jim shipman

Colliers International
Jim Shipman, President & Chief Operating Officer

A friend is considering moving to the Treasure Valley. What’s your elevator pitch on why he or she should?

The Treasure Valley is rapidly growing. It is a great mix of long-time residents and those that have relocated to take advantage of its many highlights, including the outdoors, great climate, independent western thinking, affordable cost of living and a welcoming population. Having lived in Denver and then Salt Lake City, both through their tremendous growth stages, Boise reminds me of both, with the exciting days lying ahead. More than either of those two cities though, the residents of Boise are so welcoming.

What’s your favorite piece of public art and where in the world is it?

The David. Florence, Italy

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

The Brothers K by David James Duncan.

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

Improved public transportation. Congestion will kill the lifestyle if transportation is not addressed. The growth will happen. It cannot be stopped. So everyone should get on board and prepare for it.

What is the one thing about the Treasure Valley you would never change?

The climate.

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

I’m still discovering all that the area has to offer; however, thus far, the hiking is amazing.

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

It’s now my home!

What “hidden gems” have you discovered living here?

Downtown Boise. It is so vibrant and outgoing. For a small city, this not what I expected. The “wine country” in Canyon County. Hot Springs.

What energizes your business team to work together to support the community?

Friendly competition. Leaving the Colliers mark on the community. Our group takes pride in working together for betterment of the community. We are involved in the Million Meals in March competition and everyone is driven by both the desire to help those in need and to “win” the competition by providing the most support to the Food Bank.

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

I hope it will remain a Treasure. It needs to grow, but not become a Salt Lake or Denver or Phoenix. I hope it will always be the western city that those who know about it will always appreciate it; however, it is not the “hot spot” of the day.

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

George Iliff. He hired me to be his successor. Enough said.

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

The feedback I have has all been internal. Folks are proud to be a part of the causes TTV is supporting.

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