Forum on the Future is an annual panel discussion designed to address the important issues you need to know as you enter a new year. This year, we will be facilitating these panel discussions virtually, as a three-part series.  As a result of many challenges we all have had to endure in 2020, Forum on the Future will take the approach of applying what we have learned and use this knowledge to pivot into the new year. Thoughtfully selected panel participants will be prepared to offer their insight and area expertise on liability concerns, state-wide growth and business preparedness as we approach 2021.


12/8 –  Where Do We Grow From Here?: How will municipalities prepare for future growth and what impact will this growth have on the areas of transportation, construction and real estate?

In-migration is on the rise, impacting growth in the Treasure Valley. What was once a valley comprised of farmland and rural communities is transforming into a bustling metro area. How will the municipalities prepare for future growth and what impact will this growth have on the areas of transportation, construction and real estate? Learn more from a panel of experienced professionals on how they are preparing for what lies ahead and how they are pivoting through change. 


Clark Krause interrupts when excited and is direct with his suggestions. Early in his career, Clark spent a decade in sales and marketing with American Honda & Ford Motor Company, followed by seven years as VP of Sales & Marketing for a Utah Ski Resort. Clark then transitioned into Economic Development, where he led efforts for beautiful Cedar City/Iron County, Utah as the Economic Development Director. After five years of economic development work in Cedar City, Clark moved over to New Mexico and became President and CEO of the New Mexico Partnership, an organization created by Governor Bill Richardson tasked with leading the state of New Mexico’s economic development effort. During his New Mexico tenure he led a team that attracted over 60 companies and 15,000 jobs to the land of enchantment. In 2010, Clark stepped into his next dream job after being tapped to lead the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. During the last 10 years at the Helm of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP), he has helped attract over 25 companies and 6000 jobs to the Boise Metro.  Clark is a creature of habit, and can be found nearly every morning Downtown Boise enjoying an oatmeal and latte at the Flying M Coffee Shop. Clark is on a life-long quest to find the best donuts, pizza and BBQ on the planet. On weekends you can find Clark on a Bogus Basin chairlift, or in the summer riding a mountain bike in the Boise Foothills. Clark is a grateful father of two wonderful kiddos.


Penny Dennis is the Business Development Manager at Layton Construction in Boise. She received her architect’s license in 1999, and has been in the construction industry for 24 years, 15 of those in the Treasure Valley. Penny is active in the community, serving on the Boards of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, Big Brothers Big Sisters STEM Initiative, Idaho Women in AEC, as well as being a member of CREW, ULI member and Eagle United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, skiing, reading and spending time with her family: husband Doug and children Jameson, 20 and Libby, 16.

Matt Edmond oversees parking operations for CCDC’s seven downtown public parking garages and coordinates mobility initiatives with community partners to provide better alternatives to single occupant driving and parking. Matt is leading the effort to establish a redevelopment district focused on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along State Street in Boise. Matt and CCDC are dedicated to the development of public parking facilities and mobility programs that promote economic development and contribute to a vibrant and sustainable urban space.

Prior to joining CCDC, Matt was a Senior Transportation Planner at the Ada County Highway District. There he managed the Integrated Five-Year Work Plan and served as the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for Ada County. Before his time in civilian public service, Matt served as an aviation officer and Chinook helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.

Matt holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Boise State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When not working, Matt spends time outdoors and traveling.

Matt Huffield is the President and Managing Principal at Cole Architects. Matt has practiced architecture throughout the US over the last 25 years primarily based in Boise. He specializes in management of multi-disciplinary design teams and his education and work experience focus on environmental and sustainable design.

Problem-solving is an integral part of his architectural practice, continually seeking out the unique opportunities and constraints of each project and using them as fuel to spur creative thinking and move beyond predictable design solutions. In many cases, the simplest solution is the best. Matt has the ability to take raw ideas, energy, and ambitious objectives and transform them, through the design process, into structures of functional elegance.

One of Matt’s most rewarding projects was the renovation of the Tutt Library, a small liberal arts college in Colorado, for which his team won a national AIA Design Award for the expansion of a 40-year-old building and modernization of its systems and façade.

When Matt isn’t working or traveling, he’s typically on the trails mountain biking or the slopes skiing. Matt is a master’s graduate of Montana State University.

Tim Reid is a First Vice President Investment Sales/Capital Markets with CBRE where he specializes in investments properties, representing buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining CBRE Mr. Reid was the assistant vice president of commercial sales and team leader of the commercial department at Fidelity National Title. Mr. Reid gained over 23 years of experience in the Idaho commercial real estate market as an Office/Investment broker; more than 10 years was as past owner of Grubb & Ellis Idaho Commercial Group, which later became Cushman & Wakefield Commerce. He has successfully completed many investment sale assignments throughout Idaho. Mr. Reid has worked with and established productive, long lasting relationships with many of the local developers, owners, investors, city officials and economic development agencies. He is highly regarded among his fellow colleagues and presented at both the 2004 and 2006 BOMA symposiums.

Mr. Reid has focused on the following areas of specialization: buyer/seller representation, brokerage, consulting, development, and building/landlord representation.


12/15 – Preventive Measures:
Don’t let your small business become a target for a cyberattack. Learn about common threats, and steps you can take to improve cybersecurity within your business.

Don’t let your small business become a target for a cyber attack. Learn about common threats, and steps you can take to improve cyber security within your business.


Jay Larsen is founder and CEO/President of the Idaho Technology Council, a private sector organization focused on developing the innovative ecosystem in Idaho and helping technology in Idaho and the region start, grow, and thrive. Larsen is a native Idahoan who obtained his BA from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Boise State University. Telecommunication has been the industry where Jay has spend 22 years of his career, with start-up long distance companies and has managed and led teams with U S WEST Cellular, AirTouch Cellular, Qwest Communication, and Verizon Wireless in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. During these 22 years, Larsen led teams pioneering new and implementing new wireless technologies and managed through several mergers and acquisitions. He has served on a U. S. Congressman’s staff as Director of Economic Development. Jay’s key areas of focus are organizational development, marketing, networks, innovation, and leadership. He has served on several boards focused on helping further Idaho talent and the development of innovation. Some of these boards are: Idaho Workforce Development Council, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, Boise State University CS Industry Advisory Board, Boise State University Foundation Board, Boise State University College of Business and Economics Industry Advisory Board, INBRE Advisory Board, Idaho K-12 CS Leadership Team. Larsen has coached several sports teams and lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two Jack Russell terriers. They have been blessed with four sons.


Zach Fuller has been passionate about business and technology ever since he first got kicked out of his grade school’s computer class for hacking the network.  Since then, Zach has built a variety of both brick-and-mortar and technology companies.  He served as a Green Beret in the US Army, with combat deployments in the Global War on Terror where he received a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and other commendations for his actions overseas.  He later built a team and methodology which raised over $300,000,000 for real estate private equity firm, Caliber, bringing the company to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America.  Zach is a Certified Ethical Hacker and founding partner of Silent Sector, an Expertise-Driven Cybersecurity services firm protecting technology focused mid-market and emerging organizations.

Jeff Newgard is the President & CEO of Bank of Idaho. Mr. Newgard, who has held a number of leadership positions in regional and community banking since 1998, is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking (Colorado) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Walla Walla College.

Jeff volunteers on several boards with local, regional, and national organizations that align with this passions. He presently serves as an Area 5 Committee Member for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), an all-volunteer arm of the Department of Defense. He is the chair of the College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) Cybersecurity Workforce Committee and is the Vice Chair with the Independent Community Bankers’ of America Select Committee on Cyber Security. He also serves as the Board Chair of the War Bonnet Rodeo, coined Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, is the Chair of the Greater Idaho Falls Police Department Foundation and the Idaho Intrastate Air Committee, just to name a few.

Jeff holds a certification in the COMP TIA Security Plus program on cyber security, an accreditation he pursued and obtained as a CEO, so he could better understand the needs of his I.T. team in protecting the bank and its clients from cyber threats. Mr. Newgard was recently named an Idaho Business Review 2020 Excellence in Finance Honoree. He has a wife, Savannah, three daughters, and a son. His family is his greatest joy in life.

Edward Vasko, CISSP, is the Director of Boise State University’s Institute of Pervasive Cybersecurity. He is a successive entrepreneur with over 30-years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Boise State University, Edward established and was a Senior Vice President at Avertium, a leading national managed security and consulting provider. Before establishing  vertium, he was the co-Founder and CEO of Terra Verde, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Edward grew Terra Verde into Arizona’s largest provider of cybersecurity advisory and managed security services, with over 2,000 active clients around the world. Through his career, he started, successfully ran, and exited five businesses, all in the cybersecurity industry. Appointed by Arizona’s Governor, Edward held a Commissioner role in Arizona’s Commission for Post-Secondary Education from 2015-2019. He was also appointed as the co-Chair of Arizona’s Cyber Team (ACT) Workforce Development Committee. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and multi-year recipient of ASU’s Sun Devil 100 business leadership award. Most importantly though, Edward is a proud father and

Aaron Zimmerman has been an IT systems and security professional for over 29 years. He spent his early career working for big names in the technology space: Hewlett Packard, Delta Dental and Nuance Communications. In 2007, Aaron took his background in technology and his entrepreneurial spirit and founded TotalCare IT – an IT support and management firm servicing businesses in Eastern and Western Idaho. Aaron has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Governor’s University in Information Security with graduate work in IT Business Management. Aaron is passionate about gardening, soil regeneration, and securing Idaho businesses. He is known by his family and friends as a very generous and giving person. Aaron lives and works in Eastern Idaho with his wife Jill and their Rhodesian Ridgeback Teal’c.


Click here to read the report from Forum on the Future: 2020 Vision.

Panel 1: Impact of Growth | Panel 2: Pressure in the Housing Market | Panel 3: Putting Skills to Use

Moderator Lindsey Brist and panelists Penny Dennis, Cory Jakobson, Trish Quarles and Jim Shipman discuss growth in the Treasure Valley during the first panel discussion of Forum on the Future 2019. Photo by Pete Grady


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