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Current EMBA Student named winner of 2017 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Congratulations to Brian Von Herbulis, of our current EMBA cohort, for being selected as a winner of the 2017 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge.

In the technology, consumer product, or service track, $15,000 was awarded to Von Herbulis’ company Silent Arrow, a biodegradable, heavy-payload, autonomous delivery unmanned aerial vehicle designed to inexpensively carry up to 750 pounds of supplies in support of humanitarian relief and military operations. Brian Von Herbulis is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and student enrolled in Boise State University‘s Executive MBA program.

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Gem State, took place last month at Boise State University.  Starting with more than 70 applications and 8 schools, they were able to narrow the competition to 26 finalists.  Winning teams take home a share of $100,000 in seed funding for their company.

Executive MBA Informational Session- Wednesday, March 29

Our Executive MBA Informational Session on Wednesday, March 29 will include an keynote speech by Smoke Guard CEO Curtis Gonzales.

We recently covered Gonzales’ new role as CEO in a past blog post in January.curtis-gonzales

Gonzales’ knowledge and experience in implementing change were reinforced and strengthened while attending the Boise State Executive MBA Program.  “EMBA taught me the importance of maintaining our customer intimacy as a competitive advantage though these changes,” Gonzales shares. “EMBA also taught me many things fundamental to business success; finance, economics, marketing, and creating a winning strategy. Luckily, I am not in this alone. I get great support from my team and reaching out to my EMBA network.”

Please join us for our next informational session, Wednesday March 29 from 5:30pm-7:00pm, to get alumni perspective, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Please contact us if you have any questions, or visit our website.

Adrian Wengert promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain at St. Luke’s Health System

Congratulations to Adrian Wengert, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain at St. Luke’s Health System after serving as the Senior Director for two years and Interim Vice President for six months. 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 his work, Adrian has been a member of The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management and The Association for Operations Management.

 

EMBA 1 Student leads the way and assumes a new role at Idaho Power

Congratulations to EMBA 1 alumna Lisa Grow on a recent promotion to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Idaho Power.  Read about her new position in a press release recently published by Idaho Power.

Lisa Grow assumed the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Idaho Power on March 1, 2017. Prior to this position, she was Senior Vice President of Operations for Idaho Power since January 2016.

Grow has also served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply, overseeing operations and maintenance of the generation fleet, power plant engineering and construction, environmental affairs, water management, power supply planning, sustainability and wholesale electricity and gas operations.

She began her career at Idaho Power in 1987 and held many engineering positions before moving into management. This broad background allowed her to gain valuable experience in many areas of the company. In 2005, Grow was named Vice President of Delivery Engineering and Operations, and she assumed the role of Vice President of Power Supply in 2009.

Grow graduated from the University of Idaho in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Boise State University in 2008.

Grow is involved in a number of industry groups, currently or previously serving on various committees and boards associated with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Northwest Power Pool (NWPP), National Hydro Association, and Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee. She is also a current member of the University of Idaho Foundation Board and the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Idaho and past member of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Boise State University. She also serves on the Board of the Idaho Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Carolyn Hennen to speak at February Executive MBA Informational Session

Founder and Owner of The Rag Company, Carolyn Hennen, will speak at the Executive MBA Informational Session on February 22.

Carolyn had a twenty-year career in healthcare and was the Manager of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Echocardiography Lab.  Then, after careful consideration and driven by the strong entrepreneurial spirit, Carolyn and her husband purchased a business they thought would be an interesting “side-gig”.  They have now owned The Rag Company since October 2012 and the business has grown so substantially that Carolyn and her husband left their corporate careers to focus full-time on the business.  The Rag Company has become a global leader in providing high quality, high value microfiber products to their customers around the world.  Carolyn earned her bachelor of science from Franklin University in Ohio, and she is a recent graduate of the Boise State Executive MBA Program.

Please join us for our next informational session, February 22nd from 5:30pm-7:00pm, to get alumni perspective, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Please contact us if you have any questions, or visit our website.

Executive MBA Forum- Women in Senior Leadership Roles

We had a great time on Friday, February 3rd hosting the 2017 Executive MBA Leadership Forum.  Our panel discussion featured two prominent women leaders in Boise discussing Women in Senior Leadership Roles. We were excited to have more than 40 Executive MBA alumni, participants, faculty and many guests attend to ask thought provoking questions so we could hear from the great minds of our two panelists, Jessica Flynn from Red Sky PR and Erin Nuxoll from Boise Cascade Company. A huge thank you to these women, and to all guests that attended our first forum. Stay tuned to our social media pages and blog for announcements of more in the future.

We will also be hosting our next informational session on Wednesday, February 22 featuring alumni guest speaker Carolyn Hennen, Founder and Owner of The Rag Company. We hope to see you then!

2016 – A great year for Executive MBA

What a terrific year Executive MBA experienced in 2016! We graduated a cohort of 21 and welcomed a new cohort of 22.  We reengaged with many of our alumni though excellent speaking events, including Marcus Buckingham, author of “Now, Discover Your Strengths”, and a bash at the new Payette Brewery to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Executive MBA.  I am also happy to announce that we have new social media sites on LinkedIn and Facebook to make it easier to follow our activities and the successes of our alumni, participants, and faculty.

We are continuing the momentum into 2017 with our first Executive MBA Leadership Forum on February 3.  This breakfast/networking event in the Boise State Business Building will feature a panel discussion with three women in senior leadership roles in Boise.  We also have our first Info Session for prospective students on January 25th at 5:30, featuring EMBA alum, Mike Zeigler, Vice President of Global Human Resources at Micron Technology.  We are looking forward to seeing you in 2017!

Mike Zeigler, Vice President of Global HR for Micron Technology, to speak at next EMBA Informational Session

DSC_0348As a reminder, we will be holding our January Informational Session about the Boise State University Executive MBA Program on Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30-7 PM.  We are pleased to announce that Mike Zeigler, Vice President of Global Human Resources for Micron Technology, will be the Alumni Guest Speaker.  He is featured on our Executive MBA Program Overview video on our website.

For more information and to register for the session, please visit: https://cobe.boisestate.edu/emba/attend-an-informational-session/

Zoo Boise Director Steve Burns Stops by EMBA to Discuss Animal Conservation

Executive MBA was pleased to have Steve Burns, Director of the Zoo Boise meet with us today.  While the zoo itself is awesome, the work that is being done on IMG_3901animal conservation is even more impressive.  Steve is an gifted, successful leader and we are very fortunate to have him here in the Boise community.  Check out Zoo Boise and the work being done in Gorongosa Park in Africa if you haven’t heard about it already.

Steve Burns is the director of Zoo Boise and also in line to be the Chair of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. After meeting with Greg Carr and visiting Gorongosa National Park, Burns began steering Zoo Boise in the direction of helping wildlife in places like Gorongosa. This has meant a radical shift in the mission of Zoo Boise. In interviews conducted in Africa and in Boise in 2014, Burns talks about how he views the role of zoos in the modern world and what he thinks of working closely with Gorongosa National Park.

Read more of the interview on the Idaho Public Television website.

 

Gonzales Taps EMBA Community in CEO Role

curtis-gonzales2When William “Bill” Ziegert, retired recently as Smoke Guard president and general manager, the company’s business leaders chose Boise State EMBA alumnus Curtis Gonzales as Ziegert’s successor and asked him to take on an even larger role and as CEO.  In this role Gonzales has led enormous amounts of change for both his leadership team and the company as a whole. “We [have been] in a growth transition from a one product garage-type company to a sophisticated market leader with a large portfolio of products servicing Passive Smoke & Fire Protection Industry.”curtis-gonzales

Gonzales’ knowledge and experience in implementing change were reinforced and strengthened while attending the Boise State Executive MBA Program.

“EMBA taught me the importance of maintaining our customer intimacy as a competitive advantage though these changes,” Gonzales shares. “EMBA also taught me many things fundamental to business success; finance, economics, marketing, and creating a winning strategy. Luckily, I am not in this alone. I get great support from my team and reaching out to my EMBA network.”