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Buckner producers make U.S. Top 100

Brad Nielson and Doug Ball, from the Buckner Company’s Idaho Falls division, were ranked in the Top 100 of Insurance Business America’s Top Producers of 2018.

Insurance Business America is a magazine highlighting best practices within the insurance industry. It features industry reports recognizing achievements of key individuals and businesses. It is published in five countries and in Asia.

Both Ball and Nielson have more than 40 years’ experience in the insurance industry, a Buckner Company news release said.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Buckner Company CEO and Owner Terry Buckner said in the release. “These are true professionals who represent the best the industry has to offer. Their commitment to providing truly exceptional services to their clients and carrier partners is the secret behind their success. They are the standard which our industry should always strive for.”

Former I.F. resident named to 20 Under 40 list

An Idaho Falls native was honored Friday in Pocatello as one of the Idaho State Journal’s third annual Twenty Under 40 award winners.

The awards ceremony was held at Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State University campus.

Spencer Gilbert, of Pocatello, is the CEO of two bioscience companies, NellOne Therapeutics and Enzerna BioSciences. The Idaho Falls native studied at Idaho State University before attending Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Oxford in England, the Journal reported.

“I’ve worked in the White House, the U.S. Senate and advised governments both large and small,” Gilbert told the Journal.

Gilbert returned to eastern Idaho last year from Chapel Hill, N.C. A successful CEO and investor in the technology and agroscience sectors, Gilbert said his goal is to create a research and development parkway stretching from Rexburg to Twin Falls, the Journal reported.

“Our partners had the idea to purchase agricultural farms in Idaho,” Gilbert told the Journal. “And the longer we stayed here, the more we started to see the wage and educational problems. We decided to stay and bring as many companies as we could into the state. I have worked with giant investment firms — not a hundred million, we’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars — to try and create a Silicon Valley-type culture in Idaho that is Idaho unique.”

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