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Idaho Faces-Week of 8/12/11

Employees attain Green Advantage recertification

Contractors Northwest workers Aileen Hoy, Duncan Goundry and Richard Breitenberg recently completed recertification by Green Advantage Inc. All three successfully demonstrated a broad base of knowledge, comprehension, and ability to analyze green construction concepts, materials, and practices by passing the commercial Green Advantage exam.

The GA exam places special emphasis on the importance of understanding the role of construction personnel in improving the environmental and health attributes of the built environment.

Gardner named chair for litigation council

Moffatt Thomas Barrett Rock & Fields attorney David Gardner has been designated as a state chair for the Council on Litigation Management. The council is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys.

Gardner is a trial lawyer and maintains a broad-based litigation practice in both state and federal courts defending various clients in jury trials and workers’ compensation hearings.

Chetwood promoted at Meridian Ford

Meridian Ford has promoted Patrick Chetwood to general sales manager of its dealership. He has been working for Meridian Ford for six years in such positions as a sales consultant, finance manager and sales manager.

Chetwood has a master’s degree from Boise State University.

Law firm adds Stanish to its Boise office

Holland & Hart has added David Stanish to the firm’s Boise office. Stanish, a member of the firm’s environment, energy, and natural resources group, represents and advises clients on endangered species, public lands, project permitting, water rights and water quality, in addition to other environmental and natural resources matters.

He previously practiced in the natural resources division of the Idaho Attorney General’s office.

Stanish is a 2005 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, and he also holds a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

Lyle Pearson makes two staff additions

Rich Hellwege has joined Lyle Pearson Co. He joins the dealership’s Mercedes-Benz and Porsche sales team as sales consultant.

Hellwege has more than 15 years of car and real estate sales experience. He was a salesman for the Meridian Ford dealership for three years and previously worked at Lyle Pearson selling pre-owned luxury vehicles for nine years.

Tom McCabe also joined Lyle Pearson Co. He joins the dealership’s Mercedes-Benz sales team as commercial fleet manager.

McCabe has more than five years truck and van sales experience with Peterson Motor Co., and also worked in that dealership’s fleet department. He also has more than 20 years of business to business sales experience with Eastman Kodak Co.

Collins returns to Steelheads front office

Chad Collins has joined the Idaho Steelheads front office as the team’s vice president of business development.

The University of Idaho graduate is returning to the Treasure Valley after working in northern California. After leaving the Steelheads in 2003, he worked with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs and Stanford Sports Properties. He also spent five seasons as the director of sales for the Sacramento River Cats AAA baseball team for the Oakland Athletics.

Trustees board selects new head of school

Lawrence R. Rogien, Ph.D., has been named the new head of school at North Star Charter School. He brings to the position a 33-year career in education, most recently serving as an associate professor at Boise State University, as a school psychologist within the Nampa School District, and for 21 years serving in various higher education roles at Indiana University, Northwest Nazarene University and Boise State.

He has been involved in many areas of educational research, gifted and talented education, special education, and professional development and training for teachers and school administrators.

Northwest Title expands its staff

Dariel Ross has joined Northwest Title as a title officer. She brings with her over 25 years of experience in the industry.

Justin Stutz joins Northwest Title as an account executive. He has a background in escrow, a degree in business management and two years of leadership training.

He has knowledge of new technological trends and how to use social media.

Otter appoints Courtney Ferguson to travel council

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Courtney Ferguson to the Idaho Travel Council.

Ferguson is owner of Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg where, in 1998, the Ferguson family converted 60 acres of land into an educational, drive-through wildlife park. Ninety percent of visitors are en route to or from Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. More than 55 employees keep the park running.

The Idaho Travel Council is an eight-member, private-sector advisory board, with all its members appointed by the governor. Other members include: Region I, J.J. Jaeger, Coeur d’Alene Resort on the Lake; Region II, Frances Conklin, Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast; Region III, John May, Owyhee Plaza; Region IV, Diane Newman, Best Western Burley Inn & Convention Center; Region V, Bill Code, Marriott Towne Place Suites; Region VI, Ferguson; Region VII, Dick Andersen, Sun Valley Resort; and at-large member, Paul Norton, Silverwood Theme Park.

Nelson elected to Family Advocates board

Givens Pursley partner Deborah Nelson has been elected to the board of directors of Family Advocates. Founded in 1978, Family Advocates is the parent agency for two programs that serve Treasure Valley families:

• The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program provides trained volunteers (called guardian ad litems) to help children who have been placed in foster care and referred to CASA by the courts after being taken from their home for abuse or neglect.

• Families First is the only early education home-visiting program in the Treasure Valley. Professionally trained parent educators visit with parents in their homes to increase confidence in parenting skills, connect families to community resources and ultimately prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Local ServPro owner attends convention

Brian Reed, owner of ServPro of Nampa / Caldwell, recently attended ServPro’s 42nd Annual National Convention, held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. earlier this summer.

While at the event, Reed and other franchisees heard from keynote speakers such as Victoria Labalme and Bob Garner.

They also attended sessions with leaders in the insurance industry.

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