When we have visitors come to town, the first thing we introduce them to is the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is such an incredible asset for the Treasure Valley as it can, depending on the day, provide a unique perspective of what the area has to offer. From the luscious vegetation, to the beautiful parks to the diverse landscape and views, the Greenbelt offers so much that other areas do not. It also demonstrates how a vision and passion for a concept from local leaders can be brought into reality. The vision of those in the past continues to provide huge dividends for those of us who come after.
At Idaho Power Company, communities are integral to who we are. Because of our unique status as a monopoly, all the people in the communities we serve are our customers. We encourage our people to be involved in the communities in which they work and live. Our dedicated employees actively participate in various activities including Paint the Town, Rake up Boise, American Heart Association, Women’s and Children’s Alliance and the Idaho Humane Society, to name a few. By giving back to these community organizations we are helping make the Treasure Valley a better place to work and live.
Other than being persuaded by our new publisher, Debra Leithauser, the concept of bringing businesses together to highlight and promote the Treasure Valley appears to be a very worthwhile opportunity. Having the chance to engage and share ideas with other local business leaders and community members is a great opportunity to be involved and build on what is already a great place to live.
Over the last 20 years, the Treasure Valley has exploded. More people, more businesses, more traffic have been the norm. However, even with all the growth, the Treasure Valley continues to be an incredibly livable area that offers many of the amenities of a big city while retaining a small-town feel.
One of my passions over the years has been the fight against domestic violence. One in three women will be impacted by the effects of domestic violence over their lifetime. There are four women in my life that have been very important to me — my grandmother, my mother, my wife and my daughter. One of these, my mom, was a victim of domestic violence. I have been intent on breaking that cycle since being exposed to domestic violence which is why I got involved with the Women’s & Children’s Alliance more than six years ago. There are a lot of good people working on this issue, and I hope that one day the services that are currently provided will no longer be needed.
The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has continued to evolve for the Treasure Valley. The fact that there is something to do in all four seasons so close to the city of Boise is an incredible asset to this area. It does not matter if you are an Alpine skier, Nordic skier, boarder, hiker, biker, walker, camper or participant in some other form of recreation, the proximity of this fantastic area has something for everyone. The Treasure Valley is lucky to have this area in its backyard.
I am in Boise today due to LaMont Keen, my predecessor at Idaho Power Company. Were it not for LaMont’s belief in me and his ability to persuade my wife, Lori, and me to come to Boise, things could have turned out a lot different. His high level of integrity and belief in Idaho Power Company has had a significant impact on my career both professionally and personally. I am incredibly proud to have worked for LaMont over the years and the opportunities that have been made available to me.
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