2017 Board of Directors
Warren Kouba, Chairman of the Board
Vice President and Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager with Sunwest Bank, with over 20 years of Retail, Small Business, Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Banking experience. Warren previously owned and operated several small businesses prior to his banking career, utilizing these wonderful life experiences to draw upon to become a trusted banking advisor for many small and medium sized businesses.
Warren has served on the Board for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for the past seven years and is also an active board member for Destination Caldwell and Indian Creek Plaza. As an Idaho native, Warren enjoys dirt bikes and mountain bikes and camping with his family. Warren lives in Nampa with his wife Andrea, and two children Haiden and Westin.
Scott Syme, Past Chair
Syme Real Estate
Raised on a farm near Weiser; graduate of The College of Idaho, B.A. in business administration; graduate, Combined Arms Services and Services Staff School and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; co-own Syme Real Estate in Caldwell with wife Patti; raise sheep and hay on 40-acre farm near Wilder; U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 32 years, served two tours in Iraq, retiring as colonel; chairman of board, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce (2016); board member, Idaho Veterans Garden and Vets for Success; past president and treasurer, God & Country Festival; military awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Joint Services Commendation Medal; spouse: Patti, 38 years; four children; four grandchildren.
Chris Batt, Chair Elect
Idaho Independent Bank
Bachelors degree in Operations Management and Human Resource Management from the University of Idaho. After School I worked for 2.5 years in food processing for both Del Monte and Chiquita. Earned my MBA from Boise State in 2004 and have been with Idaho Independent Bank ever since. After a year long training program I was promoted to Commercial Lender at our Nampa location for approximately four years and have been the Caldwell Branch Manager/Commercial Lender since 2009.
I am active in the Canyon County Vandal Boosters (President), Caldwell Rotary Club (serve as club Treasurer), and as many Chamber events that I can attend. Additionally, I served as an Ambassador and participated in Leadership Caldwell. I am also currently involved with the Downtown Caldwell Organization where we are working on the revitalization of our downtown core.
Board of Directors
Brett Bauscher, Director
Canyon Small Animal Hospital
Dr. Brett Bauscher is a graduate of Oregon State University and has been a practicing veterinarian since 1991. He is a native Caldwellite, and enjoys giving back to his community through volunteering as a former Caldwell Police Department Reserve Officer, a scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop, a member of Knights of Columbus, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, and committee member for the planned Caldwell City Dog Park. He is a member of the AVMA, IVMA, AAHA, and is the consulting veterinarian for D & B Supply.
Betsy Hunsicker, Director
West Valley Medical Center
Betsy Hunsicker joined West Valley Medical Center as CEO in March 2014. She joined West Valley’s parent organization, HCA, in 2003 when she started at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Prior to Rose, she worked at a variety of healthcare organizations, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Kaiser Permanente in Denver. She earned a bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and dual master’s degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Florida.
Hunsicker serves on the board of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity, the Advisory board for the Caldwell YMCA, the Idaho Business for Education Board, and the Idaho Hospital Association Board. Hunsicker is originally from Gainesville, Florida. She, her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Charlie and Ann, enjoy spending time in the Idaho outdoors skiing, rafting, and camping and are active members of the Caldwell community.
Stacy Ward, Director
Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn & Suites
Mike Durning, Director
Long time resident of Caldwell. Retired in 2008. Mike has three children, one living in Caldwell and two living in the state of Washington. He has nine grandchildren ranging in age from twenty-eight to three. His interests include reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, especially steelhead fishing and spending time each week at breakfast with a group of retired law enforcement friends.
The majority of Mike’s working career was spent in potato processing with J.R. Simplot Company and a Dutch company called Aviko. He attempted early retirement but ended up spending time in the chemical industry, mining industry, and finally retired as an adult probation officer in Canyon County.
Mike lives in a small gated community adjacent to Purple Sage Golf Course and enjoys the amenities of the facility. He finds the time that he spends with the Caldwell Chamber to be rewarding and has given him an opportunity to re-connect with businesses and citizens of Caldwell.
Gary Weaver, Director
James Thomssen, Director
D.L. Evans Bank
Jim Thomssen is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the new D.L. Evans Bank in Downtown Caldwell. With 32 years in the Banking industry Jim knows the importance of community in banking and as a Chamber Board Member. Buy, Borrow and Bank Local are words to live by. He and Melissa moved to Canyon County from the Ontario area where Jim was the Chamber President for the Ontario Chamber in the year 2000. Prior to Ontario they spent 13 years in the Tacoma Washington area
Matt Davison, Director
Idaho Press Tribune
Matt Davison started his newspaper career with The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon in 1995. After a short stint in circulation, Matt found himself working as an Advertising Sales Rep with The Bulletin for the next 5 years. In 2000, Matt was hired as the Retail Advertising Manager for the Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon. Three years later, in 2003, Matt joined Pioneer News Group as the Advertising Director for the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa, Idaho. In 2006, Matt was promoted within Pioneer News Group to Publisher and President of the Daily Record in Ellensburg, WA. After almost 5 years enjoying all that Ellensburg has to offer Matt was relocated by Pioneer back to Nampa, ID to take over as Publisher & President of the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Meridian Press, the Emmett Messenger-Index and the Kuna Melba News. The Idaho Press-Tribune and its weekly publications are distributed to a combined total of 75,000 households per week. Matt currently serves on the board of directors for the Nampa Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Nampa Rotary. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a degree in Communications, and is happily married to Kimberly for 16 years and has 3 daughters, Isabella, 13, Emily, 10, and Madelyn, 7.
Sarah Andrade, Director
Jerry Summers, Author/Speaker/Trainer
JERRY SUMMERS has extensive law enforcement experience in patrol functions, investigations, crime scene reconstruction, arson, and blood spatter expertise, stemming from blood, sweat and tears shed on the streets with bad guys and victims. Jerry worked in internal affairs, police management, and administration. He rose through the ranks from patrol to police chief, where he served eight years. He loved serving the people, community and and the department.
Now, in his retirement, Jerry uses his diverse and unusual background to create memorable dialogue and crime scenes (yes, they are twisted, but they are also very realistic-Jerry knows from experience) that capture the reader’s imagination. His current “Un”missable series includes: Uncontrolled Spin, Unmerited Favor, Unrestrained Behavior and Unanticipated Circumstances (expected in March, 2017).
Jerry has also published a nonfiction work entitled: Tarnishing of the Badge, which addresses the public’s loss of trust in the law enforcement profession.
He holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in business administration.
Nate McKnight, Director
Nate has been in the dairy business for 26 years and prior to that was in the liquid egg business for 3 years, totaling 29 years in liquid food plants. His career started on the production floor and has held positions as supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, and Plant Manager. He has worked in 8 production plants across 3 states. Nate has an Associates of Arts in Business degree from University of Phoenix.
Nate has been married to his wife for 26 years and they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He recently started ranching outside of his professional career and is loving it! His four-year-old grandson is his best helper on the farm and ranch (it’s a small ranch).
Ex-Officio Board Members
Caldwell Economic Development Council
Mayor, City of Caldwell
William Gigray, III
Caldwell School District
Vallivue School District
Interim Director for Treasure Valley Community College
The Chamber Board offers a great way for members to be involved, and to network and contribute. There is wonderful satisfaction in being a part of the processes that grow and nurture the community.
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