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IBR names CEOs of Influence for 2012

CEO Jim Everett of YMCA of Treasure Valley, was one of the business leaders in Idaho honored by Idaho Business Review as a CEO of Influence for 2011. “We’re here to make the world a better place,” Everett said. Photo by Brad Talbutt

Idaho Business Review annually honors a group of chief executive officers in Idaho for their leadership, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance, community involvement and diversity; and above all – influence.

“These are the business leaders in our state,” said IBR Publisher and Vice President Sean Evans. “Not only do they represent the top echelon within our business community, they make a difference in our lives. This year, we honor Steve Appleton as one of our five recipients and will give him the award posthumously. As a pillar of our business community and the community we live in, he epitomizes what this award is all about.”

Appleton, 51,  died Feb. 3 in an accident while flying his small airplane at the Boise Airport. He was CEO of Boise-based semiconductor-maker Micron Technology Inc. “Steve’s passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large,” the company said in a statement after his death.

In addition to Appleton, the CEO of Influence class of 2012 includes: Orville Thompson, Scentsy; Michael Ballantyne, Thornton Oliver Keller; George Iliff, Colliers International and Bill Connors, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“These leaders are helping take Idaho forward,” said IBR managing editor Anne Wallace Allen. “Their influence shapes the future of many other businesses and individuals in the valley and the state at large.”

The CEOs will be recognized at an awards event and featured in a magazine published in the May 11 issue of IBR. The ticketed event is slated for May 10 at the Boise Centre. It is open to the public and includes a networking reception, dinner and award ceremony. For event details, click here:

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.