MiM happiness!

Hip-hip hooray! Three cheers for MiM, the new summer schedule, and for another sustainability effort at Foerstel.

For the third year in a row, Foerstel has participated in the ACHD May in Motion campaign (MiM). This year we had 58% participation which is pretty good considering several of our people live out in the Meridian area, and several have children and the busy schedules that go along with those children! We were happy about the participation this year. We were also happy that Tom decided to trial the options of four 10-hour days and telecommuting for the month to see how it worked with a small group like ours. Tom is not sure he liked the echos he heard in the office on certain days. He also thought he heard crickets, but I think it was his imagination playing tricks on him…..or Ralphie up to her old tricks.

We have an internal prize drawing each year to motivate the staff and encourage participation. Linda is usually the top point earner, but this year, Daryl and Jeff gave her a run for her money! We had a three-way tie for the “Foerstel MiM Grand Prize Winner” and the fun fact about this is that Linda primarily biked, Jeff primarily carpooled, and Daryl primarily carpooled to work and took the bus home.

Since Tom is not particularly fond of “echos and crickets” he proposed a different schedule for the summer—9-hour days Monday through Thursday and four hours on Friday morning. Friday afternoons are pretty quiet anyway, so starting next week we will be closing the office on Fridays by 12:30. All of the Foerstel staff will be participating in the new summer schedule. Even Ralphie.

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.