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  • Northwest Nazarene University Northwest Nazarene University

    Name:
    Darl Bruner

    Job Title:
    Director of Alumni Relations and University Fund

    What makes your company unique? 
    NNU has the opportunity to provide higher education in a Christ sharing setting.

    "You in Two" - Two sentences about you:
    I am blessed by a 42-year partnership with my wonderful wife, Paula, two adult children with one living with her husband and our grandson next door. I'm also blessed to be doing my best to serve the citizens of Nampa on the City Council.

    What's something new you've learned recently that you think others should know?
    Not recently, but for many years – Jesus Christ died on the Cross for each and every one of us, so we may have eternal life.

    What is one business tip you've learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    Daily learning only happens with less mouth movement and more ear reception.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Two – Accepting  Christ as my personal Savior and convincing my wife to marry me.

    In 1994 we were living in Seattle and could have moved anywhere. Through God’s leading, we chose Nampa where I was born, and have had no regrets. Nampa like any fast-growing municipality has her challenges, but we have a caring, never give up mentality in our citizenry and business community that day in and day out makes us Nampa Proud!

  • Kids First Cast, Inc. Kids First Cast, Inc.

    Name: 
    Howard Davis

    Business Name:
    Kids First Cast, Inc.

    Job Title:
    Director of Sales and Marketing

    About Kids First Cast:
    Kids First Cast is a nonprofit that was founded in 2011.  Our mission is to help build and sustain healthy communities by providing; education, conservation, and outdoor recreation in a safe and inviting environment for kids and their families while enjoying the sport of fishing.

    We want to encourage kids and families a like to get outdoors together and enjoy fishing.  Idaho ranks as the 33rd highest adult obesity in the nation, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” released September 2016. Hypertension rate for adults was 31.2% and ranked 25th highest in the nation.  Even if we can get kids and adults outdoors to enjoy fishing, they will get the benefits of the outdoors, clean air, physical exercise, becoming one with nature, just maybe this will be the beginning of a new fit and healthier lifestyle.  Leaving technology and the stress, and spending time outside is great for the body and the brain, (and it’s fun too!).  We encourage families to spend time outdoors fishing because it's healthy. Fishing is such a great way to bond as a family, and it has so many positive benefits, physically and mentally.
    We primarily teach catch and release, but as we've said before, you try talking a kid out of that first fish that they have caught, just ain’t happenin!  The confidence and the big huge grins that we get from these kids when they catch that fish, let’s us know that we are making a positive impact in those kids lives.  Through fishing we are making a valuable investment in our community, and for fishing, along with preserving our natural habitat for future generations.

    What makes your company unique? 
    We are always looking for new ways to introduce and educate our youth and our community to the benefits of fishing.

    "You in Two" - Two sentences about you:
    Love to fish with the kids!  I have over 32 years experience in the fishing and tackle business, but this is the most fun I have had!

    What's something new you've learned recently that you think others should know?
    Volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact in your community.

    What is one business tip you've learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    Keep it simple and organized.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    People recognizing the positive impact we have with kids, elderly, Veterans, and Disabled Veterans, by going fishing together.

    Fish On!

  • DARLENE'S PRINTING DARLENE'S PRINTING

    Name: 
    Chelsea Johnson

    Business Name:
    Darlene’s Printing

    Website:
    darlenesprinting.com

    Job Title:
    General Manager

    What makes your company unique?
    Locally owned, family operated for over 20 years. We have great customer service and DEEP roots in the community. We strive to be an asset to you because when you succeed, we succeed. We aren’t “Just a copy shop” We have lots of services to offer you so you don’t have to run all over town!

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…
    I like people, but don’t like mornings. You can usually find me riding my motorcycle, backpacking into a remote area with my husband and dog Bosco, or sipping coffee in my sunroom with a book. 

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know?
    Remember, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    You aren’t going to know it all in one day. Just Relax and eat the elephant one bite at a time.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Accepting who I am and maximizing my strengths instead of wishing I was someone else. Self-Acceptance is hard! Also every time I wake up and talk with someone before 10am. Have I mentioned how I really don’t like mornings?
     
    About Darlene’s Printing

    Darlene’s Printing was founded in 1994 when Darlene saw a need for quality printing paired with extraordinary customer service. She has founded her printshop on integrity, community involvement and quality. This tradition carries on today in her 6 employees and their commitment to great service. Darlene’s offers a wide variety of print needs such as business cards, envelopes, NCR forms, blueprints and posters. They also offer more than “traditional” print items. Promotional products, including water bottles, mugs, pens and keychains to name a few. Wide format capabilities make sure that you are covered for anything such as stickers, signs, and banners. They are located right in the heart of downtown Nampa and would love to help you with whatever project you may have! 

  • Company:
    Nampa Family Justice Center

    Name:
    Joni Buckley

    Website:
    http://id-nampa.civicplus.com/190/Family-Justice-Center

    About:
    Hope sums up the vision of those who work tirelessly everyday at the Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC).  At the NFJC families are wrapped in warmth and safety as a partnership of agencies dedicate themselves to ending family violence through collaborative efforts and co-located services.  Advocates, counselors, legal aid, medical providers, law enforcement and prosecutors are some of the many service providers.

    As an integral part of the Center’s responsibility, the staff strives to provide the numerous services that clients need in a manner that respects all individual circumstances – which is no easy task. 

    The NFJC yearly fundraiser will be held on March 9, 2018 with the theme “A Light In The Window”, raising funds to assist survivors in moving from darkness to the light of hope.

    Any business or individuals are invited to tour the NFJC and speakers are available by contacting the NFJC at (208) 475-5700.

    (Pictured below is the newly furnished children’s waiting room.)

  • Idaho Independent Bank Idaho Independent Bank

    Name: 
    Aubrey Farner
    Personal Banking Representative

    Company:
    Idaho Independent Bank
    www.theidahobank.com

    Tell us about your company:
    IIB was named as one of 2016’s “Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America” and was recognized among the top 1% most extraordinary community banks in the U.S. by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. Additionally, IIB earned an “Outstanding” rating from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for its community Reinvestment Act performance, which is only received by an estimated 2% of banks nationwide.

    What makes your company unique?
    Designed specifically to meet your financial needs with a local, personalized touch, “The Idaho Bank” team focuses on building long-term relationships and providing warm, friendly service. Decisions are made locally in Idaho and telephone calls are answered by real people committed to providing practical solutions. Your financial needs are uniquely essential to Idaho’s growing economy. That’s why we are dedicated to providing customized, trusted, local solutions to meet your needs. And that’s what makes us “The Idaho Bank”.

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…
    I enjoy anything that involves spending time with my family. I also love to bake.

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know?
    I can’t do everything on my own, it’s ok to ask for help.

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    Mistakes happen, no one does everything perfectly all of the time;  after all “It only becomes a mistake if you regret it”

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Being a mommy to 2 beautiful little girls.

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  • Select Staffing Select Staffing

    Business Name: 
    Select Staffing

    Name: 
    Kristina Raleigh  

    Job title: 
    Business Development Manager

    About Select Staffing: Serving the staffing industry since 1985, Select Staffing matches talent with opportunity. Whether you're a looking for guidance on how to get a job or searching for staffing solutions for your business, we've got you covered. Select Staffing is one of the leading staffing agencies and part of The EmployBridge Portfolio of Supply Chain Workforce Solutions, a top 10 industry leader nationwide.

    What makes your company unique?
    Select Staffing is partnering with Penn Foster to offer career focused courses free of charge to our Associates allowing them to increase their skills, to demonstrate their focus and discipline, and to show a dedication to self-improvement

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you… 
    Kristina moved to Nampa in 1992 and is happy to call the Treasure Valley her forever-home. She enjoys spending her free time with her children, cooking, and being outdoors.

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know? 
    Put yourself first. Everything around you benefits from you loving yourself. 
    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    Failure is not defeat.   It strengthens you, helps you overcome fear, teaches you to break out of your comfort zone, and put you back on the path closer to success.  Embrace failure.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Being a mother!
     

  • Air Filter Superstore Air Filter Superstore

    Name: 
    Denny Lucey , CAFS, Co-Owner

    Company: 
    Air Filter Superstore

    Tell us about your company:
    We are the largest stocking dealer in the state and have the only NAFA certified staff in Idaho.

    I thoroughly enjoy what I do because there is always a new challenge. My job is easy because I have great partners and an unmatched team.

    Business is about numbers. If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.

    Share a business tip with us:
    Relax and have fun. I go into every situation knowing that at least one of us is going to have a good time.

    What's your greatest accomplishment?
    I'm very proud of the great team that we have assembled. They make life and business much simpler.

    Contact: Denny on his cell 208-863-3910

  • Mountain West Bank, a division of Glacier Bank Mountain West Bank, a division of Glacier Bank

    KENNY WROTEN
    Mountain West Bank, a division of Glacier Bank

    Title:
    Business Development Officer

    About Mountain West Bank:
    For our small business customers:  we have competitive interest rates, experts in SBA loans, specialists in commercial loans – with local, independent loan decisions.  For our personal banking customers: as a community bank we offer the best in modern banking, from Totally Free Checking to a home mortgage – all backed by exceptional customer service. All this combined with Mountain West Bank being recognized the last 2 years in a row as a Best Place to Work in Idaho, our culture of commitment to our community, it is easy to understand why our customers understand you should “Love where you Bank”!

    What makes your company unique?
    Mountain West Bank functions as a community bank but with the resources of a larger corporation. We offer the latest in services like e-banking services & mobile banking, all the while taking pride in having employees that customers can actually come in and work with.

    "You in Two" Tell us something about you in two sentences:
    I was born and raised in Nampa, and graduated from Nampa High, NNC, and BSU. I have been a long time supporter of this community and believe it is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

    What have you learned recently:
    Don’t just listen to those that are like-minded or have the same opinions as I do. It is important to listen to the other side as their opinions, beliefs, and views are just as important and correct to them as mine are to me.

    Business Tip:
    Be bold, be brief, be gone.

    What's your proudest moment:
    Both of our children are good people and citizens. I also have a wonderful, supportive…and very patient wife!

  • Denise Hanson-LaFever, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group

    Name:  
    Denise Hanson-LaFever

    Business Name: 
    Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group

    Job title: 
    Realtor® - Residential & Commercial

    What makes your company unique?

    Our people! Our agents and staff are the best trained in the industry. We work hard to exemplify our motto of “People before Profits,” always serving our clients with their best interests at heart. Our designated broker/CEO was just named to the Idaho Business Review’s “40 Accomplished Under 40” list, we have managing brokers in each of our 4 offices for 24/7 assistance, and we are backed by the number one real estate network in the nation (as reported by the RealTrends Top 500 report).

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…

    I enjoyed a wonderful career in Alaska as a CFO/Controller helping grow and develop businesses.  I  moved to Idaho for family reasons and I’m enjoying a new direction in my life.  The people in Idaho are wonderful!

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know?

    If you want to make a difference in your community get involved in local government.  It can be as simple as showing up and being heard.  The officials in local government want to hear from the public.  This isn’t something I recently learned, but I’m surprised by the number of people that actual turnout. 

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?

    I wish I would have known much earlier in my career the importance of networking. 

    What is your proudest accomplishment?

    I have a lot of career accomplishments, but at the end of the day I’m proudest of raising two wonderful kids!

  • Name:
    Nate Lindskoog

    Business Name:
    The Tower Grill

    Job title:
    Owner

    "About The Tower Grill"

     The Tower Grill opened in the Fall of 2016.  Located just off runway 29 and 11 at the Nampa Municipal Airport, just feet from the historic Warhawk Air Museum.  Our goal is to deliver genuine, family friendly service and atmosphere while highlighting the magic that a small town airport has to offer.  Owner Nate Lindskoog has grown up with a rich history of flying in his family; flying with his dad when he was young and growing up around airplanes.  The Tower Grill is the result of combining his love for airplanes with over 15 years in the restaurant industry.  From his first job delivering Chinese food when he was 16 until today, Nate has developed a deep love for food a

    nd more importantly, helping people gain meaningful connections through the experience of sharing a meal together in a comfortable environment.  We serve breakfast and lunch 7-3, 8-2 on Sunday and offer a happy hour Friday nights from 5-8 with a new entree item every week.  We are closed on Tuesdays!  We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.  

    What makes your company unique?
    I think our location makes us unique.  There is an undeniable magic of a small town airport that is tough to compete with.  It’s easy for every restaurant to say “the quality of our food and service makes us unique" but I’ll let you be the judge on that one.  

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…
    I am a father of 6 kids, twins twice.  Yes, I’m married to a gorgeous superhero whom without I would probably be homeless or dead.  We are never bored and rely on God daily to maintain our energy level and sense of humor.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know?
    Lead from the front.  True leadership must be demonstrated. Never miss an opportunity to serve your team as well as your customers, they are watching EVERYTHING you do.  

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    I got a lot of great advice starting out.  We are still learning every day, I’d rather be taking advice still than giving it.  So far I’d say don’t throw money at marketing until you have decided who YOU want your target market to be. AND "If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will do it for you".  I stole this from the book titled Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Other than raising 6 kids and opening my own restaurant, running a Half Ironman and 50k trail race in the same year.  

  • Name:
    Perren Baker

    Business Name:
    Advocare Independent Distributor

    Job title:
    Owner, Nutrition and fitness coach/instructor

    What makes your company unique?
    AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company that provides world-class nutrition, weight-management, energy and sports performance products and a business opportunity. The principles the company was founded on in 1993 are what sets Advocare apart then and now.  Our goal is to help each person become the Champion they are destined to be. At AdvoCare, We Build Champions!

    Advocare attracts people that are passionate and exited about their life, their future and the future of those in their circle of influence.  We are part of a leadership oriented, champion culture.  There are four ways to engage with AdvoCare and we can assist you in determining which would be best for you!

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…
    Born in the US as a Canadian Citizen and graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and Range Management.  Passionate about the outdoors and privileged to have been with Oregon Fish and Wildlife as a wildlife biologist for twenty-one years and now focused on helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. 

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know?
    The impact of sitting all day can be harmful and it is important to schedule moving every hour or so to counteract the negative impact.

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    It doesn’t have to be perfect you simply have to act.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    I am grateful I can still do things at an extreme level in the outdoors and continue to compete in Scottish Highland Games.  Very proud to have competed and represented the U.S. in the 2013 Masters World Highland Games Championships in New Mexico placing 5th overall in the 60+ age group, then continued on to the 2014 Masters World Championship in Inverness, Scotland bringing home the Bronze medal in the Caber Toss.

  • David Ferdinand joined the fast-paced world of Commercial Real Estate and Land-Use Consulting with Syme Real Estate in 2015 after serving Canyon County as Chair of the Canyon County Commissioner.  David's experience as a champion of economic development for Nampa, Canyon County, and the State of Idaho have allowed him to be uniquely positioned to help work with and secure commercial properties, solve land-use problems and represent business wanting to grow and locate in the Treasure Valley.
     
    Name:  
    David Ferdinand

    Business Name:  
    Syme Real Estate

    Job title:
    Agent/Realtor (R) Commercial Real Estate Services

    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you…  
    Born and raised in Nampa, Graduate of Nampa High School & Northwest Nazarene University with a 40 year history in media, marketing, radio, television, business consulting and development.  Married, 3 married children, 8 grandkids.

    What’s your favorite phone app?
    Genius Scan

    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know? How to relax.

    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started?
    Listening is the most important thing you do.

    What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Dating my wife for nearly 50 years.

     

  • DON WIXOM | RE/MAX Executives & SellIdaho.com

    Don WixomTitle: 
    Former Broker/Owner, Current Realtor
     
    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you… 
    Don has been active in Real Estate in the Treasure Valley for 20 years. He has been married to his wife, Barbi for 30 years, has 2 grown boys and 3 grandkids. Don enjoys golf, shooting sports, classic cars and riding his Harley.
     
    What’s your favorite phone app? 
    “Convert Pad” allows you to convert weights & measurements
     
    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know? 
    Selling your home every two years to make tax-free profit
     
    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started? 
    Write more personal notes
     
    What is your proudest accomplishment? 
    Raising children that hold firm to their faith in God
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  • DON WIXOM | RE/MAX Executives & SellIdaho.com

    Don WixomTitle: 
    Former Broker/Owner, Current Realtor
     
    “You in 2” Write two sentences about you… 
    Don has been active in Real Estate in the Treasure Valley for 20 years. He has been married to his wife, Barbi for 30 years, has 2 grown boys and 3 grandkids. Don enjoys golf, shooting sports, classic cars and riding his Harley.
     
    What’s your favorite phone app? 
    “Convert Pad” allows you to convert weights & measurements
     
    What’s something new you’ve learned recently you think others should know? 
    Selling your home every two years to make tax-free profit
     
    What is one business tip you’ve learned you wish someone had told you when you started? 
    Write more personal notes
     
    What is your proudest accomplishment? 
    Raising children that hold firm to their faith in God