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Ball Ventures Ahlquist hosted a two-day summit in Sun Valley this week. The event brought together BVA employees, partners, political leaders and a smattering of media leaders at the Sun Valley Lodge.

The headling speaker was ten-day Trump Administration veteran Anthony Scarmucci. “The Mooch,” as the tabloid media coined the short-lived White House Communication Director, spoke about his ride with Trump, his view on where Washington needs to go and the overall tone of politics.

He also gave an extensive interview to Vantiy Fair magazine that echoed many of his comments to the BVA crowd.

In Sun Valley, he told a story about explaining the history of Trade to Trump “on a Tuesday. How did I know it was a Tuesday? I was only there for two Tuesdays!”

Gov. Brad Little. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Idaho Gov. Brad Little also addressed the crowd. Little topped BVA CEO Tommy Ahlquist in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary and went on to take the governor’s office.

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Documentarian Greg Whiteley chronicled his unlikely rise from limo driver to producer of the Netflix series Last Chance U. He also helmed the critically-acclaimed film “MITT,” which looked at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s two failed bids for the White House.

Other speakers included Google’s Lee Bienstock, Idaho Olympian Kristin Armstrong, Idaho congressman Russ Fulcher and more. Roundtable events featured local real estate and private equity leaders.

The event – called the BVA Inspire Excellence Summit – is in its second year. It shares its name with the upstart company’s tagline and weekly podcast.

“Some people asked me why our tagline is ‘inspire excellence’ when you’re a real estate company,” Ahlquist said. “I think this conference is a good example of how we do that.”

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Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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