Board of Directors
Joe was named Apogee Enterprises, Inc. chief executive officer (CEO), president and a member of the board of directors in August 2011. With more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing businesses, direct industry experience and a proven track record of success in leadership positions, Joe has developed strategies to grow Apogee to $1 billion in sales through penetrating new geographies in the United States and internationally, introducing new products and entering new markets. At the same time, Apogee is focused on achieving double-digit operating margins by leveraging manufacturing capacity and pricing, and improving operations. Before joining Apogee, Joe served as president of Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Controls division, a $3 billion business. Prior to that, he led Honeywell Building Solutions, a global leader in the installation and service of integrated building solutions. He also held leadership positions in companies that were eventually bought by Honeywell, including Bendix Friction Materials and Garrett Engine Boosting System, and served in numerous executive and financial positions across Honeywell’s businesses. Board appointments include: Arctic Cat Inc., a leader in the manufacture and distribution of snowmobiles and ATVs (December 2012 until the company’s sale in March 2017); National Association of Manufacturers, Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Foundation, Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and the Minneapolis Club. Joe is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, made up of CEOs of the state’s largest employers. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master’s in business administration from Providence College. Joe enjoys competition trap shooting and bird hunting as well as snowmobiling, golfing and travel. Joe and his wife, Kathi, have homes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Huntington Beach, California, and Clam Lake, Wisconsin. They have two children, Katelyn, a professional equestrian and riding instructor, and Joseph III, an officer in the United States Navy serving in Norfolk, Virginia.
Marc Butler is CEO and co-founder of J.R. Butler, Inc., and also a local entrepreneur of several other companies. As CEO of J.R. Butler, an engineering, manufacturing, and construction company, Marc has faced his workforce development challenges with a unique spin. Marc developed a program called the Elite team ten years ago that trains five young leaders each year. The Elite team focuses on leadership, time management skills, personal financial skills, as well as, social graces, and communications skills. Marc, along with his business partner Matt Calkins, also created a program for their executives called Veritas which teaches critical thinking, leadership, communication, and most importantly, knowing thyself. Marc has served on many boards of directors, including Families of Character, Arrupe Jesuit High School, and Associated General Contractors, to name a few. Marc has been married for 26 years to his wife and high school sweetheart, Dawn. He’s the father of two girls and has two grandsons.
John is Vice Chairman, Community Banking and Branch Delivery at U.S. Bancorp. In this role, he oversees the bank’s branch network consisting of 3100 branches including metropolitan and community banking and in-store and on-site banking. John joined U.S. Bank as part of the Mercantile Bancorporation acquisition in 1999. At Mercantile, John was President of Mercantile Credit Corporation. Prior to that, he ran a group of community banks. He began his banking career in 1979. John currently serves on the U.S. Bancorp Foundation board, the Development Network board, the Killebrew Thompson Cancer Memorial board, and the Douglas County Foundation. He has also served as a board member on the Kansas Center for Research, American Institute of Banking, Chamber of Commerce Chairman, and the Lawrence Arts Center and the United Way. John is a graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in Accounting. He and his wife Rosy, have two children and reside in Lawrence, Kansas.
Georgie Fenton is the former Tournament Director and President of the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial. She managed the event for 20 years and presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Her history in the tournament management business dates back to the late 70’s and early 80’s when she acted as Tournament Coordinator for the Kapalua International, the Izusu Kapalua International and the Nissan Cup, PGA events with live television coverage from Maui, Hawaii. She resides in Sun Valley and Newport Beach with her husband Richard and has returned to the family business of real estate.
Russ is the former Chairman and CEO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. He served as the leader of the glass and engineering supplier for tall buildings of note servicing 9 of the tallest 18 buildings in the world during his tenure. Prior to heading Apogee, he was the president of the Glass Technologies division and held various leadership positions with the Glass Division from 1986 until he became CEO in 1998. Russ was a director from 1999 until 2016 at Hutchinson Technologies, a top global supplier of disk drive suspension assemblies. Russ was elected to the NCCI (a worker’s compensation company serving the insurance industry) board of directors in 2013 for a six-year term. In addition, Russ has held leadership positions with Guardian Industries, served as an engine engineer with Ford Motor Company and was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force. He has been a director with the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial since 2006 and served as its chairman in 2010 and 2011. Russ is currently a trustee at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
John D. Jackson, a Chevron, Texaco, Shell, 76 and ExxonMobil Marketer based in Meridian, Idaho, founded Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. in 1975 as a single service station in Caldwell, Idaho. Jacksons Food Stores has grown to be a nationally recognized chain of over 250 branded convenience stores/car washes in 6 western states. Jacksons Food Stores also owns joint venture with Chevron which includes over 800 sites in CA, WA, and OR.
John also founded and operates Jackson Energy, Capitol Distributing and Jackson Jet Center. Jackson Energy is a wholesale fuels and transportation company delivering to over 800 branded retail locations in 9 western states. Capitol Distributing is a grocery wholesaler that delivers merchandise to over 600 convenience store locations in six western states. Jackson Jet Center is a FBO offering air charter, maintenance, management and fuel.
John is a member or past member of several boards, such as St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, US Bank-Western Idaho, Boise State Foundation, Chairman National Shell Wholesale Council, Chevron Western Region Marketer Council, Idaho Petroleum Storage Tank Fund, Northwest Bank, Boise Art Museum and College of Idaho.
John has been recognized by several organizations, including Boise Area Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year” in 1993, Idaho Coaches Association “Distinguished Service” in 1998, United States Senator Mike Crapo’s “Spirit of Idaho” in 2003, “Idaho’s Brightest Star” in 2006 by Governor Dirk Kempthorn, The “Liberty Bell” by the Fourth District Bar Association in 2010 and the “Bronze Bronco” in 2011 from Boise State University.
National Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winner Mark Johnson returned to Idaho’s News Channel 7 in April of 1996. After spending 5 years between 1983 and 1988 at KTVB, Mark traveled to WISN-TV in Milwaukee where he continued his award winning style of sports broadcasting. He left Milwaukee in 1995 for WTAE-TV/ABC in Pittsburgh where he covered the Steelers in the 1996 Super Bowl while anchoring the Nightly Sports. In the Spring of ‘96 Mark was given the opportunity to return to his favorite place on earth and was KTVB’s Sports Director until December 2003 when he was promoted to the station’s main nightly news anchor. He has covered 6 Olympic games and won an Emmy for his work in Torino, Italy. Mark graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Radio-TV-Film in 1978. He went to work in Television Sports in 1980. He’s covered a wide variety of sports including: major league baseball, the PGA Tour, professional football and professional auto racing. Mark’s true passion is helping those in need. Since 1984 he has been involved with the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament which continues as his all-time favorite charity event. Mark married the former Chris Plishka (from Baraboo, Wisconsin) in 1992. They are avid Green Bay Packers fans and have passed the allegiance down to Mark’s adult twins Hannah and Lindsey, and now onto their teenage twin daughters Alexa & Grace. When he’s not hanging out with one of his many twin daughters, his hobbies include GOLF, skiing, and music. Mark’s goals are to someday be as good at putting as his wife. And to hit a golf ball as far as his teenage daughters.
Ross is the Chairman and CEO of Sinclair Oil Corporation. He joined Sinclair in June 2000 serving as Vice President of Exploration and Production where he led the company’s participation in pioneering the development of horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation in the Barnet Shale, America’s first unconventional resource play. In 2009, he assumed his current position managing the family owned, fully integrated oil company. For more than 100 years, Sinclair has produced transportation fuels for the traveling public and currently has the greatest refining capacity in the Rocky Mountain region.
Prior to joining Sinclair, Ross was the General Manager, Russia for Benton Oil and Gas. He was responsible for opening the company’s office in Moscow and for all company activity in the West Siberian Basin. Under his leadership, Benton initiated oil production in the Russian arctic and exported barrels to the international market. Prior to joining Benton, Ross held many positions over a seventeen year career with Union Pacific Resources.
Ross was the founding Executive Director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute and serves on its Advisory Board. He serves as a board member for the Grand America Hotels and Resorts and formerly was a Trustee for the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration in Utah.
Marvin May began his business career in 1966 with May Trucking Company, which, at that time, operated a small fleet of six trucks. Two years later Marvin purchased the Company and began to build it into the nationwide firm it is today. The Company operates both Refrigerated and Dry Van Divisions, and handles over 40 million pounds of freight daily. Marvin is also Managing Partner of Juniper Financial and Blackrock Financial. Both companies are involved in real estate investments and development, commercial real estate leasing and commercial equipment leasing. Marvin has taken a very active part in the transportation industry. He has held positions as president, vice president and/or director in many industry-related associations, including the American Trucking Association, ATA Litigation Board, Idaho Motor Transport Association, Interstate Truckload Carrier Conference, Western Highway Institute, and The Refrigerated Carrier Conference. He has also served on the board of directors of Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington. Marvin served as Chairman of the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in 1996 and 1997, and has been a loyal sponsor of the tournament since its inception. He was a recipient of the tournament’s Chairman’s Award in 1998. Marvin grew up in Payette, Idaho and attended the same High School as did Harmon Killebrew. At Harmon’s request May Trucking Company became a sponsor of the first Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. Marvin has two children and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Charlie, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Doug Oppenheimer is president of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., and several affiliated companies. Oppenheimer Companies is involved in national food sales, manufacturing and marketing. The company is also involved in commercial real estate development and is responsible for such buildings as One Capital Center, and the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Boise, as well as other projects.
Doug has been involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. He is currently: Treasurer, Alturas Institute; Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board; Director, Idaho Business for Education; Director, Idaho Film Foundation; Board of Governors, Andrus Center for Public Policy; Trustee, College of Idaho, Director, Idaho Community Foundation, President, Boy Scouts of America, Ore-Ida Council and St. Luke’s Health Foundation Board Member.
He has also served as: Director, Boise State University, College of Business; Board of Directors, Learning Lab of Idaho; Board of Directors, American Red Cross – Boise Chapter; Board of Directors, Community House; Chairman, Fundsy; President, Discovery Center of Idaho; Board of Directors, Boise Art Museum; Chairman, Arid Club; President, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation; and Director, Zoo Boise.
He is also the author of Sun Valley: A Biography. The first book written on the history of Sun Valley, Idaho.
Doug graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in journalism. He also attended World Campus Afloat as well as completed Stanford’s strategic marketing course. He received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Idaho in 2012. Doug lives in Boise and has five children and six grandchildren.
Evan Robertson is a member of Robertson & Slette PLLC, a Twin Falls, Idaho law firm. Evan graduated with honors from the University of Idaho School of Law and has practiced for over forty years in southern Idaho primarily in the areas of business law, real estate acquisition and development, and water law. In addition, Evan has for twenty years been involved in the ownership and operation of a farming and ranching business. Evan and his wife, Roberta, have been married for fifty years and have two daughters, Sara, a landscape architect living in Eugene, and Laura, a veterinarian in Seattle.