Advisory Board

Cami Bremer

Commissioner, El Paso County

Cami Bremer was elected to the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners District 5 seat in November 2018.

Cami gained broad experience in government and media relations as well as healthcare and non-profit management prior to her role as a county commissioner. Cami has served as Regional Director for the American Heart Association, Provider & Community Relations Manager for Penrose Cancer Center, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, and Communications Specialist for the City of Colorado Springs, where she was certified in federal emergency management communications.

Cami serves on many committees and boards including the El Paso County Board of Public Health, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, and Not One More Child. She has a passion for Human Services and cost-effective policies that allows for serving those in need, while incentivizing long term family-centered solutions.

Cami grew up in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelors of Journalism in Public Relations. After moving to Colorado in 2002, she continued her education with an MBA in Marketing from UCCS.

Cami is married to Eli Bremer (USAFA ’00, OLY ’08) and they have a 4-year old son named Struthers. On any given weekend, Cami and her family can be found enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golfing, swimming, running and skiing.”

Cami Bremer
Cami Bremer

DEBBIE BROWN

President, Colorado Business Roundtable

Debbie Brown serves as the President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) is an advocate for proactive, pro-business legislation that strengthens the economy and allows businesses to grow and thrive. COBRT is the state affiliate of the National Business Roundtable (BRT). Based in Washington, D.C., National Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers from leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

Previously, Debbie was the President of Amplify Strategies, a strategic communications and public policy consulting firm. At Amplify Strategies, Debbie directed strategy development, messaging and marketing for businesses, nonprofit organizations, advocacy efforts and candidate campaigns of all sizes. She has created, launched and grown several businesses and organizations. Prior to her work in the public policy arena, Debbie was the founding partner for a boutique marketing firm, Firsthand Marketing, that provided strategic business consulting for banking, mortgage and credit union clients. Debbie has been featured as a public policy strategist on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, BBC News World Have Your Say, SkyNews, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, as well as regional and local media.

Debbie has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and as a Who’s Who in Energy winner and finalist for Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal.  Debbie serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce where she is Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. Debbie volunteers for A Precious Child, a charity that provides children in need with opportunities and resources. She also serves as a business mentor for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda through the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.

Debbie Brown
Debbie Brown

Lori Call

Senior Director of Policy Programs, Boulder Chamber

As Senior Director of Policy Programs, Lori Call leads the Boulder Chamber’s policy team in providing strategic direction on a broad range of local and regional policy interests. This includes key pieces of the Chamber’s Boulder Together program, the proactive initiative to help Boulder’s businesses continue to access high quality workforce talent and address mobility and housing pressures.

Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, Call was employed at Kaiser Permanente for fifteen years in a number of strategic roles, leading its stakeholder operations, community relations and brand and external communications teams.

Before Kaiser Permanente, Call served as Director of Communications at University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver.

Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber as a staff member, she served on the Boulder Chamber Board of Directors as a Board officer. She also served as Board Chair of B:CIVIC, and as a Board member of the West Metro Chamber, Metro Volunteers and Social Venture Partners.

Lori Call
Lori Call

Dave Davia

Executive Vice President and CEO,
Colorado Association of Mechanical & Plumbing Contractors

Dave Davia is a passionate leader with a diverse background in public and private organizations. He has a strong track record of accomplishments in strategic partnerships, government relations, process development, coalition building, business and legislative analysis, collective bargaining, public policy, and association management.

Currently Dave Davia serves as the EVP and CEO of the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors as well as the Mechanical Service Contractors Association of Colorado, serving roughly 200 members.

Prior to joining these prestigious organizations, Dave worked in a senior program/project management role in banking operations and IT. He worked for Wells Fargo close to 14 years and was a member of many banking industry professional and charitable groups.

Dave is a former elected official with the City of Westminster where he served as City Councilor and participated on the Economic Development Authority, the Redevelopment Authority, and the Human Services Board.

Being a passionate champion of children and families, Dave has also served on multiple charitable non-profit organizations boards including There with Care, an organization serving families of children fighting cancer and Growing Home, an affordable housing program. He also helped lead and launch Growing Home’s Affordable and Transformational Housing Program. Additionally, Dave has served in many roles for the Denver Archdiocese.

Dave, not only is a native Coloradan, but he is a 5th generation Denver native, whose current home is located within one mile from where his great-great-grandparents originally settled in the 1880’s. Dave considers himself fortunate to be married to Kathleen, his talented and enterprising wife who is a successful small business owner; together, they are raising their young son, Rocco.

A true thought leader with a reputation for keen political and legislative acumen, Dave is regarded as a deep listener, an effective mediator of collective bargaining processes, and a talented coalition builder who positively influences legislative outcomes on behalf of the organizations he represents.

Dave Davia
Dave Davia

Doug Flanders

Director of Communications and Government Affairs,
Air Methods Corporation

Doug has 20 years’ experience in government relations, communications, business development, program management, and policy development and implementation. Currently, he is the Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Air Methods Corporation, the nation’s leading mission-centered air medical service.

Beginning in 1993, he worked for U.S. Congressman Wayne Allard as a Legislative Assistant in Washington, D.C. After Allard’s election to the U.S. Senate, he was the Senator’s national security, trade, energy, and Military Legislative Assistant, before becoming Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. After 10 years with Senator Allard, Doug received his first Presidential appointment to the Department of Energy as the Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Management (EM) where he provided policy support and counsel to the Assistant Secretary for EM.

In 2005, he moved from D.C. to Colorado to serve as the policy advisor to Jefferson County and then founded Flanders & Associates, LLC, a Colorado-based public affairs firm assisting private companies and public sector entities connect with Washington, D.C.

In mid-2007, he received a second Presidential appointment as the Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator (RA) for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Rocky Mountain Region. He provided policy support and counsel to the RA in matters of specific interest to the Administration, oversaw the region’s six-state Congressional Affairs program, and served as a liaison with other state and local elected officials. Additionally, Doug served as the Acting Public Affairs Officer. In 2010 he joined the Colorado Oil & Gas Association as the Director of Policy & External Affairs where he was responsible for government and political affairs, media relations, and external outreach.

Doug received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Doug Flanders
Doug Flanders

LOREN FURMAN

Senior Vice President for State and Federal Relations, Colorado Chamber of Commerce

Loren joined the Colorado Chamber of Commerce in January 2008 and serves on its leadership team as Senior Vice President.  She manages all State and Federal policy issues for the Chamber including energy and environment, taxation, health care, labor and employment, tort/civil justice and manufacturing.  Loren leads a lobbying team at the State Capitol and also serves as the primary spokesperson on press/media inquiries.

Loren previously served as Legislative Director for the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration and worked with the Governor’s Office and Colorado General Assembly on behalf of the Department.  In 2002 – 2005, Loren worked as a lobbyist for Floridian Partners on behalf of clients with legislative, budget and regulatory interests ranging from insurance, public safety, telecommunications, IT, business regulation and tort reform.  Prior to that role, Loren served as policy staff in the House Majority Office for the Florida House of Representatives.

Loren currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Civil Justice League and served as Board Chair in 2014.  She also serves on the Vital for Colorado Board of Directors, Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development Board of Directors and the Colorado Association of Professional Lobbyists Board of Directors.  She previously served as the private sector Co-Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Loren was named as one of Colorado’s Most Influential Women: Up and Coming by the Denver Post in 2012, and was named a Top Business Newsmaker, Denver Business Journal Power Book Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Loren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Florida State University.

Loren Furman
Loren Furman

Kevin Hougen

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Hougen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aurora (Colorado) Chamber of Commerce. A native of North Dakota, he is a graduate of the University of North Dakota where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance in 1979.

Following graduation in ‘79, Hougen went to work for Frontier Airlines in Denver as a customer service and sales representative and served in Wyoming and California, finally settling back in the Denver metro area in 1983.

In 1984, Hougen went to work for a large United Van Lines Agency in Denver and was named vice president and general manager of the organization. He became co-owner of the agency in 1990. He also opened and operated a travel agency and international freight forwarding company. After selling his interest in the United Van Lines agency, he served as the vice president for sales for Atlantic North American Van Lines. He joined the Chamber in 1996 as executive vice president and moved to his current position in 1998.

An influential leader in local and state politics, Hougen has twice served as the president of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Board. He has also served previously on the board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the state Chamber. In Aurora he actively participates on the boards of Aurora Vistas, Arapahoe/Douglas County Work Force Development, the Colorado Wants You, Colorado 30 Group, Air Force Space Command Advisory and the Community College of Aurora. He is also a past president of the Aurora Rotary Club and a Co-Commander at Buckley Air Force Base.

Under his leadership, the 104-year-old Aurora Chamber of Commerce, representing nearly 1200 businesses in the eastern Metro area, has grown steadily. He has actively engaged the Chamber in all aspects of business, most recently organizing the Eastern Metro Transportation Coalition to address the issues of infrastructure growth in the area.

Hougen and his wife Barbara, an administrative assistant in Aurora Public Schools, have three children: Tessa, 33; Matt, 30; and Sammy, 25. He is an avid outdoorsman, bike rider and enjoys golf and skiing as well.

Kevin Hougen
Kevin Hougen

DENNIS HOUSTON

President and CEO,
Metro North Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dennis Houston is the new President and CEO of the Metro North Regional Chamber of Commerce. Metro North and it’s more than 500 business partners represent more than 65,000 people and jobs, 4 counties, 12 cities and 6 school districts in the fastest growing region in Colorado. Metro North serves the northern E-470 corridor of more than 1.5 million people. Dennis is the former State Chair of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Association and was named the Colorado Chamber of Commerce CEO of the Year by his statewide peers.

Dennis and his wife Sheryl, along with their two boys Ryan, an aerospace and aviation major at CU Boulder, and Jack, a new United States Marine and Boot Camp Honorman have two boxers – Nala and Sergeant Spud.

Previously, Dennis was the President and CEO of the Parker Colorado Chamber of Commerce for six years where he successfully led a regional effort to build a career and tech education campus in northern Douglas County to address regional workforce challenges and build career paths for students.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Dennis was the President and CEO of the Norfolk Nebraska Chamber of Commerce for five years. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Chamber was named the 2013 National Chamber of the Year. The Norfolk Chamber was also the 2011 National Chamber of the Year Runner Up.

As a creative entrepreneur, Dennis co-founded and led a 13-person marketing advertising and public relations agency in Omaha, Nebraska for 12 years. As an Omaha small business owner, Dennis was very active in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and served on its Executive Committee as well as chaired many chamber initiatives.

Dennis spent many years in corporate America as a marketing and public relations director for American Express.

In addition to being an avid golfer and mountain biker with his family, Dennis is a big music fan and recovering drummer who once camped outside overnight in a blizzard for Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. And yes, it WAS worth it!

Dennis Houston
Dennis Houston
Cheri Jahn
Cheri Jahn

jeff keener

President and CEO, South Metro Denver Chamber

Jeff Keener is the President and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber. What began as a small-town Chamber of Commerce has transformed into a key player in the South Denver region: influential in multiple counties and cities with over 650 business investors. The South Metro Chamber celebrates its 100-year anniversary in 2020.

Jeff owns JMB Marketing, a consultancy that provides businesses support in the sales and marketing arenas. He has been a member of the SMDC since 2012 and served 4 plus years on the SMDC Board of Directors. Was the winner of the SMDC 2012-2013 Leadership in Motion Award and nominated for the 2013 SMDC Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award. He is a former councilman for the Town of Breckenridge and a former member of the Board of Directors for Colorado Ski Country USA. Jeff has always been an active member of his community, including stints volunteering with the Littleton Hockey and Soccer Associations and one-time President of the Arapahoe High School Lacrosse club.

A native of Wisconsin he moved to Colorado and Breckenridge in February 1981 and shortly thereafter became the Director of Snowmaking for the Breckenridge Ski Area/Aspen Ski Company. He was responsible for the installation and operation of the first ever snowmaking system at Breckenridge.

Jeff has lived in Littleton, now Centennial, since spring of 1988 with his wife Mary. They have one son Bryce who lives in Tennessee with his wife Bridget and their two boys Flyn and Kieran. Jeff enjoys cycling, skiing, golf, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jeff Keener
Jeff Keener

Mike Kopp

President and CEO, Colorado Concern

Mike Kopp is the President and CEO of Colorado Concern, an alliance of top business executives with a mission of enhancing the Centennial State’s business climate.

Mike’s career began as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. In Ranger School he seized upon and never let go of the Ranger Creed’s line, “Surrender is not a Ranger word.” He often notes that that phrase has shaped him like none other. Mike also served as a hot shot firefighter.

After his undergraduate work he spent several years in executive leadership positions in ministry and nonprofit work. Mike put his experiences to work as a businessman and for nearly a decade he provided organizational development consulting services around the US.

Mike served on the senior management team of Colorado’s largest electric cooperative where he oversaw the Corporate Affairs Division which provided leadership for its professional development, legislative and regulatory affairs, corporate communications, public affairs and member relations functions.

He won a highly competitive race for a Colorado state senate seat and was re-elected to a second term. During his tenure he was chosen by his peers to serve as Caucus Chairman and Senate Minority Leader. He later won his party’s state convention in a bid to become Governor in 2014.

Mike thrives on cycling, running, hunting, reading and fishing.  He loves endurance sports having recently become an Ironman 70.3 racer.  Mike and his wife Shannon live in Golden with two of their five children whom they are crazy about. Mike and his family enjoy spending time on their small ranch near the Black Hills where their focus is on conservation.

Mike earned a Masters of Public Administration at CU-Denver and serves on several nonprofit boards including the Griffith Centers for Children, EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children), Rose Community Foundation Healthcare Committee and the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at The University of Denver.

Mike Kopp
Mike Kopp

Don Lombardi

Chief, West Metro Fire District

Fire Chief Don Lombardi is in his twenty-seventh year of professional fire service with the West Metro Fire Protection District. West Metro is one of the largest fire districts in the state of Colorado as well as the largest fire-based EMS provider in the state, serving a population of nearly 280,000 citizens, covering 108 square miles. West Metro is one of only 72 agencies that is internationally accredited with an ISO rating of 1. Chief Lombardi is responsible for all facets of life safety, suppression, and emergency medical response activities of the West Metro Fire Protection District.

Prior to joining West Metro in 1991, Chief Lombardi was a K-2 physical education instructor and varsity coach with Denver Public Schools. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Colorado, his K-12 teaching degree with an emphasis in coaching, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program with the National Fire Academy. Chief Lombardi also has his CFO designation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Chief Lombardi is the sponsoring agency chief for CO-TF1, FEMA Urban Search and Rescue. He co-authored Colorado Firefighters Heart and Cancer Benefit legislation and is chairman of the Colorado Firefighters Heart and Cancer Benefit Trust. He serves as treasurer for the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, is a member of the executive board of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs, is on the board of directors of the Colorado Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and is past president of the Metro Denver Fire Chiefs’ Association. Chief Lombardi is a member of the Benevolent Fraternal Order of Elks, and is a graduate of Leadership Jefferson County. Chief Lombardi has been married to his wife Vicki for 30 years, and they have two children; Jordan and Jared.

Don Lombardi
Don Lombardi

DAVID L. MAY

President & CEO,
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

David May became president of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce* in Colorado April 2003. He is a 39-year veteran of association management, having served as president of chambers of commerce in Independence MO, Sarasota FL and Fort Collins CO and as Vice President of Chamber of Commerce Relations for the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. As head of the Office of Chamber Relations, May was the US Chamber’s liaison with 2,600 state, metro and local chambers.

Over his career he has been named Chamber Executive of the Year in the states of Missouri, Florida and Colorado. In 2015 May was named as Executive of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

May is one of a handful of chamber executives in the nation holding the dual certifications of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives and Certified Chamber Executive from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

A past board member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Western Association of Chamber Executives, May has taught at the U.S. Chamber’s Institutes for Organization Management and WACE’s Academy.

May was the founding chair of several groups including Leadership Northern Colorado, the Fix North I-25 Business Alliance, Fix Colorado Roads and Talent 2.0.

Happily married for 39 years to Elaine, a clinical laboratory scientist, they are the proud parents of 29-year old Rebecca, a nurse.

David L. May, CCE, CAE
David L. May, CCE, CAE

Rose Pugliese

Commissioner, District 3 Mesa County

Rose graduated with honors from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Japanese. She attended St. John’s University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Rose is a dedicated member of the community who is committed to transparent, accessible government and is accountable to the people she serves. She is a strong fiscal conservative and believes that the role of a commissioner is to create a well-managed, business friendly county that is a responsible steward of the taxpayer’s dollar.

As a Commissioner, Rose’s tenacity to make Mesa County better resulted in the establishment of innovative economic development programs and policies. Her drive and determination to create a vibrant economy in Mesa County have resulted in her assisting in securing additional daily, direct new flights to markets that are necessary for continued economic success for the community. She has been working with governmental leaders to support the Jordan Cove project, which will help grow the energy sector of her community. Rose is on the front lines of prospect recruitment and expansions, along with our local economic development partners.

In addition to serving as a Mesa County Commissioner, Rose, is an advocate for the community and is involved in many of the organizations that work together to grow the economy in Mesa County. She serves on the following Boards and Committees:

  • 2017 Governing Magazine Advisory Board
  • Board of Human Services
  • Board of Equalization
  • Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) – past President of the Western District; Chair of the General Government Legislative Committee; Legislative Committee
  • Club 20, Public Lands Advisory Committee
  • Child Welfare Allocation Committee Co-Chair
  • Grand Junction Economic Partnership Board
  • Orchard Mesa Pool Board
  • Western Colorado Business Incubator Board
  • Air Force Task Force

Additionally, Rose is a member of Rotary and participates in many community service projects.

Rose Pugliese
Rose Pugliese

Kevin Ross

County Commissioner, Weld County

Kevin is a northern Colorado native having grown up in the Eaton community where he currently resides with his wife Amy and their two daughters.

Kevin has been in the financial services and insurance industry since 2001 after Graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Kevin became an agent with American Family insurance in 2004 and has an agency in Fort Morgan.

Mr. Ross has been a NAIFA member since 2005 and has served in all chair capacities at the local level and at the state level, and has been the government relations chair or co-chair since 2011.

Kevin was awarded the National Young Advisor Team Leader of the year award in 2017.

A big believer in giving back to his community Kevin currently serves as Mayor of Eaton along with multiple other boards and committees he belongs to. Kevin is currently a candidate for Weld County Commissioner at large.

Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross

AMY SHERMAN

President & CEO, Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation

Amy Sherman is the President & CEO of the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation, an organization she helped create in November 2011. The Northwest Douglas County EDC covers Roxborough, Sterling Ranch, Santa Fe Corridor, and Highlands Ranch. The organization is focused on infrastructure improvements, public policy, and marketing of the region as a premier place to locate or expand a business.

Previously, Amy was the President & CEO of the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County for ten years. Prior to that Amy worked for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Tourism Office, and the National Potato Council. Amy was one of Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 winners in 2012, Economic Development Rookie of the Year in 2013, and Denver Business Journal’s Top Women in Energy in 2015. Additionally, Amy was awarded the Chamber President of the Year 2008, and top women of Jefferson County in 2011.

Amy currently serves on the Douglas County Community Foundation Board of Directors, Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Development Board and Arapahoe Community College Business Advisory Committee. Amy is the Past Secretary of The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County, Past Chair of the Douglas County Business Alliance, Past President of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives, and served on the Board of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, based in California. She has served on several community and business boards, such as Douglas County Educational Foundation, Douglas County Energy Coalition, Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve, Jefferson County EDC, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Lakewood Legacy Foundation, Wheat Ridge 2020, Denver West Kiwanis, and Wheat Ridge Rotary.

Amy has a degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management, Colorado College. Amy is a Douglas County native and lives in Roxborough with her husband, Steve, and boy/girl twins.

Amy Sherman
Amy Sherman

Catherine J. Shull

Executive Director, Pro 15

Cathy is presently the Executive Director for Pro 15 as well having been an active member since its inception in 2001. She also owns a consulting firm called Sage Strategies which specializes in facilitation, planning and both project and nonprofit management with an emphasis on rural small business, organizations and government. Additionally, she developed and runs a rural events online site entitled Discover Rural covering rural areas in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. In her free time she captures and promotes rural through her photography art.

Currently she is on the Board of Directors for the Ports to Plains Alliance and is on the business advisory council for Morgan Community College .

Ms. Shull has long been involved in issues affected rural areas and has served as a past chair of Colorado Rural Development Council; past executive board member of the National Rural Partnership; was featured on Dan Rather’s CBS evening news on technology in rural areas and served on Governor Romer’s Smart Growth Committee; Governors Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation and a member of some form of the transportation coalition for over 8 years.

A 2nd generation native of Northeastern Colorado Cathy comes from an Ag background and then going on to work in the banking, hospitality and nonprofit fields.

Cathy is a graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and is working on her Masters in Organization Leadership through CSU Global Campus.

Ms. Shull was also named “Citizen of the Year” in 2002 in Fort Morgan, CO.

Catherine Shull
Catherine Shull

Rod Slyhoff

President & CEO, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Rod Slyhoff has resided in Pueblo, Colorado for over 30 years. He has served the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce since 1988. Before becoming President & CEO in October of 1994, Slyhoff held the positions of Vice President of Membership and Small Business Development, Membership Director and Account Representative. Prior to his work at the Greater Pueblo Chamber, Slyhoff served as the Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Pueblo for four years and worked as the manager of Pueblo’s KC Furniture Store prior to that.

He has participated in the Chamber Institute of Organizational Management at CU. Rod also served as President of Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives. He served on several boards of Directors including Pueblo County United Way, of which he was Chairman for two years and Chairman of the Southern Colorado Business Partnership.

Rod has served as a Juror for the International Brock Education award in 2003 and also received the United Way Ambassador Award of Excellence; the Mel Harmon Community Award by Southern Colorado Press Club; Distinguished Service to the Community Award from CSU; and in 2019 the Pueblo Chamber received the Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award at the Governors Tourism Conference. Rod was a member of the Lions Club for over 20 years and is currently a member of Rotary 43.

As President of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, he has seen the membership grow from 800 to over 1300 members. He actively lobbies the Chamber’s Legislative agenda at the State Capitol and has presented several times at the National Education Trust Conferences on Business involvement in systemic changes in education in an effort to improve the future workforce. In recent years he has strengthened Pueblo’s Sister City relations with Chihuahua, Mexico by developing opportunities for business and tourism exchange.

Rod is most proud of the Pueblo Chamber’s involvement with El Pomar Foundation and the Black, Latino and Asian Emerging Leadership programs.

Rod is an avid baseball fan and thoroughly enjoys Pueblo and promoting this community as a great place to live and raise a family.

Before coming to Pueblo, Rod lived in Montrose, Colorado for 13 years. He and his wife, Alice, have two daughters, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Rod Slyhoff
Rod Slyhoff

George Teal

Councilman for District 6, South Castle Rock

From Greeley, George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988 as a rifleman and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Paying his way through college on the G.I. Bill, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Northern Colorado. After college, George returned to active duty, serving as an officer with the Army’s 25th Infantry Division until 1997.

George and his wife moved to Castle Rock in 1998, first settling in The Meadows before moving to their current home in Crystal Valley Ranch in 2007. George has worked as a software project manager and software business consultant since 1999. He’s an Arrow Electronics alumni and an entrepreneur, who ran his own software consulting business from 2004 to 2016. He is currently employed by FloWorks International, a distributor of pipe, flanges, fittings and valves on three continents.

He is the first Castle Rock Town Councilmember elected from the Crystal Valley Ranch neighborhood.

The Teals have two children – a daughter, who is a PhD candidate (a historian, like her dad), and a son in high school. They have been active parents in the Dolphins and Cougars youth sports programs.

George is also an assistant Scoutmaster with Castle Rock’s Troop 780; an NRA-certified firearms instructor with the Boy Scouts of America shooting sports program; and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. As a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s transition team, George served on the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He is also active with the Douglas County Republicans as a Precinct Leader.

George Teal
George Teal

Chad Vorthmann

Executive Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau

Chad Vorthmann was born and raised on a fourth generation row crop and cattle farm in southwest Iowa. He attended the University of Nebraska, competed on the livestock judging team and studied journalism and diversified agriculture. After college, he worked as a beef nutrition specialist. Two years later, he joined the staff of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Beef Association and was eventually hired to run the national Beef Quality Assurance program for NCBA. Wanting to work more closely with grassroots members, Vorthmann went back to the state level, joining Colorado Farm Bureau in 2002 as the Director of Communications. He was promoted to Vice President of Organization in 2007 and Executive Vice President in 2012. Chad enjoys cycling, and hunting elk, deer and black bear on the family’s cattle ranch in Southwest Colorado.

Chad Vorthmann
Chad Vorthmann