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What’s for lunch? Awards, a talk and live tweets

IBR Special Sections editor Jeanne Huff (left) and keynote speaker Kevin Learned of Boise State Venture College chat with Stephanie Corrall of Harmon-Smith Financial Group after the Excellence in Finance Power Lunch on May 26 at the Grove Hotel. Photo by Pete Grady.

IBR Special Sections editor Jeanne Huff (left) and keynote speaker Kevin Learned (center) of Boise State Venture College chat with Stephanie Corrall (right) of Harmon-Smith Financial Group after the Excellence in Finance Power Lunch on May 26 at the Grove Hotel. Photo by Pete Grady.

In the new economy, millennials aren’t lining up to be hired into existing positions; they expect to create their own jobs, said Kevin Learned, the keynote speaker at Idaho Business Review’s Excellence in Finance Power Lunch.

About 150 people attended the luncheon on May 26 at the Grove Hotel to help honor 16 of Idaho’s top professionals in banking, corporate finance, accounting and investment.  The honorees were selected by review committees made up of past honorees who evaluated the more than 50 submissions. They were rated for their accomplishments, expertise, mentoring and community leadership.

Learned, an angel investor and past president of the Boise Angel Alliance, is founding director of Venture College at Boise State University, and was elected this year to the national board of the Angel Capital Association. He talked to the group about job growth in Idaho, spurring some to live tweet the event. “The industrial revolution is dead,” he said, adding that “100 percent of new job creation comes from entrepreneurs.”

Learned was the top honoree at IBR‘s event for financial professionals last year. At this year’s event, he also spoke about the critical role angel investors play in job creation, saying that through them, more than 350 jobs have been created in the Treasure Valley. Learned also talked about talented local entrepreneurs. “I submit we can find people like Steve Jobs right here in Boise, Idaho,” he said.

In addition to the awards event, honorees were profiled in a special section published with the May 27 edition of the Idaho Business Review. You may view the digital edition of the Excellence in Finance magazine here: //idahobusinessreview.com/events/excellence-in-finance/

2016 Excellence in Finance honorees
Karen Appelgren, vice president and director, Business Resource Center, Zions Bank, Boise
Ben Chaney, vice president, treasury management officer, Northwest Bank, Boise
Jason Coronado, partner, Deloitte Tax LLP, Boise
Cassie Fontaine, vice president and branch manager, Idaho Independent Bank
Christi Garcia, vice president, community banking district manager, Wells Fargo Bank, Coeur d’Alene
Kurt Gustavel, president and chief operations officer, Idaho Independent Bank, Boise
Joshua Harmon, wealth management advisor, Harmon Smith Financial Group – Northwestern Mutual, Boise
Benjamin Nelson, senior vice president, residential mortgage lending, D. L. Evans Bank, Burley
Megan Poshka, business relationship manager, assistant vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, Boise
Sheila Spangler, owner, Capital Strategies, Boise
Sidney Sullivan, chief financial officer and vice president of operations, AceCo Precision Manufacturing, Boise
Josh Tyree, C.P.A., partner, Harris & Co., Meridian
Raleigh Vachek, certified financial planner, financial advisor, Daly & Vachek Investment Consulting, Boise
Tony Wheelwright, vice president, commercial lender, Idaho Independent Bank, Boise
John P. Williamson, senior vice president, commercial banking manager, KeyBank, Boise
Mac Wrigley, vice president, branch manager, commercial loan officer, D. L. Evans Bank, 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.