Advertising & Marketing
Drake Cooper has hired Andrew Piron as chief operating officer. Piron started in the late 1990s in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Abigail, relocated in 2008 to Boise, where they live with their two children.
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Tyler Schnur has joined Drake Cooper as engagement specialist. Schnur graduated from Boise State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications-public relations.
Bob Bowen has joined Cole Architects PLLC as senior project manager/senior architect. Bowen has 30 years of architectural experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cal Poly/San Louis Obispo.
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Steve Christiansen has been elected a managing partner with LCA Architects in Boise. Christiansen joined the firm as a project architect in 1994 and became a stockholder in 1999.
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Corey Johnson has been named associate principal at CTA Architects Engineers in Boise. Johnson has 20 years of experience and holds bachelor’s and master’s of architecture degrees from Montana State University.
The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has named Dennis Johnson the 2016 recipient of its Hall of Fame Award for his work on the chamber’s behalf. Johnson is president and CEO of United Heritage Life Insurance Group and its parent company, United Heritage Financial Group. Johnson is the fourth recipient of the award, following Skip Oppenheimer in 2015, Nancy Vannorsdel in 2014 and Doug Armstrong in 2013.
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The Boise Angel Alliance has named Vina T. Rathbone to its board of directors as community engagement director. Rathbone is a project manager at Drake Cooper and a member of the Boise Angel Alliance for two years.
Bank of the Cascades has expanded its commercial lending team in Idaho.
Gregg Mizuta, senior vice president, commercial banking team leader, has 20 years of corporate and commercial banking expertise.
Blake Ritchie, vice president, commercial relationship manager, has 10 years of experience in relationship management, credit analysis and lending.
Doug Ward, vice president, commercial relationship manager, has experience in real estate lending, commercial and industrial and SBA lending.
Kelly Duncan, assistant vice president, assistant relationship manager, has nine years of experience in commercial and real estate lending and five years of experience as a credit analyst.
Aaron Hegstrom, assistant vice president, assistant relationship manager, has been in banking since 2002 as a treasury manager, financial analyst, assistant controller and assistant relationship manager.
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Kathy Lorenz has joined Zions Bank as a commercial relationship manager at the Boise Eagle and Chinden Financial Center at 6176 N. Eagle Road. Lorenz has worked in banking for 30 years and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roanoke College in Salem, Va.
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Chris Batt has been promoted to vice president and branch manager of Idaho Independent Bank’s Caldwell Branch. He joined IIB in June 2004 as an officer trainee and was later promoted to commercial loan officer, branch manager and assistant vice president.
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KeyBank has named Chad Blackburn a portfolio manager for Key Private Bank’s Idaho market. Blackburn has 15 years of investment and securities experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
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Cameron McCown has been appointed mortgage loan officer in the Treasure Valley for D.L. Evans Bank. He has five years of banking experience and spent eight years in the U.S. Army, where he was a military public affairs specialist and a drill sergeant.
Construction & Design
Kerstin Martell-Dettrich has joined the McAlvain Group of Companies Inc. as preconstruction project engineer. She holds a bachelor’s degree of landscape architecture from Washington State University and has worked in commercial construction since 2008.
Toby Hazen of the Eide Bailly LLP office in Boise has been accepted into the accounting firm’s partnership, bringing the number of partners to 238. Hazen is a certified public accountant with 18 years of experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northwest Nazarene University.
David H. Leroy received the Making History Award from the Ada County Historic Preservation Council for his efforts to promote and educate Idahoans on the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.
Leroy, a lawyer and former Idaho attorney general, led the creation of the Lincoln Legacy Collection and Exhibition at the Idaho Historical Museum. The exhibit includes original documents, photos, portraits, sculptures, campaign posters and more than 1,000 books collected by Leroy and his wife, Nancy. The collection was donated to the state research library in 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s signature on the document that created the Idaho Territory.
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Ada County Paramedic Mark Babson was named 2016 EMS Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Babson has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2005 and received his paramedic certificate in 2006. He worked closely with his colleagues to present a bill to the Legislature to establish Community Health EMS in Idaho.
Geoffrey M. Wardle has joined Spink Butler LLP in Boise as a partner. Wardle has 20 years of legal experience.
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Andersen Banducci, a Boise litigation firm, has changed its name to Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford. ASWB’s four partners are:
Steven Andersen, who has been counsel in more than 100 jury trials on products liability and other topics.
Benjamin Schwartzman, whose work includes class actions on consumer fraud, securities fraud, and antitrust and civil rights.
Wade Woodard, a trial attorney with 15 years of experience with an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubble.
Amanda Brailsford, who has expertise in employment law, trade secrets and other areas.
Partner Thomas Banducci and the firm decided to part ways, says another partner at the firm who asked not to be identified.
Shaun Buck, author and owner of Boise marketing firm The Newsletter Pro, is featured in a two-episode interview on a business and marketing podcast, “The Street Savvy Marketer,” hosted by Missouri marketing strategist and copywriter Jim Raposa at www.StreetSavvyMarketer.com.
Russ Hoeflich, longtime senior executive of The Nature Conservancy, will join The Peregrine Fund in Boise as the new president and CEO upon current president and CEO Peter Jenny’s retirement July 1.
Hoeflich served for 27 years as director of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy before his promotion in 2014 to vice president and senior policy director of the conservancy’s Restore America’s Forests Program.
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The board of directors of Children’s Home Society in Boise has hired Anselme Sadiki as executive director.
Sadiki worked 11 years for the U.N.’s Development Program in four African countries and in New York. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work and community development from Idaho State University in 2000 and earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 2003.
The society operates the Warm Springs Counseling Centers in Boise and Meridian.
Leela Fryer has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in its Eagle office. Fryer, who moved with her family to Idaho from Oregon in 2011, has 20 years of experience in hospitality, customer service and administration, including the last seven in property management.
Albertsons Cos. has named Denver Division President Susan Morris as executive vice president of retail operations over the company’s East Region. Morris will succeed Kelly Griffith, who is leaving the company. Morris was president of Albertsons’ Intermountain Division in Boise from 2013 to 2015.
Matt and Kelly White have purchased a Mr. Electric franchise to service Boise and the surrounding communities. The franchise will offer 24-hour residential and commercial electrical repair and installation services. For information, call (208) 914-6736 or visit MrElectric.com/Boise.
Wes Jacobs has started Jacobs ERP Solutions LLC, a consulting business for small and midsize manufacturers that use xTuple Opensource software for enterprise resource planning. Reach Jacobs at Private Mailbox 513, 3313 Cherry Lane, Meridian, (208) 899-5686, email@example.com.
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Scott McCabe has been hired by Integra Paperless in Boise as senior solutions consultant. McCabe specializes in document management and automated workflows.
Travel and Tourism
Travel Weekly and TravelAge West magazines selected Danielle Stephens, a travel adviser with Boise’s Harmon Travel, to be a Global Travel Marketplace Ambassador at the 2016 Global Travel Marketplace West in Tucson, Ariz. in May. Stephens began her travel career at Harmon Travel in 2013. In 2014, she was recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the top 30 U.S. agents under age 30.
Cool Planet has a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Co. of Boise. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra, an engineered biocarbon product to retain water and nutrients in plants’ root zone, throughout the Western United States and parts of the Midwest.
The Meridian Chamber of Commerce has announced winners of its 2016 Small Business Awards.
Business Person of the Year: Clint Shiflet, Idaho Central Credit Union.
Small Business of the Year:
▪ 1-10 employees: Treasure Valley Children’s Theater.
▪ 11-50 employees: Meridian Library District.
▪ 51 + employees: Kendall Ford of Meridian.
Philanthropic Business of the Year: Dutch Bros Coffee of Meridian.
Honorees were selected by email ballot to a committee of previous Small Business Administration award recipients. The chamber sought nominees reflecting exceptional business practices and customer service, participation in civic and chamber activities; and encouragement for employees to participate in community activities.
Special recognition will also be given to the following nominees:
Small Business of the Year:
▪ 1-10 employees: Clear Voice Telecom, IBL Events, Christian Brothers Automotive.
▪ 11-50 employees: The Village at Meridian, Harris & Co. PLLC, A1 Plumbing and Perfect Air.
▪ 51+ employees: SaasFocus & Scalestation.
Business Person of the Year: Brett Clancy, Christian Brothers Automotive; Nathan Mueller, SaasFocus/Scalestation; James Fullinwider, All American Insurance; Anna Marie Aldinger, IBL Events; and Pat Morandi, Roaring Springs, Wahooz & Pinz.
Philanthropic Business of the Year: Roaring Springs, Wahooz & Pinz.
Mountain West Bank, a division of Glacier Bank, has been named one of the 10 best places to work in Idaho among large corporations. The 2016 Best Places to Work in Idaho list was released by POPULUS, an independent human resource and marketing company in Meridian, based on anonymous employee surveys.
Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics has partnered with the National Economics University of Vietnam in Hanoi to offer a new program for international students. The partnership, named the 2+2 program, will bring 40 Vietnamese undergraduate students each year to the College of Business and Economics by fall semester 2018. The students will study for two years in Vietnam and then finish their degree at Boise State, earning bachelor’s degree’s in one of nine majors.
Boise energy-technology company Inovus Solar announces a collaboration with another local Boise company, SGW Designworks, to develop applications for renewable energy markets. Inovus makes solar lighting. SGW provides product engineering and design.
The Idaho Transportation Department’s recently completed reconstruction of the Meridian Road Interchange won the American Society of Civil Engineers Southern Idaho Section award for outstanding civil engineering achievement among projects costing more than $10 million.
The $50.8 million project replaced the old interchange with a single-point urban interchange, or SPUI, and improved I-84 between Meridian and Five Mile roads, widening the freeway to four lanes in each direction. The work also added a third lane over the top on Meridian Road, and installed sidewalks and a bike lane. Work began in April 2014. The interchange opened to traffic late in 2015.
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The Ada County Highway District’s Hill Road Extension Project was named Project of the Year by the Southern Idaho Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The $6.6 million project created a three-lane roadway between Dicky Drive and State Highway 55. The project also added curb, gutter, sidewalk, and bike lanes; built bridges on North Edgewood Lane and Hill Road over the Dry Creek Canal; and built five landscaped medians along the roadway. The project was finished last July.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has become the first hospital in Idaho to be designated by Idaho’s Time Sensitive Emergency Statewide Council as a Level I Center for ST elevation myocardial infarction (or STEMI, also described as a heart attack with complete blockage of an artery).
The council was created to develop a statewide time-sensitive emergency system to address three of the top three causes of death in Idaho: trauma, stroke, and heart attack (STEMI). Saint Alphonsus has now earned the third out of three designations provided by the Council. Level 1 is the highest level.
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St. Luke’s Health System received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience award in April. Meanwhile, St. Luke’s Rehab was recognized by Qualis Health through the Idaho Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality.
Impact Radio Group and the College of Idaho announced that ESPN Boise will serve as the flagship station of Coyote football and men’s basketball games for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Games will be broadcast on both ESPN Boise stations, 96.5 FM and 730 AM, and through ESPNBoise.com and the ESPN Boise App.
ESPN Boise will air weekly segments with head coaches Mike Moroski and Scott Garson, along with C of I student-athletes, on its two local weekday shows, “The Press Box” with B.J. Rains and Jay Tust from 9 to 11 a.m., and “The Breakdown” with John Mallory and coach Mike Christianson from 2 to 6 p.m.
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Boise State Public Radio’s KBSX newsroom won these five regional 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association:
▪ Continuing Coverage: “Boise’s Homeless Crisis At Cooper Court.” Lead Reporter: Adam Cotterell.
▪ Feature: “Why A Remote Lodge In Idaho’s Backcountry Is Being Resurrected.” Reporter: Frankie Barnhill.
▪ Hard News: “How Idaho Cops Protect Kids From Internet Predators.” Reporter: Samantha Wright.
▪ Use of Sound: “An Idaho Man Teaches Bird Watching To Blind Students.” Reporter: Samantha Wright.
▪ Website: Boise State Public Radio news team.
Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Southwestern Idaho has received recognition as a 2015 Crawford Contractor Connection Top Performer and Golden Hammer Honoree. The honor is based on technical measurements, customer-service scores, professionalism in communications and cooperation. Crawford Contractor Connection handles contractor-managed repairs for Crawford & Co., which serves insurance companies and self-insured organizations.
Albertsons Cos. has partnered with Hearing Wellness Network to offer free hearing test kiosks at 24 stores. The diagnostic test expands Albertsons’ health and wellness services.
New Plymouth’s Internet Truckstop Group, a freight-matching network, announced an investment from Bregal Sagemount, a New York private-equity firm, to support the company’s continued expansion. Phil Yates, a Bregal Sagemount founding partner, will join ITG’s board. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Achievements: Good Deeds
Employees from three Larry H. Miller dealerships in Boise volunteereed April 26 on the Larry H. Miller Day of Service, an annual event that honors the late company founder on his birthday. More than 30 employees volunteered from 9 a.m. to noon with the Boise Rescue Mission, serving hot meals to guests, sorting used clothing donations and canned goods, and landscaping and beautifying the mission’s homeless shelters.
Delta Dental of Idaho employees spent an evening volunteering at the Idaho Foodbank warehouse in Boise. Each year, Delta Dental donates over 14,000 children’s toothbrushes, 7,200 adult toothbrushes, and 7,200 tubes of toothpaste as part of a $15,000 donation to the Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack Program for low-income students.
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Saint Alphonsus Health System donated two automated external defibrillators to Celebration Park and the Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum, units of Canyon County Parks, Recreation and Waterways.
CenturyLink Inc. announced local winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program.
▪ Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell was awarded $4,700 to support and expand its robotics program. Teacher Casey Boothby submitted the request.
▪ Willow Creek Elementary School in Nampa was awarded nearly $3,000 to buy a gaming device educators are using with iPads to incorporate multisensory teaching. Teachers Nicole Gibbs and Carrie Dayley submitted the request.
▪ Calvary Christian Academy in Emmett was awarded $3,000 for the integration of 3D pens, whose concept is similar to that of a 3D printer. Teachers Sheri Evans, Mindy Peper and Daniel Lanctot submitted the request.
▪ Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle was awarded two grants. The first is for $5,000 to fund laptops and materials to expand the Library MakerSpace, a do-it-yourself area for students. Teacher Kellie Taylor and Librarian Cindy Hall submitted the request. The second is for $1,000 to buy iPad Minis for a project titled “School Garden iMovie.” Teacher Gina Kwid submitted the request.
▪ Eagle High School was awarded two grants. One is for $5,000 for a project titled “Biotechnology Probeware.” Misty Sterk submitted the request. The other was for nearly $5,000 for a project titled “Visualizing Mathematics.” A group of teachers led by Maria Ayala-Marshall submitted the request.
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