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Hundreds gather to pay homage to IBR’s Accomplished Under 40

Ken Petersen, new dean for Boise State University College of Business and Economics welcomes about 450 who attended IBR's 2014 Accomplished Under 40 event, held June 26 at the Boise Centre. Photo by Pete Grady

Ken Petersen, new dean for Boise State University College of Business and Economics, welcomes about 450 people who attended IBR‘s 2014 Accomplished Under 40 event, held June 26 at the Boise Centre. Photo by Pete Grady

For the 15th year, Idaho Business Review’s event honoring 40 Accomplished Under 40 drew a crowd of professionals, community movers and shakers. They were lauded by past honorees, colleagues, and family members and friends. About 450 were in attendance Thursday, June 26, at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

The evening included networking, cocktails and a buffet, but the highlight was the awards event that featured the honorees and their stories. After a welcome from Idaho Business Review Publisher and Vice President Sean Evans and from event sponsor Boise State University College of Business and Economics’ past and current deans, Pat Shannon and Kenneth Petersen, the awards ceremony began.

This year, eight former honorees made the introductions: Ben Quintana, Boise City Council member and organizational development program manager, center for learning and development, St. Luke’s Health System and LeAnn Hume, managing director at Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce; Doug Pill, director, HR solutions for Merchants Moving & Storage and Kâren Sander, executive director, Downtown Boise Association; Jedidiah Snelson, owner, Farmers Insurance and Financial Services, and Shannon Stoeger, senior vice president and regional manager for Idaho Independent Bank; and Erik Bolinder, partner, Givens Pursley LLP and Jessica Flynn, CEO of Red Sky: A Strategic Communication Agency.

Introductions included short bios and a musical fanfare as honorees came one-by-one to the stage to receive their awards. As a nod to this year’s class, Flynn and Bolinder took a backwards stance onstage and instructed the audience to wave as they took the selfie of the night.

Jessica Flynn and Erik Bolinder took the selfie of the night: the crowd of attendees at the Accomplished Under 40 event at the Boise Centre. Flynn and Bolinder, former honorees, helped introduce members of the 2014 class. Photo by Pete Grady

Jessica Flynn and Erik Bolinder took the selfie of the night: the crowd of attendees at the Accomplished Under 40 event at the Boise Centre. Flynn and Bolinder, former honorees, helped introduce members of the 2014 class. Photo by Pete Grady

Also attending the award ceremony was Mary Mélon, group publisher for the Dolan Company, Idaho Business Review’s parent company. At the evening’s end, the 2014 Accomplished Under 40 publication was handed out at the door. Highlights of the publication include honoree profiles, “selfies,” and 40 “where were you 15 years ago” statements.

Erik Bolinder and Jessica Flynn's selfie from the Accomplished Under 40. Bolinder and Flynn were two of the eight presenters, all former Accomplished Under 40 honorees. Photo by Jessica Flynn

Erik Bolinder and Jessica Flynn’s selfie from the Accomplished Under 40. Bolinder and Flynn were two of the eight presenters, all former Accomplished Under 40 honorees. Photo by Jessica Flynn

“Once again, the Accomplished Under 40 event was a night to remember,” said Evans. “We were witness to the christening of new Idaho leaders and honored by those who came before and are examples of continued leadership and innovation.”

You can read all of the honorees’ profiles in the Accomplished Under 40 publication, inserted in the June 27 Ida

ho Business Review and published online at https://idahobusinessreview.com/events/au40/.

 

 

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.