News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 25, 2010 — Vol. 26 No. 4

Boise business owner named Idaho Business Leader of the Year

Allen Dykman

Allen Dykman, owner and president of Dykman Electrical, Inc., Boise, will be recognized as “Idaho Business Leader of the Year 2010” at the showcase event of the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity at Idaho State University.

The dinner event will be held in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at Idaho State University on Thursday, March 11.

The 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. Awarded by ISU College of Business students since 1959, 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 such program in Idaho.

Dykman attended Boise State University on a football scholarship and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1975, then worked for the family business, Dyke’s Poleline Electric of Pocatello, selling electrical equipment before deciding to start his own business.

Dykman Electrical, Inc. was founded in 1981 by Allen Dykman and his wife, Dixie. Beginning as a two-person operation selling electrical motors from the family garage, Dykman Electrical now has presence in nine states and ships product to distributors, equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world. The company stocks the West’s largest inventory of electric motors, drives, controls and reducers and is an exclusive manufacturer’s distributor for such internationally-known brands as Toshiba, Siemens, General Electric, Benshaw, Teco, Westinghouse, ABB and Yaskawa. The company now employs more than 50.

His lengthy and distinguished record of community service includes support of and active participation in the work of Boise State University, Rachael’s Challenge, the YMCA Horsethief Camp Project, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lift Up America, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the Boise Rescue Mission, the Make A Wish Foundation and local churches.

Dykman and his wife, Dixie, have long supported education in Idaho through a wide variety of charities in addition to endowing scholarships at Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho.

Dykman currently serves on the executive committee of the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl and is a past president of the BSU Alumni Association, the Bronco Athletic Association and the Boise State Foundation. He also served as president of Hillcrest Country Club. He was awarded BSU Distinguished Alumni award and received BSU’s Silver Medal Award for his service to the university and the community. He is a member of the Highland High School Hall of Fame and the Idaho Football Hall of Fame.

Although he has enjoyed tremendous business success, he is most proud of his marriage and two children. Family always comes first at Dykman Electrical, Inc.

Individual tickets to the March 11 banquet are $35 and event sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Mickenzie Bringhurst, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, at (208) 380-2000 or by e-mail at