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Diane is the Founder/Owner and COO of Garden Valley Properties which she started in January 2001 and has since grown into the largest and most successful Real Estate Brokerage in Boise County. In 1976 after two years of college Diane began what would become a long career with the US Forest Service & Park Service. She was first a wildland fire fighter on the Mt. Hood National Forest and then relocated to Garden Valley in 1980 as the first woman on the Boise National Forest Helitack crew. She continued her career with the US Forest Service and US Park Service through 1984; and it was during this time that she met fellow Arrowhead Hot Shot Joe Caughlin, and they were happily married in 1982. From 1984-1994 Joe served his country as an officer in the US Army and their growing family traveled around the world having incredible adventures and two sons Grady and Casey.
In 1994, Diane returned to Garden Valley with her family and became a Realtor with Valley Real Estate, where she later became a partner. Diane founded Garden Valley Properties in 2001 as previously mention and it quickly became the leading Brokerage in the valley. In 2003 she was nominated for the Tribute to Women in Industry award, sponsored by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Diane was appointed to serve on the Professional Standards committee in 2004 for the Ada County Association of Realtors and has been a Circle of Excellence Recipient and Honor Society member in her industry. Diane is active in her community and after completing a 4 year term on the Garden Valley/Crouch City Council, and 2 consecutive terms as the Vice President of the Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce, she has been serving as President for the Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and Vice President of the Garden Valley Fire Department Auxiliary. In addition, Garden Valley Properties is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and was nominated in 2007 for the BBB’s Integrity Counts” 2007 Business Honors award.
After 20 years in the business, she has handed the reins to one of her Associate Brokers, Jim Jardine to handle the “Broker” portion of the business, she continues on as the Founder & Chief Operating Officer in charge of Marketing and the Business side of the Garden Valley Properties company.