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2014 Spring Jack Morris Executive Speaker Series

The Jack Morris Executive Speaker Series brings top business leaders from companies throughout the region to the University of Idaho. These seasoned professionals speak about relevant business issues and provide important career inspiration and advice for our students. The executives generally donate their time, expertise and travel to and from the university.

The Chair in Business Enterprise Fund supports the Executive Speaker Series. The fund provides for the coordination of the series, provides for meals with students and executives, and provides for other support needed to deliver the series.

The students, faculty, administrators and staff of the College of Business and Economics are grateful for the Chair in Business Enterprise Fund and for the executives who share with us their valuable time and knowledge.
February 24 - David Wagers
CEO, Idaho Candy Company
David Wagers was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He earned his bachelor’s in finance from the University of Idaho where he was president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, and was named one of the top twenty graduating seniors. After college Dave worked for Electronic Data Solutions (EDS) as an accounting and financial specialist. In 1991, he returned to Boise to become plant manager at Idaho Candy Company and became president in 1996. The company sweetens downtown Boise where it has been making candy since 1909. In 2006, Dave was named one of the 40 most accomplished people under 40 in Idaho.
March 3 - Roy Barnes
Principal, Blue Space Consulting
Roy Barnes has more than 25 years of experience leading work teams and delivering world-class results in both the profit and non-profit sectors. As senior vice president for strategic planning and later as senior vice president for customer experience development, Roy managed the introduction and execution of process and strategy management tools which focused Marriott Vacation Club on building a sustainable operating and strategic infrastructure. In the non-profit sector, he helped several of the nation's oldest conservation organizations with operation and development strategic planning, leadership team alignment and goal-setting.
March 26 - Casey Meza
Executive Director, Strategy & Regional Services, Kootenai Health
Casey Meza is Executive Director, Strategy and Regional Services, at Kootenai Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Idaho and master’s in healthcare administration from Ohio State University. Before Kootenai Health, Casey served as CEO of two hospitals in North Central Idaho. During her 23 years as CEO, Casey developed a comprehensive medical team that served the needs of the 28,000 people in the area. She collaborated with her team to create a sustainable model between the hospitals, physicians and other organizations. She received the Shirley Ann Munroe Award and Award of Excellence in Patient Care.
April 7 - Karla Friede
CEO, Founder,& Board Member, NVoicePay
Friede has 20 years’ experience in management, finance, and marketing roles in large and early-stage companies. With the founding team, she has grown NVoicePay into a leading B2B Payment Network. Friede has also been President and CEO of privately held Zevez Corporation; VP of Marketing for GeoTrust (acquired by Verisign in 2006); co-founder of the Ascent Group, a strategy consulting firm; Director of Marketing at Mentor Graphics and part of the PBAS team at KPMG. Friede earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a BS in accounting from University of Idaho.
April 14 - Michael Fery
President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Management & Development
Michael N. Fery, “Mike” is the majority owner, CEO, and Chairman of Rocky Mountain Companies which consists of 41 limited liability companies and one S‐Corporation. Mike earned his bachelor’s of business administration (finance) degree from the University of Idaho and he is a graduate of the Northwest Commercial Lending School. With over 25 years of real estate, management and finance experience, he oversees a staff that works on projects from inception to completion. Mike ensures a high level of integrity and trust to fulfill the highest standards. Rocky Mountain Companies (RMC) own commercial real estate, limited service motels and car washes. RMC has developed over 60 commercial real estate projects valued in excess of $150,000,000.
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