People in Business




Ammon announces appointment

of new city administrator

The city of Ammon announced that Micah Austin will be its new city administrator, effective at the end of this month.

Austin takes over for Administrator/Planning Director Ron Folsom, who is retiring at the beginning of May. Folsom has been with the city since 2001, and prior to that was on the Ammon Planning and Zoning Board since 1988.

Austin is currently the planning and building director with the city of Ketchum, where he rewrote the 1974 land use ordinance, eliminating more than 200 pages of the zoning code and modernizing the structure and layout of the ordinance, a city of Ammon news release said. Those efforts were recognized by the Association of Idaho Cities, which awarded Ketchum with the best zoning code rewrite of 2016.

Austin also led the drafting of zoning regulations dealing with design review, floodplain, dark sky lighting, snow storage, signage and gas stations, the release said. He also helped supervise the effort to designate Ketchum as an International Dark Sky Community last year, making it the first dark sky reserve in the nation.

Prior to working in Ketchum, Austin worked for the cities of Hailey and Jerome. Austin has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Utah State University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University with a focus on city management.

“I am confident that Micah Austin’s experience will quickly prove to be a great asset for the city of Ammon,” Mayor Sean Coletti said in the release. “He is a team player and a leader. I am excited for the community and the city staff to get to know and work with him in this new role.”

Dr. Rahim to address ISU

College of Business event

Dr. Fahim Rahim, nephrologist and co-founder of the Idaho Kidney Institute, will speak on behalf of the Idaho State University College of Business’s Wells Fargo Speaker Series on March 29.

Lunch will be served at noon followed by Rahim’s presentation from 12:20 to 1 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom on the Pocatello campus, an ISU news release said.

Rahim is well known for his philanthropic and innovative business contributions to health care and rural communities in need. Additionally, Rahim, along with his brother Naeem, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2010 as recognition for their service and dedication to their field. The brothers also established the JRM Foundation for Humanity in 2010.

Among his business ventures, Rahim and his brother own and operate the three offices of the Idaho Kidney Institute.

As both a successful businessman and physician in the eastern Idaho area, Rahim will provide great insight into the business side of the health care industry for students and community members attending March’s event, the release said.

The Speaker Series event is open to students, ISU employees and the public. To reserve your space, contact Gail Hunt at or call 208-282-2504.

Hughes is featured

speaker at Chamber event

Michael Hughes from Northwest Cosmetic Labs will be featured in this month’s Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Speaker Series event.

The event is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at The Waterfront at Snake River Landing, 1220 Event Center Drive.

UPS honors Idaho drivers

for 25 years of safe driving

UPS announced last week that eight elite drivers from Idaho are among 1,582 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Idaho boasts 44 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 1,012 years of accident-free driving. Jack Pruitt of Rigby is the state’s senior-most safe driver with 34 years of accident-free driving under his belt, the release said. There are 575 total full-time UPS drivers in Idaho.

Joe Hyde, of Idaho Falls, was the only eastern Idaho driver among the most recent class of inductees.

Globally, 10,504 UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 257,221 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times.