The mission of the Vail Chamber & Business Association is to responsibly and professionally advocate for economic development and communication capacity for the Vail merchant community that will foster strong collaborative relationships and revenue development opportunities for its membership.
Board of Directors:
Chris Cremer – President (Alterra Mountain Company)
Chris has been in the ski retail industry for over thirty years and understands the complex needs of both entrepreneurs and corporate entities. He specializes in buying, owning and selling successful ski and whitewater shops. Chris’ comprehension and articulation of complex concepts and ideas has consistently facilitated the alignment of cross functional teams with key company initiatives and directives.
Matt Gruesbeck –Treasurer (First Bank Vail)
Michael Staughton (Slope Enterprises)
Michael arrived in Vail, CO in February, 1974. He started in the restaurant business as a bus boy at the Red Lion, then moved on to manage a number of restaurants and ultimately became the CFO at Los Amigos and Russells. He has served as a restaurant representative on the Vail Resort Association and on the Vail Restaurant Association board twice. Michael has also been a member and advocate for the Vail Rotary Club.
Cabal Yarne (Arriesgado Clothing Company)
Cabal has been a Vail Valley resident for the past thirteen years. Through his work at the Limited, Cabal gained considerable expertise in developing and operating small and large business enterprises. Prior to that, Cabal managed several clothing and logo businesses in Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, and Snowmass. Cabal is also co owner of a wholesale entity called, Colorado Brand Ltd., which fashionably displays Colorado state flags on targeted clothing items.
Ryan Kelsey (Antlers at Vail)
Ryan Kelsey grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1999 with a B.A. in Political Theory. His love of the mountain west and snow sports industries attracted him to the Vail Valley in January, 2000. Since, Ryan has spent over 16 years growing professionally within our local hospitality and mountain resort industries, acquiring a MBA along the way from the University of Colorado. Ryan is a driven mountain sport enthusiast, whose primary goal in life is to promote and share memories with family, friends, and guests of the Vail Valley within the Rocky Mountains.
Ryan has previously worked for Vail Resorts Inc. as Assistant Manager of the Elkhorn Lodge in Beaver Creek, Destination Hotels and Resorts Vail as Front Office and Reservations Manager, and The Charter at Beaver Creek as Front Office Manager. Currently, Ryan is the Director of Sales and Revenue for the Antlers at Vail, a board member for the Vail Chamber and Business association, and with his wife DiAnna, is co-owner of Healing Hut TCM a Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic clinic in Eagle-Vail, CO.
Zach Meyers (The Arabelle Hotel)
Zach is a native Coloradan and grew up in Burlington, CO on the eastern plains. Family vacations to Vail were a winter staple throughout his childhood and high school years. Zach attended San Diego State University and received a BA in English in 1996. Shortly after graduating, he started his career in hospitality working at the historic US Grant Hotel and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego before returning to Colorado to begin his Experience of a Lifetime with Vail Resorts in 2005. He spent three years working in the Vail Beaver Creek Resort Properties Group Sales Department before transferring to Hotel Jerome in Aspen and working as the Director of Operations over the three years the property was flagged a RockResort. In 2011, Zach transferred to Jackson Hole where he served as Director of Hotel Operations for Grand Teton Lodge Company for five years. In this role he led all Lodging, Food and Beverage, Camping and Activities operations under Vail Resorts’ concessions agreement with the National Park Service. In 2016 he returned to Vail to take on the role of General Manager at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort.
Zach is a proud resident of the Town of Vail. He is passionate about sharing this amazing place with our visitors and delivering world class hospitality to his guests at The Arrabelle. When he’s not at the hotel, you’ll likely find him out in the mountains enjoying the backcountry, skiing, biking, paddling or simply taking in nature.
Michael Staughton (Los Amigos & Russell’s)
Marco Valenti (Vail Resorts Retail)
Marco Valenti is the Senior Manager for Vail Resorts Retail in Vail Village and oversees the operation of both the Vail Sports and concept shops. Marco is passionate about his team , the snowsports industry, and delivering world-class guest service throughout town. Originally from North Carolina, Marco and his wife Celine live in East Vail and are very happy to call Vail, CO home.
Tony Herrera (Bol Vail)
Tony Herrera has lived in the Vail Valley for 10 years and is currently the General Manager for Bol-Vail. Previously, Tony was the Director of Restaurants for the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. He became involved with the VCBA to have an extended voice within the business community and to be an advocate for our town. Tony enjoys living in the valley because of the amazing people that surround him and all the outdoor recreation in our backyards.
Alison Wadey (Executive Director)
Before joining the VCBA team, Alison was an independent marketing and sales consultant for the past two years. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Membership Sales & Marketing at the Club at Cordillera for ten years. She is involved in the community through the Vail Rotary Club and other charitable organizations.
ResortApp—the official smartphone app for the 2015 Vail & Beaver Creek World Ski Championships. ResortApp is more than your typical ski app. With fully-loaded maps, GPS functionality, and a comprehensive directory of everything to do in Vail, you can plan your vacation all from the convenience of your iPhone. Whether you’re on the slopes or on the town, you can see where your friends are and find out what’s happening.
ResortApp is the Vail Valley’s premier vacation guide application for smartphones that will provide guests and locals with a free, fun and informative way to explore the resort they have chosen for their vacation or their home.
[/one_third] [two_third_last] It’s always a good time to make sure your customers and potential customers are finding you and engaging with you online. Mobloggy means mobile blogging. We provide everything your company needs under one Vail Valley roof; Mobile + Blogging, Social Media, Internet Marketing Strategy & Branding and Web Design & Development. We help businesses set up and manage their online presence. We help you “keep it social and simple” by utilizing free platforms, running online contests, updates for fresh content with keywords, while focusing on viral pathways and consumer smart phone usage. We serve worldwide. [/two_third_last]
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[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] The Energy Smart Program assists residents and contractors in Colorado in making home energy improvements simple and affordable. With $4.9 million in seed funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, Energy Smart Colorado has developed a comprehensive residential and commercial energy program.
“Love Vail,” an ongoing public awareness campaign, debuts this week introducing Vail’s new recycling law and rebate program, and what they mean for businesses, residents and guests.
The campaign introduction will be visible along the Vail America Days parade route, on the town’s website at www.vailgov.com/recycling and in the Vail Daily. The town has contracted with Walking Mountains Science Center and Vermilion, an integrated marketing agency, to help the Vail community learn about the new guidelines.
The “Love Vail” campaign brings the town’s sustainability initiative to life with a message of inspiration and embrace – “If you Love It Here, Recycle Here.” Informed by conversations with residents and members of the business community, the campaign reflects the widely shared love of living in Vail and encourages residents and guests to show their love by participating in recycling.
]EGE Air Alliance
The EGE Air Alliance is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to creating a vibrant flight service program at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The EGE Air Alliance is a public-private partnership with participants including local municipalities and private business stakeholders. Scan from VCBA
Actively Green is an innovative community-driven program that will transform the Vail Valley into a globally-recognized sustainable destination.
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[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Improving the health and economic well-being of Colorado businesses, workers and their families by enhancing wellness at work and home.
The mission of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry is to champion a healthy business climate. The four key objectives to that mission include:
Maintaining and improving the cost of doing business
Advocating for a pro-business state government
Increasing the quantity of educated, skilled workers; and
Strengthening Colorado’s critical infrastructure.
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] We are the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. Our product is the great outdoors. Our mission is simple: Experience of a Lifetime. ™
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Think2Perform is a premier consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses and professional sports teams work more efficiently individually and as a group.
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Transportation impacts our lives each and every day from the bridges you cross, to the signs you read, to the construction reports you follow. A good transportation system allows us to get to work, recreational activities and health care and it allows companies to provide products and services to consumers. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) exists to ensure that Colorado has a safe and efficient highway system by building and maintaining interstates, US highways and state highways.
]VVP Economic Development
The Vail Valley Partnership, via the Economic Council of Eagle County and the newly formed Economic Research Center, offers historic economic data and tourism information to help businesses and developers achieve success in Eagle County. The Economic Council promotes long term economic health for Eagle County by focusing on countywide retention of workforce and recruitment of sustainable new business.
Inspiring Lives. Enriching Communities. To enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in athletic, cultural and educational endeavors.
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] MSEC serves the human resource and employment law needs of the business community, helping employers manage all aspects of the employment relationship.
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] The daily mission of Channel 8 is to successfully inspire our viewers to take advantage of everything our resorts and valley has to offer. Rely on the experience and enthusiasm of our hardworking organization to enthrall you with the same conviction toward this unique and captivating town nestled within the peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] We cover Eagle Valley, also known as the Vail Valley. It is home to some of the best ski resorts in North America, Beaver Creek and Vail. A free newspaper and have a tremendous number of daily advertisers. These businesses change their ads sometimes daily. We average 70 to 100 pages per day throughout the year. Between classified and display there are also a combined average of 1,000 ads per day in the Vail Daily.
Eight of Colorado’s most gorgeous counties play host to an all-star lineup of resort communities including Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Keystone, Loveland, Mary Jane, Silverthorne, Snow Mass, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Vail.