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Idaho Faces-Week of 8/19/11

DeJean promoted at Home Federal Bank

Home Federal Bank employee Jennifer DeJean has been promoted to assistant vice president and commercial branch manager at the bank’s Silverstone branch in Meridian.

DeJean has more than eight years of finance and business experience focused in small business lending, branch management and business development. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. and an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

J-U-B names new Coeur d’Alene leadership

J-U-B Engineers has named Stephen P. James area manager in its Coeur d’Alene office. Paul A. Klatt will serve as the assistant area manager.

James and Klatt will be responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the 45-member Coeur d’Alene staff as well as for maintaining project management duties for their key clients in the region. Both men are professional engineers with more than 20 years experience in the industry and have been in the Coeur d’Alene office since 1994.

Former area manager Dale Baune will continue his role as a vice president at J-U-B, focusing on projects, mentoring and client relations throughout the company.

PCS Edventures makes executive team changes

PCS Edventures’ current chief financial officer, Valerie L. Grindle, has been appointed chief executive officer and has been elected to the company’s board of directors. She will continue serving as chief financial officer while a search for a permanent CFO is conducted.

Anthony A. Maher is retiring from his positions as chairman and chief executive officer and as a member of the company’s board. He will remain with the company as an employee and continue to provide services in support of the firm’s domestic and international business development and corporate finance activities.

Grindle joined PCS after serving as CFO of Great American Appetizers, a privately owned manufacturing company in Nampa.

Growing Northwest Title adds more employees

Karen Beamguard has joined Northwest Title Co. as an account executive. She will focus on residential, new construction and commercial accounts.

Beamguard has been in the industry for 30 years in title, marketing and management. In 2010 she was named Affiliate of the Year by the Ada County Association of Realtors. She is also a member of the Building Contractors Association of Southwest Idaho.

Krysti St. John comes to Northwest Title as an escrow officer with more than 13 years of experience in title, escrow and mortgage lending.

A graduate of Boise State University, she specializes in residential and new construction transactions.

Also joining the company as an escrow officer is Phil Archer, who will focus on residential, new construction and commercial closings in the Treasure Valley.

Archer has had a decade-long career in different management positions within the title and escrow industry.

Hopkins joins Keller Williams Realty Boise

Jason Hopkins, a real estate sales professional in Boise, has joined the Keller Williams Realty Boise Market Center. He has an extensive background in investment properties and single-family home sales.

He has been in the real estate industry for 12 years and has been in the Circle of Excellence several times over the course of his career.

Smith Horras adds associate attorney

Smith Horras has added a new associate attorney, Robert “Neil” Burns, to its staff. Burns’s practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation, real estate, business law, personal injury and family law.

He received his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2009. While in law school, he was a student attorney with the University of Idaho’s Small Business Legal Clinic. Prior to that, he served as a summer associate at a law firm in Caldwell, focusing on family law and criminal defense. He also practiced for approximately one year with a Boise- and Caldwell-based law firm.

Matheson selected as new CEO of Cd’A casino

The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council has selected Dave Matheson as the new chief executive officer of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, a position Matheson previously held from 1994-2006.

Recently the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel underwent a multi-million dollar expansion that includes two new hotel wings, upscale restaurant, bar, spa and a state-of-the-art water treatment facility. The casino also boasts the largest work force in its region, with about 1,200 workers.

Before his recent selection as CEO, Matheson was working as a consultant to other tribes and tribal businesses around the country. Matheson was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., prior to his role as the tribe’s gaming director in 1994.

Blackburn elected V.P. of national law group

Boise attorney Rex Blackburn has been elected to serve a one-year term as vice president of the Uniform Law Commission. Blackburn was elected to the leadership position at the 120th Annual Meeting of the ULC held recently in Vail, Colo.

Blackburn is senior vice president and general counsel of Idaho Power.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization whose goal is to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all states.

Martin completes broker license exam

Ryan Martin completed his broker license exam in July and is now the associate broker for DK Commercial. He is also the property manager for DK Commercial’s asset services.

Martin has been a commercial real estate professional for seven years. He most recently leased more than 12,500 square feet to Wells Fargo Dealer Services in Parkway Plaza off Eagle and Franklin roads in Meridian.

Boyum gets financial services designation

Eric Boyum of financial services firm Edward Jones has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

In order to receive the designation, he was required to pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and a disclosure form. Study topics included understanding the asset management process as well as understanding asset allocation and strategies.

Boyum works at an Edward Jones office in Caldwell.

Rod Wolfe earns a BCI designation

Rod Wolfe, principal and broker of the Murphy Business & Financial of Southwest Idaho, has been awarded the Business Certified Intermediary designation by the BCI Advisory Board of Murphy Business & Financial Corp.

The BCI designee is recognized in the business brokerage industry as a skilled intermediary who has obtained high levels of professional education, experience and industry knowledge.

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