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News and notes from the chamber

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Constance Jones.
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The Summit Chamber’s annual kickoff event to the ski and riding season at our world-class resorts received rave reviews from those who attended the Sept. 23 luncheon at Copper Mountain’s Conference Center. We salute our captains of the industry: Gary Rodgers, Intrawest Colorado, COO and new general manager of Copper Mountain Ski Resort; Roger McCarthy, Vail Resorts COO and general manager of Keystone and Breckenridge Ski Resorts; and Alan Henceroth, COO and general manager of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area for sharing their major accomplishments from this past season and providing an exciting sneak preview of the 2005-2006 year. Rob Perlman, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, joined the panel this year and provided a national perspective on how our area compares to other destination resorts. Roger Mecca, executive producer and host of RSN’s Summit Sunrise served as the master of ceremonies and served up questions from the audience.

In August, we welcomed two new Board members to fill vacant seats. Rob Waterman, attorney from Blue River was elected to serve a three-year term, and Dean Baetzhold, representing Keystone Resort, replaces Greg Wright who accepted a position at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Also, Jennifer Geisness representing Intrawest Colorado replaced Jamie Wilson on the Summit Chamber board a few months ago when she accepted a position with the town of Vail. Board nominations for the coming year will be held in November. Applications for open seats in 2006 are available at the Chamber headquarters, 124 Main St., Suite 104, Dillon Plaza Building in downtown Dillon. The Summit Chamber Board of Directors at their Sept. 15 meeting endorsed two local initiatives which will greatly impact our area businesses. The recommendations for support by the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Council included, the Early Child Care and Learning in Summit County (1A) Initiative and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center’s proposal “Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative.” Both received strong support from the Chamber Board.

Chamber member businesses are encouraged to get involved and support these important initiatives. Mark your calendar for the next Business-After-Hours mixer at the Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge in Frisco on Oct. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Early-bird registration has been extended to Sept. 30 for the 12th annual Business and Consumer Trade Show co-sponsored with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at Beaver Run Conference Center on Oct. 25, 3-7 p.m.



The final deadline for exhibitor sign-ups is Oct. 14. For more information on the event, call (970) 453-2913, ext. 204, or at (970) 668-2051, ext. 2.Constance Jones is the executive director of the Summit Chamber of Commerce.


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