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June 2019




The Chamber's 26th Annual Leadership Conference addresses the topic that's on everyone's minds: Where do we go from here?

A publication of the Boise Metro Chamber | Vol. 71 No. 6

BUSINESS EDUCATION SERIES Road Construction Survival For Busi


2019 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE John Cunningham, Block 22 LLC, Chairman Charlene Maher, Blue Cross of Idaho, Chair-Elect Scott Madison, Intermountain Gas Company, Immediate Past-Chair Bill Connors, Boise Metro Chamber, President & CEO Tom Mortell, Hawley Troxell Of Counsel Dan Price, Mountain West Bank, Treasurer Emily Baker, Portman Square Group At Large Rebecca Hupp, Boise Airport At-Large

2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bill Avey, HP Joel Barker, J.R. Simplot Company Odette Bolano, Saint Alphonsus Laura Cobb, Citi Kate Eldridge, HDR Engineering


Mike Garcia, Corporate Office Installations Lauren Hamilton, BSU Alumni Assoc., BYP Chair John Howard, MotivePower, Inc. Gerald Hunter, Idaho Housing & Finance Jeremy Malone, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc. Don Melendez, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Kate Morris, KTVB Susan Morris, Albertsons Deborah Nelson, Givens Pursley, LLP, BVEP Board Chair Grant L. Petersen Jr., Bronco Motors Kathy Pidgeon, Riverside Hotel, BCVB Board Chair Joel Poppen, Micron Technology, Inc. Adam Richins, Idaho Power Company Sean Robbins, Regence Blue Shield Jim Shipman, Colliers International


Justin Smith, U.S. Bank Meredith Stead, BVEP, LB President

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Jeff Taylor, St. Luke’s Health System Jodi Whittaker, Whittaker & Associates Editorial Office: 1101 W. Front St., Suite 100, Boise, Idaho, 83702 (208) 472-5205 Boise Metro Connection (USPS 227-520) is published monthly by the Boise Metro Chamber. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Periodical postage paid at Boise, Idaho, 83707. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Boise Metro Connection P.O. Box 2368, Boise, ID 83701 Chamber membership dues include $12/year subscription. Publisher & Executive Editor: Bill Connors, President & CEO Connor Jay Liess Boise Metro Chamber Graphic Design & Digital Media Manager




Get to Know Girl Scouts of Silver Sage's Pat Pyke This month, we are thrilled to introduce Pat Pyke from the Silver Sage Girl Scouts chapter as our featured member. We asked Pat a few questions about herself and what it's like representing such an inspiring organization. Here's what she had to say: Favorite Idaho escape? Like the salmon, I return to Redfish Lake. Favorite place in Boise to take a visitor? M.K. Nature Center by the Boise Greenbelt. What is the most important trend in your business or industry? In 2019, more than ever, girls need to have their own special space — to try new things, to be engineers and entrepreneurs, to adventure in the outdoors, to raise their hands, to be themselves together, to lead, to grow, to thrive. What is the best advice you've received? Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly. Who is a local business or business person you admire? Megan Bryant, improv trainer, author, and speaker. Her bravery as a businesswoman is extreme. Plus she’s real and joyful and inspiring and funny.


What is the number one reason to do business with your company or organization? So that every girl can discover her strengths and passions. What do you enjoy most about your company or organization? I am astonished daily by the passion, purpose, and joy of the hundreds of volunteers, both women and men, who mentor Girl Scouts, our next generation of leaders. Caring adult volunteers are the special ingredient when combined with robust skill-building programming, that empowers girls to empower themselves and that levels the playing field for girls from all backgrounds.

Tell us about a current or upcoming project or companywide initiative. We want to make sure every girl across our region has the chance to benefit from Girl Scouts’ girl-first, girl-led curriculum in STEM, outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship ... and have a lot of fun and friendships doing it. Girl Scouts thrive compared to their peers in educational and life success. Research confirms it! We invite all business leaders, education leaders, parents, faith community leaders, and everyone to help form or sponsor “A Troop in Every School.”

PETE COORS VISITS BOISE’S WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION MOVIE PREMIERE Boise was the site of the premiere screening of a new film titled “Warriors of the West.” The film, about the life of wildland firefighters, features Boise’s Wildland Firefighter Foundation and Monument. The foundation, a Boise Metro Chamber member, pays tribute to wildland firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and is located on Airport Way in Boise. Thousands of firefighters and their families visit the memorial annually. The movie was largely funded by Coors Banquet Beer, and Pete Coors was on hand for the premiere. Segments of the movie will be seen in Coors TV commercials as a tribute to wildland firefighters. Pictured: Bill Connors, BMC; Pete Coors, Chairman Molson-Coors; Burk Minor, Executive Director Wildland Firefighter Foundation

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Join us in welcoming our newest members from April 1–30, 2019 A BEAUTIFUL REACTION 1710 S. Wells Ave., Ste. 115, Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 895-5661 Beauty Salons

BEN & JERRY’S 103 N. 10th St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 342-1992 | www.benjerry.com/boise Ice Cream

ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE PNW - BOISE GIRLS ACADEMY ORGANIZATION 1723 S. Horton St., Nampa, ID 83636 (626) 224-1591 | www.boisegirlsacademy.org Therapy - Children's

BRC COMMUNICATIONS 4225 S. River Basin Ave., Boise, ID 83716 (208) 229-0050 | ben@brccommunications.com Public Relations Agencies

AGAPE EVENT CENTER 1109 W. Main St., Ste. 260, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 954-4575 | www.agapeec.com Event Centers ALBERTSONS MARKET STREET 3499 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 605-3752 | www.albertsons.com Grocers – Retail AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS 11351 W. Trestlewood St., Boise, ID 83709 (208) 309-2081 | www.aiaidaho.com Associations – Nonprofit AT&T 1475 Broadway Ave., Boise, ID 83706 (208) 426-0564 | www.att.com Cellular - Equipment & Services AT&T 501 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, ID 83704 (208) 376-9987 | www.att.com Cellular - Equipment & Services AT&T 16597 N. Marketplace Dr., Nampa, ID 83687 (208) 463-2326 | www.att.com Cellular - Equipment & Services AT&T 2386 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 888-5753 | www.att.com Cellular - Equipment & Services AT&T SERVICES, INC. 4393 S. Riverboat Rd., Floor 4, Salt Lake City, UT 84123 (303) 888-8018 | www.directv.com Cellular - Equipment & Services ATKINSON LAW OFFICE, PLLC 1087 W. River St., Ste. 290, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 571-0627 | www.atkinsonlawoffices.com Attorneys - Criminal, DUI, & Family Law BASE CAMP PONG & AXE 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Dr., Boise, ID 83706 (208) 488-4468 | www.grabthehandle.com Amusement/Event Centers


BROOKE LINVILLE 4225 S. River Basin Ave., Boise, ID 83716 (208) 921-5054 Writers/Editors COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR COMPANY 3424 E. Longwing Ln., Ste. 140, Meridian, ID 83646 (503) 985-4101 | www.columbia.com/home Retail - Athletic Shoes & Apparel COMPLETE RESTORATION SERVICES INC. 1757 N. Hampton Rd., Boise, ID 83704 (208) 794-9073 | www.crsidaho.com Fire & Water Damage Restoration CRANE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB 500 W. Curling Dr., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 514-4340 | www.cranecreekcountryclub.com Golf Courses – Private CRDN OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN IDAHO 110 W. 43rd St., Boise, ID 83714 (208) 861-8450 | www.crdn.com Fire & Water Damage Restoration DECHASE MIKSIS P.O. Box 733, Boise, ID 83701 (208) 830-7071 | www.dechase.com Real Estate – Developers ELEMENTS MASSAGE MERIDIAN 1505 S. Eagle Rd., Ste. 100, Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 999-8822 | www.elementsmassage.com/meridian Spas - Beauty & Day EMBLEM GRAPHICS 1440 W. Bonniville Circle, Ste. 104, Nampa, ID 83651 (208) 999-0134 | www.emblemgraphics.com Graphic Designers IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES 3100 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 200, Boise, ID 83701 (208) 345-9126 | www.idcounties.org Associations – Government IDAHO INTERSCHOLASTIC CYCLING LEAGUE 709 N Troutner Way, Boise, ID 83712 (208) 340-5200 | www.idahomtb.org Associations – Nonprofit

JD'S BODEGA 161 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 519-5516 | www.jdsbodega.com Grocers – Retail LEE PESKY LEARNING CENTER 3324 Elder St., Boise, ID 83705 (208) 333-0008 | www.lplearningcenter.org Schools - Academic - Secondary & Elementary MEDIGOLD 6150 E. Broad St., Ste. EE361, Columbus, OH 43213 (614) 546-3247 | www.medigold.com Associations – Nonprofit NEXT HOME TREASURE VALLEY 128 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 893-5555 | www.nexthometreasurevalley.com Real Estate PRIDE MENTAL HEALTH 9488 Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83704 (208) 322-2928 | www.pridementalhealth.com Counseling SIMON ROOFING Boise, ID (208) 803-2374 | www.simonroofing.com Roofing STARTUP2EXIT 6706 N. Salvia Way, Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 450-3390 | http://startup-2-exit.com/ Consultants – Business SUNBELT BUSINESS BROKERS BOISE 5598 N. Eagle Rd., Ste. 103, Boise, ID 83713 (208) 985-7200 | www.sunbeltnetwork.com/boise-id Business Brokers SUNCREST CORPORATION DBA B&B STEEL ERECTORS 2190 S. Centurion Place, Ste. 100, Boise, ID 83709 (208) 342-0695 Construction - General Contractor TASSO 401 S. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 336-2555 | www.tassoboise.com Restaurants – Catering THE REEF, LLC 105 S. 6th St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 287-9200 | www.reefboise.com Restaurants VIRTUAL TOUR CO. 500 S. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 724-7120 | www.virtualtours.company Marketing VYNYL 2404 W. Bank Dr., 2nd Flr., Boise, ID 83705 (208) 209-2448 | www.vynyl.com Software Development WEPA CAFE 1622 S. Loggers Pond Pl., Ste. 16, Boise, ID 83706 (925) 963-5208 | www.wepaprcuisine.com Restaurants – Catering ZELHAM, INC. 5257 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83706 (208) 658-1700 | www.zelham.com Construction - Remodeling Specialists

Find these and other great Chamber members in our online Member Directory at web.boisechamber.org/search. www.boisechamber.org

26th Annual Leadership Conference

"What kind of future do you want to have?" These words, spoken by former Mayor of Portland Charlie Hales, ignited collective reflection amongst the near 190 attendees at this year’s Leadership Conference. The 26th annual gathering of business and nonprofit leaders, local and state officials, and speakers highlighted Mayor Hales’ remarks, drawing inspiration (and this year’s theme) from the book, “The New Localism” by Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak. The goal of this year’s conference was not to point out the obvious — that the Treasure Valley is growing at a high rate, as last year’s conference indicated. We are all well-aware of the Treasure Valley’s current and inevitable growth. So, the question is: Now what? In an inspired discussion led by Boise State University’s Corey Cook, the dean of the School of Public Service outlined a five-point plan — titled “Collective Impact” — that demands action, not idleness, moving towards the future. Cook’s foresight mirrors that of many other speakers, including former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation’s Roger Quarles. Each mentioned the term collaboration, arguing that it doesn’t need to be one entity or organization (potentially) that take sole responsibility for solving the valley’s growth crisis but a collaborative effort. Martha Lofgren of Brewer Lofgren LLC echoed this during her presentation, stating that “someone needs to step up and take initiative” much like their firm’s home base in Folsom, California, achieved by connecting the region’s urban core to the fringes of its rural communities. The imminence of growth is not stopping, no matter what camp you side with on that topic. And it’s not just affecting transportation. According to a study by Up for Growth, the organization’s executive director Mike Kingsella stated that from 2010 through 2016, the Boise metro only produced 75 new homes for every 100 new households formed. People continue to pour into this lustrous valley, seeking a rugged, yet urban lifestyle that can only be found here in Idaho’s southwestern corner, and as Mayor Hales points out, “The only cure for congestion is economic decline.” Spoiler alert: The Treasure Valley’s economy is not in jeopardy here; the state of transportation and housing, however, are. While the valley still has plenty of daylight, so to speak, the point of no return is just over the horizon. “Who will lead?” Hales asks the audience. It’s easy to conclude a conference in a fervor that quickly fizzles as we leave the mountain escape of Sun Valley and rethrone ourselves back in front of our office desks just a few short days later, which is why this topic is so critical. Action needs to happen, and it needs to happen now. This year’s conference drew the valley’s finest thinkers and business and community leaders and cultivated a breeding ground for discourse and thought-provoking questions. The only question remaining now as we come down the mountain back into the Treasure Valley is who will lead us toward a new sustainable future? The Chamber and its Board of Directors plan on tackling these questions about our not-so-far-off future.

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Brick6 Creative LLC 3597 E. Monarch Sky Ln., Ste. F240, Meridian www.bricksixcreative.com


Boise Farmers Market

TASSO 401 S. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702 tassoboise.com Boise Farmers Market 405 S. 8th St., Ste. 285, Boise, ID 83702 www.theboisefarmersmarket.com

Bank of Idaho Chamber member Lauren Ertz with Capital Cleaning LLC was April's Chamber Connector of the Month! Lauren brought in $549 in new membership and received a gift card to Capital Cellars. Chamber Connect is our referral program to grow membership together. Share a qualified referral on our website and you will be eligible for a monetary thank-you. Visit boisechamber.org for more information.



Bank of Idaho 999 W. Main St., Ste. 101, Boise, ID 83702 www.bankofidaho.com

Class 101 Boise/Meridian

Class 101 Boise/Meridian 8660 W. Emerald St., Ste. 122, Boise, ID 83704 www.class101.com/boisemeridian

Every three months, Chamber President & CEO Bill Connors invites all new Chamber member businesses who joined the organization that quarter to an exclusive reception. Typically hosted at the Arid Club, these President’s Receptions offer an opportunity for new members to meet the Chamber CEO, staff members, board members, as well as other new Chamber members. The Arid Club provides the room, the appetizers, and drinks. These events have been sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, and co-sponsored by Delta Air Lines. These receptions are a small way to say “thank you” to new members for joining the state’s largest and most influential business organization.

BUSINESS EDUCATION SERIES WITH SARAH CORTEZ June 18 | 8:30-10 a.m. Boise Metro Chamber

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Sarah Cortez delivers a highenergy break out session to help sales people find their formula for success and have fun along the way.

Operation Thank You is a way to thank our Members for being a vital part of the Boise Metro Chamber’s success. During this event we hand deliver approximately 1,900 packets to each one of our Members and thank them for their support. Sign up to volunteer at www. boisechamber.org or contact Teresa Kirkmire at tkirkmire@ boisechamber.org or (208) 472-5241.

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Metro Connection | June 2019 | Vol 71 No. 6  

Metro Connection | June 2019 | Vol 71 No. 6