Did you know: ESI focuses its charitable contributions toward groups that aid women and children.

Neil Nelson, President,
Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI)

What is the first thing you would show a visitor to the Treasure Valley?

A tour of Downtown because I’m very proud of the impact ESI has had in helping build a community. Things like the Zions Bank building, the many projects we built at Boise State University, Whole Foods and the new City Center Plaza and Inn at 500 Capitol hotel being built are all pivotal in turning Boise into the great, thriving city that it is today.

What is your company’s philosophy on the importance of community?

Community is very important to ESI. Whether it is giving back to the community or supporting our employees in their own charitable endeavors, ESI understands the importance of investing in our community and in the lives of others. It’s very important to us that we treat our employees well and have a sense of community within our organization. We also think it’s very important to benefit the community around us. We are in the business of building the buildings that make our community great — but we also want to build our community in other ways. That’s why we do so much with nonprofits. We’ve been very happy to be a part of the Treasure Valley for the past 43 years, and we’re more than happy to give back in any way that we can.

What makes the Treasure Valley a great place to live?

The Treasure Valley offers a relatively low cost of living in a vibrant and safe place to live and raise a family. Not to mention, of course, all of the access to numerous outdoor activities with great weather. There are good employment opportunities with a diverse mix of business. Honestly, what doesn’t make the Treasure Valley a great place to live?

What is the biggest challenge or opportunity for our community in 2016?

I think in 2016 and the coming years, we will see a continued effort to make the community more business friendly, from airport travel to the cost of operating a business.

Why did you choose to get involved in Together Treasure Valley?

When I was approached with this opportunity I could easily visualize the potential impact this team could have on the community, and I was inspired to do my part. In addition, I reviewed the impact a similar team has had on communities the same size as the Treasure Valley. I was impressed with the projects that were completed in a number of states.

How has the Treasure Valley changed since you’ve lived here?

The Treasure Valley is not the place it was 20, 10 or even five years ago. We’re seeing businesses that would never consider Idaho starting to relocate or open up stores here. To me, this is a good thing. As long as we continue to be smart about our growth, I know the community will flourish. Although I still like the idea of us being America’s best-kept secret.

Who could be better served by our community?

There are so many organizations and programs in our community that are in need of support in some form or another. Some organizations have funding needs and other organizations have facility needs. ESI has always focused our charitable contributions toward women and children, and there is still a need in our community for better support. That being said, I am excited to see what the community sees as a need to be served. I am always surprised about what I learn whenever I am in a position to be part of an organization like Together Treasure Valley.

Who is someone local who has influenced you?

There have been a number of business leaders in the community that I have been and continue to be impressed with, but if I had to pick one, I would pick Coach Pete. During his years leading the Boise State Football program, he seemed to find a way to not only win but to win with integrity. Year after year, I watched him build a team from new recruits and execute against programs that had virtually unlimited talent and resources at their disposal. His type of leadership, character and work ethic is very hard to find.

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