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ESOP 101: Myth Busting
March 11, 12pm-1:15pm 

Structuring a business into an employee owned company has the potential to yield incredible rewards for the business owner and the employees. Join us for a candid, “myth-busting” conversation with the ESOP experts and learn why ESOP is trending to make Idaho business better.

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Kim Blaugher
Executive Director, The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management

Kim Blaugher has over 30 years of experience and has been in the retirement plan industry since 1983. His areas of expertise include ESOPs and executive compensation planning. He uses his income tax and accounting background to help companies determine the feasibility of an ESOP, forecast repurchase obligations, and craft ESOP transactions designed to address each client’s unique needs and objectives.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Denver. He passed the CPA exam in 1985. He is a member of The ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Employee Owned S-Corporations of America (ESCA) (including its Advisory Committee). In addition, he is a Past President of the Boise Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference. A frequent speaker on employee benefits and ESOP related topics, Kim has also written articles on technical ESOP issues for both The ESOP Association and the NCEO.

Kim accepted the position as the Executive Director of the Beyster Institute at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management in March 2019. The Beyster Institute’s mission is to move the employee ownership community forward through educating students, academic faculty, management, company founders, and consultants to learn about and build ESOPs and other forms of employee ownership.

Prior to joining the Beyster Institute, Kim worked in the ESOP practices at Principal Financial Group, William M. Mercer & Associates, RSM and KPMG.

Mary Josephs
Director of Hisco, Manson Construction and Performance Contracting

Mary Josephs is a recognized authority on family and private company finance, governance and employee stock ownership plans. She has 30-plus years of experience assisting 300 ownership transitions for middle-market companies.

Mary is a director of Hisco, Manson Construction and Performance Contracting. Ms. Josephs was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisition publication. Chicago Crain’s recognized Ms. Josephs as a Notable Entrepreneur in 2019 and Private Board Directors magazine named Mary a Director to Watch in 2019.

Before starting Verit Advisors in 2009, she founded LaSalle National Bank’s ESOP group and later led Bank of America-Merrill Lynch’s ESOP Solutions Group.

Randy S. Million, CPA
Executive Principal – Ripley Doorn & Company, P.L.L.C.

Payton E. Stockton
Associate, Foster Garvey

Payton focuses her practice on complex business matters, as well as guiding clients through the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).
Payton works with small and large businesses, executive officers and boards of directors on matters including corporate structuring and governance, mergers and acquisitions, drafting and negotiating business agreements, contracts, and purchase and sale agreements. She has worked with clients in a range of industries including professional services, construction and engineering, manufacturing and distribution, real estate and consumer products, among others.

Scott Schlange

Scott Schlange had a decision to make three years ago, stay in Beverly Hills or take a job in Idaho. He made the right choice and brought his 15 years of banking experience to KeyBank as Idaho’s Commercial Banking Sales Leader. As a hobbyist boxer, he brings the same skills he learned in the ring to his clients and employees on a daily basis- determination, dedication, and heart. Scott is a dad of three with his wife, who makes it all happen. A graduate of California State University of Northridge and active volunteer in the community, he has proudly put down his roots in Idaho.

John Solimine
Managing Director, Verit Advisors LLC

John Solimine is a Managing Director and Founding Member of Verit Advisors. John leads Verit’s Debt Capital Markets efforts and the execution of both ESOP and non-ESOP transactions which focus on sourcing, structuring, and arranging various forms of debt or equity capital for Verit’s clients. John has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and debt capital markets, particularly with middle-market companies and private equity sponsors in succession and liquidity transactions. He began his career at LaSalle Bank (now Bank of America). His investment banking experience was broadened at Bear Stearns & Co. and Jefferies & Company, Inc.

ESOP 102: Maximizing Your Potential
March 18, 12pm-1:15pm

So you’re an ESOP – now what? Employee owned companies have unlimited potential. Join the ESOP experts for round two and learn how to maximize your company’s people, profits, and social impact. 


First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

The Idaho Business Review is holding a three-part webinar series exploring the federal administration.

The First 100 Days will have exclusive sponsors participating in each panel discussion, moderated by a representative from the presenting sponsor’s company. Content, provided by our sponsors, will publish in the Idaho Business Review the week of each scheduled webinar.

First 100 Days: Health Care
February 16, 2021

In a large part, the new administration was elected based on the promise to preserve the Affordable Care Act and to tackle COVID-19. With record number cases, nationally and locally, how will he control COVID-19?

Will vaccines be distributed fairly and expeditiously? Industry experts share their views on how this will affect Idaho business.

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Janie Ward-Engelking,
Idaho State Senator- District 18
Janie Ward-Engelking is proud to represent District 18 as its state senator. Janie doesn’t just talk about helping children and families, she rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. From serving as a classroom teacher, team mom, and a community volunteer, Janie knows that children need access to quality teachers, rigorous curriculum, and a classroom setting that promotes learning.
Education is the best economic development tool we have. Companies need a highly educated work force and students need jobs so they can stay in Idaho. These are serious times and they require creative solutions and a common sense approach. Janie Ward-Engelking is an experienced, common sense leader who has spent a lifetime making things work.


Thomas J. Mortell
Partner at Hawley Troxell

Mr. Mortell is chair of the firm’s health law group as well as a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. His health care practice focuses on advising hospitals and other health care providers on all aspects of health care law. He assists health care providers in business transactions, including the acquisition of competing entities, the formation of entities or facilities jointly-owned by hospitals and physicians, the acquisition of physician practices, and professional services contracts between hospitals and physicians. Additionally, he advises hospital boards on issues relating to physician integration, compliance, governance, and strategic planning.

Mr. Mortell has represented hospital clients in federal false claims act litigation, payer reimbursement claims, and related compliance matters. He represents and advises hospitals and other health care clients with issues relating to physician peer review, credentialing, and discipline. He also advises health care clients on issues related to compliance with HIPAA, EMTALA, and fraud and abuse regulations at both the state and federal level.

Mike Reynoldson
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Blue Cross of Idaho

Mike Reynoldson is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Blue Cross of Idaho, based in Meridian, Idaho.  In this position he serves as a legislative advisor and government affairs contact to the federal and state government, the Idaho Legislature and local government throughout Idaho.  In addition, he oversees the media relations activities for the company.

Reynoldson began with Blue Cross of Idaho in February of 2015.  He has 28 years of experience as a public policy and political professional and previously served in similar positions for both Micron Technology, Inc. and Qwest Communications based in Idaho.

Reynoldson has extensive experience in the state and national political arena having worked for the Republican National Committee, serving as Executive Director of the Idaho Republican Party, and as the Campaign Manager for U S Senator Larry Craig’s 1996 re-election.

In Idaho, Reynoldson has supported several community organizations as a board member including: The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, the Idaho Governor’s Cup, Buy Idaho, the Idaho Technology Association, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the BSU Foundation.

Reynoldson grew up in Parma, Idaho and graduated from Boise State University in 1990 with a degree in Marketing.  At home, he and his wife Laurie are the proud parents of two yellow Labradors – 14-year-old Hank and 3-year-old Theo.

Corey Surber
Director of State Advocacy for Saint Alphonsus and its parent system Trinity Health

Corey Surber currently serves as Director of State Advocacy for Saint Alphonsus and its parent system Trinity Health and has been part of the Saint Alphonsus team since 1992. She has served as adjunct faculty in the College of Health Science and School of Nursing at Boise State University for the past 12 years, teaching courses in health policy, healthcare quality and healthcare delivery systems.
Corey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from College of Idaho, and a Master of Health Science degree from Boise State University. Corey’s community involvement has included serving on various community boards including United Way of Treasure Valley (2010-present, board chair 2017-2019), Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (2014-present; Board Chair 2020-2022), and the Boise State Alumni Association (2014-2020).

Corey has been honored with the Leadership Boise Distinguished Alumni Award, Idaho Public Health Association President’s Award, College of Idaho Alumni Service Award, Boise State University College of Health Sciences Honored Alumni Award, and was a nominee for the Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year and the Saint Alphonsus President’s Commendation.

Originally from Ontario, Oregon, Corey calls Boise home and enjoys spending time with her two daughters exploring Idaho’s beautiful outdoors, practicing nature/wildlife photography along the way.


First 100 Days: Business in Idaho
April 13, 2021

Before COVID-19, Idaho led the nation in economic growth, and recovered faster than many states.

But many businesses struggling to recover from COVID-19 and its economic disruption have pleaded with the federal government to create a new round of stimulus packages, both to help businesses weather the situation and to help consumers continue to spend money. Industry experts share their views on the potential for the state’s continued growth and weigh in on what sectors could benefit most.

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Andy Beitia
Southern Idaho Regional President, Washington Trust Bank

With 26 years of banking experience covering the agriculture business, C&I lending, SBA loans and builder financing, Andy is well qualified to help his clients meet their financial goals. He works effectively with all areas in the bank to offer his clients a wide range of services.

Andy earned a MBA from Boise State University, Bachelor of Finance degree from University of Idaho, and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

J. Mark Browning
Vice President, College Relations, College of Western Idaho

Mark has been at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) since 2016 and oversees all internal and external communications, marketing, advertising, oversight of all digital forward-facing efforts with the College’s website and mobile platform. Mark also has responsibility for the CWI Foundation, alumni, and advancement as well as all the local, state and federal government relations for CWI. Prior to CWI, Mark was Vice President at North Idaho College, chief communications and legislative officer for the Idaho State Board of Education, served as news director for the CBS affiliate in Boise, as well as the main anchor and executive producer at the NBC station in Pocatello.

Mark’s passion for education continues as he is in the defense state of his dissertation of a doctoral degree from Idaho State University in higher education leadership with an emphasis in community colleges. Outside of work you can find Mark and his wife Kym with their grandchildren, in the mountains camping, fly fishing, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of our great outdoors.

Rob Graham
Account Manager, Express Employment Pros

“I love that working at Express, I do nothing but help people, make friends and somehow earn a living from that!” – Rob

Rob joined the Treasure Valley, Idaho team in October 2019 from a military leadership background. Growing up on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, when it was a coastal country town, Rob spent lots of time outdoors, doing what country kids do best. Rob spent over 15 years serving Australia in their military. 2 Years in the Australian Army Artillery before moving over to the Royal Australian Air Force as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, specializing in Avionics. Having traveled the world on exercises and combat deployments, Rob brings a diverse experience to our team. Rob quickly got involved in numerous community and business groups within in our region to better serve our community and businesses. Rob currently serves on the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors as Chairman Elect, slated to move to the Chairman of the Board, January 2022.

When not at work, Rob enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.

“Courage isn’t vacant of fear, it’s facing the issue in the midst of that fear.” – General George Patton

Nicole Snyder
Corporate Partner and Corporate Practice Group Leader
Holland & Hart

Nicole Snyder is a corporate partner in Holland & Hart’s Boise office and currently serves as the firm’s Corporate Practice Group Leader. Nicole delivers strategic counsel to small and large businesses and nonprofit corporations, and she serves as outside general counsel to some of Idaho’s most successful companies. She has served as transaction counsel for over 50 mergers and acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers in small day-to-day acquisitions to transactions valued at over $100 million. Nicole also advises clients how to handle complex employment matters that arise in connection with business acquisitions, including layoffs and executive compensation.


Forum on the Future

Forum on the Future is a sponsor-driven program allowing participating sponsors to carefully select representatives from their company or from the business community, whom they consider to be the most knowledgeable on the panel topic.

For sponsorship opportunities or to inquire how to be a guest on the webinar, contact Cindy Suffa at (208) 639-3517 or by email.

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?

Preventive Measures

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.

Experts Forum is a sponsor-driven program allowing participating sponsors to carefully select representatives from their company or from the business community, whom they consider to be the most knowledgeable on the panel topic.

For sponsorship opportunities or to inquire how to be a guest on the webinar, contact Cindy Suffa at (208) 639-3517 or by email.

Business Transitions

Four-part webinar series

Webinar 1: When is it the right time to sell?
Webinar 2: Preparing your business to sell
Webinar 3: Structuring the sell
Webinar 4: Negotiating Final Agreements

Riding the wave to Online Education
Mental Health Beyond the Curve

Business Beyond the Blip

Four-part webinar series

Financial Navigation
The New Normal for Commercial Real Estate
Getting Back to Business – Workforce in Idaho
Keeping Idaho Healthy

Idaho Business Now is an editorial driven panel discussion.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Suffa at (208) 639-3517 or by email.

Idaho’s entrepreneurial community
A look at how Idaho’s tourist season went
Back to school. How education is handling funding
Commercial real estate trends
The business of parking
Idaho’s transportation future
Keeping urban Idaho green
Vacations, flexible hours, and working from home