Idaho Business Leader of the Year

       The Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year (IBLOY) award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community, civic, and educational activities. Each spring, the Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi hosts the recipient for a week, culminating with a banquet in their honor at the end.

       This award is distinctive at Idaho State University and throughout the Alpha Kappa Psi national fraternity because the solicitation of nominations, the selection of the honoree, planning of the IBLOY week-long events, and presentation of the award are completely student driven by the brothers of the Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi and have been since 1959. Since its inception, more than fifty elite Idaho business leaders have been recognized. Previous honorees have included a congressman, former governors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of some of Idaho’s largest companies. The recognition program is the longest-standing of its kind in Idaho.

How Recipients are Chosen

       Starting in the fall semester, the student Brothers start soliciting nominations for consideration. People from around Idaho nominate someone whom they feel best fits the criteria for the Idaho Business Leader of the Year award. The person writing the nomination fills out the online submission form or emails a copy of the document to our IBLOY Chair.

       After the nomination period is over, the Brothers complete the selection process. They are allowed the use of the Simplot Room on the ISU campus to conduct a non-biased discussion about the nominations, with identifying information removed to ensure the decision remains unbiased. They then vote on each of the nominations based on the presented criteria from the nomination, the discussion, and the Alpha Kappa Psi core values.

       Once the voting has finished, the Brothers plan a trip to the winner's workplace to announce to the winner that they have been chosen for the Idaho Business Leader of the Year award. The planning for the week-long event continues with the Brothers announcing the winner to the public, as well as planning visits to classes in the recipient’s areas of work and interest and events to hold throughout the week with the recipient and up to two business partners of his/her choice. The week ends with a banquet, traditionally on a Thursday night, honoring the recipient and awarding him/her as the Idaho Business Leader of the Year.

How to Nominate Someone

       Each fall, we open nominations up for submissions. We have an IBLOY committee that works hard throughout the year to ensure the integrity and prestige of the event stays true to our fraternity values. Nominators can fill out an online submission form at our nomination page  or they can contact our IBLOY Chair (akpsideltau@gmail.com, subject line IBLOY) to submit their written nomination. The Brothers will announce when the submissions will open and close through social media, online news outlets, word of mouth and our own website.

       If you want to submit a nomination, please know we take the submission and picking an honoree seriously.The Idaho Business Leader of the Year recipient will be chosen based on the following qualifications:

  1. Work for an Idaho based company or organization.
  2. Be an influential leader within their company or organization.
  3. Be an influential leader in their community and be active in community service.
  4. Be a supporter of education.
  5. Demonstrate by example the use of ethics in business.
  6. Demonstrate by example the core values of Alpha Kappa Psi; Brotherhood, Integrity, Service, Unity, and Knowledge.
  7. Cannot be a past recipient of the Idaho Business Leader of the Year award.

If you would like an idea of two past nomination submissions, nominators can view the examples on our Nominations Examples page.