Debbie Flandro and Darren Kyle have been selected as COBE Outstanding Alumni. COBE Outstanding Alumni are an elite few. Only when COBE feels an alumnus is particularly deserving is an award made. Alumni are nominated by COBE faculty and staff and selected by the executive committee.
At a luncheon in May, honoring COBE 2019 Outstanding Graduates and Alumni, Flandro and Kyle both gave words of wisdom to the graduates. Flandro emphasized the importance of philanthropy and giving back to your alma mater. Kyle urged graduates to remember that if you get where you want to be in life, chances are someone helped you get there. Be appreciative of the help you receive.
Flandro graduated from Boise State University with a master of business administration and a bachelor of business administration in accountancy. She has served on the COBE Advisory Council since 2001 and served as president for a term. She is active in the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and she and her husband Jerry established the Flandro Family Scholarship at Boise State which provides financial assistance for Native American students.
Flandro is a business management professional and had a 29-year career at Hewlett- Packard in various roles including finance, production and supply chain management.
She has served on the board of the Treasure Valley YMCA, was a docent for the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and cultural outreach participant for the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.
Kyle received his bachelor of business administration in accountancy from Boise State University and he is a past board member of the Boise State Alumni Association. Darren believes strongly in the opportunities provided by a solid accounting education, and in 2012, he established the Darren J. Kyle endowed scholarship to benefit Boise State accounting students.
He has 11 McDonald’s restaurants, more than 500 employees and more than 10,000 customers every day. Prior to McDonald’s, Darren spent 11 years in public accounting as a senior tax manager in the Boise office of Deloitte.
He is on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho and was a past president and is on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Magic Valley and has served in numerous other charitable organizations.
Framed photos and biographies of Flandro and Kyle, will join those of other Outstanding Alumni on the walls in COBE Careers Services (room 1121in the Micron Business and Economics Building — come visit).