Posted January 25, 2008
Arlo D. Luke, CEO of Varsity Contractors, Inc., will be recognized as “Idaho Business Leader of the Year” at the annual banquet of the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University.
The banquet will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.
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. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho and Luke will be the 45th recipient of the award.
Tickets for the event at $40 may be purchased via PayPal (www.paypal.com) with an e-mail to email@example.com or by cash, check or credit card at the door. All ticketholders are invited to a reception hosted by ISU president Arthur C. Vailas Ph.D., beginning at 6 p.m.
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.
For more information, contact Ben Clark, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, at (208) 403-7603 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete list of previous 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
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