Movers and Shakers August 6, 2011

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Eddie Cantu hired as general manager at Cedar's Floating Restaurant

After a successful West Coast career in the food industry, Eddie Cantu is back in town.

He has returned to Coeur d'Alene as general manager of Cedar's Floating Restaurant - where he will co-direct the dining experience with Miles Boggio, executive chef.

"He's an amazing guy. His drive and focus on the service side of the restaurant will truly impress our guests," Boggio said.

Cantu's resume spans an impressive career as a food and beverage executive in some of the West Coast's most prestigious restaurants, most recently including Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California and the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle. Before that, he helped manage Dockside at The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

"It's a joy to have Eddie return to our company," said Jerry Jaeger, president and co-owner of Hagadone Hospitality, which owns Cedar's. "His enthusiasm for team members and guests is amazing. He is a true professional and one of the best in the business."

Cantu is married to Gloria Cantu, who is retired from the Fresno County Superior Court, and enjoys activities with her in his spare time.

He said he believes in "white-glove" cleanliness, first-class dining and complete guest satisfaction.

"With our combined 70-plus years in the hospitality industry, I'm very excited about the future of this restaurant," Boggio said.

First opened in 1965, and later rebuilt in 1991, Cedar's Floating Restaurant floats entirely on the surface of Lake Coeur d'Alene near the head of the Spokane River. The 1.2-million-pound structure is buoyed by 600,000 pounds of concrete blocks filled with flotation.

Cedar's Floating Restaurant is open for dinner 7 nights a week, and available for weddings and other special events during the day.

James receives state bar award

Leander "Lee" James of Coeur d'Alene has been honored with the Idaho State Bar's 2011 Service Award. James is involved with the Idaho Legislature to protect and advance the rights of the seriously injured, children and others who lack a voice in society. He lives on a family farm south of Coeur d'Alene, with his wife and four children.

His volunteer activities include serving as a current board member for Lutherhaven, a church youth camp, a CASA attorney, and president and board member of ICARE, an organization that helps to prevent abuse and neglect of children.

"Most of my public service has been dedicated to the health and safety of children," he said.

James serves on the Idaho State Bar Professional Conduct Board and is a managing member of the Coeur d'Alene firm of James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. He has served as the president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and is currently its Amicus Chairperson.

Sweney makes distinguished lawyer list

For his longtime commitment to advancing the practice area of banking, bankruptcy and commercial law, Richard Wayne Sweney of Coeur d'Alene was selected as one of Idaho's Distinguished Lawyers, the Idaho State Bar's most prestigious award. He is a principal with Lukins & Annis, P.S. Sweney co-founded the Idaho State Bar Section on Bankruptcy and Commercial Law and subsequently chaired that Section, which later presented him its Professionalism Award in 1999.

He is an active member of the American Bar Association's Committees on Banking Law and Commercial litigation and has served on the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho.

Sweney was a member of the Idaho State Bar Committee on Uniform Commercial Code Article IX Revision. He has also published articles regarding bankruptcy and commercial law and has presented at seminars on those subjects.

Sweney said he developed a passion for commercial law through a series of circumstances that included a career change from science to law.

He and his wife, Fay, have lived in Coeur d'Alene since 1974. Sweney also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of North Idaho.

If you have a new, relocated or expanded business, or announcement of events, promotions or awards, The Press wants to let our readers know. The service is free and items run Tuesday through Saturday. To get the word on the street on your movers and shakers, call city editor Bill Buley at 664-8176 Ext. 2016 or e-mail bbuley@cdapress.com.

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