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 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.
Lois has been the Program and Events Manager since February 2018 and has a background in relationship building and coordination of successful teams. Her work experience includes project management, planning and logistics, volunteer coordination, human resources, marketing, customer service, and business management.
Lois earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a longtime resident of Idaho Falls having moved from New York in 1985. Lois has been involved in and supported the community through church, school and other volunteer activities. Lois and her husband, Shurl, have five children and seven grandchildren and enjoy spending time with family and fishing the South Fork.
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 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.