Jay Larsen is founder and CEO/President of the Idaho Technology Council, a private sector organization focused on developing the innovative ecosystem in Idaho and helping technology in Idaho and the region start, grow, and thrive. Larsen is a native Idahoan who obtained his BA from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Boise State University. Telecommunication has been the industry where Jay has spend 22 years of his career, with start-up long distance companies and has managed and led teams with U S WEST Cellular, AirTouch Cellular, Qwest Communication, and Verizon Wireless in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. During these 22 years, Larsen led teams pioneering new and implementing new wireless technologies and managed through several mergers and acquisitions. He has served on a U. S. Congressman’s staff as Director of Economic Development. Jay’s key areas of focus are organizational development, marketing, networks, innovation, and leadership. He has served on several boards focused on helping further Idaho talent and the development of innovation. Some of these boards are: Idaho Workforce Development Council, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, Boise State University CS Industry Advisory Board, Boise State University Foundation Board, Boise State University College of Business and Economics Industry Advisory Board, INBRE Advisory Board, Idaho K-12 CS Leadership Team. Larsen has coached several sports teams and lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two Jack Russell terriers. They have been blessed with four sons.
Laura Smith is the director of public relations at Idaho Central Credit Union. Laura and her husband Ryan live in Chubbuck and have two boys, ages 5 and 7. She describes her family life as busy, loving and fun.