Todd Cooper & James Hillman

Wells Fargo
Todd Cooper, Senior VP, Idaho Regional Business Banking Manager
James Hillman, Senior VP, Wealth Management Regional Managing Director

What’s your go-to book to give a friend?

Currently, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

If you could change one thing about the Treasure Valley, what would it be and why?

January inversions.

One of our area’s treasures is the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do here?

Top 3: 1) skiing 2) mountain biking 3) fly fishing

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

In addition to the items I listed in my elevator speech above, I would say the quality of the people. Engaged community and business leaders working with people and groups across the Treasure Valley to tackle issues focused on improving our community. The level of support the nonprofits in the Treasure Valley receive is an indication of the quality of people here.

What “hidden gems” have you discovered living here?

The libraries. Most communities here have a “library story.” From the library branches expanding the Boise Public Library reach to the great things happening in the Meridian Library District to the Nampa Public Library being an anchor to a downtown development. Often in plain sight, but just as often a “hidden gem.”

What lasting impression do you hope Together Treasure Valley will have?

I’m still learning about Together Treasure Valley.

Name one local business leader you most admire, and tell us why.

Winston Moore. Winston successfully built two different businesses right here in the Treasure Valley. In his second business, Winston impacted the Valley through his commercial real estate developments, the most notable being the 8th Street Marketplace. He took on that project at a time when Downtown Boise was struggling, and his willingness to take the risk changed the landscape of the Downtown at a critical time. A very successful business career that has had a lasting impact on our community, but the reason I admire him is he has done it in a very humble manner.

What positive feedback has your company received about Together Treasure Valley?

Since Wells Fargo is relatively new to Together Treasure Valley, the feedback I’ve had is the result of reaching out to business leaders involved in the program. The feedback was all positive, focused mainly on the engagement of the group and everyone at the table working toward common goals.

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