City of Coeur d’Alene
Parkwood Business Properties, commercial site development permit, 1919 N. Lincoln Way, contractor Peck & Peck Excavating, issued July 2
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFD with garage, 3431 W. Accipter Drive, value $202,095, issued July 2
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 6926 N. Cornwall, value $265,811, issued July 2
Inland Idaho L. L. C., commercial-inground swimming pool, 3590 N. Cedarblom, value $52,000, contractor Pristine Pools & Spas, issued July 3
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3840 W. Pandion Drive, value $158,320, issued July 3
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3888 W. Pescador Drive, value $99,000, issued July 3
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3626 W. Accipter Drive, value $117,366, issued July 9
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3774 W. Pescador Drive, value $135,297, issued July 9
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3844 W. Furcula Drive, value $103,926, issued July 9
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3886 W. Furcula Drive, value $143,563, issued July 9
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 7057 N. Caracara Lane, value $102,000, issued July 9
Kiemle & Haygood Company, commercial tenant improvement – Daisy J’S, 2018 N. Main, value $30,653, issued July 11
Brad Gilbert, SFD with garage, 2437 E. Mountain Vista Drive, value $250,000, contractor Mountain Lakes Construction, issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport C#1, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport C#10, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport C #11, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport C#12, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport C#14, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport, C#15, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C. issued July 11
Riveriew Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 4 stall carport, C#16, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $8,317, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 4 stall carport, C#17, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $8,317, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport, C# 2, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport, C#3, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport, C#4, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport, C#5, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport, C#6, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 2 stall carport, C#7, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $4,158, contractor Rudeen Development, issued July 11
Riverview Ventrues L. L. C., commercial, 6 stall carport, C#8, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $12,476, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Riverview Ventures L. L. C., commercial, 8 stall carport, C#9, 4000 W. Idewild Loop, value $16,634, contractor Rudeen Development L. L. C., issued July 11
Scott Gardner, commercial re-roof, 1621 Northwest Blvd., value $4,400, contractor Halfhide Kline Roofing, issued July 12
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 2640 N. Sorbonne, value $284,351, issued July 13
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 2922 N. Marceille, value $169,015, issued July 13
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 3468 N. Bernouilli, value $119,092, issued July 13
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 6618 N. Descartes Drive, value $124,624, issued July 13
Coeur d’Alene School District #271, commercial-replace HVAC units on auditorium, value $120,000, contractor Ginno Construction, issued July 16
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 6823 N. Caracara Lane, value $173,978, issued July 17
Riverside Land Holdings, commercial-new garage, 2905 W. Avante Loop, value $40,000, issued July 18
Union Gospel Mission, commercial-garden gazebo, 196 W. Haycraft, value $3,500, issued July 19
Loco Investments, SFD, 1004 E. Coeur d’Alene Drive, value $180,000, issued July 19
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFD with garage, 4333 W. Long Meadow Drive, value $150,881, issued July 20
Big R Stores, commercial interior remodel, 170 E. Kathleen, value $80,000, contractor Williamson Johnson Company, issued July 23
Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 2987 W. Dumont Drive, value $150,000, issued July 23
Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 3023 W. Dumont Drive, value $120,000, issued July 23
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 2718 N. Sorbonne, value $316,886, issued July 24
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 3669 W. Accipter Drive, value $103,926, issued July 24
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 6893 N. Fasthawk Lane, value $140,655, issued July 24
John Beutler, SFD with garage, 1336 W. Bellerive Lane, value $300,000, issued July 26
Active West Builders, SFD with garage, 4373 N. Meadow Ranch Drive, value $195,000, issued July 26
Riverfront CDA L. L. C., commercial-site development-parking lot, 1901 W. Bellerive Lane, contractor Buddy’s Backhoe Service Inc., issued July 27
Parkwood Business Properties, commercial-footing & foundation-4 story office building, 1919 N. Lincoln Way, value $650,000, contractor Williamson Johnson Company, issued July 27
Atlas Homes L. L. C., SFD with garage, 3455 N. Bernoulli Loop, value $156,073, issued July 27
Termac Construction, SFD with garage, 8077 N. Goodwater Loop, value $143,326, issued July 27
Eagle Ridge Builders, SFD with garage, 8093 N. Goodwater Loop, value $137,724, issued July 27
Geffrey Thompson, commercial-tenant improvement “Whitney Dental”, 1322 W. Kathleen, value $150,000, contractor Silvey Construction, issued July 31
Idaho Retail L. L. C., commercial-finish space for occupancy, 2055 N. Main, value $24,488, issued July 31
Idaho Retail L. L. C., commercial-finish space for occupancy, 2061 N. Main, value $20,129, issued July 31
Northwest Solutions Investments Group, SFR pocket housing, 2813 N. Julie Ann Court, value $99,700, contractor BCR Land Services, issued July 31
Mike Chrysler, commercial-repair balconies, 4003 E. Wallace, value $2,900, contractor All In One Construction Services L. L. C., issued Aug. 1
Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 7626 N. Goodwater Loop, value $137,519, issued Aug. 1
Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 7667 N. Goodwater Loop, value $120,000, issued Aug. 1
Aspen Homes & Development, SFD with garage, 2925 W. Dumont, value $150,000, issued Aug. 2
Viking Construction Inc., SFD with garage, 6933 N. Fasthawk Lane, value $109,000, issued Aug. 3
City of Hayden
LCT Development L. L. C., commercial-tenant improvement, 8382 Wayne Drive, value $108,000, contractor Ginno Construction, issued July 5
Grace Bible Church Inc., commercial-re-roof, 152 Prairie, value $23,000, issued July 5
Hallmark Homes Inc., single family residence, 8338 Boysenberry Loop, value $251,666, issued July 2
Viking Construction Inc., single family residence, 8448 Salmonberry Loop, value $293,460, issued July 9
W D W Development Inc., footing & foundation for commercial building shell, 8941 Hess, value $2,304, contractor Porter Construction, issued July 20
Hallmark Homes Inc., single family residence, 8711 Boysenberry Loop, value $193,551, issued July 17
Viking Construction Inc., single family residence, 8652 Salmonberry Loop, value $264,460, issued July 23
Viking Construction Inc., single family residence, 8742 Salmonberry Loop, value $248,703, issued July 23
City of Post Falls
Copper Basin Construction, SFR tract house, 3683 E. Galway Circle, value $234,627, issued July 2
Copper Basin Construction, accessory building, 3683 E. Galway Circle, value $35,564, issued July 2
Copper Basin Construction, SFR tract house, 2519 E. Knapp Drive, value $100,281, issued July 5
Copper Basin Construction, SFR tract house, 3208 N. Cormac Loop, value $130,446, issued July 5
Northwestern Builders Corporation, SFR tract house, 3763 W. Addidas Lane, value $158,288, issued July 6
Viking Construction Inc., SFR tract house, 2612 E. Thrush Drive, value $248,859, issued July 13
Medallia Homes Inc., SFR tract house, 3632 E. Early Dawn, value $127,675, issued July 9
Cornerstone Christian Academy, commercial, 810 N. Chase Road, value $5,000, issued July 12
Paul Udervich, commercial shell building & alteration, 416 W. Seltice Way, value $25,000, contractor Ginno Construction, issued July 18
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFR tract house, 2978 E. Thrush Drive, value $221,605, issued July 19
Pleasant View Real Estate Holdings, commercial building, 4171 W. Expo Parkway, value $714,803, contractor Brinkman Constructors, issued July 23
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFR tract house, 12405 W. Moorfield, value $209,327, issued July 23
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFR tract house, 8263 N. Woodworth, value $124,356, issued July 27
Hallmark Homes Inc., SFR tract house, 1926 E. Warbler Lane, value $276,493, issued July 31
North Country Chapel, commercial addition, 2275 W. Seltice Way, value $16,910, contractor Homes Appeal, issued July 30
North Country Chapel, commercial building, 2275 W. Seltice Way, value $2,800, contractor Homes Appeal, issued July 30
City of Post Falls, commercial building, 1964 N. Spokane, value $16,860, contractor TML Construction, issued Aug. 1
City of Post Falls, commercial building, 4515 E. Inverness Drive, value $7,277, contractor TML Construction, issued Aug. 1
City of Rathdrum
Glacier Homes, single family residence, 13561 N. Grand Canyon, value $223,100, issued July 10
Rathdrum Bible Church, commercial addition, 15127 N. Stevens, issued July 18
Richard & Jeanine Kraack, residential addition, 3123 E. Gotham Bay Road, Harrison, value $259,520, issued June 28
Rock Creek Idaho Holdings, commercial addition, 23775 S. Loffs Bay Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $10,000, contractor Campbell & Campbell L. L. C., issued July 3
James M. Hurdle, single family residence, 8517 W. Eagle Ridge Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $221,789, contractor Aspen Homes & Development, issued July 2
Matthew M. Johnson, single family residence, 27892 North Holiday Lane, Athol, value $391,556, contractor Madera Construction, issued July 3
Silverstone Timber Ridge, single family residence, 5490 E. Firesteed Court, Coeur d’Alene, value $240,575, issued July 6
Gilbert G. Rossner, single family residence, 15479 N. Sportsman Park Road, Hayden, value $221,621, issued July 3
Discovery CDA Investors, commercial structure, 6801 S. Gozzer Road, Harrison, value $2,087,216, issued July 12
Discovery CDA Investors, commercial, 6801 S. Gozzer Road, Harrison, value $47,124, issued July 12
Marina Yacht Club L. L. C., commercial addition, 1000 S. Marina Drive, Coeur d’Alene, value $10,200, issued July 11
Bryan & Mandy Kelly, single family residence, 29450 N. Red Fir Road, Athol, value $234,440, contractor Red Barn Building Company L. L. C., issued July 9
Canyon River Development, single family residence, 12784 N. Pebble Creek Drive, Hayden, value $289,556, contractor Monarch Development Inc., issued July 13
David Boyce, single family residence, 399 E. Driftwood Lane, Harrison, value $209,515, issued July 12
Clarence Bates, single family residence, 39069 S. Highway 3, St. Maries, value $184,764, contractor Dan Usdrowski Construction, issued July 12
Neil Kendall, single family residence, 1157 N. Day Lane, Post Falls, value $316,439, contractor John Holmen, issued July 12
Tom Sjoblom, single family residence, 5465 S. Cottontail Court, Coeur d’Alene, value $287,086, contractor Bestway Builders, issued July 11
Michael A. Groves, single family residence, 17201 S. River Road, Cataldo, value $137,663, issued July 11
Gerald E. Weitz, single family residence, 2678 W. Valley Cliff Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $245,219, issued July 18
Richard Clemonson, single family residence, 29407 S. Highway 97, Harrison, value $49,532, contractor Gunder Homes Inc., issued July 18
Joe Arrotta, single family residence, 5577 S. Cottontail Court, Coeur d’Alene, value $295,061, contractor Mort Construction, issued July 17
Steve Wright, single family residence, 1722 E. Misty Meadows Court, Hayden, value $346,490, issued July 20
Northwestern Builders, single family residence, 626 Chilco Road, Rathdrum, value $250,499, issued July 18
D & L Developers L. L. C., single family residence, 23565 N. Cordell, Athol, value $179,751, issued July 16
Dominican Sisters of Idaho, commercial structure, 20240 W. Riverview Drive, Post Falls, value $1,200, contractor Kuypers Construction, issued July 24
Robert B. Wagstaff, single family residence, 32789 E. Hayden Lake Road, Hayden, value $236,244, contractor Silvey Construction, issued July 27
James D. Dunn, single family residence, 8355 E. Apache Trail, Athol, value $195,071, issued July 24
Lowell E. Renz, residential addition, 6353 W. Big Sky Drive, Post Falls, value $275,551, contractor The Troxell Group Ltd., issued July 23
Andrew A. Henneberg, single family residence, 3521 S. Solitude Acres Drive, Coeur d’Alene, value $594,551, contractor MB Builders & Development, issued July 27
Alan Thompson, single family residence, 9550 Cloverleaf Road, Post Falls, value $253,399, issued July 27
Fred Cole, single family residence, 2212 S. Silver Beach Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $317,586, issued Aug. 2
Michael S. Foster, single family residence, 10736 E. Sims Lane, Athol, value $337,381, contractor Mountain Lakes Construction, issued July 30
Alan B. Purdy, single family residence, 4601 E. Potlatch Hill Road, Coeur d’Alene, value $426,890, contractor Ginno Construction, issued July 30
Teresa Berglin, single family residence, 6899 W. Diagonal Road, Rathdrum, value $379,106, issued Aug. 1
Debra Hallek, single family residence, 6038 W. Harbor Drive, Coeur d’Alene, value $210,545, contractor Tyler Construction Inc., issued Aug. 2
Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11
Upbeat Breakfast: The breakfast is brought to you by Business Development Committee and is sponsored by United Way. Join us Sept. 11 from 7-8:30 a.m. at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. The program speakers will be Wayne Longo Cd’A Police Chief and Kenny Gabriel Coeur d’Alene Fire Chief. Upbeat Breakfast occurs the second Tuesday of every month at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. On average, about 150 members attend making it one of the most popular networking events in our community. Trade tables allow members to display their business and speak briefly about it to the group. The program features a different speaker each month, highlighting various topics of interest. With a reservation, the cost is $14 and includes breakfast and coffee. Reservations are due at noon the Friday before the breakfast. This month’s sponsor is North Idaho College. Information: Brenda, (208) 415-0110
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
Fall-O-Rama Golf Scramble: Get ready for some fun this Fall at the Chamber’s 1st annual Fall-O-Rama Golf Scramble held at Avondale Golf Course in Hayden, Friday, Sept. 14. The tournament is a four man scramble with lots of fun games, food, drinks and prizes! Texas Roadhouse is hosting a lunch buffet that opens at 11 a.m. and following is a 1 p.m. shotgun start. This will be a big event so if you would like to advertise your business there are great sponsorship opportunities also available! Tournament information: Brenda, (208) 415-0110 or email her at Brenda@CdAChamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities: Marilee, (208) 415-0111 or email at Marilee@CdAChamber.com
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
Cd’A Chamber’s 100th Birthday Party: It promises to be one of the most unique birthday parties ever! The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce invites its Members and the business community to celebrate the organization’s 100th birthday with an evening of unique and fun-filled events. The chamber will celebrate its 100th birthday on Friday, Sept. 21, with an event designed to honor and thank the business community for its rich history of community leadership. The Planning Committee is putting together an event that will celebrate one of the biggest birthdays ever! The evening includes an action-packed waterskiing and boarding exhibition on Lake Coeur d’Alene, a public boat and watercraft flotilla, boat cruises, a free barbeque, lawn games, the largest birthday cake in Coeur d’Alene history, and a fireworks show. We are currently looking for Sponsors to make this day one to remember. Old fashion games like sack races, ring toss, tic-tac-toe throw, and even a dunk tank will make this a fun family event. Event will be followed by a grande fireworks show over the lake. Sponsorship opportunities: Marilee, (208) 415-0111 or email at Marilee@CdAChamber.com
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
Centennial Chamber Leadership Reunion Cruise: The flotilla consisting of cruise boats and dozens of local boating enthusiasts in all types of watercraft will embark on a celebratory cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. During the 1.5 hour cruise guests will enjoy appetizers, beverages and a water ski/board exhibition. Upon returning they will join in a free BBQ for the entire business community, followed by sponsored booths of old fashioned picnic games, music, entertainment, the largest birthday cake in Coeur d’Alene history and a fireworks show! Plus more surprises to come. Sept. 21, 4:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $50. Boarding start at 4 p.m. east side docks. Depart at 4:30 p.m. returning at 6 p.m. followed by old fashion picnic on the front lawn of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (208) 664-3194 or visit www.CdAChamber.com
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
Business After Hours: Join us for September’s Business After Hours, Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Sterling Savings, located at 1106 Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. There will be prizes and food and beverages will be provided. Food and beverages will be provided as well as the opportunity to win some great prizes! Information: Brenda, (208) 415-0110
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
2012 Business Tech Tour: The Business Development Committee presents the 2012 Business Tech Tour, Friday, Sept. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn. The cost is $40 for Members and $80 for non-members. Includes breakfast hosted by Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, lunch sponsored by Michael D’s and transportation will be provided by Alpha Omega Tours. Tour is limited to 46 people so sign up today! Businesses to be toured include: KTEC, UnderGround Force, Henry Griffitts Custom Golf Clubs, Pacific Steel (formerly Forest Steel), and Frontier Communications.
Post Falls Chamber of Commerce
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29
Blood Drive at the Post Falls Chamber: 1:30-5 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
Post Falls Community Volunteers Oktoberfest at Q’emiln Park: 5 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
Post Falls Chamber Member Orientation: If you are a member business owner or manager, come learn about the benefits we offer. Meet us in our conference room at 8 a.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
Post Falls Chamber Annual Auction “Tapas & Tailgating at the Track:” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Greyhound Park & Event Center for an evening of fun. Join us for the Largest Tailgate Party including tapas, live and silent auction, raffles and celebrity appearances. Register online at www.postfallschamber.com. Cost is only $30 per person.
When I was kid growing up in Post Falls, the end of the summer was bittersweet. I always looked forward to hanging out with my friends at the North Idaho Fair but I knew in the back of my mind that a new school year was just days away. Like most teenage girls I welcomed the shopping for new school clothes but I hated giving up my days at the beach. It’s hard to believe that I now have a granddaughter who will enter the seventh grade at River City Middle School this year. Where does the time go?
Speaking of time and how fast it flies by, it’s time for our chamber fundraising event. Mark your calendar for the largest INDOOR Tapas and Tailgating Party on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Greyhound Park will once again host our annual fundraiser with tapas from the 10 BEST bistros and restaurants in our area. We have a great evening planned with game stations, celebrity appearances, 100’s of silent auction items and some pretty cool automobiles with the tailgates down! Tickets are just $30.
While you’re adding important dates to your calendar, please plan to attend our monthly Takin Care of Business lunch at Templin’s on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Throughout American History, taking risk has been a fundamental piece of our countries prosperity. Guest speaker, Craig Wilcox will be talking about why taking no risk can be a losing game and how America should be positioned for a stronger future.
Our chamber has several committees, programs and events to engage in, so check out our website and get involved in tourism, local issues, business education or a special event. It can be very rewarding to volunteer so if you are waiting for an invitation, consider this it! My dear friend Suzanna always says, “Volunteers don’t have more time, they just have more heart.”
I had the honor of serving as a class adviser for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management at Villanova University in Philadelphia last month. I have never been to Pennsylvania; it was an incredible experience, not only to serve at the university but to take in the history of such a great city. I was fortunate enough to see an extraordinary exhibit, The Dead Sea Scrolls, at the Franklin Museum along with dozens of other historical landmarks. A handful of professional instructors and facilitators dedicate their time, talent and wisdom to providing quality classes to more than 150 nonprofit leaders on everything from bottom-line budgets, to building an organization of excellence. Chamber presidents and executive directors come from all over the nation to learn, listen and share ideas of best practices in their communities.
After graduating from the four-year program in January 2011 in Arizona, it was wonderful returning as staff to serve alongside my mentor, Pat McGaughey, and together share all the wonderful things about North Idaho! So as we head back to school, I leave you with these words of wisdom “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” — Aristotle
As I write this, summer is finally in full force. The beautiful summer, albeit short, makes it easy to forget the painstakingly long spring we seem to always have leading up to it.
I hope you have taken some time to enjoy some of the great events and activities our area has to offer. If you missed Hayden Days, it was a great success. Among the many things going on like the car show, parade and music, my favorite was Hayden’s Got Talent. It was such a fun and exciting event. I can’t wait to see how it grows next year and hopefully I will make the cut as a judge this time!
Also, last month Hayden hosted several hundred athletes for the Hayden Triathlon. What a fun event! I competed in what was my first triathlon and now I am hooked. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting for a race than Honeysuckle Beach and Hayden Lake. It’s a great spectator event and I see it continuing to grow year after year.
Coming up Sept. 8, the chamber is hosting the first annual Pub Crawl. This will be a fun, social event that will showcase some of the great pubs in the Hayden corridor. For details check out or website at www.haydenchamber.org or our
Facebook page to find out how you can get tickets!
I look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast meeting and After 5 event. We have some great speakers lined up. You can get more info at our website on all the great events coming up and how you can get more involved.
Until then, stay cool and don’t forget your sunscreen!
As part of the Coeur d’Alene chamber’s initiative to promote and recognize excellence within our served business communities, the chamber’s business development committee seeks out and nominates local businesses for media recognition under its “Shining Star” program. This month we’d like to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of one of the largest employers within the Idaho panhandle: Advanced Input Systems (AIS), now an integral part of the global entity, Esterline Technologies Corporation.
Locally established in 1979, AIS quickly became regionally and nationally known for its innovations in keyboard technology. Acquired in 1999 by Esterline Technologies, AIS now offers a far broader range of solutions as part of one of nine “platforms” within the $2 billion Esterline enterprise. Today, while “keyboards” are still a core business, AIS also develops and produces custom control panels and devices for a wide range of advanced medical imaging and treatment equipment, along with specialized input solutions ranging from professional sound equipment to electronic gaming applications. As a matter of fact, Dennis Staver, President of the Esterline Interface Technologies platform, stated that gaming solutions currently represent the fastest growing segment of their business.
And grow they have. The Interface Technologies operation has enjoyed an 11 percent average annual growth rate over the past five years and the AIS unit has seen its revenues more than double since its acquisition by Esterline. When asked his thoughts and observations on this recent performance, Staver credited three company “commitments” for the results: persistent innovation, consistent (global) delivery quality and investing in the future. Innovation was evident in the displayed — and demonstrated — diversity of their showroom; global delivery is currently at an enviable 98.3 percent, with a goal of achieving 98.5 percent this year; and the investment, according to Staver, is not only demonstrated by their beautiful, recently expanded, campus just west of U.S. 95, but in the growth, retention and esprit of their local team.
With 380 employees on its Coeur d’Alene campus, Staver stated “our team is responsible for our growth and success to date and has also positioned us for the future (we envision).” A positive company culture is well communicated and actively promoted. Team members meet daily to conduct “quality circle” reviews. The parent company (Esterline) supports employee engagement and balance to the point of allowing “Community Service Days” to promote team member involvement and participation. Retention is excellent, with two employees celebrating their 30th year with the company in 2012. To further enhance their facility utilization, Staver says they are projecting 50-100 more positions over the next five years and are currently investing in a local joint venture to assist with producing the skill sets among community members needed to fill many of these roles.
Based on their 30-year history and contributions to our community, their preference to employ local resources, their demonstrated results, and their commitment to a sustained presence in Coeur d’Alene, we welcome AIS to our “Shining Star” spotlight this month!
McFarland heads state medical group
Robert McFarland, MD, was elected as President of the Idaho Medical Association (IMA) at the 120th Annual Meeting and House of Delegates Assembly in Sun Valley, Idaho. The President of the IMA serves a one-year term. Dr. McFarland succeeds Steven Coker, MD of Pocatello.
“It has been my privilege to serve the physicians of Idaho on the IMA Board of Trustees, and I look forward to a year of major dedication to our Association as your President,” McFarland said in his acceptance speech. “My personal goal as your president is to push as hard as possible for the significant expansion of both MD degree education and graduate medical education in Idaho during my term and for as long afterward as is necessary.”
Dr. McFarland is a fourth generation Idahoan who practices Family Medicine in his home town of Coeur d’Alene. After college years in Cambridge, Mass., he returned permanently to the Northwest for medical school at the University of Washington as a member of the second WWAMI class, and residency in Spokane. He practiced in Port Angeles, Wash., for six years before returning to Coeur d’Alene in 1986.
Romine promoted, Rason joins Bankcda team
Wes Veach, president and COO of Bankcda, recently announced a new executive promotion and the addition of a new officer in the company’s loan department.
Shelly Romine has been promoted to executive vice president and chief credit officer after joining the company earlier this year. Romine is responsible for directing loan policies and credit procedures to ensure the overall quality of the bank’s lending portfolio. She brings 16 years of finance experience to her role, including 12 years in Coeur d’Alene banking credit administration and commercial lending. Prior to that, she was a CPA for a local accounting firm.
Brad Rasor recently joined the company as vice president and commercial loan officer. The range of his experience in both lending and retail banking will bring added depth to the bank’s loan department and make him an integral part of the success of the company. A graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School in 2009, Rasor has been a community banker for more than 10 years.
Ritti to Leadership Council chair
The American Lung Association in Idaho is pleased to announce that Gene Ritti has agreed to serve as chair of its Leadership Council.
Ritti has served on the Lung Association’s Idaho Leadership Council since November 2010. He has been active as a supporter and advocate for the Lung Association since that time. His volunteer leadership has included racing up the stairways of Idaho’s tallest building last April, when he served as captain of Team Hawley in the first Fight For Air Climb stairclimb event in Boise at U.S. Bank Plaza.
Ritti has practiced law in Boise as a trial attorney with Hawley Troxell, one of Idaho’s oldest and largest firms, for more than 34 years after active duty with the Marine Corps. He is currently co-chair of its litigation department, and serves on the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
Avista promotes Sprague
Avista has named Collins Sprague as its director of Government Relations. In this role Sprague will oversee all government, legislative, political and public policy activities as it relates to Avista customers, shareholders and community stakeholders.
For the past 22 years Sprague has served as Avista’s manager of Washington State Government Relations and has played a pivotal role in energy matters affecting Avista and its customers.
In 2010 he received the Ron Gjerde Award as the state’s best business lobbyist of the year. He also currently serves on boards at the Association of Washington Business and the Washington Research Council.
Sprague replaces Avista’s long-time director of Government Relations, Tom Paine, who retired in early August.
Scharnweber joins Panhandle Area Council
Jan Scharnweber has joined Panhandle Area Council, Inc. as a commercial loan officer. Working with Jim Deffenbaugh, PAC’s Executive Director, Scharnweber will promote economic development loan programs, small business support and technical assistance, and job creation strategies throughout the five northern counties.
Prior experience includes commercial lending, bank branch management and mortgage lending. She was a managing partner with Northwest Mortgage, and she served on the Kootenai County Planning Commission and Kootenai Perspectives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
PAC, a nonprofit formed in 1972, promotes and supports regional economic development in the five northern counties.
Idaho Dentists elect new leadership
Several North Idaho dentists were among those elected the Idaho State Dental Association 2012-2013 leadership at its annual convention in Coeur d’Alene in July.
Board of Trustees: Idaho Panhandle Dental Society: Thomas R. Smart, DDS, Coeur d’Alene Society (Local) Leadership, Idaho Panhandle Dental Society, President, Justin Rader, DDS, Coeur d’Alene; President-Elect: Kirk M. Davidson, DDS, Coeur d’Alene; Treasurer: Erin Elliot, DDS, Post Falls.
The Idaho State Dental Association represents 850 licensed dentists committed to the advancement of the dental profession and good oral health for all Idahoans.
Those of us involved in organizations recognize the critical nature of leaders and leadership. The study and the science of leadership has been around a long time and many books, resources and training have been produced but decades later these have not necessarily produce a more effective leaders.
So what’s missing? First, I believe there is some confusion in who we consider as leaders. We often consider people in positions of authority as leaders then are disappointed when their leadership does not quite match our hopes and expectations. A boss may hold a position of authority and wield a big stick but a person who models a set of leadership attributes, regardless of title, will wield greater leadership influence.
Second, I believe we can’t give out what we do not possess. As parents we know that setting expectations for our children that we are not living out is not helpful in leading them or in shaping their character and hearts. Ineffectiveness of this paradigm is magnified when trying to lead adults and professionals.
I believe 90 percent of leadership effectiveness flows out of how well the leader leads oneself. This is called self-leadership.
So what does it mean to lead oneself well? Let me touch briefly on three areas that I believe are the most crucial areas of self-leadership.
Character — When we think about integrity we typically think of how well we conduct ourselves in relation to others. In my mind this is a secondary level of integrity.
The foundational level of integrity is integrity with oneself. In other words, when no one is looking how well do I walk out my own values and priorities. How well do I keep promises to myself? If I say I want to get up early in the morning to exercise, or pray, do I follow through? When we fail to keep promises to ourselves it erodes our confidence in ourselves, and it is difficult lead others effectively.
Genuine integrity with others flows out of integrity with oneself. This internal integrity lived out affords him the trust of his team especially when leading them through a difficult situation.
Competency — Does the leader demonstrate competency in his life? How well he manages his time. How well he manages his own priorities. Does the leader possess skills and abilities to be effective in the areas that are crucial as a leader?
For many owners a challenging area of personal competency may be in the financials. A sound understanding of financials is a must to lead an organization effectively. Does he have the level of financial competency so that he can make informed effective decisions? Or is he riding on the interpretation and judgment of others who may not possess the strategic clarity of the leader.
As a leader needs to have confidence in his team’s abilities his team must also have confidence in the leader’s abilities.
Clarity — Strength of a small business is flexibility and speed. But in many small businesses speed is negated by confusion… or lack of clarity. Confusion not only slows communication, coordination, decision making, it also eats up scarce resources. But clarity dispels confusion and increases organizational speed, reduces cost and improves organizational competitiveness.
Where does organizational clarity come from? The leader. The gift of effective leadership is clarity. How does a leader provide that level of clarity? It would be unreasonable to expect organizational clarity from a leader who does not possess personal clarity; his values, vision for life, his priorities and goals. An effective leader’s life of personal clarity is a core attribute in his ability to provide clarity for his team and his organization.
So where does an effective leader’s authority come from? Not from a position or a title but from effective self-leadership… from leading himself well. So lead yourself well with all diligence.
Bill Jhung is the director of North Idaho College’s Idaho Small Business Development Center located in Post Falls. Bill and his team provide leadership and business coaching, training and resources to business owners and leaders in North Idaho. He can be reached at (208) 769-3284 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before mobile phones were as common as wristwatches, we all did things a little differently. Today, smartphones are an important part of most of our day-to-day lives. They enable us to communicate but also provide many tools that help us personally and professionally.
Smart phones (mobile phones that allow one to browse the Web, receive emails and operate applications) have gone through many changes in the last eight years. In 2005, I was an early adopter of the smart phone. I remember sharing my new Blackberry with my tech friends, demonstrating my ability to view a website. It didn’t matter that the load time for a simple website was at least three minutes. Also, there was no capability of streaming video and it took forever to view a picture. Still, my device was cutting edge for 2005.
In August 2007, I upgraded to the much talked about Apple iPhone. This was a dramatic change in how users viewed websites. Besides the ability to receive emails and view browsers, Apple provided me with a camera, a media player, Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity, and a multi-touch screen with a virtual keyboard. I liked the virtual keyboard because my old Blackberry buttons wore out after a great deal of texting.
Currently, Apple has rolled out 5 (soon to be 6) generations of iPhone. I am a little embarrassed to say that in the five years as an iPhone user, my family and I have purchased a total of 12 iPhones. We should have purchased the insurance, but many of the purchases were because I had to have the newest model. Yes, I am one of the geeks who stands in line a 1 a.m. waiting for the Apple store to open the day of a new release.
As each month goes by, we all become a little more comfortable using mobile devices and have a greater expectation of what they will do for us. Specifically, our expectations of how a website looks and navigates on a mobile device is different than our expectations on a desktop, laptop or tablet.
Apple was innovative with its multi-touch screen and most mobile manufacturers have followed their lead. Needless to say, users found by pinching the screen to expand or collapse the site was time consuming and difficult to navigate. The need for a site that looked cleaner and much easier to navigate is what consumers demanded. As a result, the market responded. Today, businesses bow their heads in shame when asked why they don’t have a mobile site.
Many people view a website as a one-size-fits all platform. The fact is, evidence suggests a far less engaged visitor who views a traditional website on a mobile device. Traditional websites, not formatted for mobile, may use flash technology that cannot be viewed on devices such as an iPhone. Also, the file sizes can be too large for a speedy load of the site. You can still have the information that is on your traditional site; it may just need to be formatted for mobile.
In addition, links to social media such as Facebook and Twitter help to engage the visitor. Lastly, having click-to-call features and GPS-enabled location links help to deliver customers and result in more sales.
The Coeur d’Alene Press has recently been featured as an innovative company providing mobile solutions to businesses by Local Media Association. If your business needs your traditional site formatted for mobile, we can help. In the last year, we have helped nearly local 100 businesses with a mobile site and digital marketing strategy. We can help your business too!
Mike Alexander is the Digital Advertising Director for The Coeur d’Alene Press and WSI Media One CDA. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (208) 664-8176 ext 3103.
It was the last question asked during a 75-minute business forum on Aug. 10 featuring U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, and the Gang of Six stalwart from Idaho smiled. Or maybe it was a grimace. He’d just been asked how much of the criticism directed at members of Congress and the president should instead be directed back toward the people leveling the complaints.
“We deserve the criticism we’re getting,” he said, but conceded: “The country is getting what it’s voting for.”
Crapo further acknowledged that the cost-cutting components of the Bowles-Simpson plan, an imperfect but promising start to solving the nation’s budget crisis, was “ravaged by special interest groups,” factions that wield much more power than their numbers should dictate. The special interest groups defended the juiciest hunks of budget meat — from entitlement programs to specific business interests — and with an all-too-compliant Congress effectively assured that the United States would keep digging its multi-trillion dollar hole a couple trillion bucks deeper.
Watch closely the candidates who tell the public they’ll deliver what the public wants without any pain, the senator advised his audience at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
“It’s unfortunate, but those are the ones who usually get elected,” he said.
During those 75 minutes with 41 regional business leaders, Crapo painted a grim picture of America’s economic plight. As a member of the Senate’s powerful finance and banking committees, he has heard from some of the planet’s most respected financial experts. Summarizing their conclusions on the fiscal disaster that’s looming closer, Crapo warned that the slide won’t be gradual.
“It’ll be like being in a room like this and somebody hits the light switch,” he said.
Put another way: It will be like 80,000 football fans trying to exit a huge stadium during a crisis, and there’s only one exit.
So how do we get into a game we can all win?
You start by facing reality. And the reality is, the reality of just a year or two ago would have been less painful to confront than the one America faces today.
Before he offered solutions that, over time, would put the federal government back on track toward a balanced budget, Crapo dabbed more splotches of dire paint on the grim picture. The Bowles-Simpson plan, imperfect as it may have been, would have cut at least $4 trillion over the next decade “just to keep our heads above water,” Crapo said. Had it been adopted and moderately revised, Crapo suggested, the nation’s budget could have been balanced within 30 years, with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid all solvent.
But because Congress was unable to agree on a plan then, the debt hole has only gotten deeper.
“Instead of a $4 trillion plan, we now need a $5 trillion plan,” he said. And yes, that’s just to keep our heads above water.
Crapo’s quite certain no cavalry trumpets will be heard until after the Nov. 6 election. How the nation will face the “fiscal cliff” at that point is anybody’s guess.
Crapo reminded his audience of the likelihood that no matter what happens in the federal election, a lame duck Congress and perhaps president will still be seated for almost two critical months. Until the members-elect are actually seated, he said, the late 2012 Congress isn’t likely to make any big decisions.
One stark possibility, he said, was raised in mid-July by Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat. She suggested that if Republicans don’t agree to higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans so heavy budget cuts could be somewhat mitigated, Democrats should be willing to let the country go over the fiscal cliff.
While letting all tax cuts expire would save an estimated $5 trillion to $10 trillion over the next decade, Crapo said, it would also reduce the overall economy by 2 or 3 percent — enough to plunge the nation into “a significant recession.” He cited studies that strongly suggest higher tax rates on those earning more than $250,000 a year would ultimately reduce jobs and lower wages and benefits, severely hurting the same middle class Americans that tax-hike supporters hope to help.
As bad as it all looks and with just four months left in 2012, there is a way out, Crapo insists.
Not that it will be easy.
To take three big strides toward better days, Crapo says Americans need to focus on these things:
2. Tax policy
3. Regulatory policy
The giant’s share, he agrees, is on the spending side. That’s been the mantra of most Congressional Republicans for years now, and Crapo’s banging the same drum. But he’s also going further.
Crapo said that “to go into the tax code and fix it” would stimulate job creation, grow the economy and “make our country much more competitive.”
“America will get back in the game,” he declared.
But creating a “simpler, fairer and more competitive tax system than we have now” isn’t a simple panacea, he said.
“Some people will pay more taxes,” he predicted. “Some people will pay less.”
If he had his way with the code, Crapo would reduce the corporate tax rate — ours is the highest in the developed world at 39.2 percent — to 25 to 30 percent. He’d also reduce six tiers of individual taxes to three more equitable tiers.
And the regulatory squeeze that so many businesses say is throttling their ability to produce is costing the nation far more than it’s generating, Crapo said. Regulatory overload combined with a deeply flawed tax system has led to uncertainty for many business owners and potential investors who don’t know what the rules of the game will be several months down the road, let alone in the years ahead. And that uncertainty has kept massive amounts of capital on the sidelines instead of injecting it into the economy, Crapo said.
While there is no painless quick fix, Crapo emphasized the need to balance long-term objectives with short ones. For example, he agreed that the U.S. is too dependent on fossil fuels and needs to broaden its energy portfolio for economic and environmental reasons. But it might take decades to see the long-term benefits of an expanded energy portfolio. Right now, he said, the U.S. needs to take better advantage of resources at its fingertips.
Jim Riley of Riley and Associates was among those who applauded the senator for his willingness to put partisanship behind the greater goal of a strong country. And he encouraged the audience not to stand quietly on the sidelines.
“We can’t just be critics of this,” Riley said. “We have to look at the bigger picture … and speak out.”
BUSINESS FORUM HOST COMMITTEE
Jim Riley, Riley and Associates
Jerry Jaeger, Hagadone Hospitality Co.
Jack Riggs, Pita Pit USA
Sandy Patano, Communications consultant
Dick Bennett, Idaho Forest Group
Jim Pierce, Washington Trust Bank
Brad Corkill, Whiteman Lumber
Luke Russell, Coeur d’Alene Mines
Jim and Tom Addis, Tom Addis Lake City Ford
U.S. DEBT FACTS
• If you added up all forms of debt in the U.S. and divided it up equally, every single family in the country would owe more than $683,000.
• During fiscal year 2011, the U.S. government spent $3.7 trillion but brought in only $2.4 trillion.
• An estimated 48.5 percent of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits. In 1983, that number was below 30 percent.
THE SURVEY SAYS…
According to a July U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey of 1,225 small business owners:
• 78 percent want government to get out of the way.
• 90 percent are concerned about the impending fiscal cliff and are worried that Congress will fail to take action to prevent it.
• Nearly 60 percent say expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax rates and other business provisions, coupled with sequestration, will directly impact their business’s growth.
• Still, 68 percent of small business owners say their business is headed in the right direction.
TAX and PAY
Research released July 17 by the National Federal of Independent Business shows that raising tax rates on those earning more than $250,000 would have the following effect over time:
• 710,000 fewer jobs in the U.S.
• 1.8 percent lower wages overall
• 2.4 percent less overall investment
• 1.3 percent decrease in the U.S. economy
The idea seems so counterintuitive. Yet for women considering careers as physicians, less school may mean a better payoff in the long run.
Not true for men. Is this gender inequality? Do we burn our bras and dust off the picket signs?
Hold on. As with any set of statistics, a complete picture can’t be viewed in a vacuum. A thought-provoking study, “Are Women Overinvesting in Education? Evidence from the Medical Profession,” by (one male and one female) Yale University researchers took a careful look at this phenomenon. Turns out it’s true: Women who get M.D.s overinvest in their education and tend to be better off financially if they stick to a P.A. (physician’s assistant — more training than nurse practitioner but less than M.D.).
While some in the profession continue to convincingly argue medicine remains a good-old-boy scene, with wage and work statistics to back it up, in the M.D. vs. P.A. analysis the family track may be the key culprit. Evidence gathered in this study including Duke University Medical School graduates showed that over a career term, females work fewer hours than male counterparts in these two professions – physician assistants and doctors, both in primary care practice. (However, at any hours worked they still make less than males.) Both choices require above-average undergraduate performance. P.A.s need about two more years post-graduate; M.D.s generally four, plus residency. Balancing career incomes against the cost of education, the P.A. choice came out ahead.
“This result is partially due to a gender-wage gap in medicine. However, it is mostly driven by the fact that the median female physician simply doesn’t work enough hours to amortize her upfront investment in medical school,” cites the study published in the Summer 2012 Journal of Human Capital.
Women medical professionals are certainly gaining ground in other respects. While in 1976 women represented only 24 percent of first-year medical students, in 2006 they numbered 48 percent. Certainly the fairer sex is now able to excel in medicine. Two home-grown examples include Dr. Soskia Nehrer, biochemist and Sandpoint High School graduate, awarded this summer’s prestigious $240,000 Pew Foundation research grant, typically given to Nobel Prize winners. Another is Jennifer Hunt, M.D., daughter of Hayden residents Tim and Kathryn Hunt, chair of the pathology department at an Arkansas medical school and among the youngest med school chairs in history.
These ladies’ accomplishments notwithstanding, will the returns on investment endure their career spans from age 25 to 66? The Yale study strongly suggests sex has something to do with it. While medical school was a positive net value for males by comparison to a P.A., it wasn’t for females.
First the authors point out that men make more per hour and in overall annual wages, even in the early years when “family” has less to do with personal choices and hours for males vs. females are the same. Consider the “net present value” of their degrees (including 4 percent annual interest) — the educational investments, income, and hours differential, as defined by the authors.
Among P.A.s, the NPV for men was $1,470,861; for women, $1,285,045. Among M.D.s, the NPV for men was $2,257,628; for women, $2,040,553. The gap is even bigger for surgeons: Men $3,355,050 and women $2,619,645. Two hundred thousand to seven hundred thousand is nothing to sneeze at.
Now consider work hours required to amortize up-front training costs, before a return on that investment. Calculated using a 46-hour work week, females needed 12 additional work hours per week than did men to amortize costs as M.D.s. Women needed just under 6 more hours than males to do the same as P.A.s. Now for the presumed family difference: 86 percent of men were likely to work those added M.D. hours, while only 41 percent of women were.
The curve is like a bell. Male and female MDs and PAs work about the same hours under age 30 (generally a 60-plus hour workweek). After 30 and until about age 50, women work fewer hours than men and closer to the 40 hour workweek. After age 50 the two fall in sync again, working about 50 hours as M.D.s and 40 as P.A.s. It’s an assumption, but the phrase “child-rearing years” comes to mind.
So Susan B. Anthony can keep resting in her grave; much of this may simply be nature at work. Someone has to worry about the home front, and women tend to be more willing or able to make the sacrifices. Nevertheless as the study authors summarize, with comparable wage gaps in other professions and considering not all those studied had children or marriages, the differentials are too clear to toss out those picket signs just yet. We may have come a long way, but we’re just shy of the finish line.
Sholeh Patrick, J.D., is a columnist for the Hagadone News Network.