Scentsy Inc. names new president; Former president, CEO of Scentsy become Co-CEOs

MERIDIAN — Executive changes are on their way to Meridian-based company Scentsy Inc.

On Monday the company announced Heidi and Orville Thompson, longtime president and CEO of the company, would share the title of Co-CEO moving forward. General Manager of Emerging Markets Dan Orchard will take over the position of president, starting Monday.

The Meridian-based company, employing about 1,063 people, celebrated 15 years in business this year and brought in $450 million in 2018.

In the past year, Heidi and Orville Thompson have scaled back their day-to-day involvement in many areas, as Scentsy executives and their teams are operating at a higher level, a release from Scentsy said. This has helped the Thompsons focus on long-term, high-level contributions.

“Since we started Scentsy 15 years ago, the two of us have worked side-by-side, leading the growth and development of the company while contributing our own strengths and passions,” said Heidi Thompson, Scentsy Co-CEO, in the release. “Despite having two different titles, we’ve always acted as Co-CEOs. So, now we’re making it official.”

Orchard has worked at Scentsy for 10 years and currently lives in Australia. He and his family will move back to the U.S. in the next few months to work from the company’s Meridian office.

New CEO at Larry H. Miller companies

SALT LAKE CITY — Steven E. Starks has been named chief executive officer and an executive member of the board, effective August 12 for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, according to a press release.

Starks will be leaving his post as president of the NBA’s Utah Jazz and LHM Sports and Entertainment, a position he’s held since 2015. As CEO, Starks will remain actively involved with Jazz basketball operations and continue to serve as an alternate member of the NBA Board of Governors.

Prior to joining the LHM Group, Starks worked for Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., where he helped manage the governor’s transition team and led The Utah Policy Partnership aimed at improving efficiencies within state government. He graduated from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies and completed an executive education program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Don Stirling, an executive vice president of LHM Sports and Entertainment, will assume the role of interim president for that entity and the Utah Jazz business operations until the position is filled.

Dean Fitzpatrick, a 31-year veteran of the Larry H. Miller Group, will continue as president of Larry H. Miller Dealerships. Fitzpatrick has held this role since 2012 and business will continue as usual.

New Dean chosen to lead the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

MERIDIAN — Thomas Mohr has been named the new Dean and chief academic officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective Oct. 21, 2019.

Previously, he served in senior roles at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado. Before that, he was division chief and associate professor at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition, he practiced full-spectrum primary care internal medicine for 10 years in Michigan through the MSU HealthTeam, and has continued to maintain a part-time clinical practice as a hospitalist in medically underserved regions. He received his D.O. degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, and earned a B.S. in biology and M.S. in neurobiology and physiology at Purdue University.

Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau adds sales manager

BOISE — Taylor Barton is the new sales and visitors services coordinator for The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. The coordinator role provides sales and visitor support to the director of sales, sales managers and the executive director of the Boise CVB.

Before joining the Boise CVB, Barton worked for Knitting Factory Entertainment, a national leader in the music and entertainment industry with a venue in Boise. She also worked as a direct mail specialist at Vacasa, an international vacation rental agency.

Barton, a native of Libby, Montana, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management and Marketing from the University of Montana.

Saltzer Health welcomes gastroenterologist Joel Lans

MERIDIAN — Dr. Joel I. Lans, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist with nearly 30 years of experience serving patients in the Midwest, has joined Saltzer Health. He specializes in general gastroenterology, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, pancreas and liver diseases, and colon diseases, including colonoscopy with polypectomy, said a press release.

Lans has worked as a gastroenterologist at GI Associates in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Lansing Area Gastroenterology in Lansing, Michigan, Carle Clinic Association in Urbana, Illinois, and Digestive Disease Consultants in Fort Myers, Florida.

A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Lans completed his residency in internal medicine and gastroenterology fellowship at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals and a therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at Gastroenterology Consultants Ltd. at Racine, Wisconsin.

Lans is practicing at the Portico Building in Meridian.

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