December 2017 Around Town 1

Governor Recognizes 
Organizations for Exceptional Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Gov. Butch Otter recognized recipients of the 2017 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency during the Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference in Boise. The awards highlight Idaho organizations that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their facilities.

The recipients of the 2017 State of Idaho Award for Excellence in Commercial Energy Efficiency include General Growth Properties/Boise Towne Square Mall, Boise State University Foundation and Ada County Juvenile Probation Services-West in Meridian.

Each organization has demonstrated a long-term commitment to reducing its energy use and environmental impacts in Idaho. Projects implemented by recipients would save enough energy to power more than 1,200 Idaho homes for a year. These organizations are among Idaho’s outstanding leaders in achieving energy efficiency at the local level.

Boise Young Professionals 
Announces Professional Awards

Boise Young Professionals has announced the winners of the Young Professional Awards. The awards honor those that demonstrate exemplary leadership, professionalism and service.

Young Professional Awards winners include Adan David Callsen, Idaho Botanical Garden, Young Citizen of the Year; Jessica Cafferty, Route Networking Group, Young Entrepreneur; Liz Brodie, MWI Animal Health, Young Leader; and Kyle Bellnap, Northwest Bank, Young Professional. Micron Technology was awarded the best Next Generation Workplace.

“This year’s award recipients all share a common thread of excellence, community impact and servant leadership that set them apart as being exemplary Boise Young Professionals,” Mark Cork, an associate vice president of Northwest Nazarene University, says.

BYP also presented Boise Mayor Dave Bieter with the Sage Award for his years of support of the organization. The Sage Award was created to recognize a community member who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment to develop and retain a talented workforce.


Ada County Sheriff’s Office Receives $1 Million Grant

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office to continue building on local efforts to implement criminal justice system reforms and safely reduce Ada County’s jail population. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a more than $100 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration.

The Safety and Justice Challenge is determined to tackle one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America—the misuse and overuse of jails. Ada County was first selected to join the collaborative Safety and Justice Challenge Network in 2015 after a competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions in 45 states and territories.

Ada County was one of eight counties selected for additional funding based on the promise and progress of work to date.

Kade Atwood Selected as Artistic Director for Boise Choruses

New artistic director Kade Atwood has been selected to lead the Boise Men’s and Women’s Choruses. As a founding member of the Boise Men’s Chorus, Atwood is well-known with many chorus members and audiences.

The Boise Men’s and Women’s Choruses are a community organization made up of volunteers with a passion for choral music. Both ensembles consist of male and female singers 18 and older. With a wide range of varying musical training and backgrounds, the choruses are committed to fostering an environment of professionalism, respect, pride and unity. The choruses meet weekly to combine their voices in song for the greater understanding and education of diversity and women’s issues in Idaho.

Global Lounge, Morrison Center 
Selected as Cultural Ambassadors

Mayor David Bieter named Global Lounge, founder of the World Village Festival, and the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, a performing arts center located on the campus of Boise State University, as the city’s cultural ambassadors for a term of two years. As part of the recognition, Global Lounge and the Morrison Center will act as Boise’s honorary representatives to the world.

Established by Dayo Ayodele in 2006, Global Lounge was established to fill a need to educate others about the diversity of the expanding community. For the last three years, the organization has put on World Village Festival, a three-day multicultural celebration in Capitol Park.

Since 1984, the Morrison Center has showcased national and international artists in the performing arts while providing growth opportunities for local arts groups. More than 200 bookings and 150,000 patrons from all over the state and country flow through its doors every year.

The Boise Cultural Ambassador program is designed to share Boise’s cultural and creative community with other cities across the globe and foster connection to global audiences.

Women’s and Children’s Alliance Awarded Grant

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit agency serving those affected by domestic violence, recently received a HopeLine from Verizon grant of $10,000 to expand its work.

“This donation from Verizon Wireless will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community,” Bev La Chance, WCA deputy director, says.

The grant will be used to provide financial literacy education to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. This component to the WCA’s direct victim services is a collaborative partnership using evidence-based curriculum designed to empower women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through personal financial and money management education, victims of domestic violence can move toward greater economic and personal autonomy and move away from abuser dependency.

CBH Homes’ Ronda Conger Honored with Women in Construction Award

Constructech magazine honored Ronda Conger, CBH Homes vice president, with the coveted 2017 Women in Construction award. Constructech is a go-to publication that focuses on where construction and technology unite.

This award is comprised of some of the most successful women working within the construction community who are taking advantage of technology and represent the largest, most innovative construction companies in the country. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 872,000 women in the construction industry. Of these women, 100 leaders were nominated for the award and Conger was one of 38 chosen.

Conger has pioneered new software for building, warranty and scheduling, along with marketing and sales strategies into CBH Homes.

Ben Zamzow Named COO

Ben Zamzow has been named chief operating officer of Rocky Mountain Companies. 

As COO, Zamzow will oversee the commercial development process for Rocky Mountain Companies including property acquisition/disposition, construction, property management and company operations.

Zamzow spent nine years as a top producing commercial real estate broker. He is one of a select group in the country who holds both the Certified Commercial Investment Member and Certified Leasing Specialist designations, as well as an MBA.

Zamzow joined Rocky Mountain Companies in 2015 as vice president of development services.

Dutch Bros. Raises $4,500 for 
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

In September, the Boise Dutch Bros. located at 1181 N. Milwaukee St., raised $4,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“We are so proud to be a part of the Boise community,”  Brian Wight, owner of Dutch Bros. Boise, says. “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does amazing work. We are honored to be able to help support them.”

September was Blood Cancer Awareness month. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to find a cure for blood cancers while advocating for and improving the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. Raises More than $17,000 for 
Firefighter Foundation

As a culmination of the brewery’s fundraising efforts, 10 Barrel Boise raised $17,867.23 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. began hosting fundraising events for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at its pubs in Bend, Portland and Boise. All three cities have been affected by this summer’s wildfires.

Burk Minor and Dina Pfeifer from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation accepted the funds.

Based in Boise, the Wildland Foundation aims to honor, recognize and support firefighters, and to provide resources to assist fallen and injured firefighters and their families. The organization provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters. Ranks No. 895 on 2017 Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine recently ranked number 895 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This puts as the fastest-growing privately held company in Boise, and fifth-fastest in Idaho. The list represents an important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“To once again be honored as part of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list is thrilling to us,” Ken Johnson, CEO of and member of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council, says. “We moved to Idaho in 2014 as this is a state that’s adamant in supporting its local businesses and dedicated to conserving public lands for generations to come—a perfect mix for our growing company.”

The average company on the list achieved a three-year growth of 481 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, generating 619,500 jobs over the past three years. was founded in Rochester, New York, in 2009. Starting off as an online-only retailer of all things outdoors, it relocated the business to Boise in response to the state’s easy and open access to public lands.