Idaho Travel Council is an eight-member council appointed by the Governor as prescribed in Idaho Code section 67-4712.

The Council meets around the state in January, March, May, August, and October. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to keep informed about the Idaho Commerce Tourism Development team’s marketing program. If you are interested in learning more about serving on the Idaho Travel Council, please discuss your interest with current Council members. Applications for serving on the Council can be obtained from the Office of the Governor. This website will also allow you to view board information, term expirations, and vacancies.

Idaho Travel Council Members (click image for bio)

  • Douglas-Burnett

    Douglas Burnett
    Region I

    Doug Burnett has worked for Hagadone Hospitality since 1995 and is currently the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s resident manager. He has previously managed resorts in Port Ludlow, Washington and Bodega Bay, California and held management positions with Sheraton Hotels in Australia, California, and Hawaii.

    Idaho Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, appointed Doug Burnett as the Region I Representative on the Idaho Travel Council. The Idaho Travel Council is a private-sector board that holds eight members whom are chosen by the governor.

    Doug is serving his third term with the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association. He is a member of the executive committee and competing his second term as president of the association. He is an advisory committee member for the Resort Academy Hospitality Program for the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts and the North Idaho College Resort Recreation Management program. Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality business management from Washington State University in 1981. He lives in Rathdrum, Idaho and enjoys Idaho’s four-season recreation.

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  • Lara-Smith

    Lara Smith
    Region II

    Bio coming soon.

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  • Jim-Manion

    Jim Manion
    Region III
    (Chairman)

    Jim Manion is the recently retired President of AAA Idaho, after a 38 year career at AAA in both Montana and Idaho. He has served on a number of Boards including President of the Idaho Highway Users Federation, President of the Idaho Society of Association of Association Executives, and President of Skal Boise/SW Idaho, which part of an international tourism promotion organization.

    Jim was raised in Montana and is a 1973 graduate of Carroll College in Helena. Jim and his wife Lisa currently enjoy living in downtown Boise.

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  • Shawn-Barigar

    Shawn Barigar
    Region IV

    Shawn Barigar is the President and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – a business organization of more than 825 members with a mission to enhance the economic vitality and quality of place throughout Southern Idaho.

    He is a fifth generation native of the Magic Valley and grew up in Buhl. He attended the University of Idaho graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications in 1993.

    Shawn spent his earlier career working in broadcast journalism and public relations. Since 2004, he’s led the Twin Falls Chamber in its partnerships with other organizations to drive business expansion, industrial recruitment, and community building. He began a third 4-year term on the Twin Falls City Council in January 2016 and was selected by his peers on the council to serve as Mayor of Twin Falls until January 2018. Shawn is also appointed by Governor Otter to represent the Magic Valley region on the Idaho Travel Council.

    Shawn is married to Camille, who is the Special Event Coordinator at the Fine Arts Center at the College of Southern Idaho. They have two sons, Brock – age 20 and Xander – age 16. They enjoy outdoor activities – hiking, biking, kayaking, camping – and cooking.

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  • Matthew-Hunter

    Matthew Hunter
    Region V

    Matt Hunter joined the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce in June of 2005 as the President & CEO. Matt initially came to Pocatello in May of 2001 as the General Manager of the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello. He left the hotel to join the Chamber after 21 years of working in the hotel industry throughout the Northwest. Matt has a Business Administration degree from Washington State University and an A.S. degree from West Valley College in Saratoga, CA in Food Service & Restaurant Management.

    Matt serves on many boards throughout the region and state. These include The Idaho State University College of Technology Advisory board as well as multiple advisory boards within the College of Technology. He also serves on the Bannock Development Corporation Board of Directors, The Eastern Idaho Development Corporation Board, The Partners for Prosperity Board, The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 Budget Steering Committee, The Idaho Chamber Alliance Executive Committee and as the Region 5 Representative on the Idaho Travel Council.

    Matt and his wife Shawn have been married for 32 years and have six children. They love the Pocatello community and made the jump from the hotel industry to the Chamber so that they could stay in the greater Pocatello area long term. Matt and his family love the outdoors including fishing and camping. Matt really enjoys getting out and meeting the chamber members as well as being involved in many community activities.

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  • Courtney-Ferguson

    Courtney Ferguson
    Region VI

    Bio coming soon.

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  • Matthew-Hunter

    Mike Fitzpatrick
    Region VII

    Bio coming soon.

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  • Richard-Shaffer

    Richard Shaffer
    Region At-Large

    Rick Shaffer, a replanted Right Coaster from the backwoods mountain village of Stroudsburg in eastern Pennsylvania; he has been a native transient in the best small town in America; Historic Wallace, Silver Capital of the World and Center of the Universe.

    Rick did his undergrad studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA majoring in basketball and psychology. Surviving both curriculums he took up the hospitality industry as his favored vocation to match his A.A.D.D. tendencies and energy span. Coming to Idaho on a 3 month work contract from the small burg, Times Square, New York City in May 1992; Rick was blessed to find over a quarter century of employment as Director of Operations for the Magnuson Hospitality Group overseeing the Jameson Saloon, Stardust Motel and Wallace Inn, all in the town of Wallace, ID under the tutelage of the renown Mr. Harry Magnuson.

    After one year of gainful employment, Rick was self-appointed to the position of Prime Minister of Hospitality and Goodwill of Historic Wallace (and later the North Idaho Bike Trails) being officially recognized by the Wallace City Council in 2005 which has since been internationally recognized (just ask Siri). Immediately realizing that groups, associations, chambers of Wallace, the Silver Valley, North Idaho and Idaho in its entirety were in dire need of volunteers to assist in accomplishing their goals, Rick has been President of Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Association, North Idaho Tourism Alliance, North Idaho Tourism Committee, Skal North Idaho – Spokane, 6th St. Melodrama Theatre, as well as an outspoken volunteer of the National Weather Service, Idaho Recreation and Parks Association and the Wallace Chamber of Commerce marketing committee. He has been honored to have been named Idaho Hotelier of the Year by the ILRA and Marketing Representative of the Year by the Idaho Department of Commerce.

    Rick is presently vying for the Wallace City Council for the 1st time running against “Other” in hopes of bettering Wallace. Second only to the blessing of residing in Idaho for over 25 years, his appointment as at-large representative to the Idaho Travel Council is at the top list.

    Rick resides in downtown on the “Broadway” of Historic Wallace with his beautiful and patient wife Dena and beloved yellow lab Calamity Belle Starr. Rick’s motto matches that of Historic Wallace that being, “If it happened in Wallace; it never really happened.” Come see why.

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