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Idaho Business Review announces 2021 Icon honorees

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The 2019 Icon honorees gather for a photo at the Icon awards on August 16. Photo by Pete Grady

There are some Idahoans who are so influential, whose business experience is so broad, or whose community contributions are so noteworthy, that everyone recognizes their names.

The Idaho Business Review considered people who met that qualification and came up with a list of 16 trailblazers, change-makers and innovators to receive our lifetime achievement honor, the Icon award.

Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes exceptional men and women from government, education, private enterprise and the nonprofit sector.

Nominations for Icon and other Idaho Business Review awards program are accepted year-round. A number of this year’s honorees were nominated by members of Idaho’s business community.

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Cindy Suffa

“The Icon Award represents the men and women who over their careers have blazed the trail for others in business while leaving a lasting impression on the communities they serve,” said Idaho Business Review Publisher Cindy Suffa, who led the nomination committee. “The 2021 honorees are exemplary of this and deserve to be recognized.”

The award is open to those aged 50 and over who have demonstrated a track record of leadership, professional accomplishments, community service and vision.

The 2021 Icons will be celebrated on May. 13 during a virtual event held online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, a special publication will feature their stories and career highlights.

For more information, visit the Icon awards page.

2021 Icons

Yvonne Anderson-Thomas, CEO, Brown Shuga Soul Food

Dave Bieter, Project Manager, Gardner Company; former Mayor of Boise

Odette Bolano, President & CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System

Rex Chandler, CEO, Chandlers Steakhouse

Bart Davis, United States Attorney, District of Idaho

Janet Gallimore, Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer, Idaho State Historical Society

Karole Honas, retired, anchor at KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls

Dennis Johnson, retired, CEO, United Heritage Financial Group

Diane Minnich, Executive Director, Idaho State Bar/ Idaho Law Foundation Inc.

Garret Nancolas, Mayor of Caldwell

Dan Prinzing, Executive Director, Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

Bill Roscoe, President/CEO, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries

Toni Smith, retired, Vice President and Branch Manager, D. L. Evans Bank

Ray Stark, retired, Senior Vice President, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Brad Wilson, General Manager, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Ben Ysursa, former Idaho Secretary of State

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