Friday, September 23, 2011

Novayx partner appointed to head Idaho Department of Commerce

I'm going to be meeting with Jeff this morning, so there will be more. In the meantime, here is the story that broke on the wire:

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Jeff Sayer – an eastern Idaho businessman with extensive experience in private-sector financing, strategy and leadership – as the new director of the Idaho Department of Commerce.

Sayer will begin work Monday, October 3rd. He succeeds Don Dietrich, who resigned in August. David Fulkerson, deputy administrator and State financial officer at the Division of Financial Management, is serving as interim director.

“I am eager to reach out to every corner of our state and tap into the great ideas and incredible talent we have here. I’m passionate about the possibilities and excited to be part of a team that can help Idaho continue toward that great potential,” Sayer said.

“Jeff’s diverse, bottom-line experience in private business and his commitment to Idaho make him a great choice to join my team. He brings an extraordinary skill set to this position that’s so crucial to helping businesses create career opportunities for Idaho citizens,” Otter said. “Jeff has invaluable experience in applying responsible business principles to achieving strategic goals. He understands what employers need to succeed – because he’s been one – and he will take the reins at Commerce surrounded by like-minded colleagues throughout my Cabinet as devoted as he is to Idaho’s success and prosperity.”

Sayer has 20 years of experience in building, leading and growing companies. He most recently has been managing partner of Novayx Group, a business consultancy, and previously was president and chief financial officer for Mountain View Hospital in Idaho Falls. He started out as an entrepreneurial specialist with Ernst & Young in the Silicon Valley, and then was engaged in various Utah-based technology, construction, and financial services companies before settling in Idaho Falls. Sayer also served on the Governor’s Select Committee on Health Care and various boards of directors, including the Idaho Falls Auditorium District, Hospice of Eastern Idaho, and the Idaho Governor’s Cup.