Local company Zenware joined an elite crew to restore historic and world-renowned Air Force One. Zenware was one of the key sponsors of the annual Air Force One Detailing event. Two of the partners, Rod Puzey and Jody Sedrick, spent the entire week working side by side the elite preservation team to help preserve Air Force One and the 19 other planes at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
The annual event is run by industry leader and master detailer trainer Mr. Renny Doyle and his wife, Diane, who hand selected master detailers for the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team. Sixty master detailers from all over the country — including Alaska and Hawaii — flew in to Seattle for a week of restoration and preservation work. 2018 marks the 15th year of this amazing event where these men and women volunteer their expertise and services to literally preserve history. Everyone on the team takes part in the restoration of the very first Air Force One that was used by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon. They then worked on an additional 18 planes, including a B-29 Bomber, B-17 Bomber, B-52, and other historic planes.
To literally touch and preserve history was an unbelievable experience. We are proud to have Zenware’s field service app RoadFS be the official software of the 2018 Air Force One Detailing Team. If you are wondering, we can’t wait to return next year.
By Jody Sedrick
This month, we are thrilled to introduce Roy Brewer of Brewer Lofgren LLP as our Member Spotlight. We asked Roy a few questions about himself and what makes working at his firm so special. Here's what he had to say:
What is your favorite film?
What is the best book you've read recently?
“Freedom Climbers” by Bernadette McDonald; “Gertrude Bell” by Georgina Howell; and “The Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown. Each is fascinating in its own way.
What sport do you enjoy watching most?
Who is the most interesting historical figure?
What is your favorite hobby or thing to do during the weekend?
A good weekend includes a few training sessions so I can continue to hike and play masters rugby, followed by relaxing music and good food.
Favorite place in Boise to take a visitor?
8th Street between Myrtle and Bannock
What is the best advice you've received?
From the father of a college teammate: When moving into a new community, join the Chamber and find a good banker. I've given that same advice to my sons and other young professionals.
Who is a local business or business person you admire?
Mark Bowen and Karen Sander
What is the number one reason to do business with your company or organization?
We've been engaged in public policy matters related to land development for more than 60 years between us, bring a unique blend of public and private sector experience to our work, and a track record of success in 25-plus jurisdictions.
What do you enjoy most about your company or organization?
Three points: First, that we're a small company and we collaborate on everything, meaning that every client and every project gets the full benefit of our individual and collective experience. Second, that our annual partnership retreat is a backpacking trek. We've managed to summit Mt. Whitney by way of the Mountaineer's Route, and also White Mountain. Mt. Langley and Mt. Shasta are next on our list. And, third, that we both have the opportunity to continue to do our volunteer work.
Tell us about a current or upcoming project or company-wide initiative.
We're excited about investing in the Boise metro area, and excited about bringing our experience and skill set in land development and public policy advocacy to this vibrant community.
When Idaho’s 2018 Legislative Session adjourned at the end of March, it was apparent that this was one of our most successful sessions yet in terms of big wins. Not only did we see a dramatic reduction in corporate income tax, but Idaho businesses will also enjoy the reduction in unemployment insurance tax saving them about $118 per employee annually. These wins coupled with new Federal Tax relief will create tremendous opportunity for our companies to invest savings into their business, their people, their community, and yes, their Chamber!
The reduction of the unemployment insurance and corporate income tax rates were just two of the 12 key issues we identified as priorities at the beginning of the session. Other issues included maintaining urban renewal legislation, the collection of out of state sales tax, and increased spending authority for tourism marketing. At the end of each session we evaluate whether or not we accomplished our objectives on these issues in our Metro Business Scorecard. This scorecard, shown above, also identifies our Metro Business Champions who voted 100% in support of chamber priorities. This year, 11 legislators scored over 90%, and six will officially be named Metro Business Champions with scores of 100%. We thank them for their tireless efforts to advance business in Idaho. For more information on the Chamber’s 2018 session objectives and the scores of Boise Valley legislators, see the graphic above.
Boise Metro Chamber
The Boise Metro Chamber is a strong and credible voice in the business community and local and state legislature. Together, with our Board of Directors and committees, we advocate to elected officials on business and community issues that impact our region, Boise's quality of life, and the cost of doing business.