BOISE, ID – The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Skip Oppenheimer is the 2015 recipient of the Chamber’s Hall of Fame Award. Oppenheimer is the third recipient of this award, following Nancy Vannorsdel in 2014, and Doug Armstrong in 2013.
Oppenheimer was selected for the award for his sustained, positive contributions to the betterment of the Chamber and support for its mission to advocate for a vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life. Oppenheimer will be honored at the 2015 Small Business & Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre.
Oppenheimer is a past Chairman of the Board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce in 1993-1994. During his tenure, the Chamber successfully lobbied for many important business issues and began the Annual Leadership Conference which continues today
“Business leaders like Skip are examples to us all,” said Bill Connors, President & CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. “He not only runs a great Idaho company, but he assumes critical positions of volunteer leadership to promote Boise’s regional excellence in education, health care, ethics, and smart development. In other words, Skip is the kind of business leader that every city needs. As a bonus, he happens to also be one of the finest gentleman I’ve had the pleasure of working with and it is fitting that he receive the Boise Chamber’s highest honor.”
Skip Oppenheimer is currently Chairman/CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., President of Oppenheimer Development Corporation and Chairman of several affiliated corporations. Mr. Oppenheimer graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration with an MBA in 1972; the University of Idaho with a BA in history in 1968; and received a Degree Elementaire and a Certificat De Langue Francaise – Niveau Elementaire in 1967 from the Sorbonne, University of Paris, France.
Skip was the initial Chair of the Board for St. Luke’s Health System in 2006 and currently serves again as Board Chair. He is the founder of Idaho Business for Education and currently serves as Board Chair. He also serves as a Board member of University of Washington Medicine, and is a member of the Boy Scouts of
America National Board. He was Co-Chair of the Community College “Yes” campaign which led to the formation of College of Western Idaho. He has chaired numerous other organizations including the Governor’s Behavioral Health Transformation Workgroup, the Idaho Governor’s Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Co-Chaired the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children.
Skip has received many awards for his community volunteer efforts, including the Ralph J. Comstock Jr., Light of Philanthropy Award by St. Luke’s Foundation, the Boy Scouts Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo Awards, Idaho Hospital Association Trustee of the Year, Idaho Voices for Children’s Champion Award, Rotary Ethics in Business Honoree, March of Dimes Real Estate Award for Community Service, as well as numerous other awards.