Josh has over 15 years of experience in online media sales and advertising revenue operations. In 2009, he founded iMediaAudiences, a virtual company with remote, home-based workers across the U.S., India, the Philippines, and Central America. iMedia's goal is to simplify online advertising for local and national brands by offering sensible, online advertising programs with Google, Bing, and Facebook that help local brands reach massive local online audiences.. iMedia also exclusively represents large media companies including CNN Newsource, This Old House, Ancestry.com sites, and a network of sports video ads that run before NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA, and other sports highlights.
Josh earned an MBA in strategy from Boston University and a BA in marketing communications from Brigham Young University. He graduated from Ricks College with an AA in Honors. After working for his college newspaper Josh founded ezADit.com, an online, college newspaper broker, which merged with College Publisher/Y2M (now part of MTV/Viacom). Following the merger, he quickly became a top online revenue driver, selling the first advertising on Facebook and other sites. Josh then joined and managed the online advertising and content sales team at Intellicast.com (The Weather Channel Companies/NBC Universal). He later became the top revenue producer in New England for United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD, Classmates.com, NetZero, Juno, FTD Floral).
Sixteen years after moving to New England, Josh and his wife Emma consider it home. They have three children: Julian, Nina, and Simon. Their family loves to travel, and have visited South and Central America extensively. Josh loves finding new ways to build businesses, driving his Kubota tractor, waterskiing in New Hampshire, and working on various side gigs.
Alisha is originally from Utah and graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in computer information technology. Her education helped her start a meaningful and gratifying career at USAA where she has developed and enabled technology solutions for the military community. Over the years she has held many different roles—namely, software developer, UI/UX creative producer, project manager, IT technical manager and IT technical director. Her experience has spanned mobile, dotcom, MSR portal, and IVR platforms. Her most notable work accomplishments include her involvement in Deposit@Mobile, the mobile app redesign and USAA’s original implementation of Apple Pay.
Alisha served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Madagascar which has fueled her passion for travel resulting in visits to 47 states and 22 countries across five continents. Alisha married Jacob Stratton in 2016 and they are expecting a baby girl in April.
As the first executive director of Rising Star Outreach, Amy Antonelli spent seven years living and working in leprosy colonies in India. Prior to her work in India, Amy acted as a spokesperson for Apple's executive officers, including CEO Steve Jobs, and was instrumental in building PowerSchool, Inc., leading up to its acquisition by Apple in 2002. In 2014, she led an initiative with the leadership team at Facebook to develop a mission-driven workforce. She then helped to develop a mentoring strategy for the new Self-Reliance program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2016 she became the CEO of Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), an independent nonprofit organization that operates sustainable humanitarian expeditions for nearly 4,000 teenagers to 36 global locations. A Center for Social Innovation fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Amy received a BA from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Harvard. Amy is a one-time marathon runner, a calligrapher, and a returned missionary from Italy. She considers Palo Alto, California home, and she can often be found hiking the Stanford hills with her friends and family.
Ball Ventures Ahlquist (BVA) CEO Tommy Ahlquist can best be described as a visionary who gets things done. Tommy’s work ethic, paired with his inherent ability to see opportunity and turn it into something tangible and profitable, has enabled him to practice a successful career as an emergency room physician, start and operate several successful companies, and run a campaign to serve as the governor of Idaho.
A self-described serial entrepreneur, Tommy first tried his hand at business as a teenager. Later, while running several companies, Tommy worked his way through medical school at the University of Utah and residency at the University of Arizona in emergency medicine. Tommy went on to practice as a full-time ER doctor for 18 years, treating over 45,000 patients over the course of his career. It was during his time practicing medicine and discovering his aptitude for business that Tommy coined the phrase “you better have kerosene in your veins”—a mantra he has lived by throughout his career.
Tommy founded Stat PADS in 2001 after witnessing the life-saving power of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in his experience as an ER doctor and identifying the market space for service-based program oversight. Stat PADS is now the premier defibrillation service company in the country. In 2005, he started Ahlquist Development, a commercial development company. Under Tommy’s leadership, Ahlquist Development owned and developed over two million square feet of office and retail space. Tommy’s inspired projects have patently transformed a number of cities in Idaho. In 2018, Tommy partnered with Ball Ventures, one of the nation’s most successful development and investment companies, to found BVA (Ball Ventures Ahlquist). BVA is a commercial development and strategic capital investment company that delivers excellence and value to tenants, investors and partners. Because of the exceptional work done by BVA, the company tagline is “Inspire Excellence.”
In addition to his resolute commitment to his work, Tommy is a deeply devoted family man and dedicated volunteer for his community. As such, when he isn’t working, Tommy can be found with his wife Shanna and their four children in Idaho’s beautiful outdoors riding RZRs, motorcycles and snowmobiles, surfing, fishing, and shooting. Tommy also gives time to dozens of community boards and has served as a lay minister in his church. Whether it is related to his work, his family, or his community, Tommy believes in ending every day with doing just one more thing, a principle he learned from his late grandmother that inspires his hard work, giving back, and maximizing every day to its greatest potential.
Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Damond Watkins earned a BA from the University of Utah, where he served as the student body president his senior year. He also completed an MA at Dartmouth College and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vancouver, Canada. For 15 years Damond was a vice-president of Melaleuca, overseeing public relations, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, and community outreach. He currently advises Kyäni, a locally owned, privately held consumer goods company operating in over 60 countries around the globe.
Damond was involved in a significant accident while traveling from Boise to Idaho Falls on a private charter flight that crashed in a potato field. He suffered a multiple-level-vertebrae burst fracture. After a nine-hour surgery and many months in and out of the hospital, Damond retired from Melaleuca to begin a more balanced life. Damond’s story of perseverance and overcoming a tragic event is illustrated through his recovery in the months following the accident. He attributes his survival to the fulfillment of inspiration received during his patriarchal blessing given more than 25 years earlier.
Damond is married to Jinger Bourland Watkins and they reside in Idaho Falls, Idaho where they raise their four children: Emerson, Eliot, Eloise, and Emilia. An avid cyclist and enthusiastic fly-fisher, Damond also enjoys reading literary classics. Damond was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, interned for President Clinton in the office of Domestic Policy, and worked as a senior advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Damond is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Better Business Bureau where he advocates for integrity and ethics in the consumer marketplace and is part of the Board of Directors of the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry. As a member of the Republican National Committee, Damond represents Idaho and was appointed by President Trump as a commissioner to the White House Fellows. Additionally, Damond has served on the Taylor Mountain Stake High Council, as a ward Sunday school president, and in an Elder’s Quorum presidency.