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 that is worthwhile to the community, civic, and educational activities. 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

       Student Brothers are soliciting nominations for consideration throughout the entire year before the event takes place. 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 them as the Idaho Business Leader of the Year.


Idaho Business Leader of the Year for 2022

Lori Otter is a familiar name in Idaho. As the former First Lady of the Gem State from 2007 to 2019, Lori is now one of Idaho’s foremost luxury real estate agents. If you are looking to buy or sell, nobody knows Idaho like Lori.

Growing up in the rural community of Kimberly, Lori attended Idaho schools for her undergrad and graduate studies. In 1991, she won the Miss Idaho USA title and went on to represent Idaho in the Miss USA pageant.

After graduation, she taught English, health, and physical education for K-12 in Idaho’s public education system, with a competitive passion for coaching junior high and high school girls basketball and volleyball for 13 years in the Meridian School District. Coaching three  State Champion teams at Centennial High School.

When her husband, Governor Butch Otter retired, Lori’s tenure as First Lady ended, but she continued to pursue public service. Today, she actively participates in nonprofit capacities throughout Idaho, including projects with the United Way, Boise Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Rural Partnership, Ada County Meridian Boys and Girls Club, “See, Tell, NOW!”, Special Olympics World Games. Currently, she is now serving as Chief Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership. In other words, Lori remains committed to serving the communities of Idaho.

Real estate is where Lori has found her greatest success across the state in her third career. In her first year in the industry, she ranked in the top 14% of agents and earned placement in the Honor Society at Berkshire Hathaway. In her second year, she received her Certified Luxury Marketing Home Specialist designation and was on the Honor Roll again. She approaches real estate and serves her clients with the same commitment and purpose she displayed as First Lady, helping Idahoans achieve their real estate goals and dreams.

Beyond her real estate experience, educational pursuits, and volunteer efforts, Lori has also co-written five children’s book about Idaho History and the State Capital. When she isn’t with her clients, she enjoys riding horses and tram roping with her husband at her ranch in Star.

She also competes in Mountain Trail Horse Challenges, where she won Rookie rider on her horse Rock her first year. When and if she finds a free moment, you might find her on the tennis court or at her easel, painting Idaho in award-winning watercolors and multi media acrylic.

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