EISF's Bird named Fair Manager of the Year

The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs named Eastern Idaho State Fair General Manager Brandon Bird as the receiptent of the Kermit Fleming Fair Manager of the Year award. The award, announced during the association's 93rd annual convention, is given annually to an outstanding fair manager throughout the 11 states in the Rocky Mountain region and Canadian providences.

“We are fortunate to have Brandon leading the day to day activities of the fair," said Eastern Idaho State Fair Board Chairman George Hamilton in a news release. "He works well with people and takes pride in improving the fair experience.” 

During Bird’s 9-year tenure the fair has set attendance records five times, the release said. Several improvements to the grounds have been made including: adding and renovating restrooms, additional paved walking paths and the purchasing of property for future-expansion projects. Bird also has been instrumental in developing a long-term plan that will expand and improve the north side of the fairgrounds.

Currently, the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs serves more than 800 members, representing fair-related businesses, fair management, fair board directors, festivals and industry associations. Bird served as the organization's president in 2016.

Fall River Electric names
new member service manager

Sheena Stricker is the new member service manager for Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative headquartered in Ashton.

Stricker came to Fall River from Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks, Alaska, after a career of 10 years while most recently serving as member service supervisor, a Fall River news release said. 

Stricker has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business and an occupational endorsement in sustainable energy from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

“We are so pleased to have Sheena join us due in part to her extensive experience in the customer service field and the significant contributions she made while at Golden Valley," said Bryan Case, Fall River’s CEO/general manager, in the release. "She will be a tremendous addition to our management team.”

In her role as member service manager Stricker will direct the customer service activities of a staff of nine as well as communications and energy conservation efforts.

Sestero is the 2018 RMSPGA's
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year

Luke Sestero, PGA Assistant Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, has been named the 2018 Assistant Professional of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA.

Sestero, a Skyline High School graduate, began his career at Crane Creek in 2011 and this is his first Section honor as a PGA Professional.

Sestero's responsibilities include managing the outside services staff and he created training tools which emphasize the importance of consistency and teamwork, a Rocky Mountain Section PGA news release said. He also fills in when the club’s head professional travels to fulfill his service as a district director.

Sestero also teaches the game. He gave more than 250 lessons this last season working with people of all abilities and ages, the release said. He lead three Get Golf Ready classes, provided free clinics for the Crane Creek Ladies’ Golf Association and had "a huge role in the club’s substantial junior program," the release said. 

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