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Idaho Faces-Week of 9/2/11

Boise-area ServPro owners receive awards

The following owners of ServPro franchises in the Boise area were honored during the national franchise’s 42nd Annual National Convention held earlier this summer in St. Louis, Mo.

• Virgie Jensen and Herbert Jensen, owners of ServPro of Meridian / Star / Eagle, received the Director’s Platinum Award.

• Michael Bennion and Brian Reed, owners of ServPro of Nampa / Caldwell, received the President’s Bronze Award.

These awards recognize franchisees for outstanding revenue performance and service to the company.

Wells Fargo gives on workers’ behalf

Wells Fargo & Company will contribute $1,000 each to Camp River Run and the American Heart Association in honor of Mike Kirby and Rebecca Watkins, in recognition of the contributions each has made to their respective organizations. The Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award program recognizes and rewards employees for their volunteer efforts.

Kirby, branch manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, was honored for his work with Camp River Run, a four-day summer camp in Cascade designed for kids ages 7-14 with life-threatening medical illnesses. As a board member, Kirby has provided financial advice and management and has been involved in fundraising efforts, securing corporate sponsorships, and grant writing.

Watkins, a Wells Fargo private banker, has volunteered with the American Heart Association since 1999, including serving as chair of the 2004 Heart Gala and the first Go Red for Women luncheon in Idaho in 2006. Part of her commitment to the organization has involved joining hundreds of volunteers and staff in Washington, D.C., to lobby legislators on behalf of AHA.

Eide Bailly promotes three employees

Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has promoted Jordan Salo, Laura Hartwig and Jesse Allen, each to the position of manager.

Salo specializes in a variety of industries, including retail, construction, manufacturing and service firms. He has been with Eide Bailly since 2006. He has a master’s degree of professional accountancy from Montana State University in Bozeman.

Hartwig has more than six years experience providing tax services to a variety of industries and has been with the firm since 2008.

She serves on the board of directors for both the Idaho State Tax Institute and Sustainable Futures and is a member of Boise Young Professionals. She graduated from the University of Denver with her master’s of taxation degree.

Allen has more than five years of audit and review experience and has provided services for a variety of industries, including retail, construction, manufacturing and nonprofit.

He has been with the firm since 2008. He has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Idaho.

Alex Olson promoted to territory manager at PODS

Alex Olson was recently promoted from lead driver at PODS of Reno to territory manager of the Idaho franchise based in Boise, called Storage Mobility Inc.

Olson was originally hired in 2007 as a driver in Reno. Now, as a territory manager in Boise he will be responsible for all facets of the business, including expanding the company’s customer base, working with charitable organizations and managing the company’s fleet of trucks and containers.

Jim Straight appointed to CradlePoint board

CradlePoint has appointed Jim Straight to its board of directors. Straight brings experience in the telecommunications industry and at the highest levels of government to the board position.

A 25-year telecommunications veteran, Straight has held senior executive roles with several telecommunications companies and also served in the White House Communications Agency under the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. He served as a senior vice president of Verizon Communications from 2005 to 2008, and since 2008 has served as a consultant and director for various wireless product and services companies.

Boise, Nampa attorneys join commissioners board

The Idaho State Bar has added Robert T. Wetherell of Boise and William H. Wellman of Nampa to its board of commissioners. Terms expired for past president Deborah A. Ferguson of Boise and past president James C. Meservy of Jerome. The new president of the commission is Reed W. Larsen of Pocatello.

Wellman served as a Canyon County and Nampa city prosecuting attorney early in his career. He was Third District Bar president in 1987. He is currently the Owyhee County public defender.

Wetherell is a partner at Brassey, Wetherell and Crawford, where he practices trial and appellate work, insurance, product liability, mediation, civil rights and employment law. He represents the Fourth Judicial District and was elected last fall by attorneys in the Fourth District.

Attorney Kunkel named CREW member-at-large

Givens Pursley partner Anne Kunkel has been appointed member-at-large to the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Intermountain Idaho Chapter.

CREW seeks to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by focusing on fulfilling four key initiatives: business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach. Kunkel is only the second person in Idaho to be appointed to a member-at-large position. She has focused her practice on complex real estate and asset transactions.

Jason Andrus named head of truckers’ group

At its 77th Annual Convention, held this year in Boise on Aug. 10-12, the Idaho Trucking Association elected leaders for the coming year. Jason Andrus of Doug Andrus Distributing located in Idaho Falls, will serve as chairman for the next two years.

The Idaho Trucking Association (ITA) is the trade association for the trucking industry in Idaho and is committed to promoting safety and the economic vitality of the state along with the hundreds of truck-dependent businesses in the state. The trucking industry has a payroll in Idaho in excess of 1.5 billion dollars a year and pays over $293.2 million in state and federal taxes and fees each year.

Mowery gets insurance counsellor designation

Kymberly Mowery, Idaho Falls, a Modern Woodman of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designation.

The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies. Representatives devote more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.

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