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Carr joins state board for American Red Cross

Steve Carr, of Idaho Falls, is the newest member of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho’s board of directors, a position he also held in the mid-1980s.

The appointment was announced in a Red Cross news release.

Carr, an attorney and owner of Carr Land and Title, has served the Red Cross in several capacities over the course of three decades both locally and abroad, the release said. Most notably Carr was the only American elected to the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Standing Commission is the highest governing body of the worldwide organization. He was elected to two terms and served as the commission’s vice chairman.

Carr, who has a degree in political science from Utah State University and a law degree from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, served on the Red Cross Board of Governors from 2002 to 2008 and chaired the International Services Committee. He also served on the board of Refugees International.

“I would not have stayed with the Red Cross if I didn’t see how important the work was,” Carr said in the release. “I think what keeps me involved more than anything is the commitment to neutrality. I like the idea of the Red Cross serving anyone and everyone despite what side of the world they’re on and what side of the war they’re on. It’s the humanity, serving the victims of crime and disaster, and the efficiency of what we do.”

Sawtooth Society executive director O’Malley retires

Gary O’Malley, the Sawtooth Society’s executive director, will retire at the end of the year.

O’Malley has served in that role for nine years, a Society news release said.

O’Malley’s accomplishments include launching the successful Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program, overseeing more than 100 recreation enhancement projects through the Society’s grant program, serving as a tireless advocate for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) and leading the Society’s efforts to secure Wilderness protection for the Boulder-White Clouds Mountains, the release said.

The Sawtooth Society, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, offers memberships, programs, grants and volunteer opportunities, the release said. It is the only organization — public or private — dedicated solely to preserving, protecting and enhancing the 756,000-acre Sawtooth NRA for future generations, the release said.

For information, visit the Sawtooth Society’s website sawtoothsociety .org.

I.F. Police Dept. promotes two

The Idaho Falls Police Department announced that Lts. Steve Hunt and Bill Squires have been promoted to the rank of captain.

Squires started working for the department in 1995. He has served as a patrol officer and a patrol supervisor for the majority of his career, a department news release said. He also worked full-time in narcotics enforcement, both as a detective and a supervisor. For more than 20 years, he has served as a SWAT Team Leader and recently began serving as an incident command for the Idaho State Region 3 Incident Management Team.

Squires holds a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University in vocational teacher education and an MBA from Western Governors University in Utah.

“The people of Idaho Falls, and the men and women that I get the privilege of working with every day, make my job great,” Squires said in the release. “I’m very excited about the future of our department and am so grateful to be part of it.”

Hunt has served the department since 1993, holding a number of assignments. He has a special interest in meeting the needs of the mentally ill population, the release said. Hunt has undergone specialized training while part of the Crisis Intervention Team. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Region 7 Crisis Intervention Team and serves on the Board for the Behavioral Health Crisis Center of East Idaho.

Hunt served for five years in the U.S. Marines, including a Gulf War deployment, the release said. Hunt graduated from ISU’s School of Applied Technology for Law Enforcement and holds a Management Certification from the Idaho Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Academy.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to serve in an executive leadership role in the Idaho Falls Police Department,” Hunt said in the release.

King honored for building relationships

Kevin C. King, a CFP with Edward Jones in Idaho Falls, recently won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

King was one of 1,916 of the firm’s more than 15,000 financial advisers to receive the Armstrong award, a firm news release said.

The award is named after Ed Armstrong who built a successful branch office and contributed to his community in Grand Island, Neb.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

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MCS Advertising welcomes strategist

Lexi Jensen has joined the award-winning marketing agency, MCS Advertising.

Jensen comes to MCS from The Beauty Industry Group based in Salt Lake City, an MCS news release said.

Jensen brings a variety of social media strategies, experience and ideas to the firm. She also has experience in writing, public relations and trade show event implementation and marketing.

Jensen, a San Diego native, graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor of communication degree in 2014 and is on track to add a master of strategic communication degree from Westminster College in May, the release said.

“Adding Lexi’s eye and experience to our media planning and advertising efforts will not only ensure our clients are getting the best bang for the buck, but their content and messaging will benefit greatly from her creativity and energy,” said Lisa Fischbach, MCS advertising principal, in the release.

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NTP designation given to Olsen

Daryl Olsen has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association, the national trade association of the land title insurance industry.

Olsen, who has worked in the title industry for more than a decade, is senior vice president and regional manager for Alliance Title &Escrow Corp., in Idaho Falls.

Olsen is the second National Title Professional designee from Idaho, joining more than 80 other industry leaders from around the country who’ve earned the professional designation, which recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate “the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property,” an association news release said.

(Daryl’s) dedication and enthusiasm for the land title industry make him a much-deserved recipient of a National Title Professional designation,” Association President Steven G. Day said in the release.