Staff

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.

Lois Mackes
Business Operations Manager
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Previously, Lois has been the Program and Events Manager since February 2018 and has now been switched to Business Operations Manager in June 2019.

Lois 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 eight grandchildren and enjoy spending time with family and fishing the South Fork.

Jen Emery
Visitor Center Manager
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Meet Jen, our Visitors Center Manager.

She came to us in August 2021 with over 12 years of small business/retail management and customer service experience.

Jen moved to the area in 2012 with her husband 3 teenage boys and all their fur babies.  In her spare time, she enjoys getting together with family, reading, crafting, and upcycling junk into beautiful functional pieces. You can even see some in the Visitors Center!

Jen enjoys bringing unique gifts into the shop and looks forward to helping visitors experience Eastern Idaho to the fullest.

Idaho Falls is where great adventure begins and she feels that everyone who steps foot in this area is about to have a great adventure of their own!

Stacy Butcher
Programs and Events Manager
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Stacy Has been Program and Events Manger since November 2019.

Stacy comes to us with over 30 years of small business experience.  Working with everything from hospitality management to the boutique wine industry.  She recently relocated to Idaho Falls with her husband and love the community here. Together with her husband, they share 6 grown children and a mini Australian Shepard.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, camping, and exploring all that Southeast Idaho has to offer.  In her new role, she’s excited to get involved with this community and watching it continue to thrive.