Adrian Wengert, VP at St. Luke’s, will be the Alumni Speaker at the November Executive MBA Informational Session
Adrian Wengert is Vice President of Supply Chain in Boise. Adrian graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in operations & supply chain and later received his Executive MBA in 2015 from Boise State University. Before joining St. Luke’s, Adrian worked at St. Alphonsus Health System, Kowallis & Richards, and All-West Components & Fasteners. Outside of work, Adrian has been a member of The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management and The Association for Operations Management.
Please join us for our next informational session, Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear an alumni perspective, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.
Beginning in August of 2018, Tiam Rastegar has been acting as the new Executive Director of Trailhead Boise. Trailhead is a nonprofit organization that offers a creative space and resources to help local entrepreneurs bring their startup companies and ideas to life. With over 350 inventors, builders, and creators, Trailhead is driven to providing a community of thinkers and doers that are the hub of the startup ecosystem that Boise has to offer. Under Rastegar’s leadership, Trailhead hopes to build a stronger entrepreneurial network, connecting startups to mentors and experts, delivering educational programming, operating a co-working space as well as foster access to capital investments.
What is your role as the Executive Director at Trailhead?
My role is to lead the organization, including the staff and members. I work closely with the Board of Directors on strategic initiatives pertaining to the mission, vision and goals for Trailhead. Fundraising and community building are the other areas of focus for me.
What drew you to Trailhead?
- The culture – The entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive here at Trailhead. We are a very inclusive, collaborative and action oriented non-profit that helps the community by creating, fostering and launching businesses that have an economic and social impact on our community.
- The board of directors – 9 very prominent, capable and highly engaged members who are all invested in the success of this organization. The depth and breath of knowledge, expertise and relationships amongst the board is world class.
- The opportunity – We get to make a direct impact on the community we live in. We have the opportunity to improve the welfare and the quality of lives of our members and the greater community. I work with other non-profits and civic institutions who share our mission and vision as well as private industry to further the entrepreneurial ecosystem right here in Boise.
What are you most looking forward to as the Executive Director?
Helping others to create and grow their businesses in order to make an impact on my community.
What are some ideas that you’ve learned in EMBA that you can apply to your new position?
- Leadership – reaching consensus with a diverse BOD through facilitation and synthesizing.
- Design Thinking – we apply this method to our own ventures and initiatives and we teach it to members.
- Finance – I am the CFO and could not have assumed this responsibility without Harvey’s grueling finance sessions.
Why did you choose to pursue an EMBA?
I hit the ceiling of my own abilities and felt the need for personal and professional growth through continued education with an emphasis on building a strong network of relationships.
Looking back at where you were in EMBA, where did you think it was going to lead you?
Right where I am. At the helm of an organization that is positioned to impact peoples lives and the community I live in.
What was the biggest impact the EMBA program brought you?
Knowledge, tools and methodologies, relationships and credibility.
Tell us a recent Aha! Moment you had?
As I took over Trailhead, I was told that there are many other organizations within the entrepreneurial ecosystem that perceivably do what we do. Therefore the relationship with these organizations was one of mistrust and competition – many other stakeholders from these organizations told me that they are eager to see where I will take Trailhead. I started to interview more stakeholders and map out the so-called ecosystem and came to the realization that all of these organizations had a similar mission and vision and that we were all positioned at different sections/phases within the ecosystem. This graphic depiction of the ecosystem was my aha moment. I use it to communicate context to others – where Trailhead fits in, where they fit in and why we are bound to work together and partner on our initiatives.
The new EMBA 20 cohort has started this September. Participant companies include: Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc., Impact Directories, ECCO Safety Group, Bingham Healthcare, Micron, Amalgamated Sugar Company, Data Migration Resources, WOW: The Generosity Project, Microsoft, Volt, Bayer Healthcare, Idaho Office of Emergency Management, Idaho Power and Idaho Army National Guard, Aviation. The Executive MBA team looks forward to helping this cohort grow for the next two years!
Marnie Packard, Director of Gov. Affairs & Community Relations at SelectHealth, to Speak at the Upcoming Informational Session
The Executive MBA is pleased to announce that our June 28th Informational Session alumni speaker will be Marnie Packard.
Marnie Packard is the Director of government and community relations for SelectHealth. Marnie has more than fifteen years of experience in the health insurance industry in SelectHealth and her previous position in PacificSource. She works closely with Idaho legislators on policy issues surrounding health insurance and health care.
She is a member of the Boise Metro Chamber and the Healthcare Industry Advisory Board. She is in her third year of serving on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign, and is also a member of the board for Girls on the Run. Marnie received her Executive MBA on May 2018.
Please join us for this Informational Session, Thursday June 28th, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear alumni perspectives, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.
The Executive MBA is pleased to announce that our June 5th Informational Session alumni speaker will be Hannah Recla.
Hannah was recently promoted to President of Optimizon after having served as Vice President of Client Services for three years. She has been with Optimizon since 2000 and has helped over 100 organizations implement Print Management. Her team provides expert data collection and analysis of current environments. They craft detailed RFPs for hardware, services, and complex software and then analyze the responses using Optimizon’s proprietary algorithms and methodologies. Her team also excels at providing highly-personalized support to the client-administrative teams which ranges from budget development to technical issue resolution. Hannah received her Executive MBA at Boise State University in 2018.
Please join us for this Informational Session, Thursday June 5th, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear alumni perspectives, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.
Randy Hales resides in Salt Lake City and is the former President and CEO of ZAGG, a leading provider of creative product solutions for mobile and media accessories. He joined ZAGG as the President and COO in December of 2011, having previously served on the ZAGG Board of Directors. Randy officially retired in March of 2018. Mr. Hales also currently serves as a board of director for Norco, Inc. and Development Capital. He also continues to teach in year two of the Boise State Executive MBA program.
The Executive MBA session “Leadership and Influencing Others” is open to all Executive MBA Alumni as well as anyone interested in learning more about the program. Join us May 10th from 7:30-9:30am in the Executive MBA classroom to learn from Randy Hales, EMBA guest faculty member and former CEO of ZAGG.
The Executive MBA is pleased to announce that our May 3rd Informational Session alumni speaker will be Michael Keith.
Michael currently serves as co-chair for EMBA X, the Executive MBA alumni club at Boise State. He is also a vice president in the Piper Jaffray Idaho public finance group. He has over ten years’ experience working with an array of clients that include school districts, cities, counties, and urban renewal districts providing experience in general obligation, revenue, and tax increment financings.
Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, Keith worked five years as a project associate for the Environmental Finance Center Region 10 (EFC) at Boise State University, assisting state and federal agencies with policy and operational finance issues. His work included providing educational programs, financial tools, and policy and operational initiatives to meet safe drinking water requirements.
Please join us for this Informational Session, Thursday May 3rd, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear alumni perspectives, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.
Nicole Brown, Service Line Director of Orthopedics at Saint Alphonsus, to Speak at the Upcoming Informational Session
The Executive MBA is pleased to announce that our April 5th Informational Session alumni speaker will be Nicole Brown.
Nicole is the Service Line Director of Orthopedics at Saint Alphonsus and has been in the healthcare field for over 15 years. Nicole Brown graduated with an Executive MBA from Boise State in 2013.
Please join us for this Informational Session, Thursday April 5, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear alumni perspectives, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.
We are happy to have Tara Russell, Clay Young, and Carolyn Hennen as panelists for the Executive MBA Leadership Forum
Carolyn Hennen built a successful career in the healthcare industry, most recently as the Manager of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Echocardiography Lab. However, driven by strong entrepreneurial spirit, Carolyn and her husband Jeff, purchased The Rag Company in 2012. The Rag Company has become a global leader in providing high quality, high value microfiber products to customers around the world. Carolyn graduated from the Boise State Executive MBA program in 2016.
Tara Russell is the President of Fathom and Global Impact Lead of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest travel and Leisure Company. Fathom is a creative experience that brings humanity closer together and offers experiences to travelers hungry for meaningful opportunities to connect deeply to those around them. Prior to Fathom, Tara founded Create Common Good, a successful nonprofit social enterprise base in Boise. Her passion lies in empowering and equipping others to live their best story.
Clay Young is the CEO and Cofounder of Banner Solar and The Simple Company. The company’s mission is to provide consumers with the information, at their fingertips, that helps them make healthy, natural and more sustainable grocery choices. Prior to Banner Solar and The Simple Company, Clay was the CEO and Founder of Inovus Solar, which provides innovative, industrial-grade solar street and area lightings used by hundreds of operations.
Kevin Wade, Director of Information Technology at Idaho Power, Will Speak at the Executive MBA Informational Session
We are excited to announce that our alumni speaker for the Executive MBA Informational Session on February 22 will be Kevin Wade.
Kevin is the Director of Information Technology at Idaho Power. He has been with Idaho Power for fifteen years where his work has dealt with meteorology and leading technical applications. Kevin is a 2016 graduate of the Boise State Executive MBA program.
Please join us on Thursday February 22, from 5:30 – 7:00pm. The session will include alumni perspectives, our faculty, and a tour of the facilities. Register for the session below.