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October 19-November 15, 2016


Dr. Robot will see you now

More procedures in Idaho rely on high-cost devices. 8 Q&A: Boise restaurant owner

John Berryhill sheds his fear. 31

By the Numbers: Treasure Valley

home prices and sales are teetering. 43

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Who’s the biggest Idaho company of all?


Here’s a quiz: Name the biggest company based in Idaho. Micron, you say? Good guess, but wrong. St. Luke’s Health System? A big employer, to be sure, but St. Luke’s is a nonprofit without owners, not a company. The answer is Albertsons. With $59 billion in revenues and 280,000 employees across the nation, Albertsons dwarfs mighty Micron ($12.4 billion, 30,000 workers worldwide) and ever-growing St. Luke’s (about $2 billion, 14,000 workers statewide). And it is privately held. Eventually, that will change: Albertsons is watching for an opportune time to sell stock. But for now, the business is the biggest on the Statesman’s annual list of Idaho’s top private companies: the Idaho Private 75, which this year is expanding to the Idaho Private 100. Until three years

ago, Albertsons wasn’t on the list at all. Participation is voluntary, and after the breakup of Albertsons Inc. in 2006, Albertsons LLC had no Idaho stores and no local public profile. But after the investment consortium that created Albertsons LLC bought the Idaho Albertsons stores and hundreds of others from struggling Supervalu in 2013, the company joined the list. This year’s list will appear in a special advertising section Sunday, Oct. 30, produced by Marketing Manager Binna Jensen with results compiled by KMPG and stories by Boise writer Dusty Parnell. The 100 companies will learn their ranks at a luncheon Oct. 26 at the Boise Centre. Keynote speakers will be Nampa business consultant Ron Price and his son, Dan, CEO of Seattle’s Gravity Payments (of $70,000 minimumwage fame), who will appear remotely. The lunch will include participants in Professional Development Day. An ad with details is on the back cover. David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats



CATCH UP ON IDAHO BUSINESS NEWS Nampa nursing home under state scrutiny Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is accused by regulators, family members of former residents and others of having endangered people who lived at the nursing home. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare inspectors in July found residents in “immediate jeopardy.” Residents had to wait for help from employees, sat in soiled garments for hours and were dehydrated and underfed. One resident had died after an emergency room doctor found him severely dehydrated, with other health problems. Inspectors said Holly Lane had too few qualified nurses and nursing aides. Orianna Health Services, the owner of Holly Lane, says it has gone through changes in management and administration and that the nursing home is adequately staffed. The company KYLE GREEN disputes some of the state’s findings. Boise stop-motion animator Jared Jacobs makes Lego animations of big football plays for clients including the Big 10 and Bleacher Report.

Homeowners buy Tamarack Resort

summer recreation. The homeowners paid back taxes owed by previous owner A group of homeowners at Tamarack Resort bought parts of NewTrac on several ski lifts, the unfinished Mid-Mountain Lodge the financially troubled resort, and other properties critical to ensuring a future for skiing and

the resort. The homeowner’s association will control operations. The purchase did not include the golf course and the Village Plaza, which, like several proper-

Inside BUSINESS OF HEALTH 11-PAGE SECTION Robot medicine .................8 Local health apps ..............12 Saint Al’s telemedicine ......14 Peter Crabb ......................15 Nancy Napier ...................16 Gundars Kaupins ..............17 Mark Daly ........................18

THE REST OF THE MAGAZINE Achievements .................19 Who’s Moving .................27 Datebook ......................29 Q&A: John Berryhill .........31 More columns ................34 Home sales, prices ..........43

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Researchers at Boise State University were surprised when respondents in a public-opinion poll said agriculture is the most important sector in the Treasure Valley economy. The state Commerce Department ranks agricultural output near the bottom on a list of regional economic drivers.

ties at Tamarack, went unfinished when the original developer went bankrupt during the recession. The homeowners plan to work with developers and investors to steer those properties toward new owners and completion.

Lamb Weston picks Eagle for HQ

Hard Rock Construction is at fault for failing to provide required cave-in protection and a ladder for workers who were digging a trench May 3, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Hard Rock owner Dave Callister says his company provided a box to brace the trench, but foreman Bert Smith Jr. removed it shortly before the collapse. A trench box that investigators found at the dig site measured about 4 feet by 5 feet — “woefully inadequate” for the 9- to 11foot-deep trench, the local OSHA director says. Smith, 36, and Ernesto Saucedo, 26, died when the trench collapsed on them. SEE CATCH UP, 6D

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Frozen fry giant Lamb Weston says its office in Eagle will become its corporate headquarters once Lamb Weston is spun off from ConAgra into a new, publicly traded company. With $2.9 billion in annual sales, Lamb Weston will likely be the sixth largest company in Idaho. While it has not announced its plans for the Eagle office, experts say that adding another corporate headquarters to the Treasure Valley could benefit the community, including the arts and nonprofits.

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Albertsons adds 300 jobs, gets tax break The Albertsons Cos. has been adding employees in Idaho. The Boise grocery chain will receive a tax reimbursement incentive worth 30 percent of its income, payroll and sales taxes over the next 15 years, in exchange for adding and maintaining 300 new jobs, which pay an average $71,053 per year. Most of the 300 jobs have been added or relocated to Albertsons’ Boise offices since last year. The Idaho Department of Commerce says the jobs will bring $38 million in new revenue to the state.

Gardner Co. breaks ground on hotel The developer’s latest project, called Pioneer Crossing, will include

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Grove Road in Boise; and commercial and office buildings in Idaho Falls. The rest are all individual properties within a block or two of the Capitol. One state administrator said some of the Downtown buildings are ideal locations for state offices and should not be sold. The properties are worth about $20 million.

State selling 9 properties, 5 Downtown

Now that two disruptive construction projects — rebuilding the Interstate 84 Broadway interchange and replacing the Broadway Bridge — are completed, businesses are seeking storefronts on Broadway Avenue. New developments range from small coffee shops to new two-story commercial buildings. Albertsons

The Idaho Land Board voted to auction off nine state-owned commercial properties. Among them are Affordable Storage, a 7-acre property with a thriving self-storage business at 450 S. Maple

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Realtors, Idaho Power top donor list


The Boise Airport is trying to do a balancing act: grow into a regional business-travel and freight hub with nonstop service to the East Coast, without losing its small-town feel. A traveler walks through the airport on a late-September morning.

Meridian and Rep. Tom Loertscher of Iona — say they don’t expect the panel to reach a consensus. They may submit ideas for the Idaho Legislature to consider in the 2017 session but do not anticipate having a bill to present.

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Lyft launches in Boise

Lyft, a ridesharing smartphone app similar to Uber, launched its driver service in the Treasure Valley. The service is available in the Treasure Valley as well as in Boise, Adams, Valley, Washington, Payette, Gem and Elmore counties, depending on driver availability, Some Uber drivers say Lyft pays better, in part because its app allows for riders to tip as part of the automated transaction. Lyft did not disclose how many drivers had signed up.

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The average Idahoan who shops for health insurance on Your Health Idaho’s marketplace will find more options this fall, with at least four companies offering plans in every Idaho county. But premiums will cost about 24 percent more on average than they did in 2016. None of the health exchange’s five

The Idaho Association of Realtors and Idaho Power are the largest donors in this fall’s Idaho congressional races, with each giving more than $50,000 to candidates, campaign finance disclosure show. Commercial banks and bank holding companies donated nearly $127,000, followed by pharmaceutical manufacturers ($116,000), attorneys and law firms ($112,600), securities and investment firms ($109,000), and life insurance companies ($101,500) Sen. Mike Crapo, who led all candidates in contributions received, got roughly one-third of his $1.6 million in donations from finance, insurance and real estate interests. That fits with his stature as a member of the Senate Banking and Finance committees.


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More Idaho hospitals bring robots into the operating room BY AUDREY DUTTON

Ask many recent surgery patients in Idaho, and they will tell you: The days of being cut wide open and operated on by a surgeon’s hands are becoming a distant memory. An increasing number of procedures in Idaho rely on robotic equipment, which doctors say has made surgery safer and ultimately less expensive.

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A surgeon sits at a Da Vinci console, directing the arms of the robot that is positioned near the operating table.

Johnny Green, a general and colorectal surgeon at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, started out the old-fashioned way, performing surgeries by hand. In the 1990s, he jumped on the laparoscopic-surgery bandwagon, using specialized tools to enter the body through much smaller openings and finding his way with a camera scope. But in the past 20 years, medical device companies have created surgical robots that offer a much greater range of motion than the rigid laparoscopic tools of the 1990s. The old tools had a range of motion like elbows; the new ones are like wrists whose camera scopes are built to offer depth perception. At least one surgeon in Idaho is using a robot that performs the operation.

‘MAKES ME EVEN BETTER’ Saint Alphonsus in 2003 bought the 60th Da Vinci surgical robot to come off the factory line. The Da Vinci, made by Californiabased Intuitive Surgical Inc., is a large machine that has arms to which someone can attach surgical instruments. It is a “masterslave” system, meaning that a surgeon sits at a console and uses remote controls to guide the machine through the surgery as the patient lies on a table nearby. The hospital has since bought a newer version of the Da Vinci and donated the earlier robot to the College of Western Idaho, which uses it to train registered nurses and surgical technology students who are planning to work in the operating room. The students take turns at the console, doing a



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Robotic surgeries done with Da Vinci by physicians at Saint Alphonsus as of Oct. 5.


College of Western Idaho surgical technology students gather around a Da Vinci robotic assisted surgery system and watch on a monitor as one of the students does a simulated operation. The college trains students to use the Da Vinci in the operating room, so they are ready on day one at the hospital.

simulated procedure and learning how each tool works. Since 2011, Green has used a Da Vinci robot on all colon-cancer and rectalcancer surgeries and most surgeries involving benign conditions — more than 190 surgeries. Other surgeons use it, too. Urologists have performed thousands of surgeries with it at Saint Alphonsus. “The robot makes me even better, because I can see better, I have more capable

instruments, I have more control, and I also don’t fatigue as fast,” Green says. “It’s taking the brunt of the physical part of the work.” COSTS, BENEFITS With fewer incisions, patients usually go home earlier — three or four days after a complicated rectal operation, Green says — and are less likely to develop infections. David Verst, a spine surgeon in Hailey, began using a robot last summer. His

robot, unlike the Da Vinci, acts like a cosurgeon. St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center’s foundation bought the Mazor Robotics Renaissance System for about $1 million. Almost all the work takes place “before we even step foot in the operating room,” he says. A patient goes in for a CAT scan to get a three-dimensional image of a section of the body, such as the back. The doctor then plans the surgery and programs the

robot. Once in the operating room, the doctor “pairs” the program to the human body. The programming tells the robot to move its arm to a certain location and insert an implant, take a biopsy or perform another task. Verst says that in the first three months, he used the robot to put in about 130 screws and other implants on 25 patients. St. Luke’s Wood River is the only hospital in the region with the robot, Verst says. The nearest Mazor

systems are in California, Colorado, Nebraska and Western Washington. St. Luke’s Health System CEO David Pate says that if data and evidence show that the Mazor system at Wood River reduces risks and shortens operating time and hospital stays, the health system “would be more likely to pursue this technology at hospitals that do significant volumes of this type of surgery.” Verst says it can be used for pelvic conditions, joint dysfunctions, fractures and other problems. Where it shines in his practice is in complicated cases, such as scoliosis (where the spine is severely rotated), or when the patient has scar tissue. Before robots, Verst says, he would make a large incision and remove bone to access parts of a person’s body, then “triangulate in your mind the exact location and trajectory of the implant.” At every step, there was opportunity for human error. The robot has a reduced risk of those errors, he says. It’s similar to “if you were trying to place a [6-millimeter] nail in a wall, and ... into ... a piece of wood that is about 8 millimeters wide in circumference,” Verst says. “And what you have surrounding that piece of wood is two wires on each side and plumbing that is an inch SEE ROBOT, 10D


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behind it. If you’re off the stud, and you put it into the wire, you’re electrocuted. And if you put it into the plumbing, you’re going to flood the house.” The robotic surgery system allows the 6millimeter nail to hit the 8-millimeter stud, sparing the spinal cord, the aorta, nerves and a large vein that carries blood to the heart. Green and Verst say neither they nor the hospital get paid more for using the robotic systems. Verst says he receives no compensation from Mazor to use or talk about the system. Federal records for Verst show that Mazor

BUSINESS INSIDER ceived about $20,000 from Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the Da Vinci robot. Those payments were for education, such as teaching other doctors about the system; meals; and travel and lodging.


Heather Eastman, Kuna, plays with Da Vinci robotic surgical tools to get a better idea how the technology works during a training session at the College of Western Idaho.

Robotics paid for about $1,400 of his travel, lodging and meals last

year, as well as an $18 gift. Green last year re-

REVOLUTIONARY? The surgeries are billed to insurance as plain laparoscopic surgery, Green says. There can be additional costs. With Verst’s system, for example, a patient must get a CAT scan instead of the much cheaper X-ray. (But, he notes, that also means less radiation exposure.) It can cost thousands of dollars per procedure

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Who uses Da Vinci robots more than 20 times a year? Hospitals Surgeons Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 8 St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center 12 Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d’Alene 3 Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls 7 Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello 3 (unassigned) 2 Source: .......................................................................................................

just to operate the machines, because their tools can be used only a certain number of times. Most of the Da Vinci robot’s instruments — the tools that are attached to the

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Surgical technology students at the College of Western Idaho familiarize themselves with the surgical tools used by a Da Vinci robotic assisted surgery system. The tools, which cost hundreds of dollars per use, are operated remotely during minimally invasive surgery.


Price for the first Da Vinci Surgical System in 2003. The price for new systems is about the same.

al laparascopic surgery. The institute says there have been 144 deaths related to surgical robots. In a small sample of 73 adverse events, more than half of the cases had device failure or device operation/setup as contributing factors. Using a database of 87,514 gynecologic surgeries between 2009 and 2012, Columbia University Medical Center researchers found in a 2014 study that robotic surgery had a higher complication rate and a higher cost than conventional laparoscopic surgery. An article in the New England Journal of


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ly $1,200 disposal fee to the operating-room costs for each procedure. But the physicians argue that the robots pay for themselves through savings from shorter hospital stays and fewer complications. Verst says his robot has a 98 percent accuracy rate, and there have been no neurological complications found in 120,000 implant procedures. “I think in the future, it’s going to revolutionize spine care as it relates to fusion and putting implants in the spine,” he says. Robotic surgery has its skeptics. The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit that researches medical products, procedures, devices and drugs, found in 2012 that the Da Vinci was not a panacea for surgery. The institute said the Da Vinci was, at best, equal to tradition-

Medicine in 2010 noted that, based on patterns researchers found in certain prostate surgeries, “robotic technology may have contributed to the substitution of surgical for nonsurgical treatments for this disease.” That substitution “may have increased both the cost per surgical procedure and the volume of cases treated surgically,” the article says. “However, the evidence suggests that despite the short-term benefits, robotic technology may not have improved patient outcomes or quality of life in the long run.” The article says a surgeon would become “adept in their use” after doing 150 to 250 robotic procedures. Green says the Da Vinci is a tool. If he hits his thumb with a hammer, he doesn’t blame the hammer, he says. He argues that surgeons also need to be aware of their abilities, to take advantage of the Da Vinci manufacturer’s training, and not to attempt a complex procedure with the Da Vinci if it is beyond their robotic skills. “It is a long learning curve,” Green says.

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Expecting a baby? There’s an app for that BY AUDREY DUTTON

What’s more important? Knowing your fetus is the size of an orange? Or knowing that your baby isn’t kicking enough, and you should call the doctor? James Betoni, a Treasure Valley maternal fetal medicine specialist, felt strongly enough about the latter that he co-created an iOS app to help women stay informed about pregnancy. Betoni’s practice focuses on high-risk pregnancies — meaning the mother or baby has a health condition or trait that needs special care. He moved here from Colorado, where he and a nurse practitioner had written a book in 2010 called “Pregnancy Power,” hoping to give their patients more information from the planning stage through childbirth. Betoni and his writ-

A mother can record her unborn baby’s kicks on the app.

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James Betoni, maternal fetal medicine doctor

ing partner, Camilla Bicknell, always felt they didn’t have enough time to answer every patient’s questions. “We were frustrated,” he says. Eventually, they also began to notice that a lot of patients were coming into the office with their eyes glued to their smartphones. That’s how the Pregnancy Power app was born. Betoni started building it in July 2015, hiring a developer in Los Angeles. It took a year

A Pregnancy Power screen.

to launch the app for the iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch. There isn’t yet an Android version. “I hope for providers like obstetricians and midwives and nurse practitioners, that it gives them a little break, because it answers questions,” Betoni says. “Most obstetricians see one prenatal visit every 10 minutes, so they’ll see six in an hour. [What if] you’re a first-time mom, and you have

seven questions? ... The obstetrician is in the room for 90 seconds.”


WHAT’S IN IT? The app includes: A A multiple-choice quiz. The quiz stores questions that aren’t answered correctly, so that expectant mothers and fathers can research at their own pace and “clear out” those questions as they find the answers. A No advertisements. It costs $1.99 to unlock

the full app. The app is broken into “chapters” based on what happens in each trimester and typical questions a patient might ask. The first two chapters are free. A Answers based in science. Unlike the random assortment that patients get when they ask Dr. Google,

the app and book draw from data and research. The app includes references to its source material. Betoni says a medical student could learn from the app, too. “They don’t teach you when you’re a resident about breastfeeding, and can you dye your hair?” he says.



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The FitOne app helps people who take part in the 5K, 10K and half-marathon races each September. Nearly 13,000 people took part in the latest race Sept. 26, race director Heather Hill says.

The FitOne app’s home screen.

HOW THEY DID IT Betoni says he and Bicknell self-funded the app over a 12-month development period. “I’ve got, like, 16 credit cards that are maxed out,” Betoni says. “It’s so much more expensive than I ever, ever, ever thought.” Betoni budgeted about $1,000 a month. It has turned out to cost $30,000 for basic development — plus legal, advertising and ongoing update costs. Based on the app purchases so

far, he doubts he will recoup his expenses. “We lowered the price several times, and there have been hundreds of downloads but very few purchases,” he says. He hopes the purchases will pick up, or he’ll need to pull the app “and chalk it up to a learning experience,” he says. “That was really expensive, but still I learned a lot.” Betoni says he hasn’t made a practice of telling patients about

the app or advertising it in his office because he thinks that would be inappropriate. FITONE: A RACE APP Did you see some FitOne participants staring at their smartphones as the annual race wound through Downtown Boise last month? It’s likely they weren’t playing a game but were checking the race route, looking up the healthy-living expo schedule, or logging in as a runner during the 5K, 10K and marathon event created by St. Luke’s Health System to benefit the St. Luke’s

Children’s Hospital. The FitOne app took less than two months to build, from conception to launch. Free to users, it costs St. Luke’s about $4,700 per year — an annual fee to use a platform created by a firm in Austin, Texas — that St. Luke’s considers part of its investment in FitOne. It is available for both iOS and Android. About 12 percent of the race participants downloaded the app, with people using it more than 11,500 times since June. For now, it’s an event app, but FitOne Executive Director Heather

Hill thinks it could become more. “I think as FitOne continues to evolve, to offer more things throughout the year, I see that as a great opportunity for people to come full circle,” she says. “In the future, our vision is that the app could become a source of helpful information for participants in achieving their healthy lifestyle goals, whether that be through pushed content, tips, tools and resources — or tracking towards challenges and goals.” Making a unique fitness product will be the challenge.

“There are so many options out there already. ... They’ve got their Fitbit and their this and that and the other thing that tracks every move under the sun,” she says. “But I think there’s opportunity to put greater functionality, [and we are] continuing to monitor usage on it and see what the greatest value is.” Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey VIDEO

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Training psychiatrists in Idaho: A telemedicine model


Our state continues to face a lack of psychiatric services. Mental and behavioral health resources in the region are limited due to the small number of trained psychiatrists we have available in our local com-

munity. Area behavioral health units — including the Saint Alphonsus inpatient behavioral health unit — are frequently full, often due to mental and behavioral health issues that reach a point of crisis requiring hospitalization. To build out preventative and responsive mental health services both locally and throughout Idaho, Saint Alphonsus decided to take action. In partnership with the Uni-

versity of Washington, we have been training psychiatric residents — students in their third and fourth years of training to become psychiatrists — with an opportunity to provide mental and behavioral health services to areas of rural Idaho and Oregon via telemedicine. The telepsychiatry training program allows for psychiatric resident students from the University of Washington to have Skype-like video chats with patients from

across Idaho and Oregon who would otherwise not have access to mental and behavioral health services. In collaboration with many rural clinics, primary care providers and hospitals, the telepsychiatry residency program offers psychiatric consultation for conditions such as depression and anxiety. Known as the Idaho Advanced Clinician Track of the University of Washington’s Psychiatry Residency Program,



consultations are provided by a rotation of three third-year residents and one fourthyear resident using telehealth technology. Patients are using the service one day per week in a supervised telemedicine studio on the campus of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Not only can we address mental and behavioral health through this program, but physical health as well. Research has shown that behavioral health issues complicate the care for up to 30 percent of patients suffering from chronic diseases. By addressing the mental and behavioral health issues, we

will have more success in treating the chronic condition. We are excited to partner with our lead psychiatrist for the program, Dr. Camille LaCroix, and the University of Washington to provide these rural areas with vital mental and behavioral health services. We look forward to continue expanding the service area to broader regions of the Northwest. Rodney Reider is president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System. He heads all Saint Alphonsus facilities, which stretch from Boise to Baker City, Ore.

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Let’s make health insurance easier with interstate market


It’s not getting any easier. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act led to a significant drop in the number of people without health insurance. That doesn’t mean, however,

that it is easy to find coverage. Idaho has only five companies selling insurance for individuals on its exchange, according to Just this past month, Tennessee’s largest health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, announced it was dropping coverage for more than 200,000 people enrolled through that state’s exchange. Insurance firms are getting out, or staying away entirely, from the

state-run exchanges despite receiving approval for higher premiums. The Idaho Department of Insurance approved a 24 percent increase for individual and small group plans in 2017. Economic theory and evidence explain both these unfavorable market outcomes. Only greater competition in the market will increase services and hold prices down. In any competitive market, suppliers have

to keep prices low and offer quality service to survive and prosper. When there are barriers to entry, however, there is little competition and little incentive to provide good service. The current legal restrictions on how Idahoans purchase health insurance reduce the consumer benefits of competition. Under current law, insurance companies must set up separate firms with different policy offerings in each

The Economy of our 50 United States. Interstate competition has improved efficiency and raised consumer value for many different types of products, but consumers of health insurance have been denied these gains. Economic theory also explains why firms no longer want to participate in the individual and small-group insurance market. Health care insurance is subject to an incentive problem called adverse selection, or the tendency for only the really sick to buy coverage. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to mitigate this problem by mandating that everyone be required to buy


health insurance, but adverse selection is harder to overcome when markets are segregated. Insurance firms can more easily spread the risks of adverse selection when they can sell insurance in multiple locations. There’s not need for state-run exchanges. We would all be better off buying health insurance the same way we buy life or auto insurance. Things will only get easier in this market when it becomes a national market. Peter Crabb is professor of finance and economics at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

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Soon we may find retirement and health care in unexpected places


Earlier this year, I visited a longtime friend in Japan who I’d not seen for 20 years. He was a former senior executive for a large Japanese firm. Now in

his 80s, he and his wife are still in relatively good health, but I was concerned that things might change and I’d regret not visiting. While I was there, we talked about their concern about what comes next. Their children are not in a position to take them into their homes, so what do they do if they need medical or other assistance in the fu-

ture? They were concerned that retirement centers and assisted living facilities in Japan are expensive and not as plentiful as in the U.S. Back on this side of the ocean, I read that we are on path of serious concern for our own aging population. Geriatrics in the U.S. is one of the few medical fields that is not growing fast enough for the demand, as

baby boomers (and their parents) increasingly need the services of trained specialists. We’ll need creative ideas to handle this problem. With those two bits of information in the back of my head, I encountered a possible — and to me unexpected — possible solution on a recent trip, back on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. I recently returned

from a week in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I read and heard about the dramatic improvements in health care in the country. Some procedures, like liver transplants, are receiving praise even from outside of the country. Further, Vietnam has begun to receive more attention as a retirement destination for foreigners, as Thailand and Costa Rica have been for years.

So I was intrigued to hear that a Japanese firm may build a retirement center in Vietnam for Japanese clients, because of the improving medical care and the inexpensive work force in Vietnam. Thailand has long benefited from medical tourism. Can Vietnam be far behind for U.S. baby boomers? What will it mean to “outsource” retirement and assisted living in the future? Nancy Napier is distinguished professor, Boise State University,

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cer and a host of other problems. Humans are meant to move around, not stare at a screen. To help employees move around, standard wellness programs help employees achieve weight management, aerobics and health monitoring. But new methods have emerged to get employees moving. Among the newest is Pokemon Go. Victims of this app walk to useless places to get their Pokemon. Em-

ployers can motivate employees to find many Pokemon over a week on their own time. The winner can receive a gift certificate or another reward. A voluntary Pokemon contest could increase cardiac health, because it encourages plenty of walking or running. Companies should dare not make any of this mandatory, or they might be sued for having an employee get into an accident while playing the

game. FitBit and S Health are among many devices and apps that help companies count the number of steps their employees take during the day. On my S Health app, I can analyze my running, walking and cycling time, stress level and heart rate. Such individualized attention to an employee’s conditions can lead to better productivity and health. Using these should be voluntary,

too, to reduce legal liability. An HR department could set up a voluntary program to automatically measure how much water an employee drinks from an internet-connected cup. The cup can tell whether the employee drinks water, tea, coffee or some alcoholic beverage. An employee’s seat can warn the employee that he or she has been sitting on it too long. That seat also can warn the employee that his or her back is slumping. Even a computer mouse can “say” to an employee that he or she has been using it too much and “order”


the worker to switch hands to reduce joint pain. The employee’s laptop can detect his or her mood through facial patterns. A company might obtain all of this data to analyze the employee’s health and productivity. Privacy issues may block some of these ideas, but new methods of helping employees stay healthy are worth considering. Gundars Kaupins is a professor of management in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. gkaupins@


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Everyone needs health care services at some point in their lives.

Do health care bonds make sense today for smart investors hoping to diversify their portfolios? The health care industry is growing, despite the changes and challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act. Health care continues to occupy a larger portion of the U.S. economy,

and this growth makes health care bonds worth a second look. Health care bonds present a higher degree of risk than other types of municipal bonds but may also offer higher rewards. They might compliment lower-risk general obligation bonds, such as those that finance school,

water and sewer projects. When researching health care bonds, look for multistate, multisite health systems. These large systems often operate more like private businesses, aiming for strong operating margins, better market share position, and experienced management teams. But unlike for-profit corporations, private health care systems do not pay dividends, nor do they have shareholders. Almost every state issues bonds through a financing authority, so a bondholder may receive federal tax-free income, and in some cases state tax-free income. Many health care bonds are rated AA, on average, by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Health care bonds are not without risk: Payments are made directly from net revenues of the health system, and the bonds are rarely backed by a taxing authority or dedicated revenue source. Many have long maturity dates of 10-15 years, making them susceptible to interestrate risk. They could provide a lift for your income needs and add diversification to your bond account.


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New Gem State angel fund seeks investors BY DAVID STAATS

A new angel fund is seeking accredited Idaho investors to pool capital to support early stage or pre-revenue companies in Idaho. As defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, an accredited investor and his or her spouse generally have a net worth exceeding $1 million, not including the equity in their primary home. The for-profit Gem State Angel Fund is self-governed and member managed, says Kevin Learned, an angel investor and a partner in Loon Creek Capital Group, a Boise business that helps angel investors and angel funds. Loon Creek will provide organizational services to the fund. A news release says: A The fund is selling up to 40 units of membership at $50,000 per unit. A Fund members will be responsible for helping with screening, due diligence, company monitoring and other duties. A The fund is affiliated with the Boise Angel Alliance and is

the fourth angel fund formed under its auspices. Previous funds have limited their Idaho investments to companies in the Treasure Valley. The Gem State Angel Fund is the first to seek investors from throughout the state with an intention to invest in companies Kevin stateLearned wide. A Members of the Boise Angel Alliance have invested more than $12 million over the past nine years in Northwest companies, primarily in the Treasure Valley. Their companies have created more than 375 jobs in the Treasure Valley with a 2015 payroll of about $38 million. To learn more, go to or email info@gemstateang Or call W. Mark Roberts, interim chair, at (208) 8717106, or Steven D. Simpson, interim treasurer, at (208) 8636119. David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats



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Calla Chapin and Greg Kreller recently joined United Dairymen of Idaho, the parent of the Idaho Dairy Council. Chapin and Kreller work in the Meridian headquarters as a Calla wellness coordinator Chapin and integrated communications manager, respectively, for the dairy council. Chapin earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Idaho in May. Greg Kreller Kreller earned a bachelor’s degree in photo communications from Texas Tech University.


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Tracie Boyer, who originally worked for CSHQA in 1994-95, has returned to the Boise architectural firm as an architectin-training III. She earned a bachelor’s degree of architecture in 2003 from the University of IdaJason Cline, a senior project manager at CSHQA, has earned his Idaho license to practice architecture. Cline joined CSHQA in 1996 and has 23 years of experience.

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Meg Carlson, president and CEO of Prosperity Organic Foods in Boise, has been elected chairman of the Arid Club executive committee. She succeeds Marshall Garrett, who is Meg self-employed. Carlson ••• Boise Young Professionals has named the finalists for the Idaho Young Professional Awards. For the first time, BYP expanded the awards statewide. Idaho businesses were invited to recognize young professionals who demonstrated exemplary leadership, professionalism and service. The finalists include: Young Citizen of the Year: Sarah Maycock, Adecco; Dave Sherman, T-O Engineers; and Karlee May, Downtown Boise Association. Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Kelsey Miller, Shift Boutique; Steve Wieland, Wieland Perdue Attorneys; and Kristin Cole, Soundwave Events. Young Professional of the Year: Lindsey Pontious-Brist, KeyBank; Jennifer Hetherington, TSheets. com; and Sophie Sestero, Fahlgren Mortine. Young Leader of the Year: Wyatt Schroeder, CATCH Inc.; Nick Grove, Meridian Library District; and Jeff Heath, Business Interiors of Idaho.

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Best Next-Generation Workplace: Fahlgren Mortine, City of Boise and Happy Family. Winners will be announced at the BYP annual gala on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The gala marks BYP’s 10year anniversary. Also, BYP’s Sage Award will be presented to Ben Quintana, senior manager of the Center for Learning & Development at St. Luke’s Health System and a Boise City Council member. Quintana, a founder of Boise Young Professionals, has supported it since its inception.


J.V. “John” Evans III, executive vice president/regional credit officer of D.L. Evans Bank in Boise, was elected 2016-17 chair of the board of directors of the Idaho Bankers Association. Evans, a fifth generation Idaho banker, began his career with D.L. Evans Bank in 1992 as a parttime bookkeeper and teller.


Other newly elected officers of the board include the immediate past chair, Don Melendez, Idaho regional president of Wells Fargo, Boise. Treasure Valley directors include Justin Smith, regional president, U.S. Bank, Boise; Lori Dizes, senior vice president, region manager, U.S. Bank, Boise; and Toni Nielsen, Western Idaho regional president, Zions Bank, Boise. ••• Idaho Independent Bank promoted Mike Sautebin to branch manager of the Star branch. Sautebin joined IIB in January as a commercial loan officer. He has 12 years of banking and Mike lending experience. Sautebin


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Idaho Independent Bank promoted Clay Haylett to commercial loan officer at the Meridian branch. Haylett joined IIB in May 2013 as a personal banking repClay Haylett resentative. ••• Brad Lish has been promoted from commercial loan officer to vice president and branch manager of the Eagle branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Lish has been with D.L. Evans Bank for four Brad Lish years and has been in banking for 32 years.


Cassie Shelton, German teacher at Mountain View High School in Meridian, has been named an Idaho Foreign Language Teacher of the Year 2016-17


by the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture. ••• The Idaho STEM Action Center, part of the governor’s office, is honoring two teachers Cassie who champion science, Shelton technology, engineering and mathematics while connecting students with industry leaders to mentor projects and provide career guidance. Caldwell teacher Melyssa Ferro and Boise teacher Sonia Galaviz were named the 2016 winners of the Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM awards, or INDEEDS. Ferro is a science teacher at Syringa Middle School in Caldwell who has taught science to sixth through 10th graders in the district for 16 years. She was named Idaho’s 2016 Teacher of the Year and received the Presidential


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Katsilometes retires from Idaho State Bessie Katsilometes retired Sept. 16 from Idaho State University after 30 years, most recently as associate vice president of university programs at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.

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She was instrumental in the construction and development of the Meridian campus, which opened in 2009 and now offers more than two dozen graduate, undergraduate and doctoral programs in the health professions.

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Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2015. Galaviz, STEM coordinator at Garfield Elementary in Boise since 2013, has taught in Treasure Valley schools for 12 years. A Boise State Writing Project Fellow, she is among five teachers nationwide receiving a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence from the NEA Foundation next February. With support from the Discovery Center of Idaho, the STEM Action Center will present both teachers checks for $2,000 and give $2,000 to each of their schools to fund STEM initiatives. The awards will be presented at the Idaho Innovation Awards gala on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Boise Centre. ••• The College of Western Idaho has hired Mark Browning as vice president of communications and government relations.

Browning had held a comparable position at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene since 2012. He has also been a communications and legislative officer for the Idaho State Board of Education and a news director for KBOI-TV (Channel 2) in Boise. ••• Huntington Learning Centers Inc. announced that franchisee Brian Riddick, owner of Huntington Learning Center in Boise, received the International Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year award, honoring excellence in franchising. The association says Huntington is one of 4,282 franchise businesses in Idaho that provide 45,600 jobs, or 9.5 percent of the state’s private sector, nonfarm jobs.

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Chandlers Steakhouse Wine Director Ryan Robinson has been named an advanced sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, making him one of only 1,200 in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, and the first from Idaho. Robinson joined Chandlers in July with 10 years of industry experience. Robinson passed the three-day advanced-sommelier test in April in Portland.


Kimber Russell-Simmons of Boise has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Russell-Simmons owns Kinja Consulting and is a retail territory manager for Stinker Stores. ••• Kimber The Idaho Commerce DepartRussellment has created a Business RetenSimmons tion and Expansion team. Jake Reynolds, of Boise, a department veteran, will be its manager.



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The Inn at 500 Capitol has hired Amy Parrish as corporate sales manager. Parrish has 12 years of hotel sales and catering expertise and is a Boise State University Alumni AssoAmy Parrish ciation board member and treasurer of the Southwest Idaho Travel Association board.


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Amani Floyd, Yudong Kim, Matthew Montgomery and Grace Witsil have joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office to develop the firm’s trade compliance, patent and corporate practices. Floyd earned her law degree from the University of Southern California.

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The board of the Snake River Alliance, an Idaho environmental nonprofit, has hired Wendy Wilson as executive director. Wilson is a longtime resident of Boise and founder and former executive director of Idaho Rivers



United. She later joined River Network, a national environmental organization, and was executive director of Idaho-based Advocates for the West in 2013-15. ••• Tony Torres has been named the Idaho area manager for Hire Heroes USA, part of the statewide veterans initiative Mission43, supported by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation in Tony Torres Boise. Torres is a native of Buffalo, N.Y. and continues to serve as a Special Forces Green Beret. Since his arrival, Hire Heroes USA has placed 43 veterans and military spouses into Idaho businesses with an average starting salary above $50,000.

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Bonnie Shelton

Bonnie Shelton, a former reporter for KTVB-TV (Channel 7) in Boise, is joining Gallatin Public Affairs as an associate in the Boise office.

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Dallas residential mortgage originator PrimeLending has hired Cathy Leamy as a mortgage loan originator in the Meridian office. Leamy has 30 years of mortgage industry experience. Cathy Leamy ••• Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group has hired three new real estate agents in the Eagle office. Ernie Gentile worked 35 years in sales before Ernie Gentile Holly Terpstra receiving his real estate license. Holly Terpstra is an Idaho native who has held her real estate license since 2004. Kyle Tilton, an Idaho native, is a new licensee whose previous experience includes six years as a paralegal in a real estate law firm. Kyle Tilton

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••• John Yancey has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group’s Meridian office. He has lived in Idaho for more than 20 years. ••• Katrina Wehr, 2016 presidentelect of Boise Regional Realtors and managing broker of Keller Williams Realty Boise, is among 19 people selected to participate in the 2017 National Association of Realtors Leadership Academy.


ClickBank, an internet retailer of digital products in Boise, has named Mick Wiskerchen as chief operating officer. Wiskerchen has 25 years of experience, including leadership roles at start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. He recently was an executive business partner at Micron Technology. Katrina Wehr


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••• CenturyLink Inc. has hired Megan Griffin in Boise as market development manager, overseeing public relations, media relations, community Megan Dana M. David Jeet engagement and local Griffin Herberholz Jenson Kumar marketing for Idaho, Herberholz is a Montana and Wyoming. registered patent She has 14 years of experience in attorney and sharethe technology sector. holder with Parsons ••• Behle & Latimer. The Idaho TechJenson is the mannology Council has aging director and added Mark Willden, senior vice president Dana M. Herberholz Adam of Fahlgren Mortine’s and David Jenson to Guyton Boise office. He will its executive board and serve as a strategic advisor for comJeet Kumar and munications and marketing. Adam Guyton to its Mark Kumar is the CEO and co-founder board of trustees. Willden of In Time Tec. Willden is the chief Guyton is vice president at Payneinformation officer at Idaho Central West Insurance. Credit Union.

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An association of Idaho credit unions is sharing its members’ knowledge of finance and cooperatives with counterparts in a former Soviet nation in Eastern Europe. Four members of the Idaho Credit Union League went last year to Moldova, a nation of 3 million people sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. This year, it was the Moldovans’ turn to travel. Eight Moldovan credit union members visited Idaho in August. Their trip included visits to the CapEd, Icon and Simplot Employees credit unions in the Treasure Valley, and the Idaho Department of Finance in Boise. Idaho and Moldova share a need for local capital to spur community investment and support growing business, says the league, a trade association in Boise for about 30 Idaho credit unions. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Remittances

account for more than 20 percent of gross domestic product, and the country faces a brain drain as educated youths seek better opportunities elsewhere, the association says in a news release issued through CapEd Credit Union. The country’s land supports agriculture, though farm output has suffered since Russia banned Moldovan produce and wine. Russia objected to Moldova’s decision to sign an association agreement with the European Union in 2014. The lack of access to credit limits the growth and export potential of rural businesses. Credit unions are the only financial institutions serving some areas. Travelers to Moldova included David Lawrence of CapEd, Will Hall of the Idaho Credit Union League, Shane Berger of Beehive Credit Union in Rexburg, and Rob Taylor of the Idaho State University Credit Union. The exchanges are expected to continue. David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats




The J.R. Simplot Co.’s new Potato Processing Plant in Caldwell was recognized as the 2016 Industrial Project of the Year at the 31st Annual WateReuse Symposium in Tampa for advancing water reuse. The plant can reclaim up to 1.7 million gallons of water a dayfor reuse in potato production. The remaining discharge irrigates crops or is eliminated through spray evaporation. The plant also achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard. ••• Farmers’ Cooperative Ditch Co. of Parma has received $500,000 in matching funds under the USDA-

Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The money will help the Farmer’s Cooperative Ditch Co. carry out voluntary conservation in a 4,000acre area over five years. The effort will include a 9-acre sediment basin and a water-quality monitoring plan to help the Lower Boise River. ••• USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded a $250,000 Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to Jannus Inc. in Boise. The money is intended to build capacity for refugee and Native American produce growers to market their products through farmers markets and community-supported agriculture, and to increase Idaho

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Larry H. Miller Dealerships recently held a grand opening celebration for Larry H. Miller Honda Boise, which underwent reconstruction and added 39,399 square feet.


The Boise School District has received the 2016 C. Everett Koop National Health Award from The Health Project, a nonprofit privatepublic consortium named for a former U.S. surgeon general. The award recognizes a wellness program the district created in 2011 for its 3,000-plus employees. The district says the program produced evidence of positive changes in behaviors, improvements in biometrics associated with health risks and


better mental health. Evaluation of six years of medical claims data found that wellnessprogram participants cost significantly less than nonparticipants, the district said. For every dollar spent on wellness, the district reported saving $3.50 in health care costs. From 2009 to 2014, it reported no overall increases in health care costs. ••• Northwest Nazarene University has given the 2016 Eugene Emerson Award to Boise radio station 670 KBOI. Since 2008, the station and NNU have cosponsored a monthly business breakfast nine months of the year. NNU also acknowledged the station’s parent company, Cumulus Media Inc.


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ments as Food Merit Awards for calendar year 2015. These winners were chosen from 1,340 inspected food establishments in Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties, representing the top 1 percent of food handlers. Here are the Canyon County winners: Establishments that cook to serve immediately: Taco Time in Caldwell and Qdoba in Nampa. Full-service menu restaurants: Mr. V’s Restaurant in Caldwell and Applebee’s in Nampa. Rural Canyon County: Jackson’s Food Store No. 22 in Middleton.


Jing Lu and Drew Wang, owner/operators, Red Pavilion The city of Meridian has presented environmental stewardship awards to three local eateries that worked to prevent oil and grease Brad Miles, from entering the city owner, sanitary sewer system. Chick-fil-A The 2016 Food Service Establishment Excellence Award was presented to Chick-fil-A at 2012 N. Eagle Road, the Hungry Onion at 334 Main St., and Red Pavilion at 1760 S. Meridian Road, Suite 102. Chick-fil-A became the first twotime recipient of the award, having earned it in 2014. The Hungry Onion, established in 1963, is a Meridian staple and landmark burger outlet. The Red Pavilion, specializing in Mandarin Chinese food, opened its doors four months ago. ••• McDonald’s of Southern Idaho has been named the official breakfast of the Boise State Broncos. ••• Southwest District Health selected 11 Southwest Idaho food establish-

The Idaho Department of Labor has received a $2.5 million grant to help improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities ages 14-24. The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used to provide more training opportunities, build community partnerships and help youths transition from school to employment.

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The American Heart Association honored the St. Luke’s Health System and the Ada and Canyon County Paramedics for work treating severe heart attacks known as STEMIs, or ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, where heart muscle begins to die within minutes. ••• Saint Alphonsus has opened its first clinic in Star. The Saint Alphonsus Medical Group’s Star Clinic will house urgent care and family practice. It is located at 10717 W. State St., next to the Star City Hall.


Interstate Trailers has had a grand opening of its new plant at 605 N. 39th St. in Nampa. The new plant replaces a plant built more than a century ago that once housed Carnation Milk Co.

Interstate Trailers has been building enclosed cargo trailers in Idaho since 1995. It employs more than 100 Idahoans and more than 350 people nationwide.

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Flynner Homes Design+Build, in Boise, has received certification as a B corporation, a business whose bylaws allow profits to be used to benefit employees, the community and the environment.


Meridian cleaning company Freedommaid is offering franchise opportunities. Freedommaid was established in 2008 by husband and wife Brent and Angie Haynes.


Finalists have been selected in the five categories of the 11th annual Idaho Innovation Awards. They are: Commercialized Innovation of the Year: Axios Modular LED Lightbar System by ESG (ECCO Safety Group); Kount Central by Kount; and Night Vision Compatible Lighting by Blue Wolf. Consumer Product of the Year: ICAP-USA Insulated Claddings by InsulStone; Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator by Inergy Solar; and Probiotic MELT Organic Buttery Spread by Prosperity Organic Foods. Early Stage Innovation of the Year: E-RECOV by Idaho National Laboratory; Inergy Home Base+ by Inergy Solar; and Magnetic Shape Memory Micro Pump by Shaw Mountain Technology. Innovative Company of the Year: Idaho Transportation Department; Wilderness Wireless and XCraft Enterprises. Innovator of the Year: Kenton Lee, Founder, Because International; Tracy Lotz, CEO,; and Matt Rissell, CEO, TSheets. The awards will be presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council at the


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Good Deeds Dutch Bros locations in Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Nampa, Caldwell, Payette and Ontario partnered with their community on Buck for Kids Day to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Dutch Bros Boise and Garden City donated $16,042 to the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County. Dutch Bros Nampa and Caldwell donated $9,116 to the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa. Dutch Bros Ontario and Payette donated $4,025 to the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley. Dutch Bros Meridian donated $8,471 to the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County. ••• The Ada County Highway District hosted its 15th annual charity golf tournament, raising $160,000 for Operation Warm Heart, a nonprofit that provides emergency grants to offset financial hardship and crisis situations for active duty, Army and Air Force Reserve and National Guard personnel, their families, and civilian personnel at the Mountain Home Air Force Base and in the local area. ••• The Boise Regional Realtors board of directors donated $1,000 to the National Association of Realtors Relief Fund to help flood victims in southern Louisiana cover housing-related expenses. ............................................................................

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Dollar Tree Stores leased 9,500 square feet of retail space in the Kuna Plaza at 975 Meridian Road in Kuna. Andrea Nilson, LeAnn Hume and Sara Shropshire of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce handled the transaction. Stonehill Church leased 2,240 square feet of retail space in El Dorado Marketplace at 2951 E. Overland Road in Meridian.

Bob Mitchell and Holly Chetwood of Thornton Oliver Keller handled the transaction. Wok Fusion leased 1,507 square feet of retail space in Ten Mile Plaza at 3325 N. Ten Mile Road, Suite 100, in Meridian. Brii Mason of Northwest Commercial Advisors handled the transaction. NPC International Inc. leased 1,300 square feet of retail space at 3367 Federal Way West in Boise. Andrea Nilson, LeAnn Hume, and Sara Shropshire of Cushman

& Wakefield/Commerce represented the tenant. Bob Mitchell of Thornton Oliver Keller represented the landlord. Longdrop Cider Co. leased 900 square feet of retail space for a tasting room at 603 Capitol Blvd. in Boise. Karen Sander of Cushman & Wakefield/ Commerce handled the transaction.


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leased 845 square feet of office space in the Hearthstone Office Building at 988 S. Longmont Ave., Suite 101, in Boise. Karen Sander and DJ Thompson of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce represented the tenant. Jamie Anderson of Colliers International represented the landlord. Ability Health & Rehabilitation leased 400 square feet of office space in the Hillcrest Business Center at 4696 W. Overland Road, Suite 232, in Boise. Chrissy Smith & Jen McEntee of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce handled the transac-

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Boise Office Moving and Storage has leased 15,000 square feet of industrial space at 300 N. Steelhead Way in Boise. Greg Gaddis of Tenant Realty Advisors represented the tenant. Dan Minnaert and Devin Pierce of Thornton Oliver Keller represented the landlord. Boss Tools leased 5,000 square feet of

industrial space at 2755 S. Beverly, Suite 120, in Boise. Jen McEntee of Cushman & Wakefield/ Commerce represented the landlord. Brian J. Von Herbulis of Lee & Associates Idaho represented the tenant. The Malted Waffle leased 5,000 square feet of industrial space for a distribution center at 2755 S. Beverly, Suite 110, in Boise. Jen McEntee of Cushman & Wakefield/ Commerce handled the transaction. Evoqua Water Technologies LLC leased 1,600 square feet of industrial space at 5443 Kendall St. in Boise. Chris Pearson of Thornton Oliver Keller represented the landlord. Diane Drobia of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant. MNC Enterprises LLC leased 1,200 square feet of industrial space in Cortland Business Park at 2200 Cortland Place in Nampa. Dan Minnaert and Devin Pierce of Thornton Oliver Keller handled the transaction. Will Thomason leased 800 square feet of industrial space in the Midtown Business Park in Garden City. Harrison Sawyer and DJ Thompson of Cush-

David and Sharon Scaggs bought 2.7 acres at 7711 W. Preece Drive near Emerald and Cole in Boise. Art Berry and David Berry of Arthur Berry & Co. represented the seller. Steve Arnold of Silvercreek Realty Group represented the buyer. Yick Yee Family Co. bought 0.9 acres of land at Cleveland and Ustick roads in Caldwell. Jeffrey Hall of Northwest Commercial Advisors, licensed agent of Silvercreek Realty Group, represented the buyer. Andrea Nilson of Cushman &Wakefield Commerce represented the seller. GGR LLC bought 21,475 square feet of development land at Caldwell Commons in Caldwell. Andrea Nilson, LeAnn Hume and Sara Shropshire of Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce represented the seller. Jen McEntee of Cushman & Wakefield/ Commerce represented the buyer. Enterprise Rent A Car Co. of UT LLC leased land at 515, 603 and 659 E. Watertower St. in Meridian. Karena Gilbert of Thornton Oliver Keller handled the transaction. Peggy Calhoun: 208-377-6355



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Saturday, Oct. 22 Small Business Success Coaching and Workshop Conference: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Boise State University. Designed to support and encourage the growth of both new businesses and established businesses looking to take the next step in their growth. Participants will have the opportunity for a one-on-one discussion of individual business plans with an experienced business

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Tuesday, Oct. 25 Boise Metro Chamber’s Business Owners Success Series (BOSS): Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom, 802 W. Bannock St., Suite 202. Featuring Michelle Crosby, co-founder and CEO of Wevorce. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Register at Idaho Technology Council’s Hall of Fame 2016: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. The late Harry Morrison, co-

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Wednesday, Oct. 26 Professional Development Day: 8 a.m. at Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Features opportunities to interact with key executives from some of Idaho’s top privately held companies as well as with other young professionals. Attendees will also take part in the luncheon recognizing Idaho’s top 100 privately held businesses. $100 per person, $95 for Boise Young Professionals members, includes continental break-

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Thursday, Oct. 27 A Nightmare on Tech Street 2: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fisher’s Technology, 575 E. 42nd St., Boise. Halloweenthemed seminars on safeguarding your documents and data. Free; complimentary lunch and Halloween goodies. Call 375-4410 or go to nightmare.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 Idaho Public Purchasing Association Reverse Vendor Trade Show: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building, Boise State University. Encourages vendors to meet and talk directly to purchasing officials from various government agencies. $60. Call 391-7304 or go to


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THERE’S THIS THE YING AND YANG TO COMFORT FOOD, LIKE HOW BERRYHILL BACON HAS SUGARS AND CHILIES. THE CHAIRS ARE COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY ARE HARD WOOD. I LIKE THAT. Restaurateur John Berryhill is on the Berryhill menu. Q: How do two restaurants operate in the same space? A: It’s a flip concept, with two separate entities. The chefs and employees pass each other. Everything changes. Berryhill is a full-service restaurant. Bacon is a counterservice restaurant. At 3, Bacon closes and Berryhill opens. There’s this choreographed, awkward dance that goes on between the chefs. Bacon is still cooking, and you’ve got Berryhill people trying to get their food in. On a busy night, the last Berryhill people are out at 3. The first Bacon people are in to open at 7. Q:



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So he avoided talking about politics. His staff wore caps with the letter “B” that were in two color schemes: Bronco orange and blue, and Vandal black and gold. For 20 years after opening as a catering company in 1995,

Berryhill says he was afraid of turning away food snobs by offering macaroni and cheese. He still sold mac and cheese, and people loved it. But he called it “penne with five cheeses.” Berryhill, 56, says he decided to stop caring

about what others think when he consolidated his two restaurants, which already operated in the same building, into a single space at 121 N. 9th St. The new operation opened in January. Combined, they employ about 50 people. Mac and cheese

Q: What led you to consolidate your operations into a single space? A: I wanted to simplify. I’m getting a little older. I like getting out of town more. I was reworking the numbers, and I had too much Q:


square footage, with a lounge in addition to the two restaurants and a bunch of conference rooms. Those were good revenue centers, but the ROI [return on investment] wasn’t where it needed to be. Q: You bounced around the South as a kid, and that influence shows up in your menu. When did you take an interest in food? A: In high school, my dad was a preacher, but he went through a time where he ran a restaurant. I was in third grade. I really dug that. Every preacher goes through the Amways, Shacklees, all of the multilevel pyramid schemes to try to make money, because they ain’t making it at the church. Who knows where all those tax-free tithings go. The restaurant was one of those get-richquick schemes. It was about as successful as any of the others. That was in Monroe, Louisiana. Q:



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Q: When was your first restaurant job? A: It was 1976 in Alabama. I was in 10th grade. I was a dishwasher. What an awesome job. Double dishwashers. Foggy. Throwing spuds through the fog and hoping you’d hit a waiter coming through. I moved from there to Crystal Burgers. I got to cook. I moved to Georgia and worked at Sonic as a fry cook. I’ve always liked Sonic ever since. Then I moved to Arkansas. Q:


Q: Why did your family move so much? A: I don’t like to talk too bad about my dad, but I talk bad about Q:





everything because it’s funny. He was a rover, kind of a food truck preacher. We lived everywhere. It could have been because, like many preachers, they had cute secretaries, or at least looked cute in that moment, but they had cankles under the desk. Then their fellowship sends them down the road to the next place. Kind of like priests. That’s why we went to Africa. Q: How did you get your start in the restaurant scene in Boise? A: I followed a girl here, my first wife, in 1995. I was running Brando’s, a cigar bar at

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thing, then take their order and jump back on piano. It was a terrible business model. I learned a lot. It lasted a little more or less than a year. Q: What planted the early seeds for Berryhill & Co? A: When I moved the catering to what is now BoDo, I was just looking for a catering kitchen. Girls from the shops came in and asked if I could make them soup or sandwiches for lunch. I started making them a little soup. They’d pull up a chair in the kitchen. Eventually, they started paying and Q:


bringing friends. I ran out of stools, and the kitchen was only so big. The restaurant that was there before had these ugly green tables upstairs. I brought a few tables down, got a few chairs. That’s exactly how the restaurant started.

to review me, in the Statesman. I didn’t want people just to sit and drink wine. I wanted them to eat. I told him that, and he said, “If you only drink wine, you’ll probably get free food.” That’s how Berryhill started. Q: You bill Berryhill & Co. as “slightly Southern dining.” What does that mean? A: I’ve had a little comfort to every menu I’ve done. Even before, when we were fine dining, serving with linens, I’d be fine when people would pick food up with their fingers. I do it all the time. I like comfort food, and to me, that’s the Q:

Q: So, starting that restaurant wasn’t always the plan? A: I didn’t want to be a sandwich place. But 8th Street Deli closed, and I started getting a slew of people coming in. I got stuck in doing sandwiches. We opened as a wine bar but had sandwiches and salads at lunch. [Michael] Deeds was the first one Q:


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South. It’s comfortable. It’s sitting around the table with Mom, eating family style. You can put your elbows on the table. It’s not just about the dish itself. Q: You mentioned that you always served mac and cheese, but you only started calling it that in 2016. Why? A: It used to be I wouldn’t say if I liked the Broncos or the Vandals, Saint Al’s or St. Luke’s, Republican or Democrat. I was afraid to call it mac and cheese. But as I got older, I thought, “Who cares?” Last year, when I was working on the menu, I decided to do what I Q:


want. I’d already professed my love for the Broncos. I started calling myself a blue-dog Democrat, or a liberal Republican. I don’t care who you sleep with, but I’m a fiscal conservative. So I started saying things, and I’ve proclaimed that the menu has a Southern essence. But that’s not just the food. Q: You are closer to a CEO than a head chef nowadays. What are your daily duties? A: I still do all the steering. I’m working on the new menus. We’re in flux with those. Specials change all the time. Since we do all our own printing, some things Q:


will change if I can’t get scallops, for example. We are in a real seasonal town. This town changes in seasons. Q: What are your sales? A: I’m undergoing a big change this year, and it’s not about numbers because I need a full year. Everything is performing, and some things are outperforming, projections. We’re definitely in the black. I don’t really care about how much we bring in. I care how much we keep. Q:


Q: What’s your favorite dish here? A: The Arkansas sandwich at Bacon is so simple it’s ridiculous.


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Imagine walking into a doctor’s office and having four different doctors take your temperature. They get wildly varying results. Your blood pressure numbers vary, too. That’s what metrics

for online marketing can be like. One of the best, free systems to measure a website’s health is Google Analytics. GA reports website visitor counts, average time on your website, number of page views and how people found your website. By regularly reviewing your GA statistics, you gain insight into what’s working — and what’s not — on your website and the online ads that may promote it.

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second. He writes, for example, of the need for simplicity — not exactly surefire material, you’d have to agree. Instead of “selfies.” we should choose “selfreticence, self-erasure and self-suspicion,” he writes. Classically, pride is the great flaw, humility the great virtue. As one reviewer put it, if you think you are special, this is not your book. In Boise, Brooks repeated another theme: “We are coming apart as a society.” We have fewer friendships, more loneliness, a greater need for one another and yet a lesser

sense of community. The opposite of love is not hate but fear, and fear is depriving us of intimacy and vulnerability. Reversing this begins with each of us. Of vulnerability, he writes, “Each of us is redeemed by our weakness and uses that problem to grow a beautiful strength.” Is writing like that any way to become popular? At least in Boise, indeed it is.

not. Your Adwords report should not show 300 clicks while Google Analytics reports only 23 sessions from a campaign in the same time period, or vice versa. Google says Analytics may not record a website session if cookies, JavaScript or images are disabled. Others have also offered good reasons why discrepancies exist. Also, Facebook announced last month that for two years, it had underreported the average time users spent watching video ads on its platform. It had counted only video views lasting more than three seconds. Ask your webmaster to report on possible

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Jerry Brady is a member of Compassionate Boise, a new organization encouraging compassion in all aspects of life.

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Letter From BYP Chair Renee Bade Boise Young Professionals Chair Grants/Contracts Manangement Supervisor, SERVE Idaho 2016 represented an exciting year for Boise Young Professionals (BYP) as we rang in ten years of engaging young professionals throughout the Treasure Valley. The year reiterated what makes Boise great for so many young professionals. One of the highlights of the year was the engagement of community leaders in discussions about how we can best recruit and retain young talent in Boise. It was great to observe leaders such as Mayor Bieter and Jeff Sayer not only see the importance of young professionals, but truly value their opinions. The 10 year anniversary of BYP will conclude at a time in which there is much indecision in our country. My year as chair of BYP has provided me with an optimistic outlook of the future for Boise. The people I have met throughout the year, and their passion for what they do and the community they live in, have inspired me. I watched as members of BYP volunteered more than 1,400 hours in the month of July, and as they took on leadership roles on community and nonprofit boards. Their enthusiasm and excitement make me eager to see what great things will happen in the next ten years. This year BYP hit a milestone engaging more than 1,400 young professionals, and becoming one of the largest and most active young professional organizations in the country. It is thanks in large part to the support of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and its amazing staff. We are also thankful for the contributions of our local legislators, council members, the City of Boise, and the Mayor’s office. Finally we would like to thank our many corporate sponsors and volunteers who see an inherent value in the development of young professionals. In a few weeks we will celebrate at our annual gala by recognizing the top young professionals from throughout the state. This year more than 95 young professionals were nominated for their contributions and leadership to their businesses, community, and the state. Mahatma Ghandi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” I would like to extend my sincerest thank you to each of these young professionals for their passion and dedication for being the impetus for change in their communities.

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The Story of Boise Young Professionals Ten years ago, an enthusiastic group of dreamers saw an opportunity. They worked through the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce to design Boise Young Professionals (BYP)--an organization that develops and retains a talented workforce by connecting, empowering and engaging Boise’s next generation leaders. Since then, BYP has become one of the largest young professional organizations in the country with 1,400 members from nearly 300 different companies in the Boise Valley. The group continues to grow through professional development, networking opportunities, volunteerism and civic engagement.

BYP|10: Empower Now, Engage the Future January 2016 marked the kickoff of BYP|10--a 10-month celebration of the Boise Young Professionals’10-year anniversary. Each month featured an event designed to empower existing members, engage new young professionals and position BYP as a group of young thought leaders. During the 10 months, young professionals have dived deeper into the Boise community. Participants learned about the value of tourism, buying local and Boise’s dedication to art and history through an urban scavenger hunt with BYP|10 Explore. In July the group logged more than 1,400 volunteer hours for BYP|10 Unite. They met with elected officials, learned the value of local politics and even registered 30 young professionals to vote with BYP|10 Vote. The celebration culminates with Professional Development Day and the Idaho Young Professional Awards presented at the BYP Annual Gala.


Idaho Young Professional Awards Each year, BYP honors young professionals who make a significant contribution to the community. This year, they expanded beyond existing BYP members to honor any young professionals who demonstrate leadership, dedication to civic service, entrepreneurial spirit and professionalism. Nearly 100 nominations came through. A panel of independent judges reviewed applications and selected finalists. Competition was fierce. Congratulations to the 2016 winners for; Next-Generation Best Place to Work, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Young Leader of the Year, and the overall Young Professional of the Year. An annual Sage Award also given to an individual who has been an active leader and integral in the development of young professionals.

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SAGE AWARD Ben Quintana Council Member, City of Boise Senior Manager, Center for Learning & Development, St. Luke’s Health System The Sage Award is given in recognition for sustained, positive contributions to the betterment of Boise’s young professionals. During the 10-year celebration, BYP could think of no greater recipient than Ben Quintana--one of the organization’s founding members and proudest supporters. Ben has been part of the Boise City Council since 2011 where he is focused on helping Boise become and remain a lasting, innovative, and vibrant city. Enhancing Boise’s economic competitiveness and improving the livability of our neighborhoods are the top two city initiatives where Ben invests his time, energy, and leadership. In addition to his City Council responsibilities, Ben is a Senior Manager in the Center for Learning and Development at St. Luke’s Health System. In this role, he works to advance St. Luke’s mission of improving the health of people in our community Previously, Ben worked at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, where he helped entrepreneurs and innovators start, grow, and expand their businesses. He also led the Leadership Boise (LB) and LB Academy programs and started the LB Alumni Association. Even with this great list of achievements, Ben says one of his proudest accomplishments was leading the efforts to start and grow the Boise Young Professionals program into one of the largest and most successful Chamberaffiliated programs in the country. Ben continuously gives back to members by acting as a mentor, role model and energizer to young professionals who want to follow his path of community engagement and leadership. Ben currently serves as the Council Sponsor for Boise Competes, Co-Chair of the Strategic Leadership Team for the Vista Neighborhood Project, Commissioner for the Capital City Development Corporation, a Dean’s Council Member for Boise State University’s School of Public Service, an Advisor for the Responsible Business Initiative through Boise State’s College of Business and Economics, an Ex-Officio Commissioner for Serve Idaho, and the Education Committee Chair for the Idaho Healthcare Executive Forum through the American College of Healthcare Executives. In January 2016, Ben and his wife, Christine, welcomed their first born son, Carter, to their family. Which means, in a few decades, BYP will look forward to another Quintana becoming a member.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR This award is presented to a young professional who has a history of leadership, demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their career, has made a positive impact on their community and achieved notable success.

Sophie Sestero Senior Account Executive, Fahlgren Mortine Sophie Sestero loves the city of Boise. It’s this native’s hometown pride that drives her personally and professionally. In 2015, Sophie chaired the Boise Young Professionals’ training series, b|On Board. The experience ignited a desire for community service that BYP and other community organizations were happy to fuel. During the past year, Sophie has served on the Idaho Statesman’s Editorial Board, as Chair Elect on the BYP Executive Team, Zoo Boise’s Board of Directors and on the CATCH Inc. advisory board. Additionally, because of her young professional perspective, love of Boise and professional prowess, Sophie was invited to speak at events like the State of Downtown, Women in Leadership and Leadership Boise. But even with these wonderful opportunities, Sophie said the leadership role she is most proud of is creating BYP|10--10 months of special events designed to celebrate BYP’s 10-year anniversary and propel young professionals forward. “Empower now, Engage the future” was their mantra. At each event participants were able to dive into a new industry, connect to the community or as Sophie said “experience something they didn’t know they loved yet.” “The vivacity Sophie brings to her advocacy makes her one of Boise’s finest cultural ambassadors,” said Wyatt Schroeder, Executive Director of CATCH, Inc. “From her work with Fahlgren Mortine, to her civic roles in the community, Sophie shrugs off the arbitrary idea of work-life balance to make promoting Boise her full-time job.” Sophie is a Senior Account Executive with Fahlgren Mortine--one of the largest, independent marketing and communications agencies in the country. With clients like the Idaho Wine Commission, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau and Simplot, Sophie has a free pass to gush about what makes the Treasure Valley great. “Additionally, she is an ’account architect’--someone who is a client liaison, team manager and leads accounts.” She says at Fahlgren Mortine, age is just a number. Instead, they focus on drive, passion and provide opportunities for anyone ready to take on a challenge. “Sophie is a credit to our firm, but she is more deeply a credit to the city of Boise,” said Fahlgren Mortine Vice President, Shea Andersen.”That a city could generate a young person who so clearly loves her hometown and who is determined to make it better gives me hope for its future.”

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This award is presented to a young professional who has demonstrated initiative, taken on leadership roles in their community and acted as a role model to those around them.

This award is presented to a young professional whose extraordinary civic engagement, volunteerism and public service has benefited their community.

Wyatt Schroeder

Karlee May

Executive Director, CATCH Inc.

Events and Programs Manager, Boise Downtown Association

When 27-year-old Wyatt Schroeder took over as executive director of CATCH, Inc. he had no idea what was in store for him, but he took a chance anyway.

There are individuals in every community who spend their time outside of the spotlight. These are the ones selflessly making a difference in the community. Karlee May with the Downtown Boise Association (DBA) is one of these people.

CATCH—Charitable Assistance for The Community’s Homeless—was in jeopardy. As Wyatt started, the organization lost 50 percent of its funding and half of its staff.

Her work with DBA creates many unique opportunities for Karlee to contribute to the Boise community. She spends time assisting local nonprofits with events like First Thursday, the volunteer component of Treefort Music Festival, and even creating the “Tips for Charity” program where local nonprofits receive tips donated at Alive After Five in exchange for providing volunteers.

“My father once told me, Leadership is taking people to a place they’ve never been. But the leader has never been there either,” Wyatt said. Through Wyatt’s vision and direction, CATCH moved forward with new strategies. Amid community engagement, CATCH was dedicated to being the most collaborative organization in every room. They brought two models never used in Idaho before, Housing First and Progressive engagement. And internally, Wyatt established a mantra: Every family, every person, a home. The results were astounding. In a single year when CATCH might have closed its doors, the organization ended up accomplishing more than they ever had before, with fewer resources. The success translated to saving lives. “I value the blend of strategy and authenticity that you rarely find in sharp young leaders who are still learning to blend theory with boots-on-the-ground reality,” said Rev. Dr. Andrew Kukla, CATCH Board President. “Wyatt does this very well.” The organization’s net income increased by 83 percent. And more importantly, they served 20 percent more families. Looking forward to 2017, CATCH will serve as the lead agency for a community-wide partnership called Coordinated Entry. This partnership brings together more than 20 agencies and governments around a single access point, creating one triage center for all who need a home in Ada County.”Wyatt is the young leader that every community needs—but thankfully we have him,” Kukla said.

At any of these events you can find Karlee working in the thick of the event— swinging a hammer at Treefort, pouring drinks at Alive After Five, checking to see volunteers and businesses have what they need--always with a smile on her face. Outside of work hours, Karlee builds on her civic service with even more extracurricular involvement. Karlee is; a participant in Leadership Boise, an advisory board member with CATCH Inc. working to end homelessness, an active Boise Young Professional Events Committee member, a big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, a member of the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods Vista Economic Development team, just to name a few. “Through work or personal involvement, many area organizations have received substantial benefit from Karlee’s knowledge and passion,” said Heather Kimmet, Community Relations Manager at KeyBank. Finally, when Karlee is not working or volunteering, she is usually out in the community attending events, supporting local businesses and showing her love for the city of Boise.

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR This award is presented to a young professional whose entrepreneurial vision, innovation, courage and leadership in creating a successful business has made a positive impact on their community.

Kristen Cole Owner, Sound Wave Events For Kristin Cole, business is about the positive impact she can have on others. This idea drives Kristin in her business, whether it’s creating company culture or working with clients and partners. Kristin launched Sound Wave Events in 2006. Since their humble beginnings, Kristin has led the company into great success and expansion. Sound Wave Events provides DJs, photo booths, event lighting, and dance floor rentals for weddings and events in Boise, McCall, the Sun Valley area, and Salt Lake City starting in 2017. The company has grown during the past year. This is measured through increased revenue, event production, services and even eight new staff members. Numbers aside, Kristin believes the truest form of success is qualitative—client relationships and event satisfaction. “Everyone on her team is exceptional to work with,” said Danielle Snelson of Sona Productions. ”I know with confidence, every time we work together, they will be our strongest player.” One thing that makes Sound Wave Events business model unique: Giving back to the community is written right into their plan. Both through community service, like Kristin’s participation in Boise Young Professionals and serving as president on the Idaho Event Professionals board, to making in-kind donations to area non-profit organizations.

NEXT GENERATION BEST PLACE TO WORK This award is presented to an Idaho business or organization that demonstrates a commitment to developing and retaining the young professional workforce. These organizations have a commitment to work-life balance, foster a culture of mentorship and cross-generational relationships.

Happy Family Happy Family is a momfounded and operated organization that wants to change the way we feed our children. They started by creating premium organic food to give babies their healthiest and happiest beginning. The founders didn’t view it as a business, but as a social imperative to address health issues linked to childhood nutrition. In just 10 years, the organization has grown from two co-founders with a focus on baby food into a multi-department operations team of more than 50 people and expanded focus to include many stages of childhood nutrition. While hiring these new employees, Happy Family looked for individuals who are adaptable and have a desire to grow. It’s this kind of company culture that has contributed to less than a three percent turnover rate in three years, as the business has doubled. To retain their talented team members, Happy Family brands created many options for employees to seek professional development, work-life balance, mentorship and find meaning in their daily jobs. Happy Family employees have flexibility to run errands, volunteer and civically engage without having to take time off. The company also created a program called “Cohorts” where employees across generations and departments are placed in small work groups to discuss business issues. The Happy Family team said they are proud of the place that they have created where employees can come to share their passions, build relationships and have a positive impact on millions of lives as they develop their own. Kristin says she strives to be a role model to others who are embarking on the path of business ownership through her example and share the lessons she have learned throughout the past 10 years.

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BYP Professional Development Work Team Member of the Year: Jessica Cafferty

The Professional Development team in BYP brings a unique experience to people looking to learn and grow in their careers; it is an essential piece of the BYP mission as the largest living generation in America fully moves into the workplace. We have great role models on our team working diverse careers that are committed to this mission, and Jessica Cafferty is both a stand out contributor to BYP and our Work Team Member of the Year, 2016. Jessica runs the recruiting company she founded, Route Networking, manages the Career Start mentor program for BYP, and serves as a backup to the b|Wise mentoring program. Her talent and drive to help others has helped BYP tremendously this year, from participating as a speaker during BYP10|Leap, to connecting YP’s and MBA students during Career Start, to hosting a free resume building workshop, and much more. Jessica is a stable fixture in BYP and continues to make a great impact on the value of the organization and the quality of Boise itself.

Marketing Communications Work Team Member of the Year: Joey Chen

Joey Chen has been somewhat of an unsung hero on the Marketing & Communication Work team. Since she joined the Mar Comm team, she has loyally attended our meetings, has been proactive in email communications, and most importantly, has led the LinkedIn efforts for BYP. Joey has worked closely with Chamber staff to provide posts, usage statistics, engagement ideas & promotions. Most recently, Joey has been working to migrate BYP LinkedIn followers from our group page to our newly formed company page. She put together a variety of tactics to deploy and has helped to track and push this month over month. Joey is a hard worker with a great attitude, we are grateful to have her on the Marketing & Communications Work team. Joey Chen is the Controller at Capital City Development Corporation and is on the board of the Idaho Chinese Organization as their treasurer. She is a member of the Marketing & Communications work team and active member of BYP.

Community Engagement Work Team Member of the Year: Brandon Snodgrass

Brandon Snodgrass is the most compelling example of the young talent that experts like Jeff Sayer have been praying would relocate to our beautiful city, and go to work growing the many facets of our community. Leaving his family behind in the Midwest, Brandon barely settled into his first Idaho residence before he was stepping out of his comfort zone and weaving himself into the fabric of Boise. Brandon has been a productive and engaging team member, as well as a positively influential citizen within our community. He participates and often times leads volunteer efforts on a monthly basis. In February he led a volunteer event at the Boise Philharmonic that directly resulted in him accepting an offer to serve on their Board of Directors. Brandon has also been instrumental in growing the civic engagement side of the work team, and helped organize an immensely successful event in which YP’s were able to learn about local politics and interact with multiple Elected Officials. Considering they had very few connections when they arrived, these are extraordinary achievements, and Boise is fortunate that the Snodgrasses chose to relocate here.

Outreach Work Team Member of the Year: Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young has been an influential member of the Outreach team this year, and although she is new to BYP, she has stepped up and embraced the culture that BYP represents and continues to be active within BYP and the community. One of the main goals of the Outreach team is to enhance member engagement, and Stephanie is the perfect example of how someone should get involved with BYP. Building relationships on a deeper level with the BYP Leadership team and joining a work team is one of the best ways to give back to an organization, while you grow with it as well. She is a pleasure to have on the team and is always the first to volunteer for assignments, or just to give her opinion about programs or events the team is planning. BYP is lucky to have Stephanie on the team.

Events Work Team Member of the Year: Karlee May

Karlee May holds an undeniable energy that makes her role on the Events Committee seeminglyperfect. She brings fun, adventure and an enormous heart to our team and is often the first one to take on any opportunity we have. Her investment in our community is proven through her role at the Downtown Boise Association and the many boards she is a part of. We are not only fortunate to have Karlee May on our events committee, but we are equally fortunate to have her in our community.

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workforce by connecting, empowering and engaging young professionals in our community.

Founded in 2006, BYP is a member-based organization of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, representing over 300 companies in the Treasure Valley.


BYP Mission: to develop and retain a talented workforce by connecting, empowering and engaging young professionals in our community.

1000+ volunteer hours performed in the Treasure Valley annually.

BYP operates thanks to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Staff, an all-volunteer leadership board and five work teams. (Professional Development, Community Engagement, Events, Marketing & Communications and Outreach). In addition, a 25-member Leadership Team composed of the Work Team Chairs and Chairs-Elect leads BYP.

Individual Membership


Spouse/partner Add-on


Student Membership


Military Membership


1. Corporate Sponsor employee membership fees are included in sponsorship investment. 2. There is up to a $25 difference for non-member registration for BYP events.


Interested in joining? Visit : Call : 208.472.5213 Email :

BYP operates thanks to the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Staff, an all-volunteer leadership board and five work teams. (Professional Development, Community Engagement, Events, Marketing & Communications and Outreach). In addition, a 25-member Leadership Team composed of the Work Team Chairs and Chairs-Elect leads BYP.

volunteer hours performed in the Treasure Valley annually.

Interested in joining? Visit : Call : 208.472.5213 Email :

facts & figures Boise Young Professionals is one of the largest organizations of its kind with a membership of



Individual Membership


Spouse/partner Add-on


Student Membership


Military Membership


1. Corporate Sponsor employee membership fees are included in sponsorship investment. 2. There is up to a $25 difference for non-member registration for BYP events.

Work Team



Member/ Non-member Cost

BYP 101


Prospect and new-member orientation, providing Bi-monthly overview of membership benefits and upcoming events.


BYP Lunch & Learn


Featured guest speakers on issues of interest to young professionals in Boise 1st Wednesday of every month.




Fun, purely social event with no agenda other than meeting other YPs.

1st Wednesday of every month 3rd Thursday of every month

Speaker Series


Provides a question/answer forum, giving BYP members up-close-and-personal exposure to decision makers and community leaders.



Annual Gala


Annual celebration commemorating Annually accomplishments and recognizing young professionals, community leaders and businesses.


Professional Development

Bi-annual (Spring / Fall)

$35 (BYP members only)

b|In Business

Professional Development

Annual (over a 10-month period)



Professional Development

A structured mentoring experience that matches 4-6 young professionals with a mentor to discuss leadership, personal and professional development. A business modeling workshop that connects young talent with experienced entrepreneurs to learn and develop necessary skills on how to run your own business. YP Book Club



Career Start

Professional Development

12-15 BYP mentors meet with a small group of BSU first-year MBA students every other week for three months.

Annual (February – April)


b|On Board

Community Engagement

Three-week training series designed to inform Boise professionals on how to engage with community organizations.

Annual (Spring)



Community Engagement

Monthly volunteer opportunity.



Mayor Bieter’s YP Roundtable

Community Engagement

A conversation with Mayor Bieter about timely City initiatives and projects.



City Council Candidate Forum

Community Engagement

Each Boise City Council election season, BYP hosts Annually a candidate forum to introduce the candidates and learn more about their issue positions.


Thank you to our 2016 Program Sponsors



By The Numbers




















ADA $253,000 $249,995 -1.2% Sure, home sales in Ada County were up 18 percent in September over year-ago levels, and the median price up CANYON $164,900 $159,974 -3% 7 percent. But the latest figures may indicate a slowdown: The typical autumn decline in home sales began this year in August, a month early, says Jill Giese, owner of Giese & Associates in Boise. Prices dipped slightly. STAR EAGLE The strong Canyon County market has finally paused, $261,400 NORTHWEST $406,325 too. The median price rose from January through July be46 SOLD BOISE 90 SOLD $259,950 fore falling in August and September. 62 SOLD Giese, a Keller Williams agent, doesn’t know if this is the start of a trend. But the company is warning agents that the market is due to level off as part of a seven-year cycle. “I have Keller Williams friends around the GARDEN CITY/ country who are already seeing downturns,” NORTHWEST WEST BOISE Giese says. “It’s not happening here yet, but MERIDIAN $202,200 $250,000 it probably will.” 71 SOLD WEST BOISE 151 sold

PARMA $237,110 4 SOLD

MIDDLETON $216,500 34 SOLD

WILDER GREENLEAF $146,950 $141,300 6 SOLD 3 SOLD


NORTHEAST MERIDIAN $245,995 80 sold

SOUTHWEST MERIDIAN $330,000 23 sold





SOUTH NAMPA $174,000 120 SOLD




-4% MELBA 322,400 2 SOLD


KUNA $198,490 59 sold







NORTH BOISE $353,200 48 SOLD

$192,500 38 SOLD BOISE BOISEBENCH BENCH $176,500 $165,450 44 SOLD sold 48






SOUTH BOISE $221,000 30 SOLD










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Join us for a full day of education and inspiration for young professionals in the Treasure Valley.

Brought to you by:


Learn to lead from those who do it best. Professional Development Day is sure to leave you inspired and excited about your future in Idaho.

AGENDA 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

Check-in and continental breakfast Introductions and Welcome

• David Bieter, Boise Mayor • Debra Leithauser, President & Publisher, Idaho Statesman • Ben Quintana, Council Member, City of Boise; Senior Manager, Center for Learning & Development, St. Luke’s Health System

9 a.m

Speakers • Megan Ronk, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce • Cherie Buckner-Webb, Idaho State Senator District 19, Certified Professional Coach, Consultant, Motivational Speaker

10:45 a.m. Workshops • Gordon Jones, Dean, College of Innovation and Design, Boise State University • Ronda Conger, Published Author and Vice President of CBH Homes • Cathy Silak,Vice President – Community Engagement, Founding Dean, Professor of Law, Concordia University School of Law

11:45 a.m. Idaho Private 100 - Luncheon Keynote: • Ron Price, President & CEO, Price Associates and Dan Price, CEO, Gravity Payments

1:45 p.m. 3 p.m.

Coffee & Conversation Speakers • Buffie Main, Learning and Development Director, Healthwise • David C. Pate, MD, JD, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System

4 p.m.

Social hour

Coffee & Conversation As a bonus, conference attendees will join a luncheon recognizing Idaho’s top 100 private companies. Following lunch, you will have the opportunity to talk with some of these company leaders.

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Brad Street, Intermountain Division President, Albertsons/Safeway John Dodds Hayden, Jr., CEO, Hayden Beverage Co. Michael J. Ballantyne, Managing Partner, Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate Chris Taylor, CEO, President, Co-Owner, Fisher’s Technology Jim Kissler, CEO, Norco, Inc. Neil Nelson, President, Engineered Structures, Inc. John Jackson, Founder and CEO, Jacksons Food Stores Inc.

Matt Ingersoll, Director of Account Management, AmeriBen/IEC Group Scott Gipson, President/Publisher, Caxton Printers Ltd. Greg Donaca, Chief Financial Officer, Delta Dental Carolyn Holly, VP Marketing, Communications, Saint Alphonsus Health System Ronda Conger, Published Author and Vice President of CBH Homes Debra Leithauser, President & Publisher, Idaho Statesman David C. Pate, MD, JD, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System

Grow. Here.

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