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“We also would bring a few hundred kids and adults a year to the US that we would send through train- ing,” he said.


“But I wanted to come back to Boise because having been all over the world, there is no place that I would rather live than this valley. I wanted to raise my children here.”


Ballantyne met his wife, Brenda, in high school


when they were both 4Hers, “and we wanted our kids to have the type of upbringing that we had,” he said. He was a national 4H photography champion.


When he came back to Boise in 1992 he was asked to help with the 4H program here.


He was also asked to join the Girl Scout board — he’s the father of two daughters, Sarah and Emma — and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club. He served the former for about 10 years.


His primary responsibility for these boards has been to raise money for their programs that help children.


“I’m passionate about kids, and helping kids succeed, and those organizations are great at that, they make a direct impact,” he said.


Ballantyne serves on the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and is the incoming chair of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership.


Working with other business leaders in BVAP, Bal- lantyne helped raise $3.8 million for the program’s Competitive Edge Initiative.


“BVAP has been very successful, they’ve already brought a number of new businesses to town and have helped existing businesses to grow,” said Bal- lantyne, who will take over the chair in January.


He got into real estate by virtually being brought up in the back of his dad’s International Travelall while his dad sold farms and ranches.


“My focus in commercial real estate is selling bare ground,” he said. “I have the opportunity to work with a lot of companies considering relocating to or expanding operations in Boise.”


He works with Costco in the valley as well as Fortune 500 companies that have operations in the area.


“I have the opportunity to sell Boise, and it’s easy. It sells itself. This is the greatest place in the world,” he said.


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