Arrow-right Camera

Eye On Boise

Hawkins is back; new state Commerce chief Jeff Sayer calls him a ‘mentor’

Former longtime Idaho state Commerce chief Jim Hawkins, left, is back as a volunteer consultant to new state Commerce chief Jeff Sayer, right. (Betsy Russell)
Former longtime Idaho state Commerce chief Jim Hawkins, left, is back as a volunteer consultant to new state Commerce chief Jeff Sayer, right. (Betsy Russell)

Jim Hawkins, the North Idaho businessman who was Idaho's groundbreaking commerce director from 1987 to 1996 and who was appointed to senior positions by three different Idaho governors, is back as a volunteer consultant to new Idaho Commerce chief Jeff Sayer. "Jim's playing a key role in helping us connect the department directly to business," Sayer said. "We're taking steps to actually move at the speed of business. Jim's helping us lead that charge." Added Sayer, "He's been a mentor to me."

Sayer, a CPA and a BYU graduate, was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to head the department in September; an entrepreneur, he most recently had been managing partner of Novayx Group and president and chief financial officer for Mountain View Hospital in Idaho Falls. Hawkins, also an entrepreneur, has worked in banking, auto supplies, venture capital and more; he's a University of Idaho business grad who also holds an honorary UI doctorate.




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Eye On Boise
Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

Follow Betsy online: