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The College of Business and Economics (COBE) is helping create the future for our students and the Treasure Valley through entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and collaboration. Collaboration with leaders from our vibrant business community is central to the College’s ability to achieve its vision, mission and strategic directions. The COBE Advisory Committee (COBEAC) is made up of business leaders who not only care about the direction of our Valley, but believe strongly that COBE can be a key driver in creating economic value and improving our community’s high quality of life.
Ron Van Auker, Jr.
Ronald Van Auker, Jr. is a native Idahoan, born in Caldwell in 1983. From the time he was 14 he worked for his father during summers in all areas of the family construction business. After high school, Van Auker attended the University of Oregon and studied finance. During college he worked for Bank of America in Eugene and had the opportunity to participate in a foreign exchange program in Valdivia, Chile for a semester in his junior year. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity where he held multiple leadership positions, Toastmasters International and the Lundquist College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. He also participated in intramural athletics.
In 2005, Van Auker moved back to Boise and joined the family business. He has had many responsibilities over the past eight years, and continues to learn the various aspects of the business. Van Auker Companies is a full service design, construction and real estate development company that was established in Caldwell in the 1960s.
Ron lives with his wife Amy and three children in Nampa. He enjoys playing golf, hunting birds and spending time with his family.