Posted January 21, 2009
Douglas A. Sayer, founder and president of Premier Technology, Inc., will be recognized as “Idaho Business Leader of the Year” at the showcase event of the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University.
The dinner event will be held in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University on Thursday, March 12.
The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community, civic and education activities. Awarded by ISU College of Business students since 1959, previous honorees have included a congressman-elect, former governors, entrepreneurs and leaders of some of Idaho’s largest companies. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho.
Premier Technology, Inc. which was formed in 1996 with only three employees, began by making equipment to improve the way French-fries were battered. The company went on to develop a number of innovative products for the food processing industry.
Under Sayer’s leadership, the company has grown into an engineering, design and fabrication company with more than 350 employees. Company facilities in Blackfoot, Pocatello and Twin Falls serve the nuclear, chemical, mining, pharmaceutical, medical and defense communities while remaining a major player in food processing. The company’s products include structural decks, tanks and silos, sanitary piping, conveyors and radiation shielding and equipment.
The company has joined the ranks of the top 75 Idaho private companies, now ranked in 56th place, up from 83rd place last year.
Employee development at Premier is reflected in the company’s mission statement, which is prominently posted at the entrance to Premier’s corporate offices in Blackfoot: “To develop our people into the leaders of the industry, while providing our customers with the highest quality service.”
Sayer is also committed to Rural Idaho Outreach Partners (RIOP), which aims to build workers’ employable skills in some of the state’s rural areas. One Salmon-based firm, Commander Chassis, has already performed nuclear quality machining work for Premier. Premier Technology has also announced plans to open a plant in Sayer’s hometown of Mackay in early 2010. The plant will employ 10 to 50 workers.
In addition to generous support of community charities, foundations and organizations, Sayer has also been a supporting member of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve since 2004. Premier Technology was recognized with the “Employer of Veterans” award from the Idaho American Legion in 2008.
Ticket and table pricing information will be available soon. For more information now, contact Cassey Newbold, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, at (208) 241-8099 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete list of award winners follows:
Idaho “Business Leader of the Year” Award Recipients
1959 M.T. Deaton, M.T. Deaton & Company, Pocatello
1960 Ralph R. Comstock, Sr., First Security Bank, Boise
1961 Clarence Garrett, Garrett Freightlines, Pocatello
1962 Harry W. Morrison, Morrison-Knudson, Boise
1963 J.R. Simplot, J.R. Simplot Company, Boise
1964 C. Ed Flandro, Flandro Ford, Pocatello
1965 Robert V. Hansberger, Boise Cascade Company, Boise
1966 Thomas E. Roach, Idaho Power Company, Boise
1967 Dr. Frank Seelye Dean, ISU College of Business, Pocatello
1968 Curtis Eaton, Sr., Twin Falls Bank and Trust, Twin Falls
1969 Ralph R. Comstock, Jr., First Security Bank, Boise
1970 J. Grant Bickmore, Idaho Bank and Trust, Pocatello
1971 Cecil Andrus, State of Idaho, Boise
1972 Albert Carlsen, Idaho Power Company, Boise
1973 John Dahl, J.R. Simplot Company, Boise
1974 Sy Block, Blocks, Inc., Pocatello
1975 Robert D. Bolinder, Albertson's, Inc., Boise
1976 J Allen Jensen, KID-TV, Idaho Falls
1977 No award
1978 Fred C. Humphreys, Idaho First National Bank, Boise
1979 No award
1980 No award
1981 Ted E. Ellis, Key Bank of Idaho, Boise
1982 Dale Dunn, J.R. Simplot Company, Boise
1983 Robert C. Hammond, Jensen Oil Company, Idaho Falls
1984 Harry F. Magnuson, H.F. Magnuson Company, Wallace
1985 Warren E. McCain, Albertson's, Inc., Boise
1986 Jon H. Miller, Boise Cascade Company, Boise
1987 Park Price, III, Park Price Motor Company, Pocatello
1988 Sybil Ferguson, Diet Center, Rexburg
1989 No award
1990 Curtis Eaton, Jr., First Security Bank, Twin Falls
1991 Keith Hinckley, Basic American Foods, Blackfoot
1992 Walter Minnick, T.J. International, Boise
1993 Don Aslett, Varsity Cleaners, Pocatello
1994 Gordon C. Smith, J.R. Simplot Company, Boise
1995 Sam H. Bennion, V-1 Oil Company, Idaho Falls
1996 Michael M. Mooney, Key Bank of Idaho, Boise
1997 Gary G. Michael, Albertson's, Inc., Boise
1998 Frank L. Vandersloot, Melaleuca, Idaho Falls
1999 William C. Glynn, Intermountain Industries, Inc., Boise
2000 Carolyn Ticknor, Hewlett-Packard, Boise
2001 Theodore Crumley, Boise Cascade Company, Boise
2002 ISU Centennial, all past winners honored
2003 James Rogers , Sunbelt Communications, Pocatello
2004 Chris King, AMI Semiconductor, Pocatello
2005 Ed Dahlberg, St. Luke's Regional Medical, Boise
2006 Duane B. Hagadone, Hagadone Corporation, Coeur d' Alene
2007 James Johnston, Home Specialists, Pocatello
2008 Arlo D. Luke, Varsity Contractors, Pocatello
2009 Douglas A. Sayer, Premier Technology, Inc., Blackfoot