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Russ Barron Appointed to Director of Idaho Health & Welfare

Russ Barron, 2008 Executive MBA Alumnus

Executive MBA alumnus, Russ Barron, is appointed by Governor Otter as Director of Idaho Health & Welfare. Russ Barron graduated from the first cohort in the Executive MBA program at Boise State in 2008. We offer our congratulations to Russ on this achievement, which gained recognition in the Idaho Statesman. Click the button below to read more.

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Vice President at St. Luke’s, Adrian Wengert, to Speak at the May Executive MBA Informational Session

We are looking forward to seeing Adrian Wengert speak at our next informational session on Wednesday, May 24.

Adrian Wengert was recently promoted to 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, Wednesday May 24 from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to hear an alumni perspective, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for the session below.

RSVP Here for an EMBA Informational Session

Executive MBA Alumni Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Payette Brewery

Last Thursday we had the privilege to host a second 10th anniversary celebration for our Executive MBA program. Alumni, current students, and faculty had the opportunity to talk with one another while enjoying drinks and the chance to win a round of golf or a spa day. Winner to be announced soon!

Thank you for all who attended the event! Check out the snapshots below!

Tiam Rastegar, Marisa Nelson, and guest

Picture from left to right: Tiam Rastegar (EMBA 7), Marisa Nelson (EMBA 8), and guest

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Jennie Myers to Speak at March Executive MBA Informational Session

We are excited to announce that we will have alumni Jennie Myers speaking at our next Informational Session on Wednesday, April 26.

As the VP Creative at Drake Cooper, Jennie leads and overseas the creative output of her team utilizing a design-thinking approach to arrive at “work that works”. She spends her days translating business strategy to human insight and human insight into creative storytelling.

Jennie received her BFA in Design in 2001, and after graduating, continued her design education by studying in Switzerland and Japan. In 2013 she completed her Executive MBA at Boise State University.

Please join us for our next informational session, Wednesday 26 from 5:30 – 7:00pm, to get alumni perspective, speak with our faculty, and tour the facilities. Register for our upcoming Informational Session below below.

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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 three people hold checks 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

Erin Nuxoll from Boise Cascade Company and Jessica Flynn from Red Sky PR

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.