is a real estate and business lawyer. Bauer is a business attorney.
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Sarah Arnett has joined the business law firm Stoel Rives LLP in its Boise office as an attorney in the Labor and Employment Group. She received her law degree from the University of Idaho in 2002 and a bachelor’s degree in contemporary studies and history from the University of King’s College in 1995.
Brook B. Bond has been named managing shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise office. Bond assumes the leadership role from John N. Zarian, who has served since 2011.
Matthew Wood has been named vice president of worldwide sales for Preco, a Boise maker of heavy-duty truck collision-mitigation detection systems. Wood has 30 years of sales experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information science from Boise State University and an MBA from Portland State University.
Ryan Donahue has returned to brand-building agency Oliver Russell to work alongside the digital team and help with motion design, 3D capabilities, video editing and animation. Donahue got his start at Oliver Russell as a production designer in 1998.
Kelsie Mhoon has joined Nineteen.Marketing, formerly Pro 119 Marketing, as content writer and campaign manager. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington in 2012.
Kim Fields will join anchor teams for KTVB News at 4 p.m. and News at 10 p.m. at the end of February. She will succeed longtime KTVB anchor Carolyn Holly. In October, KTVB reported that Holly would leave after 33 years. Holly will join Saint Alphonsus Health System as vice president of marketing, communications and public relations. Fields has reported regularly in both newscasts for almost seven years.
Penny Traylor has joined The Nature Conservancy in Idaho as associate director of development in the Boise office.
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Bud Compher has been named CEO of NeighborWorks Boise, formerly Neighborhood Housing Services, where he has been interim CEO since October. Compher joined the nonprofit as director of real estate development in early 2015.
Marc Brown has been named director of accounting. Brown has been the staff accountant since 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Idaho.
Four people have joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group as real estate agents:
Jessica O’Brien, in the Downtown Boise office, has worked in real estate investing and property management for 15 years.
Brett Wirges, in the Eagle office, has two decades of experience in management and sales.
Saychelle Morris, in the Downtown Boise office, is a Boise State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Susan Pachner, in the Nampa office, recently relocated from Mountain Home and has been a Realtor since 2010.
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Paige Shafer has joined Ralston Group Properties, an independent, locally owned brokerage in Boise, as an agent. She is a second-generation Realtor with 18 years of experience.
Tyler Head has been promoted to general manager at Idaho Records Management in Downtown Boise. Previously, he worked in operations and marketing positions.
This story appears in the Feb. 17-March 16, 2016, edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine.
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The Ada County Association of Realtors has changed its name and to Boise Regional Realtors.
Restaurant & Beverage
Berryhill & Co., a restaurant at 12 N. 9th St. in Downtown Boise, has changed its name to Berryhill.
Achievements: Good Deeds
The Idaho Dairy Council is giving nine Treasure Valley schools grants to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives this spring. The grants totaled $17,143 in the Treasure Valley and $95,822 statewide.
The Caldwell Night Rodeo presented the Caldwell Veterans Council with a check for $5,000 collected during CNR’s 2015 Patriot Night at the rodeo. The council will use the money to help renovate the old Carnegie Library in Caldwell into the Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall.
DaviesMoore, a Boise marketing agency, named Ūsful Glassworks the first winner of what it plans to be an annual award, the In Cahoots Pro-Bono Partnership Program. Each year, DaviesMoore plans to assist a local nonprofit organization with marketing and advertising needs. Ūsful Glassworks, founded in 2008, recycles empty wine, beer, and liquor bottles into reusable glass products, providing jobs and vocational training to refugees, homeless people, at-risk youths, veterans, people on public assistance, low-income seniors and offenders.
In partnership with the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Jacksons Food Stores and its customers in Jacksons’ latest annual “Give the Gift of Peace” campaign donated $162,808 — $81,404 from customer donations and a dollar-for-dollar match by Jacksons — to the coalitions against domestic violence from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada.
DirecTV presented a $7,000 grant to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County expand its network and update their technology to accommodate iPads, wireless internet, expanded technology usage and STEM programming for after-school use at the newly expanded Boys & Girls Club in Meridian.