Idaho State University Alpha Kappa Psi names Kent Oram “Idaho Business Leader of the Year”

POCATELLO— Kent Oram, Chief Executive Officer of Idaho Central Credit Union, is the 2016 Idaho Business Leader of the Year. The professional business fraternity at Idaho State University, the Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, will recognize him at a dinner March 17.

Kent Oram

Kent Oram

The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community, civic and education activities. Awarded by ISU College of Business students since 1959, previous honorees have included congressmen, former governors, entrepreneurs and leaders of some of Idaho’s largest companies. The recognition program is the longest standing one of its kind in Idaho.

Oram is the CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union, one of the fastest growing credit unions in the nation. He oversees the overall operation of the credit union including budget administration, management of security, safety and soundness, ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and implements programs to keep the credit union competitive in the financial industry.

He began his career in 1984 as the data processing manager, and in 1986 was promoted to executive vice president. He has been in his current position as CEO since 2007. Oram believes the key to a successful organization is employee engagement and is on a journey to build a culture at Idaho Central Credit Union that is world class. Team members have embraced Oram’s vision and Idaho Central Credit Union was named Best Place to Work in Idaho three consecutive years in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Oram holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Idaho State University as well as Certified Chief Executive and Certified Credit Union Executive designations from the Credit Union Executive Society. He was presented with the Credit Union Executive Society Rising 100 Award in 2006, was recognized as the Credit Union Executive Society Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in 2013, and inducted into the Credit Union Executive Society Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, Oram, was named Idaho State Journal’s Professional of the Year.

Oram is a longtime resident of Pocatello. He and his wife, Dawnette, have three grown daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing racquetball, water sports, snowmobiling and trail riding.

Individual tickets to the March 17 banquet, as well as event sponsorships, are available. For more information, contact Tyler Bodily, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, by phone at (208) 680-8301 or by e-mail at or Jenny Ottaway, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year vice-chair, by phone at (208) 530-0655.