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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 2021

Lori Otter has been a major advocate for education. She is a member of the Treasure Valley Reading Foundation and is a former educator herself. She has a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.Lori Otter is also the CEO of the organization Idaho Women in Leadership(I-WIL) which is an organization that provides leadership training in Business and the Corporate sector.

She has serviced as an ambassador to the Special Olympics World Games and a member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce.

She is currently a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Realty, in addition to her work with Idaho Women in Leadership

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