Balance North Idaho

Our Board

President: Eden Irgens
Eden is co-founder of Range, a branding and marketing firm with offices in Dallas, TX and Coeur d'Alene, ID. Eden has 20+ years of research, strategy, planning, positioning / message development and program management experience. Based in Range's Coeur d'Alene Idaho office, Eden is actively involved in all areas of brand management, strategy services, communication asset development and marketing/advertising planning and implementation for Range's corporate, non-profit and political clients.

Eden grew up in Kansas City, KS and has a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! She has two children in the Coeur d’Alene School District.

She currently serves as a Board member of Safe Passage, is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club and President of Balance North Idaho, a Political Action Committee. Previously she was on the Tesh Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Board of Directors (President 2008-2010), Chair of the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission, and member of SD 271's Long Range Planning Committee.

Treasurer: Ben Widmyer
Ben Widmyer is a Sales Associate at Coldwell Banker Commercial in Coeur d’ Alene. He specializes in investment properties and leasing of office and retail properties. He has extensive experience in multifamily and residential income producing properties as well as successfully completing numerous transactions in the downtown Coeur d’ Alene area. In addition to the brokerage services Ben is the owner of Widmyer Corporation a professional property management company with a current portfolio of over 350 affordable and market rate residential units throughout the state of Idaho and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space. Ben earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Wofford College where he was a four year letterman in football. After his college career, he spent two seasons playing professional football in Germany.

Secretary: Thomas J. Cronin
Thomas J. Cronin retired after a 43 year career in law enforcement. Cronin served as Police Chief for the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police ensuring all officers were state certified and cross-deputized by both Kootenai and Benewah Counties. Prior to that Cronin served for several years as the Police Chief for the city of Coeur d'Alene. Previously, Chief Cronin served over 31 years with the Chicago Police Department retiring as the Commander of the Forensic Services Division (CSI-Chicago) responsible for all the crime scenes in the city. Cronin is one of only 38 police officers in the world who served a one year Fellowship with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit with expertise in the art of criminal behavioral analysis (criminal profiling).

In 1998, Janet Reno, Attorney General of the U.S. appointed Cronin to the Crime Scene Investigation Working Group of the National Commission of the Future of DNA Evidence. Chief Cronin was also on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Chiefs of Police's initiative entitled "Enhancing Law Enforcement's Impact from the Crime Scene to the Courtroom and Beyond."

Chief Cronin holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from Lewis University in Lockport Illinois. Cronin has attended executive development and management programs at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois. Cronin has extensive training in advanced threat assessment and management. Cronin has published numerous articles on crime scene management and analysis. Cronin was requested by the US State Department and the US Justice Department in 2002 to travel to Albania and instruct police officials on investigating and managing homicide scenes. Cronin also served 4 years in the US Air Force. Until recently Cronin served as adjunct faculty at North Idaho College. Previously Cronin served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University from 1987 - 2000.

Cronin is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club and served as President for that club in 2012-2013. He has also served on numerous boards and committees such as; United Way, Women's Center, Kootenai and Benewah Counties Emergency Planning, North Idaho College's Law Enforcement Advisory Board, N. I. C. Booster Club, Secret Witness, CdA Summer Theatre, CdA Chamber Public Policy Committee, CASA, as well as serving as the co-chair for the 2007 District 271 School Levy Campaign which was successful.

Board Member: Mic Armon
Married to Lauri (25years)
5 grown children, 1 grandson
Graduated from Montana State University, BS Environmental Microbiology
34 years as a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager
Certified Financial Planner since 1981
Havre Montana Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board 1989-90
Resident of Coeur d'Alene since 1991
Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors-Chairman of the Board 2000-01
Rotarian 31 years, served on Coeur d'Alene Rotary Board 1999-2001
Served on the North Idaho College Board of Trustee's 2000-2012
EXCEL Foundation Board of Directors
SD #271 Long Range Planning Committee
Lake City Community Church Honduras Mission Outreach Board of Directors
Bible Study Fellowship
Actively involved in many Republican campaigns, Campaign Chair of 2 State Senate races
Coached numerous youth sports & activities
Coeur d'Alene Ironman finisher-2009, 2010 & 2012

Board Member: Jeff Smith, Merrill Lynch

Indiana University Studying  Marketing and Finance.
College for Financial Planning ,Accredited Asset Management Specialist.
University of Southern California , Davis School of Gerontology.
Mr Smith is an an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and has worked in the financial services industry for 20 years in Kootenai County and throughout the Western United States. He specializes in the asset management of family owned businesses, Retirement planning, business succession and financing.  Mr. Smith studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Indiana’s College for Financial Planning.

Mr. Smith is active in the community and currently serves on the Balance North Idaho Board, North Idaho Republican Political Action Committee, Chair of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee along with the Kootenai County Boys and Girls Club Board. Past positions include Kootenai Perspectives Chair, Lakeland Education Foundation, United Way of Kootenai County. He has also held board positions of the Hayden and Rathdrum Chambers of Commerce. His hobbies include boating, cycling, hunting, fly fishing and traveling.

His wife, Juli, of 29 years, currently serves on the CASA board of directors.

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