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Time for change

This is one of the most emotional and difficult articles that I have written as I step down as the Durango Chamber of Commerce CEO. After a little over 17 incredible years of service, this decision was not made lightly. But after a lot of reflection, sleepless nights and consideration, I feel it is the right time for me to pursue new opportunities and for the Chamber to begin a new chapter under new leadership.

First, I want to thank the amazing staff at the Chamber and those who have worked here in the past. Thank you to our current staff, Kim Oyler, Jennifer Dickens and Madison Anderson-Oles – your continued commitment to our members and the community will thrive. I know your knowledge and enthusiasm will continue to support economic growth and innovation for the interest of our members and the extended business community. I know you will provide all the necessary resources, connections and advocacy to foster a thriving business environment. Thank you to the past and especially the current board of directors. You have helped guide the Chamber through good and difficult times. Thank you to all the members – your support has allowed the Chamber to provide programs, events and so much more as we strive to grow our businesses and economy.

Throughout my tenure, I have witnessed the resilience, ingenuity and passion that helped to define the Durango Chamber. From the 2008 economic downturn to the 416 Fire, to the Gold King Mine spill and, of course, the pandemic, it has been an honor to work with such amazing and talented individuals.

When my chamber colleagues ask, “How does Durango do it, you have so much happening in your town?” The answer is simple: It’s the people. Durango is fortunate to have incredibly dedicated individuals who are deeply passionate about a variety of causes. This passion drives them to find solutions and make things happen. Add in our numerous amenities – businesses, outdoor activities, mountains, the Animas River, Fort Lewis College, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, art galleries and our downtown – the list goes on. When all these elements come together, we truly have a unique and exceptional community.

This is why I am staying in Durango; I’ll be the GM for Hutton Broadcasting serving the Four Corners. Please know that my commitment to our community remains unwavering, and I look forward to finding new ways to contribute to our shared success in the future.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your friendship, support, passion and dedication over the years. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Durango Chamber of Commerce CEO, and I will cherish the memories and relationships I’ve made during my time at the Chamber. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming chamber events wearing a different hat.