The election for ICEA’s Board of Directors is open until June 30. Below are bios for the candidates.
Leif Elgethun is a licensed professional engineer and a Senior VP of Site Based Energy, a Boise-based energy services company. He has experience selling high-efficiency lighting systems with a focus on LED technology. Leif serves as President of the Idaho Clean Energy Association and Co-Chair of the YMCA’s Building and Property Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Idaho Chapter of USGBC and has been on the board of several organizations. When Leif isn’t busy building our company or helping improve our community, he can often be found biking, running or rafting somewhere in Idaho.
Duncan Morton III, CFA has 20 years of financial services experience. Duncan is Managing Director of Summit Creek Capital LLC, an investment holding company with interests in distributed energy generation and community development focused on sustainable food systems. In addition, Duncan holds the Series 65 Investment Advisor Representative license and offers investment advisory services through CONCERT Wealth Management, Inc., a SEC Registered Investment Advisor.
Prior to founding Summit Creek Capital in 2012, Duncan worked with UBS Financial Services, Inc., as vice president-investments and branch manager in Sun Valley, Idaho. There, he focused on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP), providing tax deferral strategies and building post-transaction investment portfolios. In addition, he provided individuals, families, and institutions with short and long-range wealth management services, including lending solutions, equity risk strategies, and financial and estate planning. Earlier, Duncan worked as a financial analyst at Moss Adams LLC in Seattle, Wash., advising privately-held companies and family limited partnerships with specific focus on valuations, estate and tax situations, and fairness opinions.
Duncan is a member of the CFA Institute and is a Chartered Financial Analyst; he earned a master’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As an avid mountain biker and skier Duncan has been a resident of Idaho since 1998. He serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of The Sage School in Hailey, Idaho.
Ben Otto was born and raised in the California’s San Francisco Bay Area. After summers spent in the mountains near Yosemite, Ben earned an Outdoor Education degree from Prescott College in Arizona. He worked for several years leading backpacking programs, teaching skiing and kayaking, and working in kitchens. Over time, he saw the places he enjoyed become polluted and the public lose access to wild lands. Since he loved to read and write, Ben went to law school to study environmental law. After a Master’s in Law from Vermont Law School and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark in Portland, he moved to Boise in 2009. Going into law school Ben planned to study pollution and public lands law. By chance he took an energy law class and the rest is history. He saw that energy production and transmission has a huge impact on our environment, and saw the opportunity before us to fundamentally change this system. Luckily, Ben found his current job as the Energy Associate for the Idaho Conservation League. Every day he work to change state policy to encourage energy savings and replace fossil fuels with Idaho’s clean energy resources. When he’s not working Ben explores Idaho on his bike, skis, kayak, or boots.
Andy Tyson, co-founder and owner of Creative Energies and manager of the Creative Energies Idaho Office. Andy is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer. With training from Solar Energy International and Rainshadow solar, Andy has been designing and installing solar electric systems since 1999. He regularly volunteers with organizations in the region that are committed to encouraging smart and efficient energy use and currently serves as a board member of the Charture Institute and the Idaho Clean Energy Association. He has had a long career as an international mountain guide and expedition leader, working with NOLS, Exum, Alpine Ascents, and Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions. He is a published author and lives with his wife Molly in their passive solar and solar electric home in Victor, Idaho.
Dr. Ian Warren is a Registered Professional Geologist who earned his PhD Geology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his M.Sc. Geology from Idaho State University. His studies in New Zealand included field and course work at the Geothermal Institute on the geology and geochemistry of modern geothermal systems and epithermal environments. He was formerly a Project Geologist for Yamana Gold Inc. and Meridian Gold Inc. and was a consulting geologist for Cominco Alaska, Cominco American, and White Knight Resources.