Men of Influence 1

Making Our Community a Better Place to Live


Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

What is the best advice you’ve received?

Surround yourself with good people. That has been easy here in Boise; I’m surrounded by the best staff, board leadership and membership base imaginable.

Five words describing the Boise community?

Innovative, hip, entrepreneurial, outdoorsy, fresh

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

It’s been refreshing to be part of a regional organization that makes great things happen. The Boise Chamber has led the charge for a variety of dynamic changes. I’ve got the best job in the country, promoting the greatest place on the planet, working with the best people to make it even better.


James Patrick, Executive Director, Velma V. Morrison Center, BSU

How do you manage work-life balance?

Once we had our son, I realized just how important family time is. It is vital to disconnect from the media and internet connectivity and have pure downtime with those you love, being outdoors, engaging with friends and loved ones. It fuels everything else in your life.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

We are in the business of delivering engaging, theatrical experiences that have a significant and lasting impact. It’s rewarding to be actively involved in making so many positive memories.

Describe the Boise community in five words?

An easy place to live!


Philip Bartlett

What inspired you to go into your field?

One night around the dinner table at the age of 13 or 14, my father asked me to read the annual report from the H.J. Heinz & Co. Why? I don’t know, but the story that annual report told about Heinz spoke to me. I knew then I could be a successful investor.

Most rewarding part of what you do?

After nearly 25 years in the global financial markets through many market cycles, up and down, I realize now I love helping my clients with their financial needs.

Describe Boise in five words?

Warm, welcoming treasure to all.


Pat Rainey, Owner, Alpine Tree Service

What inspired you to go into your field?

I liked working outdoors. I don’t get to spend as much time in the field as I once did. But originally I was inspired by the natural world and the connection between people and plants.

What is the key to staying cool under pressure?

I put challenges into perspective first and foremost. I try not to sweat the small things. When things are heating up, I try to slow things down and make thoughtful decisions.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

The pursuit of responsible stewardship of our environment within our industry.


Joe Eiguren, Owner, Intelligent Office, Eighth & Main, Boise

How do you manage work-life balance?

Working for yourself gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility, however at the cost of making it more difficult to “turn off” at home. As my daughters grow up, I want to focus more on them. I have become much better about putting my phone away at night, only checking it after they go to bed.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?

Making people happy, a customer giving our team positive feedback or new customers who come to us because they were told what a great job we do—that is rewarding.