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Mountain Home’s Alan Bermensolo named 2012 ‘Idaho Business Leader of the Year’; will be honored March 14 at Idaho State University

Posted February 22, 2012

Alan Bermensolo, CEO and president of B Transfer, Inc. and B Secure Self Storage, LLC, of Mountain Home, is the Idaho State University "Idaho Business Leader of the Year 2012."

Bermensolo will receive the award at the showcase event of the Idaho State University Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi in the Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University on Wednesday, March 14. Alpha Kappa Psi is the professional business fraternity at ISU.

Alan BermensoloThe 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 education activities. ISU College of Business students have presented this award since 1959. Previous honorees include a congressman, former governors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of some of Idaho's largest companies. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho.

Bermensolo is President and CEO of B Transfer Inc. and B Secure Self Storage, LLC. B Transfer specializes in corporate and government relocations. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1976 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in general business. Bermensolo has been awarded the following honors: induction into the 366th Fighter Wing Honorary Gunfighter Hall of Fame, 366th Fighter Wing Honorary Wing Commander in 2006 – 2007 and Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce "2003 Man of the Year." 

Bermensolo's father, a son of Basque immigrants, founded "B" Transfer, Inc. in 1958. He knew nothing about the moving and storage industry but realized that with the growth of Mountain Home Air Force Base that there was an opportunity for a 41-year-old entrepreneur. He began with a 6,000-square-foot warehouse and two small used trucks.

Alan Bermensolo grew up in the business, working part time after school. Following his college graduation in 1976, Bermensolo returned to the family’s moving and storage business full time. He continued to work there and took over as President and CEO in 1988. Today, he continues to focus on steady growth and long-term relationships with clients, vendors and employees.

B Transfer has 80,000 square feet of warehousing (40,000 commercial, 40,000 self-storage), 24 employees, and a fleet of local and long distance equipment. Bermensolo serves as its President and General Manager. Bermensolo is a hands-on business owner and manager. He has more than 35 years experience and knowledge in this industry. B Transfer’s 24 employees clearly understand Bermensolo's philosophy and mission: “We will make whatever goes wrong … right … and we will continually adjust the process to meet the customer’s needs.”

Bermensolo attributes his success to the hard work of the dedicated team of his employees and to his father.

Bermensolo's professional and industry memberships include American Moving and Storage Association; director Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce 1980 – present; Military Affairs Committee 1980 – present, chairman 1997 – 1998; Silver Wings of Idaho, 1999 – present, chairman 1999 – 2009; Mountain Home Fire Department, 1978 – present, 1990 - 2005 assistant fire chief; Air Combat Command Commander's Civic Leader Group member 2001 – present; Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Civic Leader Group Member 2008 – present; and the founder of the Jason Alan Bermensolo Memorial Scholarship at University of Idaho. 

Individual tickets to the March 14 banquet as well as event sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Shawn Kelsch, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, at (208) 282-4245, (208) 241-7441 or by e-mail at kelssha2@isu.edu.

A complete list of IBLOY award winners follows:

 

Idaho "Business Leader of the Year" Award Recipients

1959

M.T. Deaton

M.T. Deaton & Company

Pocatello

1960

Ralph R. Comstock, Sr.

First Security Bank

Boise

1961

Clarence Garrett

Garrett Freightlines

Pocatello

1962

Harry W. Morrison

Morrison-Knudson

Boise

1963

J.R. Simplot

J.R. Simplot Company

Boise

1964

C. Ed Flandro

Flandro Ford

Pocatello

1965

Robert V. Hansberger

Boise Cascade Company

Boise

1966

Thomas E. Roach

Idaho Power Company

Boise

1967

Dr. Frank Seelye

Dean, ISU College of Business

Pocatello

1968

Curtis Eaton, Sr.

Twin Falls Bank and Trust

Twin Falls

1969

Ralph R. Comstock, Jr.

First Security Bank

Boise

1970

J. Grant Bickmore

Idaho Bank and Trust

Pocatello

1971

Cecil Andrus

State of Idaho

Boise

1972

Albert Carlsen

Idaho Power Company

Boise

1973

John Dahl

J.R. Simplot Company

Boise

1974

Sy Block

Blocks, Inc.

Pocatello

1975

Robert D. Bolinder

Albertson's, Inc.

Boise

1976

J Allen Jensen

KID-TV

Idaho Falls

1978

Fred C. Humphreys

Idaho First National Bank

Boise

1981

Ted E. Ellis

Key Bank of Idaho

Boise

1982

Dale Dunn

J.R. Simplot Company

Boise

1983

Robert C. Hammond

Jensen Oil Company

Idaho Falls

1984

Harry F. Magnuson

H.F. Magnuson Company

Wallace

1985

Warren E. McCain

Albertson's, Inc.

Boise

1986

Jon H. Miller

Boise Cascade Company

Boise

1987

Park Price, III

Park Price Motor Company

Pocatello

1988

Sybil Ferguson

Diet Center

Rexburg

1990

Curtis Eaton, Jr.

First Security Bank

Twin Falls

1991

Keith Hinckley

Basic American Foods

Blackfoot

1992

Walter Minnick

T.J. International

Boise

1993

Don Aslett

Varsity Cleaners

Pocatello

1994

Gordon C. Smith

J.R. Simplot Company

Boise

1995

Sam H. Bennion

V-1 Oil Company

Idaho Falls

1996

Michael M. Mooney

Key Bank of Idaho

Boise

1997

Gary G. Michael

Albertson's, Inc.

Boise

1998

Frank L. Vandersloot

Melaleuca

Idaho Falls

1999

William C. Glynn

Intermountain Industries, Inc.

Boise

2000

Carolyn Ticknor

Hewlett-Packard

Boise

2001

Theodore Crumley

Boise Cascade Company

Boise

2002

ISU Centennial, all past winners honored

 

 

2003

James Rogers

Sunbelt Communications

Pocatello

2004

Chris King

AMI Semiconductor

Pocatello

2005

Ed Dahlberg

St. Luke's Regional Medical

Boise

2006

Duane B. Hagadone

Hagadone Corporation

Coeur d' Alene

2007

James Johnston

Home Specialists

Pocatello

2008

Arlo D. Luke

Varsity Contractors

Pocatello

2009

Douglas A. Sayer

Premier Technology, Inc.

Blackfoot

2010

Allen Dykman

Dykman Electrical, Inc.

Boise

2011

Charley Jones

Stinker Stores

Boise

2012

Alan Bermensolo

B Transfer Inc.

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