Ken Cortez

Board Member

Ken Cortez was born in 1962 in sunny San Jose, California. At 12 years old, Ken moved to Idaho with his father, Richard Cortez. Richard moved to Idaho to further his career with Hewlett Packard. Ken was raised in Meridian and graduated from Meridian High School in 1980, then attended Boise State University majoring in Sports Medicine. After attending Boise State, Ken continued his education at the University of Hard Knocks and Get ur Done and looks forward to graduating someday soon. In 1992, Ken started working at Metalcraft, Inc. for his father Richard and is currently the President and owner. Metalcraft, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Richard Cortez, is located in Boise, ID and employees approximately 40 people.


Ken proudly serves as a Board Member of Hispanic Business Association. Ken is a passionate American who was given the opportunity to have a positive impact on our youth and community by serving as the director of the Jalapeño Open Golf tournament. Proceeds from the golf tournament fund the Richard G. Cortez scholarship foundation that was founded in honor of his father. Other accomplishments include, serving as a member of the Selland College Advisory Board and being appointed by Governor Butch Otter to the Commission of Hispanic affairs.


Ken is blessed with an incredible family. He and his beautiful late wife, Terri Cortez, were very involved with the community and church. They raised money for Christian camps in order to help children go to camp. They served as coaches and board members for the South Little League as their children were growing up. Ken has three children and two grandchildren and is grateful every day for the opportunity to live and watch his family and business grow in the great State of Idaho.

Ken Cortez