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.”