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Banking: Kurt Gustavel

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A little more than a decade ago Kurt Gustavel became the president of Idaho Independent Bank when he was 35. That’s a lot of responsibility for a man of that age. “At the time I probably would have told you ...

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Banking: Megan Poshka

Almost since the day she learned about the business relationship manager position at Wells Fargo, Megan Poshka wanted it. Now, she is living the dream. “I tried to get this role for six years,” she says. “It’s really fun.” Day-to-day, ...

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Banking: Sheila Spangler

For more than thirty years, Sheila Spangler has worked her way up the ranks in the banking industry, from receptionist to vice president of commercial lending and business owner. But though she attained success at every level, she couldn’t shake ...

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Professional: Josh Tyree

Josh Tyree, a certified public accountant and partner at Harris & Co. PLLC, makes a point to always remember how lucky he is. That doesn’t mean he’s had it easy. After struggling with ulcerative colitis for many years as a ...

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Banking: Tony Wheelwright

Tony Wheelwright has always entertained the idea of owning a small business. Thanks to his job as a commercial lender, he can live vicariously through his clients, many of whom are entrepreneurs. “Every day I come in, it’s something different. ...

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Banking: John Williamson

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John Williamson will never forget his father’s words as they stood looking at his grandfather’s gravestone. He was a teenager at the time, just beginning to forge his own future. “He said: ‘Never let anyone tell you you don’t take ...

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Banking: Karen Appelgren (access required)

After looking at Karen Appelgren’s career as a whole it’s not surprising to learn she spent more than a decade as a teacher in the Boise School District. Appelgren now is a vice president at Zions Bank and the director ...

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Banking: Mac Wrigley (access required)

  Mac Wrigley had every intention of becoming a teacher and basketball coach, but he got hooked on economics and wound up with an MBA instead of helping kids reach the NBA. “At the core, I’m still that same guy ...

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Investment: Josh Harmon

That’s not what Harmon thinks about. “If it was all about numbers and money I would have been out of this business a long time ago,” says Harmon, who has been with Northwestern Mutual for 16 years. “People are fun. ...

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