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.
“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.
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