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Author Archives: Anne Wallace Allen

Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.

A word with Andy Propst of HomeRiver Group

Andy Propst is CEO of HomeRiver Group, a Meridian company that has acquired a half-dozen property management companies around the nation in the last two years and now manages nearly 5,000 rentals in 20 states. When Propst joined the company ...

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Idaho educators say farewell to PTECH program for high-schoolers

As June winds to a close, so does PTECH, or the Pathways to Early Career High School program, a four-year-old effort that aimed to help rural Idaho students continue their education after high school graduation. PTECH was the work of ...

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Idaho’s Sen. Mike Crapo criticizes bank moves to limit guns

With Gary Ramey’s fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to start offering one of his handguns for sale on his website. That didn’t sit well with the company he used to process payments, and they informed ...

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Tommy Ahlquist leaves Gardner Company for new venture

Developer and former gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has left his position as COO at the Gardner Company to create a new company with four other people, led by CEO Cortney Liddiard of Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls. Ahlquist said June ...

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A banker’s quest for more collaboration on the building site

Remember how carmaker Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing by using the assembly line to build affordable cars? Well, that’s what Rob Perez, the Idaho/Washington regional president of First Interstate Bank, would like to do with commercial construction. Perez doesn’t claim to ...

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A word with Dave Fotsch of Boise GreenBike (access required)

David Fotsch is one of Boise’s leading bicycle boosters, a public presence who serves as advocate and expert as well as director of the state’s first bike share program, Boise GreenBike. Fotsch is a lifelong bicyclist (including a paper route ...

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A word with Karen Appelgren, director of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center (access required)

Karen Appelgren is the director of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center in Boise, which provides classes, one-on-one business counseling and guest speakers to existing and prospective small business owners. Appelgren is a former teacher who helped start the Women’s Business ...

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Abundant snowfall meant a banner year for northern Idaho ski areas

Low snowfall early in the season in the Rocky Mountains cut down on skier visits this season at many western resorts. But northern Idaho had a banner season, thanks to record-setting snow, and Schweitzer Mountain saw record skier visits over ...

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