Posted December 19, 2007
Arlo D. Luke, CEO of Varsity Contractors, Inc., has been named “Idaho Business Leader of the Year” by the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University. He is the 45th recipient of the award.
The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community and civic activities.
Luke served as president and CEO for Pocatello-based Varsity Contractors, Inc. for 28 years. He joined the company in 1978 when the company was generating $8 million in sales with an employee force of several hundred. Today, company revenues exceed $250 million with more than 5,000 employees in 48 states.
He is the founder of Valley Pride, a civic beautification organization, and he is a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving on the executive board of the Grand Teton council. Luke also serves as co-chair of the Idaho International Choral Festival and as a member of the Idaho State University Foundation board of directors.
Luke will receive the award at Alpha Kappa Psi’s annual banquet on Feb. 26 at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University. Tickets, at $40, will go on sale in January. For more information, contact Cassey Newbold, Alpha Kappa Psi publicity chair, at (208) 241-8099 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For more information on the ISU College of Business visit www.cob.isu.edu.
A complete list of previous award winners is herewith.
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
1978 Fred C. Humphreys Idaho First National Bank Boise
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
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