Members of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce have an opportunity to select three new directors for the Chamber board.
There are six candidates vying for the three spots on the board.
Voting will continue until the organization’s annual meeting on Jan. 24. Chamber members can stop by the Visitors Center to cast their ballots.
Following are the candidates and their candidate statements and bios.
Doris moved to Pagosa in 1998 after a successful career in advertising. Doris worked with a privately owned company in Louisville, Ky., which was purchased by McCann Erickson Worldwide. She ran the McCann office in Louisville and was founder and president of Adware, an enterprise software system for advertising agencies with offices in Louisville, New York, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Doris served as president of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council for several years before purchasing Lantern Dancer. She is a facilitator and has had great success in getting people to work together. Her promotional ideas are creative and innovative. Since purchasing Lantern Dancer, Doris has increased sales every year.
Doris is a mother of two children and will soon have a fourth grandchild. Doris loves Pagosa and is proud to call it home. She likes to tell people who visit her business that Pagosa is panoramically beautiful, but what makes it unique is that it is not the suburb of any other city and therefore has its own personality.
As a board member of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Doris will use her talents to promote, develop and grow the business community in Pagosa Springs.
Kathy Keyes, owner and head baker of Pagosa Baking Company, has been in the baking business for 17 years. She started the bakery eight years ago, converting her garage into a commercial kitchen and selling her artisanal breads and wide assortment of cookies and pastries in town at “the shop” — Pagosa Baking Company. In 2004, following a major addition to the shop, Kathy combined all baking and retail operations under one roof. In 2007, Pagosa Baking Company received kudos from Sunset magazine and Rachael Ray magazine.
Kathy’s activities in Pagosa include serving on the Land Use Development Code Committee and the Big Box Task Force. She is a Bighorn Fellow and has been accepted into the 2009 class of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training. She has volunteered with 4-H and the U.S. Forest Service, and as a mediator with the 6th Judicial District. Pagosa Baking Company participates in the Balloon Fest Passport to Wine, Soup for the Soul, and the Seeds of Learning annual fund-raiser.
As a board member, Kathy intends to support the role of the Chamber of Commerce as an important resource for the local business community, specifically through providing education, resources and networking opportunities to improve business expertise and success.
I am very proud to be an active part of our Pagosa Springs Community and Archuleta County. Our economy is struggling these days, but with a dedicated Chamber of Commerce team enabling new business ventures and supporting many of the member business in our Pagosa Springs community, we will be very successful. As a recently retired naval officer I’ll bring my skill sets to the Chamber that include leadership, program management, and a keen sense of strategic planning. Our community activities in 2008 were superior and provided a world class showcase of businesses in Pagosa Springs. 2009 will be even better! As a professor of leadership and ethics I feel this will complement my position as a board member. I am no stranger to community service. I have worked with national Boy Scouting organizations and many youth groups oriented towards character development, physical fitness and citizenship. I am currently supporting Pagosa Springs High School with their “School to Work” program and will shortly be sponsoring, through the airport, an Aviation Venture program that will introduce aviation programs to several young adults to exciting career opportunities.
Education: M.S. national resource strategy; B.S. industrial technology; A.A.S. general electronics; AA liberal arts; Navy Executive Fellow.
I was born and raised in Pagosa Springs, graduating from Pagosa Springs High School in 1998. I received my business degree from the University of Denver in 2002. During my time at DU I participated in many philanthropic and volunteer activities through the business school and the sorority I was involved in. While at DU, I worked for the athletics media relations office helping with basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse events. After graduation, I moved to Texas and worked for a lawyer while deciding whether I wanted to pursue law school. After a short time in Texas, I moved back to Colorado and decided to pursue a master’s in conflict resolution from the University of Denver. I am working on my thesis and look forward to a completion date in 2009. I moved back to Pagosa from Denver in January of 2007 and have since been working for our family business, The Spa at Pagosa Springs. In the spring of 2008, I was involved in taking over and organizing the Hot Air Balloon Rally during Colorfest weekend. I am looking forward to participating more in future events hosted in Pagosa and in the promotion of a healthy, successful business community.
Julie Marie Simmons
Julie Marie Simmons is a Colorado native, finding her life in southwest Colorado dedicated to building stronger rural communities. While at Fort Lewis College in Durango, she was an avid volunteer for several organizations and a founding member of a community service organization. After she achieved her business degree from Fort Lewis, she stayed in Durango and served as an Americorps VISTA with Operation Healthy Communities and Colorado Housing, Incorporated (CHI). She began pursuing a graduate degree in public policy and was hired in 2001 as the special projects director for the town of Pagosa Springs where, for seven years, she worked on a wide range of projects, including infrastructure development, community planning, policy, human resources, economic development and grant writing. During her final two years at the town, she became a CHI board member and president and finally found herself in transition to an exciting new career as the executive director of CHI at the beginning of this year.
After graduating in December of 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Fort Lewis College, Durango, I moved to Denver, Colorado. My first job out of college was with First Trust Corporation in downtown Denver. The experience working with First Trust Corporation was short but valuable for learning the business of Individual Retirement Accounts. In November of 1999 I began my career with Colorado Land Title Company. My wife and I moved to Pagosa Springs from Durango in May of 2004. I am the office manager of Colorado Land Title Company’s Pagosa Springs branch. My role with CLT has included anything and everything involved with your typical and non-typical real estate transaction. The title insurance business is a little unique in that we get to work with all sides of the real estate transaction. Currently I serve on the Land Title Association of Colorado Board of Directors. In 2007 I earned state recognition as The Young Title Person of the Year.I enjoy living in Pagosa Springs and feel very fortunate to live and work in such an amazing place. With an upbeat and energetic attitude I look forward to promoting what Pagosa has to offer and bringing new and exciting business to this community. If elected, my experience working with the local Realtors, lenders, buyers and sellers will bring a unique prospective to the Chamber board.