From the Baseball Diamond to the Golf Green
Danny Thompson played shortstop for the Minnesota Twins for only one season before being diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 26. Refusing to let his illness get him down, he went on to play two more seasons while undergoing treatment. He lost his battle with leukemia in 1976.
To honor Danny’s memory and support the fight against leukemia, Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and Congressman Ralph Harding established the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament Leukemia Research Benefit. The inaugural event was held in 1977 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The guest list included President Gerald Ford, Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio.
Harmon Killebrew lost his own battle with esophageal cancer in 2011. The tournament was renamed the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial in memoriam. KTM is now one of the leading cancer research fundraisers of its kind. What began as a golf tournament among friends has expanded beyond the golf course into a four-day affair showcasing the best of Sun Valley.
Board of Directors & Staff
Marc Butler is the CEO and co-founder of JR Butler, and also a local entrepreneur of several other companies. As CEO of J.R. Butler—an engineering, manufacturing, and construction company—Marc is developing a 1000-year vision company and has faced his workforce development challenges with a unique spin. Marc developed a program called the Elite team that trains six young leaders each year. The Elite team focuses on leadership, time management skills, personal financial skills, as well as, social graces, and communications skills. Marc, along with his business partner Matt Calkins, also created a program for their executives called Veritas which teaches critical thinking, leadership, communication, and most importantly, knowing thyself. Marc has served on many boards of directors, including Families of Character, Arrupe Jesuit High School, Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance, and Associated General Contractors, to name a few. Marc has been married for 25+ years to his wife and high school sweetheart, Dawn. He’s the father of two girls, and a proud grandfather of three.
Board Vice Chair
Joe was named Apogee Enterprises, Inc. chief executive officer (CEO), president and a member of the board of directors in August 2011.
Before joining Apogee, Joe served in ever increasing leadership positions at Honeywell International and before that at Allied Signal. The first 24 years of Joe’s career were in the automotive sector, both passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles, with finance, operational and general management responsibilities at Fram, Autolite, Garrett Engine Boosting and Bendix Brakes. Joe’s last position in the automotive segment was as President of the global Bendix Brakes business in Detroit.
Board appointments include: National Association of Manufacturers; Chairman of the Board, Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Foundation; Board of Trustees, Bryant University in Smithfield, RI; Lead Director, SitelogIQ; and Board of Governors, Minneapolis Club. Joe is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, made up of CEOs of the state’s largest employers; and former board member of Arctic Cat Inc., a leader in the manufacture and distribution of snowmobiles and ATVs (December 2012 until the company’s sale in March 2017). He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master’s in business administration from Providence College.
Joe enjoys competition trap shooting and bird hunting as well as snowmobiling, golfing and travel. Joe and his wife, Kathi, have homes in Minneapolis, MN, Huntington Beach, CA, and Clam Lake, WI. They have two children, Katelyn, a professional equestrian and riding instructor, and Joseph III, an officer in the United States Navy.
Evan Robertson is a member of Robertson & Slette PLLC, a Twin Falls, Idaho law firm. Evan graduated with honors from the University of Idaho School of Law and has practiced for over forty years in southern Idaho primarily in the areas of business law, real estate acquisition and development, and water law. In addition, Evan has for twenty years been involved in the ownership and operation of a farming and ranching business. Evan and his wife, Roberta, have been married for fifty years and have two daughters, Sara, a landscape architect living in Eugene, and Laura, a veterinarian in Seattle.
Terrance R. Dolan
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Terry is vice chairman and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Bancorp. He is responsible for the financial management of the company. He has been with U.S. Bank for 21 years. Prior to becoming the Chief Financial Officer, he was vice chairman of the wealth management and securities services division. He was responsible for the wealth management division, brokerage activities, corporate and institutional trust, custody and mutual fund services.
Before becoming a vice chairman at U.S. Bancorp, Terry was executive vice president and Controller with a variety of roles including leading the organization’s accounting functions, corporate development, and the community development business investing in economic development projects, alternative energy and affordable housing.
Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp in 1998, he worked with Bank One Corporation in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as the chief financial officer of its retail bank consumer lending division. He also worked with that organization’s marketing team developing customer segmentation and product strategies and served as an executive for Bank One’s Investor Services Group. Prior to this, he was part of Ernst & Young’s financial services practice.
Terry attended the University of St. Thomas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Terry serves on the community boards of Artspace Projects, Inc., the MN Opera and the College of Saint Benedict Board of Trustees.
John was formerly Vice Chairman of Community Banking and Branch Delivery at US Bancorp. Previous roles included President of Mercantile Credit Corporation, and overseeing a group of Community Banks. John presently serves as a Trustee for PGA Reach -the charitable Foundation of the PGA of America, board member of the Killebrew Thompson Cancer Memorial, board member of the Douglas County Community Foundation. Previously he has been involved in many civic and charitable organizations such as United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Arts Center, American Institute of Banking, and others.
John and his wife Rosy reside in Lawrence Kansas and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Georgie Fenton is the former Tournament Director and President of the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial. She managed the event for 20 years and presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Her history in the tournament management business dates back to the late 70’s and early 80’s when she acted as Tournament Coordinator for the Kapalua International, the Izusu Kapalua International and the Nissan Cup, PGA events with live television coverage from Maui, Hawaii. She resides in Sun Valley and Newport Beach with her husband Richard and has returned to the family business of real estate.
Russ is the former Chairman and CEO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. He served as the leader of the glass and engineering supplier for tall buildings of note servicing 9 of the tallest 18 buildings in the world during his tenure. Prior to heading Apogee, he was the president of the Glass Technologies division and held various leadership positions with the Glass Division from 1986 until he became CEO in 1998. Russ was a director from 1999 until 2016 at Hutchinson Technologies, a top global supplier of disk drive suspension assemblies. Russ was elected to the NCCI (a worker’s compensation company serving the insurance industry) board of directors in 2013 for a six-year term. In addition, Russ has held leadership positions with Guardian Industries, served as an engine engineer with Ford Motor Company and was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force. He has been a director with the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial since 2006 and served as its chairman in 2010 and 2011. Russ is currently a trustee at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
John D. Jackson started his business in 1975 as a single service station in Caldwell, Idaho. It has now grown to be a nationally recognized chain with over 250 Jacksons Food Stores branded convenience stores/car washes and 850 ExtraMile branded sites in 7 western states.
John founded and operates Jackson Energy, Capitol Distributing and Jackson Jet Center. Jackson Energy is a wholesale fuels and transportation company delivering to over 900 branded retail locations in 9 western states. Capitol Distributing is a grocery wholesaler and Jackson Jet Center is a FBO offering air charter, maintenance, management and fuel.
John is a member or past member of several boards, such as St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, US Bank-Western Idaho, Boise State Foundation, Chairman National Shell Wholesale Council, Chevron Western Region Marketer Council, Idaho Petroleum Storage Tank Fund, Northwest Bank, Boise Art Museum, College of Idaho and Idaho Press Tribune Editorial Board.
John has been recognized by several organizations, including Boise Area Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year” in 1993, Idaho Coaches Association “Distinguished Service” in 1998, United States Senator Mike Crapo’s “Spirit of Idaho” in 2003, “Idaho’s Brightest Star” in 2006 by Governor Dirk Kempthorne, The “Liberty Bell” by the Fourth District Bar Association in 2010 and the “Bronze Bronco” in 2011 from Boise State University.
National Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winner Mark Johnson returned to Idaho’s News Channel 7 in April of 1996. After spending 5 years between 1983 and 1988 at KTVB, Mark traveled to WISN-TV in Milwaukee where he continued his award winning style of sports broadcasting. He left Milwaukee in 1995 for WTAE-TV/ABC in Pittsburgh where he covered the Steelers in the 1996 Super Bowl while anchoring the Nightly Sports. In the Spring of ‘96 Mark was given the opportunity to return to his favorite place on earth and was KTVB’s Sports Director until December 2003 when he was promoted to the station’s main nightly news anchor. He has covered 6 Olympic games and won an Emmy for his work in Torino, Italy. Mark graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Radio-TV-Film in 1978. He went to work in Television Sports in 1980. He’s covered a wide variety of sports including: major league baseball, the PGA Tour, professional football and professional auto racing. Mark’s true passion is helping those in need. Since 1984 he has been involved with the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament which continues as his all-time favorite charity event. Mark married the former Chris Plishka (from Baraboo, Wisconsin) in 1992. They are avid Green Bay Packers fans and have passed the allegiance down to Mark’s adult twins Hannah and Lindsey, and now onto their teenage twin daughters Alexa & Grace. When he’s not hanging out with one of his many twin daughters, his hobbies include GOLF, skiing, and music. Mark’s goals are to someday be as good at putting as his wife. And to hit a golf ball as far as his teenage daughters.
Ross is the Chairman and CEO of Sinclair Oil Corporation. He joined Sinclair in June 2000 serving as Vice President of Exploration and Production where he led the company’s participation in pioneering the development of horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation in the Barnet Shale, America’s first unconventional resource play. In 2009, he assumed his current position managing the family owned, fully integrated oil company. For more than 100 years, Sinclair has produced transportation fuels for the traveling public and currently has the greatest refining capacity in the Rocky Mountain region.
Prior to joining Sinclair, Ross was the General Manager, Russia for Benton Oil and Gas. He was responsible for opening the company’s office in Moscow and for all company activity in the West Siberian Basin. Under his leadership, Benton initiated oil production in the Russian arctic and exported barrels to the international market. Prior to joining Benton, Ross held many positions over a seventeen year career with Union Pacific Resources.
Ross was the founding Executive Director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute and serves on its Advisory Board. He serves as a board member for the Grand America Hotels and Resorts and formerly was a Trustee for the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration in Utah.
Marvin May began his business career in 1966 with May Trucking Company, which, at that time, operated a small fleet of six trucks. Two years later Marvin purchased the Company and began to build it into the nationwide firm it is today. The Company operates both Refrigerated and Dry Van Divisions, and handles over 40 million pounds of freight daily. Marvin is also Managing Partner of Juniper Financial and Blackrock Financial. Both companies are involved in real estate investments and development, commercial real estate leasing and commercial equipment leasing. Marvin has taken a very active part in the transportation industry. He has held positions as president, vice president and/or director in many industry-related associations, including the American Trucking Association, ATA Litigation Board, Idaho Motor Transport Association, Interstate Truckload Carrier Conference, Western Highway Institute, and The Refrigerated Carrier Conference. He has also served on the board of directors of Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington. Marvin served as Chairman of the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in 1996 and 1997, and has been a loyal sponsor of the tournament since its inception. He was a recipient of the tournament’s Chairman’s Award in 1998. Marvin grew up in Payette, Idaho and attended the same High School as did Harmon Killebrew. At Harmon’s request May Trucking Company became a sponsor of the first Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. Marvin has two children and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Charlie, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Doug Oppenheimer is president of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., and several affiliated companies. Oppenheimer Companies is involved in national food sales, manufacturing and marketing. The company is also involved in commercial real estate development and is responsible for such buildings as One Capital Center, and the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Boise, as well as other projects.
Doug is currently involved with a number of civic and board activities including serving as Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board; Development Chair and Director, Idaho Business for Education; Member, Board of Governors, Andrus Center for Public Policy; Director, St. Luke’s Health Foundation; Director and Honorary Member, Zoo Boise; Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Ore-Ida Council and Western Regional Council; Director, Killebrew Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament; Director and Secretary, Idaho Community Foundation; Trustee, College of Idaho; and Member, St. Luke’s External Relations Committee.
His past involvement includes: Director, University of Idaho Foundation; Director, Boise State University, College of Business & Economics Advisory Council; Board of Directors, Learning Lab of Idaho; Board of Directors, American Red Cross – Boise Chapter; Board of Directors, Community House; President/Chairman and Board of Directors, Fundsy; President and Board of Directors, Discovery Center of Idaho; Board of Directors, Boise Art Museum; Board of Directors, Temple Beth Israel; Board of Directors, Idaho US Olympic Committee; Board of Directors, TVTV – Public Access TV; Chairman, Arid Club; and President, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation.
He is also the author of Sun Valley: A Biography. The first book written on the history of Sun Valley, Idaho.
Doug graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in journalism. He also attended World Campus Afloat as well as completed Stanford’s strategic marketing course. He received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Idaho in 2012. Doug and his wife Mary live in Boise and have five children, Sarah, Tara, Will, Andrew and Grace and eight grandchildren.
Brian is an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Brian spent seventeen years with J.P. Morgan. Initially based in New York with the firm’s Investment Bank, he provided bankruptcy and rescue financing to large companies in the United States and overseas. After a four-year assignment in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brian relocated to Denver to join J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank.
Brian serves on the Board of CBR Youth Connect and the Denver Chapter of Safari Club International.
He graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and studied aboard with Semester At Sea. He lives in Denver with his wife Leslie. Brian enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing and skiing.
Stephanie is an experienced finance professional focused on growing businesses within the software and technology space in Southern California / Silicon Beach.
Stephanie started her career at Deloitte where she worked primarily in the FinTech and Financial Services space in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. She worked in various capacities at Activision Blizzard, including both Corporate Planning and Accounting overseeing both global functions. She has been at Headspace since 2016 and is deeply involved in Capital Markets, Investor Reporting, Business Strategy, Forecasting, Accounting, and International Tax Planning.
Stephanie resides in the Los Angeles Area with her husband Nate and their two daughters.
Amy Van Auker
Amy is a cancer survivor! She received her treatment at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute and joined the board as way to channel her gratitude and support critical cancer treatment and care. She is grateful to be cancer-free and thrilled to be part of the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial.
A certified Idaho native, she is studying for a degree in Public Relations at Boise State University and has lived all over the state for a cumulative 33 years. She spent 15 years at First American Title, occupying roles in human resources, sales, technical training, and commercial escrow.
Amy has served on the Idaho Botanical Garden Board and as a Big Sister with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho. She and her husband, Ron, have two sons and a daughter. She devotes most of her time to her three very active children. Together they enjoy traveling, golf, hiking, and most snow and water sports.
Anne Huffer Thurnau, D.D.S.
Anne is a dentist in southern Minnesota. She has practiced dentistry at Southern Heights Dental Group for over 15 years. Anne works as general dentist with a special interest in pediatric dentistry. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the University of St. Thomas.
Outside of dentistry, Anne spends her time volunteering at her four son’s schools and athletic associations, being active outdoors with her family, and traveling.
Hannah oversees KTM as the Executive Director. Born in Boise, Idaho, she fell in love with nonprofit work as a teenager when appointed to the Boise City Arts Commission. Her work either volunteering for or leading nonprofits hasn’t stopped since. Throughout undergrad at Boise State, she admittedly spent more time serving as an officer for the lacrosse and ski racing teams than studying. After college, while working as a wild land firefighter, Hannah ran and was elected mayor of Stanley, Idaho at the age of 22. After completing what was a rodeo of a term, she moved to Bozeman, Montana and worked for a conservation organization while earning a Masters in Public Administration.
Having had several family members treated for cancer at St. Luke’s MSTI, Hannah knows intimately the importance of KTM’s cause. Working for a fun event that brings people together while raising funds for cancer research is the perfect harmony of passions for her. She finds inspiration in the generosity and sincerity of the Killebrew-Thompson family of donors and sponsors. “I love coming into work every day and knowing that we are part of the fight against cancer, helping to find a cure one donation at a time.”