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The Steamboat Springs Chamber has nine full-time employees managing the economic development, destination marketing, and community development departments.

Kara Stoller
Chief Executive Officer

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Kara Stoller

Kara’s responsibilities at the Chamber include oversight and administration of all operations of the Chamber. She also partners with the City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, and numerous affiliated organizations. Kara works with the Board of Directors to create an annual program of work and budget to guide the efforts of the tremendous Chamber staff.

Kara is originally from Philadelphia (Go Eagles!), and when not at the office, some of her favorite activities include skiing at the resort or in the backcountry, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, and camping. She also serves as a member of Ski Town Rotary, Northwest Colorado Broadband Board, First Impressions Council, is a Mountain Village Partnership Ex-Officio Board Member, served as the Parks and Recreation Commissioner from 2011 - 2015 and is a graduate of Leadership Steamboat. In 2016, she was honored with the Twenty Under Forty Outstanding Young Achievement Award.

Sarah Leonard
Community Development Director

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Sarah Leonard

Sarah is responsible for communicating the organization’s efforts to members and the community as a whole. She also oversees the Service Excellence program, Young Professionals Network, Lodging Association, and Leadership Steamboat. Sarah responds to event and group information requests and supports the CEO on major projects.

Sarah is originally from Steamboat Springs and enjoys time in the sunshine, live music, camping, tubing the river, watching the latest movies, and is an avid happy hour enthusiast. Sarah regularly participates in United Way's Day of Caring, volunteers at Run Rabbit Run, and is a graduate of Leadership Steamboat.

Laura Soard
Marketing Director

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Laura Soard Marketing Director

Laura is the Marketing Director at the Chamber, responsible for creating and executing the destination non-ski season marketing plan for Steamboat Springs in both national and regional markets. The Chamber Marketing Committee helps Laura and her team create the annual marketing plan. She also facilitates research projects including surveys of summer visitors and cooperative advertising opportunities on behalf of various Steamboat Springs businesses.

Laura grew up in Upstate New York and made her way to Steamboat to live the Colorado dream. Out of the office, she spends as much time outside as she can, trail running, mountain biking and hiking all over Steamboat and around Colorado. Laura also enjoys reading, traveling near and far, and spending time with her two favorite people: her husband and daughter. She’s passionate about empowering kids and volunteers as a senior mentor with Partners of Routt County, Girls Scouts and in local schools.

John Bristol
Economic Development Director

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John Bristol

John Bristol is the Director of Economic Development serving both Steamboat Springs and Routt County. John manages a broad set of programs, policies, or activities working to improve a community's economic well-being and quality of life. He focuses his time and efforts to support business expansion and retention, as well as other initiatives to improve our economy.

John is from Buena Vista, Colorado and earned a B.A. in both Spanish for International Business and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. He speaks fluent Spanish and basic Portuguese. In his free time, he heads to the mountains to backpack, camp, ski, and spend time with his family and friends. John also enjoys international volunteer work and has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and El Salvador in the past.

Sarah Konopka
Digital Content Manager

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As Digital Content Manager, Sarah is responsible for maintaining and developing the Chamber website, including regular content management, effective implementation of changing technologies and ongoing maintenance. Sarah is also responsible for managing the Visit Steamboat Springs social media channels and visitor email communications. 

Sarah was born and raised in Colorado and when not working, she can be found pursuing her love of outdoor adventures, enjoying live music, creating art, and hanging out with her dog Charlie.  Sarah regularly participates in United Way's Day of Caring, volunteers at various local events, and is a graduate of Leadership Steamboat.

Cecilia Lemaitre
Executive Assistant

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Cecilia

Cecilia's role requires her to be a jill-of-all-trades, performing at a high level in a ton of different situations across all departments. She is responsible for managing the Steamboat Springs Chamber office as well as the Visitor’s Center and Yampa Valley Regional Airport Information Booth. Cecilia manages all meeting logistics for the Chamber Board of Directors, Economic Development Council, Marketing Committee and Young Professionals Network and supports membership outreach, benefit fulfillment, events, and communications.

Cecilia is from Wisconsin (Go Packers!) and loves anything adventure-related: travel, camping, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, fishing... the list goes on and on! She is a member of the Steamboat Young Professionals Network. 

Angelica Salinas
Membership Manager

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Angelica Salinas

Angelica is the Membership Manager at the Chamber, responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with the business community. She manages the Chamber membership program including membership sales, retention, benefits, networking events, and the member database. Angelica is also in charge of communicating the value of Chamber membership through member-facing communications.

Angelica grew up in San Antonio, Texas and earned a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in English Literature from Santa Clara University. She is passionate about youth development and works as Executive Director for local nonprofit Whiteout Volleyball Club. She also serves on the Young Professionals Network board of directors and as Vice President of the Steamboat Sports Barn board of directors. When she’s not working, some of her favorite activities include running, mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking with her partner Adam and their crazy pup Bowie.

2021 Board of Directors

Officers

Geoff Petis
Colorado Group Realty
President

Ted Carey
The UPS Store
Vice President

Sarah Fox
Fox Construction 
Executive Committee Member

Scott Marr
Holiday Inn
​Executive Committee Member

Soniya Fidler
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Executive Committee Member

Katie Brown
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
Past President 

Board of Directors

Adam Wilson
Vectra Bank

Adonna Allen
Alpine Bank

Beth Melton - Ex-Officio
Routt County Commissioner

Betse Grassby
Steamboat Art Museum

Brad Meeks - Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs School District

Dan Pirrallo
Sheraton Steamboat Resort

Deb Olsen
Ski Town Media / Marketing Committee Chair

Jason Lacy - Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs City Council 

Kathy Elliott 
Christy Sports

Liza Scudder
Main Street Steamboat Springs

Logan Molen
Steamboat Pilot & Today

Luke Brosterhous
Catamount Ranch Club

Mark Walker
Resort Group

Maren Franciosi
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. / Young Professionals Network Chair

Michael Buccino- Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs City Council

Michele Meyer
Community Agriculture Alliance 

Randy Rudasics
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

Rex Brice
Rex's Family of Restaurants

Robin Craigen
Moving Mountains/ Lodging Association Chair

Sarah Jones
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. / Economic Development Committee Chair

Ulrich Salzgeber
Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors