Washington Federal recently announced a major ‘win’ for Boise’s growing IT and tech industry. Tom Van Hemelryck, Idaho Regional President, shared they are relocating their IT department to Boise from Seattle “to join our multi-state operations department and client care center.” This decision was a result of rising costs in Seattle and a skilled workforce in the Treasure Valley.
Washington Federal completed a $6M remodel to their Boise headquarters to accommodate the expansion and serve as the IT disaster recovery site for the entire bank. “This will bring state-wide employment to almost 150,” said Van Hemelryck.
He also noted Boise’s quality of life as another deciding factor. Van Hemelryck himself goes fly fishing on Henry’s Fork, skiing at Bogus Basin, and mountain biking on the weekend; these recreation areas and activities are just three options for future employees to also enjoy.
Van Hemelryck looks ahead to the next 100 years for Washington Federal with the guiding principle that “simply being nice” creates strong workplace culture and invites customers into their bank. We’re excited to see Washington Federal grow here in Boise with the addition of the IT department.
Get to know Tom Van Hemelryck more below!
What is your favorite film? The Godfather
What is the best book you've read recently? Extreme Ownership-How U.S. Navy Seals Lead & Win
What sport do you enjoy watching most? Football
Who is the most interesting historical figure? Abraham Lincoln
Favorite Idaho escape? Fly fishing on the Henry's Fork
What is the most important trend in your business or industry? An acceleration in tech transformation and migration to digital channels
What is the best advice you've received? Relationships are everything, and trust is the currency of relationships
Who is a local business or business person you admire? Oppenheimer Companies - I never fail to be impressed with the team that Skip has assembled, the company culture, or their commitment to Idaho
What is the number one reason to do business with your company or organization? Integrity and trust is the foundation we've built all of our customer relationships on for over 100-years