The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce creates a foundation for its members by being the leading business resource for networking, advocacy and educational activities. We work together with businesses to create and protect competitive advantage for business in the Greater Idaho Falls area. The Chamber creates opportunities for your business through our many services and programs.

Chip Schwarze
Chief Executive Officer
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Chip has been the CEO for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau since March 2017. He has a strong background in the administration of large volunteer organizations, fundraising, business to business sales, sales management, finance and entrepreneurship. He most recently worked as a district director for the Boy Scouts of America in Olympia, Washington, where he was the lead administrator for three districts covering all of southwestern Washington. Schwarze also has ties to the Idaho Falls area, as he previously worked as a financial advisor and sales manager in Idaho Falls for several years.

Schwarze is a graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Schwarze and his wife have five grown children, three of whom reside in the Idaho Falls area.


Janet Barton
Programs and Events Manager
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Janet graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Business Management. Her interests include writing, social media, event planning, and connecting people and businesses to new ideas. A native of Idaho Falls, Janet is excited to be working with the Eastern Idaho community.

Before joining the chamber, Janet worked for various companies, including Bennett Communications in Utah; AM General in Indiana, where she coordinated a new project with Mercedes-Benz; as an intern with The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and as an intern at Idaho National Laboratory. In her free time she enjoys collecting postcards from her travels, perusing used bookstores, and hiking and skiing in Idaho’s mountains.

Elyse Powell
Member Services
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Elyse was born and raised in Rexburg and graduated from BYU-Idaho. There she met her husband Brian. Together they moved to Boise to attend Boise State University where she became a huge Bronco fan while attending every home football game. Elyse worked for CSHQA, an architect and engineering firm in downtown Boise, until having twin boys. She and her family lived in the Boise area for 11 years before moving to Ammon.

Elyse has been active in service and volunteering with school and community programs for the past 8 years. She has been actively involved in her husband’s businesses doing accounting, payroll, manufacturing processes, and supervising. Spending quality time doing family activities is what she enjoys most. This includes attending her boys’ many baseball games, dance recitals for her daughter, skiing, snowmobiling, and traveling with her family. She currently operates a swim school for around 500 children each summer at her home swimming pool. Elyse loves being a part of the Chamber of Commerce family and getting to know each of the members.

Sue Christensen
Business Operations Manager
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Sue Christensen joined the Chamber of Commerce in October 2013. Prior to working for the Chamber, Sue worked for various organizations and her administration background has primarily involved in domestic and international construction management and non-profit organizations. Sue and husband Greg are the parents of three children. Sue is a “transplant” to Idaho and enjoys the great outdoors, as well as traveling, reading, hiking, and camping.