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Retired state senator donates book proceeds to fund Boise State scholarships

Building upon a partnership founded decades ago that helps fund student scholarships, Boise State University is pleased to announce the second-edition printing of “Idaho Entrepreneurs: Five Case Studies of How Six Entrepreneurs Became Successful.” The nonfiction book highlights the origins of successful Idaho businesses, including J.R. Simplot, Trus-Joist, Morrison-Knudson and Carrett Freightlines. All proceeds from the book’s sale go towards the Mary Kay and Hal Bunderson – Arthur Andersen Excellence in Accounting Scholarship.

“Idaho Entrepreneurs” was written by former state senator Hal Bunderson and published by Ridenbaugh Press. The hardcover retails for $22.95 and softcover for $16.95. Copies are available for purchase at the Boise State Bronco Shop, through, or from Ridenbaugh Press here:

“This is a history book. It has as much to do about Idaho and United States history as it does about successful businesses,” Bunderson said. “The work and influence of all of these entrepreneurs, their families and employees have had profound effects in Idaho, surrounding states, the nation and in some cases, the world … We can see, with hindsight, the benefits of choosing wisely and the adverse and sometimes devastating consequences of poor choices.”

In addition to authoring “Idaho Entrepreneurs” and representing Idaho’s 14th district, Bunderson is a successful certified public accountant and an audit partner in the international public accounting and consulting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. with offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boise and Salt Lake City. Over his career, Bunderson has worked with nearly 100 entrepreneurial businesses.

The first edition of “Idaho Entrepreneurs” was published in 1992 at the behest of former Boise State President John Keiser, who wrote the introduction. The Mary Kay and Hal Bunderson – Arthur Andersen Excellence in Accounting Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund that has been awarding annual scholarships to Boise State students since 1994.