The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

Treasure Valley Exteriors

2019 BoTV Winner – Best Home Remodeler, Best Contractor

When you need help with a home project, you don’t always know where to go. It needs to be done well and you want to get a fair price on it, too. This can be especially tricky with work you might not be familiar with, like roofing, windows, or installing solar panels. I think people are wary when looking for companies to work on their most important investments, and this often leads to a referral from someone they know that some guys that can hook you up.

But if the work isn’t done by licensed and insured professionals, you might actually be putting your home, your money, and your safety at risk. That’s why I’m here to tell you that I know some guys that can hook you up, and they are top-notch home renovators in the Treasure Valley.

Max and Kelly had been working on homes together for years, but they weren’t satisfied. The company they worked for was like so many others, attempting to squeeze every possible penny out of every job. Even worse, they weren’t nice. The guys in charge weren’t nice to their customers; they weren’t even nice to their employees. Max and Kelly brought their heads together with one thought — “We could do this better ourselves.”

Treasure Valley Exteriors is Boise’s Best

And so they did. Treasure Valley Exteriors was founded by Max and Kelly in 2011 and in a few short years, they have seen tremendous success. They are the Treasure Valley’s source of home improvement value. They’ve had this success by establishing trust, doing quality work, and being nice.

I can say from personal experience that Max is right when he says that treating people well is their secret to success. He says, “It comes down to that first interaction. I’m creating a friendship with somebody and thinking, ‘I frickin’ like this guy.’”

For homeowners that want to feel more confident when choosing a contractor, Kelly recommends getting a second opinion. “It’s the people that don’t get a second opinion that get hosed,” he explained. Treasure Valley Exteriors is happy to give you a second opinion on your roofing, siding, and just about any type of exterior renovation your home needs.

But even if you’re going to them just for a second opinion, I’m pretty sure Treasure Valley Exteriors will become your first choice.

A Reason to Swipe Right

You know… the dating app where if you like what you see, you swipe right? I’ve long compared real estate to online dating. Are those pictures real and recent? Does the description on the profile reflect reality? Am I about to meet a crazy person? Will I have regrets tomorrow?

The real estate market often feels like the Wild West, and I thought that’s just the way it was. Brokers often see their clients and customers as a number rather than people who are likely making the biggest purchase of their lives.

Outdated technology, bad photography, and rolling the dice on getting a decent real estate agent have all been accepted as normal. Even more than most businesses, real estate is an industry that leans heavily on the character of the people involved. When Nick Schlekeway formed the Boise real estate agency Amherst Madison in 2013, he wanted to do things differently.

The culture of any company starts at the top. If you know Nick and the values he holds, you’ll know what to expect from Amherst Madison. He’s a forward thinker who expects the best from himself, and the 70+ agents at his brokerage aim for the same standard.

Founder of Amherst Madison – Nick Schlekeway

At a glance, Nick is one of those high achievers who seem too good to be true, but I can attest that he is the real deal. We are the same age and attended the same high school and college, so I’ve been Nick-adjacent for around 20 years. He was a star athlete, valedictorian, and Hall of Famer in high school. In college he was an Academic All-American who graduated with honors, First Team All Conference selection, and a team captain the season Boise State won the famous 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. If you’re still not impressed, he was a top-notch Boise firefighter for several years, completed a master’s degree at Georgetown, and started a very successful company in competitive niche.

Oh, and he’s nice.

Despite his success, what makes Nick and his brokerage an inspiration is the focus on other people. To that point, the agency isn’t named after the founder, but after a brother-and-sister pair he knew who battled cancer and won. Their ability to persevere inspired him, and when it came time to put a name on the company’s founding documents, the team believed their names deserved the honor. So if you’re in the market for a new real estate agency, skip the online dating period and meet the Amherst Madison team in person. The pictures are real.

~Matthew Biss

Amherst Madison Boise

Amherst Madison is a client-centric brokerage that focuses on community involvement and building relationships. Customers appreciate the updated, cloud-based technology the firm uses, with standards of quality in photography and listings that won’t be found anywhere else in Idaho. The agents operate with the belief that clients deserve more from their realtor, realtors deserve more from their brokerage, and the community deserves more from us all.

Best of Treasure Valley 2019 Winners Announced


Meridian, ID — The Best of Treasure Valley™ introduces a new way of identifying and recognizing the best businesses in the community. Using a combination of online reviews and community votes, winners were determined across nine categories and 184 subcategories. In all, 104,210 votes were cast during the voting round by Treasure Valley residents.

Local businesses and attractions were nominated last fall, and the top 10 nominees in each subcategory moved on to the voting round in October. In addition to votes, online reviews from Google, Yelp, and Facebook were included in scoring. Overall ratings and the number of 5-star reviews from the previous 12 months helped determine the winners. Details about scoring can be found on our FAQ page.

The winners were announced at the Best of Treasure Valley Awards Banquet, held on December 4th, 2018, at the Zion’s Bank Ballroom. They will also be featured in the Best of Treasure Valley Magazine™ that is scheduled for publication this month. A complete list of all finalists and winners of each category can be found here.

The Best of Treasure Valley™ would like to thank the following local businesses for their support: Rocket Express Car Wash, winner of Best Car Wash; Paramount Childcare & Early Learning Center, winner of Best Child Care; Anesthesia Associates of Boise, a finalist for Best Specialty Doctor; and RevenueJump, an online review and referral software company.


Best of Treasure Valley™ is an awards contest that is owned and operated by Inbound Systems.

Best of Treasure Valley Votes Are In!


Big news, everyone! Ballots for the 2019 Best of Treasure Valley Awards are in, and it looks to be a phenomenal success.

The businesses and attractions that were up for voting in their respective categories were nominated by Treasure Valley residents in August and September. Those that received enough nominations to land in the top 10 earned their spots on the ballot.

A total of 104,210 votes were cast to show support for your favorite businesses and attractions in our community. We were overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response and can’t wait to share the finalists of each category.

What Happens Now

We want the Best of Treasure Valley to be as fair as possible, so our team is working hard to calculate the results and verify the findings. The BoTV uses a scoring system that relies on a combination of online votes, online ratings, and online reviews from Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

Count Ballots
Who had the most votes? While technology makes counting easy, we still need to verify the results. Other contests may allow spamming or daily voting. For optimal results, we’re only counting unique votes for each subcategory.

Count Reviews
The BoTV isn’t like most “Best of” contests, which simply count votes. We realize that the community has already been showing their support for the best by leaving reviews all year long, so we’re going to count those too! We’re counting every 5-star review published on Google, Yelp, and Facebook within the last 12 months.

Calculate Rating
Overall ratings on Google, Yelp, and Facebook also tell us how nominees have served their customers over the last year. The mean rating from these platforms will be used in conjunction with 5-star reviews and votes to determine the winners.

Announce Finalists
The top 3 of each subcategory will be publicly announced next week once we’ve verified our results. Finalists will also be notified by letter and email as soon as possible.

Announce Winners
Winners will be announced at the Best of Treasure Valley Awards Banquet, on December 4th, 2018. Finalists will be invited to purchase tickets for the celebration, with Jeffrey Paul and Austin Von Johnson, of Open World Comedy, hosting the show. The banquet includes a red carpet entrance, a fancy dinner, and photos, as well as other special prizes and opportunities.

Thank You

We’re grateful to everyone for the support and participation in the Best of Treasure Valley Awards. It’s been a lot of fun, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s contest!

Best of Treasure Valley Voting Now Open

October 1st, 2018

Best of Treasure Valley™ Voting Open Through October 31, 2018


Meridian, ID — The Best of Treasure Valley™ is an awards contest that aims to recognize the best businesses in the community. The contest includes nine categories, with 180 subcategories, and uses a combination of 5-star reviews, online ratings, and community votes to determine the winners of each respective subcategory.

Voting takes place online at from October 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. Anyone with a valid email address and a Treasure Valley zip code can vote.

The nominees were selected by the community during September. After thousands and thousands of submissions, only the 10 nominees in each subcategory with the most nominations were retained for the voting round.

In addition to votes, the winner of each category is also determined by their online reviews from Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Overall ratings and the number of 5-star reviews from the previous 12 months are counted. Details about scoring can be found on the Best of Treasure Valley™ website.

The Best of Treasure Valley™ finalists for each subcategory will be announced in early November. The winners will then be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. This will be followed by the winners being featured in the Best of Treasure Valley Magazine™ in January, 2019.


Best of Treasure Valley™ is an awards contest that is owned and operated by Inbound Systems.


Brodie Tyler
(208) 246-8982
[email protected]

Mailing Address

Best of Treasure Valley
c/o Inbound Systems, Inc.
6700 N Linder Rd #156-143
Meridian, ID 83646