Chamber Board and Staff

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of every month at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Third Street Center.

Click here to view the Carbondale Chamber Board Responsibilities.

Click here to view the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Bylaws.

President: Darren Broome, Aloha Mountain Cyclery

Darren started his career in the bike industry after getting out of the Army in 1995 while on the island of Oahu. He had become an avid triathlete while stationed at Schofield Barracks and continued racing for the next ten years. As a result, Darren was able to work in some of the best multi-sport oriented stores on the islands, and held positions ranging from sales person to mechanic to general manager. During this time period he also attended both United Bicycle Institute and Barnett’s Bicycle Institute, earning both Tech 1 and Tech 2 certifications. Darren was lucky enough to begin volunteering his services to the Iron Man World Championships for bike tech support, and soon became director of bike tech operations.  This allowed him to meet many interesting people as well as travel to New Zealand and Australia where he supported tri camps with mechanical service. When Darren came to the valley in 2005, he quickly realized this was a place where he wanted to lay down some roots and, after working his way up in the local shop scene, joined forces with his fellow employee Nic Degross and embarked on a fantastic bike business adventure.

 

Treasurer: Erkko Alm, Alpine Bank

Erkko is originally from Finland, and his primary focus is lending. He went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a degree in Marketing and International Business. He enjoys serving on the Chamber Board because he wants to be part of making Carbondale a successful and fun community, and believes the Chamber contributes to that goal.

Secretary: Mike Hinkley, Mountain Waste & Recycling

Mike Hinkley, Mountain Waste & Recycling Mike has been the District Manager for Mountain Waste & Recycling for 4+ years, which was formed from InterMountain Waste and Mountain Roll-Offs, Inc. (MRI). Prior to the merger, Mike was the Area Route Manager for the local Waste Management office for three years. Prior to that, he worked in the Roaring Fork Valley for about 13 years as the Operations Manager for Coors Distributing/Mountain Beverage Company. Mike’s interest as a member of the Chamber is to be more involved with local businesses, networking opportunities, business growth outlets, and to help promote quality growth for businesses, business managers, and residents and contractors in our area. He aims to give a voice to consumers, and encourages local businesses to act reputably, care about their customers, and get involved in this community. He supports the Chamber, because he believes in keeping business local and personal. He attends many Chamber events and is involved with most local school programs and non-profit events. He also believes in creating a strong focus of keeping our business local to help support our communities.

Past President: Kristin Garwood, Brilliant Life Solutions

Kristin feels very lucky to have lived in Colorado for the past 22 years and loves this state and the Roaring Fork Valley. She and her husband moved here 11 years ago after he accepted a position at Snowmass Village’s Fire Department. It’s the best move they have ever made. Participating in everything this valley has to offer is what makes Kristin tick, from skiing/snowboarding to enjoying the fantastic music and art scene. She feels very fortunate to be part of Carbondale, with its wonderful community spirit from Mountain Fair to Potato Days. Kristin has worked closely with a lot of Carbondale businesses and wants to help to keep Carbondale a growing and viable town.

Marianne Ackerman, Colorado Mountain College

Marianne has lived and worked in Carbondale since 1983. During that time, she has worked as a professional equestrian, in a retail/manufacturing business, for local newspapers, owned and operated an advertising/publishing agency and a construction company, worked for KDNK, Carbondale Mountain Fair and the Mount Sopris Nordic Council (Cross-country Ski Trails at Spring Gulch). She was drawn to her current position at Colorado Mountain College by a strong belief in the intrinsic value of education, and an appreciation for the high quality educational choices we have in this community. Marianne and her husband raised 3 children in Carbondale and very much enjoy the quality of life that small town living provides. She looks forward to working as a liaison between the Chamber and the CMC Carbondale Campus, and building a strong partnership.

Donni Cochran, Martin Insurance Group

Donni Cochran has been a Carbondale Chamber member for many years and a volunteer on the Chamber Posse for about ten years. In her previous life, she was a management consultant. Donni holds a Master’s in Math and has an interest in operations research. She started out as a systems analyst for a government agency and moved onto a position in Human Resources for a large firm with five divisions encompassing different business types. She eventually went on to do this on her own, traveling throughout the US and Canada, designing and often writing computer systems. She retired to have a family. About 12 years ago, Donni had a bad motor vehicle accident and found out how insurance can hurt or help. As a result of her research into the insurance industry, she realized she wanted to help others as well, and Donni Cochran Insurance Services was born. She has lived in the valley for 26 years and loves everything about it. She lost both of her dogs in the last two years, and finally found her soulmate, Harper, a rescue Vizsla mix. She is also always volunteering for something!

Sal Lopez, Glenwood Insurance

 

Frosty Merriott, J. Frost Merriott, Inc. CPA

Mr. Merriott received his B.S. in accounting from Louisiana Tech University in 1970. He has extensive experience in tax planning and compliance, Internal Revenue Service examinations and management advisory services. He gained valuable tax expertise as the Corporate Tax Manager for Country Pride Foods, Ltd; a multi-state food processing conglomerate, and subsequently became partner in charge of the tax department at Roberts, Cherry & Company, a large local CPA firm in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Merriott coordinated the accounting services function in the Lakewood, Colorado office of Gordon, Hughes, and Banks, LLP before beginning the firm of J. Frost Merriott CPA in Basalt in March of 1998. He specializes in the areas of taxation, attestation and accounting services for closely held companies in the industries of insurance, financial services, oil and gas, cannabis, real estate, construction and manufacturing.

Mr. Merriott has completed all required AICPA Peer Reviews as administered by the Colorado Society of CPA’s. The reports state that on a representative sample of selected engagements Mr. Merriott conformed with the requirements of professional standards in all material respects and the documentation on these engagements conformed with the applicable requirements of Statements on Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) and Statements on Standards for Attestation (SSAEs).

Mr. Merriott is a member of the AICPA Institute, the Tax Section of the AICPA, the Colorado Society of CPAS and the QuickBooks Pro Advisor Program. Mr Merriott is presently licensed in Colorado (18114), Louisiana (16-15132), and Texas (TP1741-01).

Frosty, his wife Carly and Goldens Bentley and Miley live at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale where they are members of the Orchard Church. Their daughter Shiloh is now working as an R N on the Cardiology Floor at St Anthony’s in Lakewood, Co. Frosty was elected to 3 terms as a Trustee for the Town of Carbondale after he had served on Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town Tree Board, the Town Environmental Board and the River Valley Ranch Executive Board. Frosty is presently serving on the Garfield County Board of Adjustments, the Carbondale Chamber Executive Board, the Town Environmental Board, and the Carbondale Arts Planning Committee. Frosty was named as an Everyday Hero by the Colorado Society of CPA’s for the difference he makes in others lives.

Sarah Murray, Coldwell Banker/Mason Morse Real Estate

Sarah Murray has 30 years of experience working in customer service. Raised in Vermont, Sarah grew up in a country inn located in a small town near several ski areas. She and her family worked hard to ensure that their guests were well taken care of. She also began teaching skiing at a very young age and moved to Colorado to attend college at Colorado State University and later take a job as the supervisor at a Ski School in Durango.

Sarah has lived in the valley for twenty years. She and her husband Clay are parents to ten-year-old twin boys. Sarah is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, helping Buyers and Sellers achieve their real estate goals throughout the valley.  Sarah has also works for the Aspen Skiing Company in the winter where she has enjoyed teaching private lessons to her own clientele for twenty years. She is the director of volunteers for the Carbondale Mountain Fair and currently serves as a Board Member for Carbondale Arts. Sarah is an active volunteer for Waldorf School on Roaring Fork,  KDNK (Carbondale’s own public radio station,) 5-Point Film Festival, as well as other non-profit organizations in town. Sarah comes to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce with a strong work ethic coupled with enthusiasm and love for Carbondale.

Kelcey Nichols, Wood Nichols, LLC

Kelcey grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and opened a law practice in Carbondale in 2012. Her practice focuses on providing sound legal advice to clients on real estate, business, and estate planning matters. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Backbone Media in Carbondale, and in publishing and website development in New York. Kelcey currently works with local property owners, businesses, and nonprofit corporations. In addition, she is leading a pro-bono project with the Acequia Project to help low-income community members in southern Colorado maintain their water rights. Kelcey is a graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program. She obtained her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, and is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Kelcey joined the Chamber in order to help our local businesses prosper and see Carbondale continue to establish itself as a wonderful place to live and work, stepping up as a leader among Colorado towns.

Brittney Rippy, Bonfire Coffee

Born in Glenwood Springs, Brittney Rippy has worked as the Kitchen Manager and Head of Catering at Bonfire Coffee for over two years.  In the evenings, she works as a personal trainer and runs small group strength and conditioning classes in the valley.  She is actively involved in the community throughout the fitness and restaurant scene.  Throughout the last 20 years, Brittney has worked at several of the popular restaurants in the area and has been involved as a coach for many of the local gyms. Brittney Rippy has a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu.  She graduated in the top of her class from Mesa State University with a degree in Elementary Education. 

John Runne, BzAdvice

John Runne is a seasoned business executive and advisor with over thirty years of engagements with Fortune 1000 companies working with CEOs, exec teams and boards on strategy, M&A, organizational structure and corporate planning. Mr. Runne’s experience includes engagements with a host of public and private companies where he served in executive positions and as Chairman of Strategic Advisory Councils and Boards devising and driving corporate strategic objectives. Mr. Runne has also been actively involved in events leading to acquisitions and sales of companies. He has guided organizations on their respective marketing, packaging, and positioning of brand products.

Mr. Runne’s deep and wide corporate experience at the CEO, executive, and board level has provided the foundation for establishing significantly effective and unique solutions to short term and long-ranging opportunities and challenges.

In between corporate engagements, Mr. Runne has painted professionally for three decades. He has created hundreds of original works and has published books, greeting cards, and lithographs for major national accounts. Mr. Runne has resided in Colorado since 1992 and along with his wife and grown children enjoys all it has to offer. He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Business, Austin. You can find out more about him and his expertise at www.bzadvice.com and www.northcreekgallery.com.

Tony Spires, ANB Bank

Tony Spires likes to make a difference in the lives of his clients and in his community. As Community Bank President of ANB Bank’s Carbondale location, he is developing new banking relationships, nurturing current bank relationships, and creating a friendly, knowledgeable banking environment. Tony brings over 12 years of banking experience and over 25 years of finance experience to lead the Carbondale bank team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and has completed courses at Marquette University. In addition to being a member of the Chamber Board, Tony participates in numerous local community charities and events through ANB Bank and is a member of the Chamber’s  Leads group. Tony has been married to Mindy Sisson-Spires for 19 years; when not working, they spend their time with their two daughters and Great Dane.

Tourism Council of Carbondale Liaison: Eaden Shantay, True Nature Healing Arts

 

Erica Sparhawk, Town of Carbondale Trustee/Liaison

 

Heather Henry, Town of Carbondale Trustee/Liaison

 

Chamber Staff

 

Andrea Stewart, Executive Director/Marketing & Tourism and Member Services

Andrea is a Wyoming native and has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since spring 2008. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2007 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Marketing Communication. In 2011, she graduated from Colorado Mountain College with an Associate’s Degree in Resort Management & Hospitality. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork  Valley, Andrea served as the Marketing Coordinator for the University of Wyoming Athletics Department. Andrea’s background includes advertising, marketing, public relations, and coaching youth sports. Andrea serves on a number of planning committees, including First Fridays Carbondale, Carbondale Creative Plan, Special Events Task Force, West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Steering Committee, Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, 2012 & 2016 Ride the Rockies, 2013 & 2015 Bicycle Tour of Colorado, and the 2014 US Pro Cycling Challenge. Outside of the office, Andrea enjoys running…lots of running. In fact, in 2015, she ran in the Boston Marathon. Andrea, her husband Danny, and their sons, Lucas and Wyatt enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing, traveling, cheering on the Wyoming Cowboys, and spending time with friends and family!  

Heather Beach, Bookkeeper

Heather Beach joins the Chamber staff with over 16 years of accounting and office management experience, having been the CFO of Beach Resource Management for 12 years before she and her husband sold the business in 2015. Heather also served as volunteer Treasurer for the Chamber for two years, and has several years of volunteer experience as treasurer for other nonprofits, including her church, Snowmass Chapel. A native Texan (born and raised in Houston), Heather attended The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic society. She enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening, and reading fiction in her spare time. Heather’s 2 adult children live outside Colorado, and she resides in Castle Pines with her husband, Gary.

Katie Montie, Office Manager

Katie grew up visiting Carbondale throughout her childhood, and quickly felt at home in the Roaring Fork Valley after moving from Michigan 7 years ago. She finds joy in hiking, backpacking, yoga, cross-country skiing, being a couch potato, and petting all the puppies. She is delighted to be working for the Chamber, and is enjoying increased connectivity and involvement in her adopted hometown. 

 

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