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10 across Idaho chosen by peers as influential leaders

2017 CEO of Influence honorees, l-r, back row: Steve Woodworth, president, CEO, Idaho Youth Ranch; Beth Oppenheimer, executive director, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children; Matt Rissell, CEO TSheets, John Evans Jr., CEO, D.L. Evans Bank; Bert Glandon, president, College of Western Idaho; front row: Jerry Whitehead, president, CEO, Western Trailers; Elizabeth Lizberg, executive director, Camp Rainbow Gold; Marya Woods, CEO, Apex Manufacturing Solutions. Not pictured: Rodney Reider, president, CEO, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, George Mulhern, CEO, Cradlepoint Inc.

2017 CEO of Influence honorees, l-r, back row: Steve Woodworth, president, CEO (now corporate ambassador), Idaho Youth Ranch; Beth Oppenheimer, executive director, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children; Matt Rissell, CEO (now VP), TSheets, John Evans Jr., CEO, D.L. Evans Bank; Bert Glandon, president, College of Western Idaho; front row: Jerry Whitehead, president, CEO, Western Trailers; Elizabeth Lizberg, executive director, Camp Rainbow Gold; Marya Woods, CEO, Apex Manufacturing Solutions. Not pictured: Rodney Reider, president, CEO, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, George Mulhern, CEO, Cradlepoint Inc.

Over eight years nearly 60 CEOs, company presidents, nonprofit executive directors and government leaders have been honored through Idaho Business Review’s CEO of Influence awards program. This year, nominations came in from all corners of the state. Dozens completed detailed applications which were then routed to the 2018 selection committee comprising mostly past recipients of the award.

Applications were scored in five categories: leadership, vision, innovation, competitiveness, financial performance and community leadership.

“Some good folks,” said Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls city manager and 2016 CEO of Influence honoree. “I am always impressed with the caliber of leaders in Idaho. To be nominated by your peers and to then be selected as one of just a few is a humbling experience. Each year, it seems to get harder and harder to select the few because all are so talented, giving, innovative, creative and inspiring.”

Kâren Sander, a recipient of the award in 2015 and manager of the district council of the Urban Land Institute in Idaho, said “Our community is blessed to have such a depth of leadership talent. It is a privilege to be on the selection committee, even though it is incredibly hard to rank this amazing talent!”

Beth Oppenheimer, above, was a 2017 CEO of Influence.

Beth Oppenheimer, above, was a 2017 CEO of Influence.

“As usual, the nominations were all very high-quality people,” said Rick Ritter, lab director for New Ventures Lab and a 2011 CEO of Influence. “I think there were (some) who clearly rose to the top. It is always amazing to read the nominating materials and discover how fortunate we are to have these folks leading great organizations that help make Idaho an awesome place.”

Others who sat on the selection committee were: Connie Miller, president and CEO of Icon Credit Union and 2014 honoree, Chris Taylor, also a recipient in 2014 and CEO of Fisher Technology, Bill Connors, who won the award in 2012 and is CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Pocatello’s Portneuf Health Trust CEO Shaun Menchaca, who won the award in 2016, Marya Woods, CEO of Apex Manufacturing Solutions and a 2017 CEO of Influence, and Rodney Reider, CEO of Saint Alphonsus and also a 2017 recipient. Other committee members were Kelly A. Cameron, partner at Perkins Coie and the IBR editorial board.

The 10 who scored highest are this year’s CEOs of Influence. A networking reception, dinner and awards event featuring videos of the honorees will be held in their honor, 5:30 to 8:30 at the Boise Centre on May 10. The leaders will be featured in a magazine published with the Idaho Business Review May 11. Click on this link to purchase tickets for the event.

2018 CEO of Influence honorees

Meg Carlson, president & CEO, Prosperity Organic Foods Inc., Boise

Janet Gallimore, executive director and state historic preservation officer, Idaho State Historical Society, Boise

Rick Johnson, executive director, Idaho Conservation League, Boise

Jeet Kumar, CEO, In Time Tec, Meridian

Kent Oram, CEO, Idaho Central Credit Union, Chubbuck

Mark Pasculli, president & CEO, CTR – Cleanup and Total Restoration, Boise

Shelly Sayer, CEO, Premier Technology Inc., Blackfoot

Stacie States, president & co-owner, Keller Williams Realty, Boise

Karan Tucker, CEO, executive director, Jannus Inc., Boise

Frank VanderSloot, CEO, Melaleuca, Idaho Falls

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.

One comment

  1. A huge shout out to Stacie States for this honor! Great news for a great leader!