Meet Our Team
The Steamboat Springs Chamber has nine full-time employees managing the economic development, destination marketing, and community development departments.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Finance & Human Resources Director
Heidi manages all financial and human resources responsibilities at the Chamber in addition to managing the finances for numerous agencies that fall under the Chamber's domain.
Heidi moved to Steamboat from the Antelope Valley in southern California. She lived here previously from 1995 - 2000, and has returned to fulfill her life dream of getting back to the Boat. When not working, snowboarding, fishing, and anything outdoors brings Heidi happiness, which makes Steamboat the perfect place for her.
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.
Economic Development Director
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.
Community Development Director
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.
Digital Content Manager
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 originally from Arvada, 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.
Vic is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with the business community. He is also responsible for all aspects of the Chamber's membership including membership sales, retention, member benefits, networking events and management of the member database.
Vic was born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas and attended the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). In 2003 he moved west to Denver where he lived and worked as a Financial Advisor until March of 2017. Vic and his wife Amy decided to quit their jobs and sell their belongings to live on a sailboat in the Atlantic. After seven months of missing the mountains they decided to move back to Colorado and make Steamboat home. When not working, Vic enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, running, skiing, and just about anything outdoors. He is a member of the Steamboat Young Professionals Network and Yampa Valley Flyfishers.
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.
As the Communications Manager, Erica is responsible for creating and distributing Chamber related communications. She works with the Marketing Director to support all PR efforts and media requests. She serves as the administrator of the Steamboat Springs Film Committee and assists in managing social media platforms.
Born and raised in Steamboat, the community holds a special place in her heart and over the years she has had the privilege in supporting numerous Yampa Valley non-profits, education programs and helping local causes, her favorite being the Routt County Humane Society. Erica’s favorite adventures include spending time with her daughter exploring and any creative activity including art, photography and writing. Her passions also include traveling the world, music and snowboarding.
2019 Board of Directors
Owner and General Manager, Ski Butlers
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation/MVP Board
Vice President / Treasurer
Esquire, Petis Law, LLC
Executive Committee Member
The UPS Store
Executive Committee Member
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Resort Group
Board of Directors
Steamboat Art Museum
Brad Meeks - Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs School District
Elevated Olive of Steamboat
Yampa Valley Bank / Economic Development Council Chair
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
The Steamboat Group
City of Steamboat Springs / YPN Chair
Lisel Petis - Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs City Council
Main Street Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center
Rex's Family of Restaurants
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
Robin Crossan - Ex-Officio
Steamboat Springs City Council
Honey Stinger / Marketing Committee Chair
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Tom Sullivan - Ex-Officio
Routt County Manager