Brad Wiskirchen leads Idaho’s largest privately held technology company (by revenue). “The accessibility of highly qualified, talented, and skilled workers helps business grow in the Boise Valley. At Keynetics, we have benefitted from the relatively high levels of education amongst people we are recruiting; it’s been very beneficial for us regardless of the position we need to fill."
Over the past five years, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership has succeeded in spreading the word that the Boise Valley is a great place to do business. During the next five years, our team will continue to focus on attracting new employers, talent and capital investment, as well as ensuring that our existing business thrive. BVEP is always available to assist with your company's needs, please contact us for assistance. Our services are always confidential and free-of-charge.
Meet the BVEP Team:
Clark Krause, Executive Director
Clark Krause has been the Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) since September 2010. In that time, Clark has been instrumental in restructuring the organization, and creating a new mission based on measurable and accountable actions and goals. In the past four years, our organization has welcomed 11 companies and over 2,000 jobs to the Boise Metro.
Clark has been on dozens of national sales missions promoting the Boise Valley to companies and consultants, rebuilt the marketing program & Public Relations outreach, coordinated a new effort to assist valley entrepreneurs, and actively advocates for local and statewide programs that will jumpstart economic-based job growth in our communities. He was also instrumental in helping pass two new incentives through Idaho's legislature with the Idaho Opportunity Fund and the Tax Reimbursement Incentive. Clark's knowledge of state incentive programs has helped Idaho be more competitive in economic development. Out of Clark’s leadership, GrowIdeasHere.com was launched in 2014 as an initiative to assist local Boise Valley tech companies in attracting talent. Showcasing a day in the life, the website identifies six personalities of tech talent that live and thrive in the Boise Metro.
Clark came to BVEP with a strong history and experience in economic development, most recently as the former President and CEO of the New Mexico Partnership. During six and half years with the New Mexico Partnership, Clark and his team were tasked with out of state recruitment of economic-based jobs into New Mexico. Under his leadership, the Partnership attracted 45 companies and created over 14,000 jobs in the state. Prior to his time in New Mexico, Clark was the Director of Economic Development for Cedar City/Iron County, Utah, where he recruited nine companies, 1,150 jobs and $185 million worth of industrial development. He also spent seven years as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Brian Head Ski Resort in southern Utah, and ten years in sales and marketing for American Honda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company.
Clark Krause | email@example.com | (208) 863-9675
Jana Jones, Director, Economic Development Services
Jana Jones has been with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership since 2006, and is currently the Director of Economic Development Services. During her tenure with BVEP, she has worked on a variety of business attraction projects, assisted with local business expansions and on advocacy issues.
Prior to joining BVEP, Jana worked in the economic development field at the State of Idaho, Department of Commerce as Marketing Manager for Economic Development Division. She has also spent time in the private sector, including 12 years as President and Owner of Silver Creek Inc., a regional distributor of fresh produce in Idaho and Utah.
Jana is also involved with a variety of organizations, including the Idaho Economic Development Association, where she is currently President, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, and has been a board member for the past five years. She is also on the Board of Directors of Capital Matrix, an Idaho 504 loan program, an alumnus of Leadership Idaho Agriculture, and regularly volunteers at charitable events such as the Idaho Special Olympics World Winter Games 2009 and March of Dimes.
An Idaho native, Jana is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a double major in Public Relations and Advertising.
Jana Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org
(C): (208) 921-4686 | (D): (208) 472-5246
Lisa (Bloomquist) Holland, Marketing & Content Manager
Lisa joined the Boise Valley Economic Partnership team in April 2011 as Marketing Specialist. In this role, among her many responsibilities is to increase the resources and depth of information available to businesses, contacts and the community. In addition, she is also responsible for assisting in project management, stakeholder and community relations, as well as coordinating many of BVEP's events.
Lisa is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in management. Not content to just study while in school, she also managed the Students in Free Enterprise student organization, and held a variety of internships including Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and Albertsons/Supervalu.
Prior to joining the BVEP team, Lisa was a sales assistant with Delta Dental of Idaho.
Lisa Holland | email@example.com
(C): (208) 340-6990 (D): (208) 472-5229
Bre Perrone, Administrative Assistant
Joining the team in March 2014, Bre came to the Boise Valley Economic Partnership as a part-time administrative assistant. Assisting with database management, office organization, event coordination, and other duties, Bre provides passion and enthusiasm to support the efforts of the organization.
Currently, Bre is a senior at Boise State University studying business economics. Outside of working and school, Bre enjoys running and came to Idaho initially to be a part of Boise State's track and field team.
Mark Tidd, 2015 Board Chairman
Betsy Galtney, Consultant, Business Development
Betsy Galtney recently joined the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. Her responsibilities at BVEP include business attraction activities designed to proactively recruit companies from key industries to relocate or expand in the Treasure Valley. Her role also includes the coordination of sales missions with site selectors, industry leaders and key stakeholders as well as support of marketing activities.
Before teaming with BVEP, Betsy worked in the economic development and regulatory affairs department of Idaho Power for 14 years. Prior to working with Idaho Power she managed a marketing and sales team at Duke Energy tasked with product creation and the sales of natural gas and electricity in retail markets throughout the United States.
Betsy’s educational background includes a major in Policy Studies from the James A. Baker Institute at Rice University as well as additional majors in Political Science and Business Administration. She is a licensed Producer-Property and Casualty in the State of Idaho and actively volunteers for organizations including Hospice, the St. Luke’s Foundation, and St. Joseph’s School. She is a member of the United States Tennis Association and the Professional Association of Dive Instructors.
Krissa Wrigley, Consultant, Sales and Special Projects
Trying to enhance investment within the state of Idaho, BVEP has contracted with Krissa Wrigley for assistance in coordinating sales missions and facilitating special events. A valued member of our team, Krissa has spent the better part of 13 years in economic development in Idaho and Oregon from business start-up and entrepreneurship to business expansion and retention to business attraction. Her education includes a PhD in Sociology and a Masters in Economics. She serves on the Boards for Girls in Tech Boise, Go Lead Idaho and Sustainable Community Connections and is involved with TechBoise Open Coffee Club and Kickstand.
Jessica Flynn, Red Sky Public Relations, Strategic Advisor
Headquartered in Boise, Red Sky is Idaho’s largest public relations agency with expertise that spans industries, crosses geographic borders and places the team at the forefront of the rapidly evolving communication landscape. Jessica Flynn leads the agency and supports BVEP by providing strategic communications counsel. Red Sky’s experience spans practice areas of Consumer Products, Government, Healthcare, Public Affairs and Technology. The agency is consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing independent agencies in the nation, and is a recipient of the 2011 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards as a Small Agency of the Year and the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Red Sky is the sole Intermountain West member of Pinnacle Worldwide, one of the world’s leading organizations of independently owned public relations firms. For more information, visit www.RedSkyPR.com.
Karena Boesel, Business Development
Karena Boesel has been with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce since 1999. She has been recognized by the ACCE Circle of Champions several years in a row for the top 10 in number of new sales and dollar value of new sales. In her current position as VP of Membership, Karena oversees the Chamber’s membership. Karena also works to assist the Boise Valley Economic Partnership in bringing in new members.
Karena received her B.A. in Marketing from Boise State University. She has been recognized as one of Idaho’s “Accomplished Under Forty” and “Woman of the Year” by the Idaho Business Review. The national Chamber organization ACCE awarded her as one of the “40 Under 40: Rising Stars of the Chamber World”.
Karena continues to stay actively involved in his community and currently serves as the Vice President of the Idaho Botanical Garden Board of Directors, a Boise Library Ambassador, Community Advisor for the U of I.
Karena is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys all that Idaho has to offer.
firstname.lastname@example.org | (208) 472-5238
Sarah J. Cortez, Business Development
Sarah Cortez has been with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2012 as an account manager. Sarah's role is to increase membership opportunities for the Chamber as well as the Boise Valley Economic Partnership.
Prior to working at the Chamber, Sarah spent 11 years in radio, television and digital media sales. Sarah was also a member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee before joining the staff.
email@example.com | (208) 472-5214
Paul Fleming, Business Development
Paul Fleming joined the Chamber of Commerce sales team after a 20 year career in the food and beverage industry. 14 years with Albertsons grocery stores and 6 years with Craig Stein beverage as a sales representative. Paul is from Washington state and has lived as far south as Texas and laid his roots here in Boise in 1991. He is an avid cyclist, skier and loves to be outdoors camping with his Beautiful wife and 3 children. Paul brings to the chamber his passion for the Boise valley and his energetic positive personality.
firstname.lastname@example.org | (208) 472-5222
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