Economic Development for Riverton Wyoming

Serving Riverton and Fremont County since 1984

IDEA Inc. Board of Directors

       (From left to Right)

George Piplica

Garth Yeates

Steven Weaver (former member)

Kevin Kershisnik

Alan Moore

Lee Heermann
Jon Gunnison

Lynne McAuliffe

James Conrad

  IDEA Inc. Board of Directors

President:  Alan Moore


Board Member: Tony Tolstedt

Vice President: Kevin Kershisnik


Board Member: James Conrad

Secretary / Treasurer: Lee Heermann


Board Member: Garth Yeates

Board Member: Jon Gunnison

Board Member: George Piplica


Board Member: Lynne McAuliffe




Executive Director: Kevin Kershisnik


President of Riverton Economic and Community Development Association and Idea, Inc. since 1996.  Graduate of University of Wyoming with a degree in accounting in 1969.  Alan has been in public accounting for his entire career.  His CPA certificate was granted in 1972, and he purchased his father’s CPA firm in 1977.  He is the managing partner of Clifford H. Moore and Company. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Wyoming Society of CPAs.  Alan has received awards for his economic and community development efforts including the Riverton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year for 1999, Chamber Service award for 2000, and the Community Service award of 2001.  In 2002 he received the Small Business Administration Accounting Advocate for Wyoming’s region.  In 2006 Alan was awarded a Friend of Manufacturing  recognition by Wyoming’s Manufacturing Works organization.  Alan is happily married to Teri-Anne, his business partner.

Kevin Kershisnik - Vice President and Executive Director

MBA - University of Wyoming

BS Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois

BS General Engineering/Physics - Loras College

Registered Professional Engineer – State of Wyoming


Kevin is the General Manager of Pertech Industries. a privately held U.S. corporation specializing in designing, developing, manufacturing, and selling printing and imaging solutions for banking, money order, point-of-sale, lottery, gaming, and multiple niche markets.  Kevin is also the President of Pertech Resources Inc., a Wyoming company that was formed in 2003 via an aggressive buy-out with the assistance of multiple economic development entities.  Kevin has been with the company since 1995 and has over 25 years of engineering and management experience in the aerospace, medical, and financial industries.  He serves on several boards including the Wyoming Workforce Development Council.  He received the 2005 entrepreneur award for central Wyoming, 40 under forty award in 2005, and several other achievement awards associated with business and economic development.    Manufacturing-Works contracts with IDEA Inc, (The economic development organization for Riverton) to provide an Economic Development Director for Riverton.  As the Economic development Director Kevin has written several grants and manages Economic Development projects for local manufacturers to provide added infrastructure and new facilities.

LEE HEERMANN – Secretary/Treasurer

Graduate of Riverton High School, Class of 1965

U.S Navy 1965 thru 1968

Central Wyoming College: 1968 to 1970

University of Wyoming:      1970 to 1972, BS in Psychology


Retired from the State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services as area manager from 1972 to 2003.  Experience included human resources, labor laws, unemployment insurance, grant applications and budget administration, personnel management and participation in countless Boards, Committees and other community activities.

Past president of RECDA, Board member of Riverton Senior Center from 1998 to 2004, and Board member in IDEA from 1988 to present.

Recent awards include:  Outstanding Alumunus award from CWC in 2000, CWC Distinguished Service award in 2003, Wyoming State Leadership Conference Business Person of the Year award in 1997 and Riverton Chamber of Commerce Community Service award in 2001. 




Jon Gunnison

Graduated 1972 – Hugh C. Williams High School with a New York Regents Scholarship

Graduated 1976 – Middlebury College, Middlebury VT with a BA in Geography; Thesis Topic: Economic Development – St. Lawrence County, NY.

Employed 1976 – 1983 Watertown Chrysler – Plymouth, Watertown, NY. Fleet & Leasing manager 76-78, Sales Manager 79-80, General Manager 81-83

Employed 1984 – 85 Burns Chevrolet/Chrysler Gaffney, SC (Service Manager

Founded Riverton Chrysler in 1986 with wife / Business partner Joan Marie

Founded Gunner's Automotive Center with Joan after Chrysler bankruptcy asset seizure in 2009

Past President, Current Member Riverton Chamber of Commerce

Past President of the Riverton Rotary Club

Chairman of the Foundation Finance Committee – Riverton Rotary Club

Past President of the Riverton REACH Foundation Club

Past President of the Riverton Depot Foundation

Past Wyoming Representative Denver Outstate Chrysler Jeep Dealer Advertising Association

First Interstate Bank Advisory Director

Riverton Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 2003


George Piplica

George Piplica grew up in Lander, Wyoming.  George is married to Susie and has three children.  He moved to Riverton in 1984, where he owned Fremont Vending & Amusement.  In 1996, he sold the vending business and began his real estate career with Century 21.  Later, in 2000, he became a broker and opened Home Source Realty, Inc., which is the largest transaction real estate office in Fremont County.  Current involvement in various community organizations include:  Fremont County Board of Realtors, First Interstate Bank Advisory Board, IDEA Inc. Board, and Riverton Sertoma Board. 






Tony Tolstedt became the city administrator for the City of Riverton in November of 2017.  He received his BA from Regis University, his MPA from the University of Colorado and completed a graduate program in Human Resources Management through the University of Denver in 2016. Tony recently served as the City Administrator of Douglas, WY for five years. He also served as the City Administrator in Broken Bow, NE and the Asst. to the City Administrator in Alliance, NE. Tony has served on several boards including the Nebraska City Management Association and the CANDO economic development board.  Tony is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).   He received his credentialed manager certification in 2015.Tony is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Tony is married to Sara and they have two children: Thayne and Bree.  Tony enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, shooting, and power sports.



lynne mcauliffe

Lynne holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from Seattle's City University.  She is currently the Dean of Workforce and Community Education for Central Wyoming College.  Lynne has served in senior executive positions for several large corporations and also teaches courses in marketing, advertising, human relations, business management, leadership and more. Recent awards include the Wyoming Woman of Distinction Award for 2013, presented by the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues and the Wyoming Business Council for her efforts in education and improving self-sufficiency for women in the workplace. In 2011, Lynne recieved the Outstanding Individual Performance Award at the Governor's Summit on Workforce Solutions, and in 2006 was honored by the same organization for Outstanding Workforce Partnership Award.  Lynne is a 5th generation family from Riverton, Wyoming and spent 20 years in the Northwest prior to returning home to raise her twins, Brendan and Kelcey. 


After graduating from Bonners Ferry High School, in Bonners Ferry Idaho Garth completed   a Bachelors Science degree in Accounting from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. He is the President of Yeates’ Construction which he founded in 1975, and also the President of Gyphaul Transport which he founded in 1996.  Since 2006 he has been the Vice President and co-owner of Riverton Hospitality dba Comfort Inn.   During his 40+ years in Riverton he has embodied community service and development.  He was a co-founder of the Riverton USA Wrestling Club in 1975, a Little League Coach from 1977-1981 yielding a state-runner up team in 1979 and a State Championship team in 1980.  He is a Chamber member in Riverton and Dubois, a past President of the Reach Foundation club, a Vice Chairman for the Riverton Planning Commission, and a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club.  He married Bobbie Yeates in 1974. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.

james E. conrad

James was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, graduated from Gooding High School and went on to receive his Bachelors degree in Business Accounting from Boise State University.  In 1975, he started his career as an accountant for Cactus Pete Casino.  James worked as the controller and then CEO of Peppermill Casino for 15 years and as CEO of a tribal casino for 3 years.  Currently, James is the CEO of the Wind River Hotel & Casino as he has been for the last 10 years.