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S1E6: Eastern Idaho: the undiscovered gem in Idaho.

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When people think of Idaho, they typically think of the Treasure Valley, however, as we continue to see growth in the Boise, MSA, we are seeing more demand stretch to our surrounding cities in the Portneuf Valley and the Snake River Valley.

In this episode you will hear from one of our Eastern Idaho brokerage advisors, Don Zebe, as he discusses how these small, more remote cities are seeing growth in retail, residential and industrial sectors, along with the sales and business programs he is developing at his alma mater, Idaho State University.

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Jim Shipman

Managing Owner | Market Leader


Jim serves as the Managing Partner and Market Leader for the Colliers Idaho offices (Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Pocatello). In this role, he oversees all aspects of the brokerage and property management services, business development and departmental objectives. Jim is licensed as a Broker in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon, providing clients access to multiple markets throughout the West. 

Prior to joining Colliers, Jim was an Executive Vice President & Partner at Phillips Edison & Company.  Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jim helped complete over $300M of ground-up development and acquisition of net-lease properties throughout the United States.  

Jim was CEO and President of HGM Medical Lasers based in Salt Lake City, Utah which manufactured and distributed lasers worldwide. He oversaw all aspects of the business, including procurement, manufacturing, engineering, regulatory compliance, sales & marketing and accounting.  He increased value of the company tenfold at the time of the sale and was honored with a nomination for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the turn-around of the business. 

Jim’s professional experience also includes 25 years as an attorney practicing almost exclusively in real estate services.  He practiced with Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy in Denver, Colorado and Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Don Zebe

Brokerage Services | Partner


Don Zebe has an established wealth of experience and knowledge in commercial real estate through retail leasing, land acquisition, development and site selection. His professional career has been based on setting realistic goals and providing unprecedented service to his clients. Don’s business philosophy is the driving factor of his success.

Don determines his client’s needs and then employs innovative strategies which require creativity and a can-do attitude coupled with his local market knowledge to create a plan for success. He is adept at providing the most accurate market information and is well acquainted with the intricacies of local market cycles. His experience allows him to anticipate and perceive possible problems before they occur. Don’s demonstrated skills in negotiation are derived from his work with tenants, landlords and investors with needs both large and small. Don’s tenant clients include many national regional and local and ancillary clients. 

Don’s tenant clients include many national regional and local and ancillary clients, such as Wells Fargo, Walgreens, Value Place, Valmont, ADM, AT&T, T-Mobile, Ruby Tuesday, Del Taco, DQ, Papa Johns, American Family Insurance, Sherwin Williams, DL Evans Bank, Mountain America Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, ULTA, Maverik, Jimmy Johns, Lowes, Ross, Pawn One, Sprint, Domino’s, Stryker and others.

Owners rely upon Don’s market knowledge, local relationships and understanding of the business climate to market and promote their properties. A partial list of clients includes Pine Ridge Mall, Trevision Development, Lithia Motors, Kimberly Clark, Tuscany Developers, Woodbury, Ball Ventures, Knudsen Poor Farms, Teton Investments, Cobblestone Partners, Spirit Realty, Dales Inc., John Thackeray, Kelly Properties, Knudsen Poor Farms and many more.

Tenants, landlords, developers and investors not only need Don’s experience and proficiency but also the ability to trust and depend on someone who will represent their best interests. Because of his specialized knowledge and his character, even his competitor’s use Don when they need help in his area of focus, such as JLL, NAI, Cushman Wakefield, Newmark Grubb and others.

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