Boise Start Up Week

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Congratulations to our members who are speaking at Boise Start Up Week 2020 this week.

Bradley J. Wiskirchen is the founding CEO at Kount—which is the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not present transactions. Kount protects many of the world’s largest card-not-present merchants, and some of the largest acquiring banks and payment platforms. Kount is owned by CVC Capital Partners and Keynetics Inc.

Prior to December 2015, Wiskirchen was also CEO of Keynetics and Executive Chairman of Keynetics’ other subsidiary, ClickBank. Wiskirchen joined Keynetics in 2005. Under his guidance, Keynetics became one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately held technology companies and ClickBank grew to be one of the world’s largest online retailers of digital goods.

Among his many other community involvements, Wiskirchen was the Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2014 and 2015. He was a member of the board for three years prior to serving as the Chairman.  He currently serves on the High-Level Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology.

He was awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.

The Future of E-Commerce: Local legend Kount and rising star Fitted share their insights on the future of e-commerce businesses and the explosion of the sector in 2020. 

Dan Berger, 38, is an American-Israeli entrepreneur and investor. He is the Founder and former CEO of the DC-based Social Tables, a hospitality SaaS company, which was acquired by Vista-backed Cvent in Q4 of 2018 for a reported $100mm. Prior to Social Tables, Dan worked in management consulting and served as a member of Congress. Dan is currently writing a book and producing a documentary as he is building his next tech venture. Dan has a BA from Hunter College (2004) and an MBA from Georgetown University (2010). Dan has lived in Tel Aviv, NYC, Washington DC and as of this past summer, Boise, ID.

Founder War Stories: Dan Berger, former CEO of Social Tables discusses his war story after Social Table’s $100MM acquisition to CVENT with Nick Crabbs, co-chair of Boise Startup Week.

Learnings from the Atlanta Tech Ecosystem: A discussion about the Atlanta tech ecosystem with one of its most important community builder and organizers. Attendees can expect to learn how to apply these learnings to other burgeoning tech ecosystems.

How to Make Your Side Hustle a Success: A discussion about side hustles, how to juggle them with your full-time job, how to make sure they’re successful, and how to know when it’s time to go full-time or pull the plug on them.

Turning the Table: Usually, investors interview entrepreneurs but in this rare interview, the tables are turned. Dan Berger interviews Alex Ferrara two years after Dan’s company’s exit. This is a frank and direct post-exit interview where the entrepreneur interviews his lead investor and Board Director.

Odette Bolano, President and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System, provides executive leadership, strategic and operational oversight for a 610 bed, five-hospital system across the two states of Idaho and Oregon. Immediately prior to this role, from December 2015 – 2018, she served as President of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with responsibility for strategic and operational oversight for the medical center.  

Saint Alphonsus Health System hospitals include Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Rehabilitation Hospital – Boise, Idaho; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, Idaho; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, Oregon; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, Oregon. The Health System employs nearly 6,100 colleagues in Idaho and Oregon. As the Health System President and CEO, Odette also oversees the strategic direction for Saint Alphonsus Medical Group with nearly 520 primary care and specialty care medical providers over 73 clinic locations; and the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a clinically integrated network. 

Odette has been in senior leadership healthcare positions in for-profit, non-profit and fully integrated health systems. Prior to joining Saint Alphonsus, Odette served as Senior Vice President of Kaiser Permanente – East Bay in Oakland, California. Prior to Kaiser, Odette served in a number of senior executive positions with Ascension Health including President and CEO of St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas, and Chief Operating Officer for Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona.  

Odette began her career as a nurse, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University. She earned her Master’s in Administration of Healthcare Services from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

An active civic and community leader, Odette serves as a board member of the Idaho Hospital Association, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP), Idaho Business for Education (IBE), Boise State University Foundation Board, and Boise State University College of Health Sciences Board of Ambassadors. Odette is an active member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship Board, a national organization committed to mentoring exceptional healthcare women leaders helping them achieve their highest potential and influence as leaders in healthcare. 

Odette was honored a TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) award recipient and recognized as one of Idaho Business Review Women of the Year in 2019. 

In 2020, she was nationally recognized as one of the top 50 Clinical Executives in HealthCare in the country and also as a 2020 Idaho CEO of Influence.  

Odette enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

A Conversation with CEO of Saint Alphonsus: Odette Bolano shares how Saint Alphonsus, one of Idaho’s largest health systems, has had to adapt due to the pandemic — and why some changes are here to stay.

Darrel Anderson is the recently retired President and CEO of IDACORP and Idaho Power Company.  He retired from the electric utility in May of 2020.  He had a 24 year career at Idaho Power, serving in various financial and operating roles.  Prior to joining Idaho Power Company, Darrel worked for Deloitte and Touche, a public accounting firm for over 15 years.  Darrel has been involved in various community organizations including the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and the Boise Public School Foundation.  He served on the Board of St. Alphonsus Health System for 9 years, including two years as chair of the board.  He was recently awarded the Idaho Health Association Trustee of the year award.  In April, he was appointed by Governor Little to chair the Idaho Economic Rebound Committee to advise the governor on how to help Idaho rebound from the COVID pandemic.  He currently serves on the boards of Blue Cross of Idaho, IDACORP and Idaho Power Company.  He has been married over 30 years to his best friend, Lori.  Together they have two adult children, who are gainfully employed in the Treasure Valley.  He is a proud graduate of Oregon State University and the Harvard Advanced Management Program

Idaho is Positioned to Rebound and Thrive: Tune in to hear from your local economic development leaders and find out how Boise and the State of Idaho is fairing in the face of the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic and how our communities are remaining resilient in order to thrive in the future. 

Bill Connors has been the President & CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce since June of 2009. Prior to coming to Idaho, Connors had broad national experience in the travel, aviation and convention industries. He was Executive Director of the world’s largest business travel organization, the Global Business Travel Association from 2002-2009. Prior to that post, he was a senior executive for the American Society of Travel Agents and the Travel Institute.

Idaho is Positioned to Rebound and Thrive: Tune in to hear from your local economic development leaders and find out how Boise and the State of Idaho is fairing in the face of the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic and how our communities are remaining resilient in order to thrive in the future. 

Jeff Newgard is the President & CEO of Bank of Idaho. Mr. Newgard, who has held a number of leadership positions in regional and community banking since 1998, is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking (Colorado) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Walla Walla College.

Jeff volunteers on several boards with local, regional, and national organizations that align with his passions. He presently serves as an Area 5 Committee Member for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), an all-volunteer arm of the Department of Defense. He also serves as a Director and Treasurer with the War Bonnet Roundup, coined Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, and is the Vice Chair with the Independent Community Bankers’ of America Select Committee on Cyber Security, just to name a few. Jeff holds a certification in the COMP TIA Security Plus program on cyber security, an accreditation he pursued and obtained as a CEO, so he could better understand the needs of his I.T. team in protecting the bank and its clients from cyber threats. Mr. Newgard was recently named an Idaho Business Review 2020 Excellence in Finance Honoree. He has a wife, Savannah, three daughters, and a son. His family is his greatest joy in life.

Washie, Where Are They Now? Join us for a discussion with Rob Poleki where he talks about the process of starting Washie and where they are headed.

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