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Influential CEOs represent companies, nonprofits from across Idaho

Idaho Business Review's 2015 class of CEOs pose on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse. Shown (l-r) are Kâren Sander, Richard Johnson,  Jason Fry, Ted Epperley, Tommy Ahlquist, and John Cunningham. Not pictured: Bob Schwenkfelder and Susan Morris. Photo by Pete Grady.

Idaho Business Review’s 2015 class of CEOs poses on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse. Shown (l-r) are Kâren Sander, Richard Johnson, Jason Fry, Ted Epperley, Tommy Ahlquist, and John Cunningham. Not pictured: Bob Schwenkfelder and Susan Morris. Photo by Pete Grady.

Now in its sixth year, the Idaho Business Review CEO of Influence program recognizes Idaho’s best from all corners of the state in business, nonprofit and government sectors. From over 30 candidates representing large and small public and private companies, small businesses, large and small nonprofit organizations, and government, nine are the 2016 Idaho CEOs of Influence. A selection committee consisting of past honorees rated each one in five categories: leadership, vision, innovation and competiveness, financial performance and community leadership.

The selection committee included Idaho leaders also named CEOs of influence from the last five years, including Rick Ritter of New Ventures Lab Inc., Connie Miller of Icon Credit Union, Chris Taylor of Fisher Technology, Karen Sander with Cushman & Wakefield Commerce, Sylvia Hampel of Clearview Cleaning, Jim Everett, newly retired from Treasure Valley Family YMCA, and John Cunningham with Block 22 LLC.

It was challenging, said the selection committee members. Miller said it was “so hard” to choose, but she was energized to see so many leaders’ applications. Everett agreed. “It was a phenomenal group,” he said, “and I only had a third of them. Wow.”

The Idaho leaders will be honored with a reception, dinner and awards event open to the public at the Riverside Hotel May 11, and a magazine featuring their profiles will be published with the Idaho Business Review May 12.

Idaho Business Review 2016 CEO of Influence honorees

Darrel Anderson, president & CEO, Idaho Power Co. and IDACORP Inc., Boise

Jack W. Gustavel, Chairman & CEO, Idaho Independent Bank, Coeur d’Alene

Don Kemper, founder and CEO, Healthwise, Boise

Shaun Menchaca, president and CEO, Portneuf Healthtrust Inc., Pocatello

Maureen O’Toole, CEO, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, Boise

Rev. Bill Roscoe, president and CEO of Boise Rescue Mission, Boise

Travis Rothweiler, city manager, City of Twin Falls, Twin Falls

Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Keynetics Inc. & Kount Inc., Boise

Ken Wyatt, CEO & co-founder, 44 North Vodka, Boise

 

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.