People In Business


Schwarze joins I.F. Chamber as CEO

Chip Schwarze is the new CEO of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Schwarze, who took the chamber’s helm March 1, replaces Michelle Holt, who joined Eastern Idaho Technical College as its workforce development and community education manager in December. Holt had served as the Chamber’s CEO since 2013.

Schwarze has “a strong background in the administration of large volunteer organizations, fundraising, business to business sales, sales management, finance and entrepreneurship,” his chamber biography said.

Schwarze most recently worked as a district director for the Boy Scouts of America in Olympia, Wash., where he was the lead administrator for three districts covering all of southwestern Washington, the biography said.

Schwarze, a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, previously worked as a financial advisor and sales manager in Idaho Falls for several years.

Schwarze can be reached by phone at 208-523-1010, Option 6, or by emailing ceo@idaho

UPS honors drivers for 25 years of safe driving

Kent Halford, of Idaho Falls, is one of six Idaho drivers among 1,575 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Globally, 9,349 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor, a UPS news release said. Collectively they’ve racked up 266,554 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times, the release said.